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Scottsdale Arabian Show 2011

I've been back for a month, but I'm still reliving Arizona riding.

It's snowing outside. Understand?

Among many other firsts of Arizona this year, I had the chance to experience the Scottsdale Arabian Show.

Wow. It was incredible.

Economically, Phoenix may be one of the most depressed regions in the United States, but you wouldn't know it at this show.

Our first stop was the Shopping Expo, where I ran into a jewelry and hat designer I had met a few years ago in Ogden, Utah. She related this is her favourite tradeshow nowadays. And, I could see why. The halls were packed.

Some of the highlights:

Beautiful artwork.

Western fashion and accessories!

Slightly more traditional wear.

Gorgeous suits. I”m asking my family to purchase me an Arabian, just so I can wear one of these. Lovely.

Wee was taken by a booth filled with toy-horse size Arabian statues.

Then it was off to watch the classes.

If you ever have the opportunity to watch an English Country Pleasure class, seize the moment. It's really something. The smoothness of the gait, the fluidity of horse and rider.

It's a beautiful thing.

Outside, there was so much going on.

Barns were showcasing their best prospects.

More classes – such as western pleasure.

Pretty colors perfectly coordinated.

An incredible mane in the reining practice pen.

The Scottsdale Arabian Show hosts a fantastic reining and cow horse segment to the show. The purses are large enough to attract a yearly exodus of Canadian competitors specifically for these classes.

And, often, we bring it on home! Watch for a story of several such competitors in our May and Summer issues of Western Horse Review.

Outside, at the trade fair, we looked at barns – most of which would be hopeless in our Canadian winters. But, hey, we dreamed. It's what we do.

What's that saying. . . “you can take the farmer away from the farm, but you can't take the farm out of the. .? lead a farmer to the farm equipment booth?” Ah, whatever. . . if you are acquainted with a farmer or two, you know EXACTLY what I'm gettin' at. They ALWAYS gravitate to the logo's they know and love.

Naturally, there was a long line of trailer manufacturers, showcasing the latest equine travel modes. The three of us could see ourselves in this one. . . the freightliner connects to the . . . luxury living quarters connects to the . . .

three-horse accommodations in the back . . . yeah!

We're coming back for this when we win the lottery.

We interrupt this show coverage to bring you some exciting celebrity news.

Alice Cooper has moved to Phoenix!

And owns a restaurant!

And, had a food concession at the show.

And, manned it himself!

Well, sort of.

You heard it all right here, at Screen Doors & Saddles. Throw out your People magazine. You have me now.

Alice, you might want to hang the menu on the lefthand side of your booth. It's hard to read at that angle. Just sayin'. . .

Apparently, Alice is also a crack golfer and great conversationalist. Next year I hope to meet him.

Now, back to the show.

The barn and stall fronts at the show are nothing short of incredible, and we could have easily spent an afternoon perusing them.

But eventually, even Wee tires of the horse show.

And rebels.

In her own unique fashion.

Although, she later pointed out she had lasted longer than at “your cutting shows.” Good point, kid.

Hope you enjoyed this look at the 2011 Scottsdale Arabian Show. Thanks for tuning in and let us know if you attended, what you loved, and, if you found Alice. We're paying big bucks for paparazzi shots.

Current Trends in the Horse Industry

Al Dunning’s Almosta Ranch is located just a few streets away from our winter escape, near Cave Creek, Arizona. So, I’ve been calling him neighbour since we moved in.

I hope he doesn’t mind.

This area in the desert, overlooking the Rio Verde Valley and surrounded by national park, has become a mecca for horse people of all sports, breeds and disciplines. I’ve written a bit about it in previous posts. And, next week, I hope to post some photos I took at the Scottsdale Arabian Show in late February.

Al has been located in the centre of the horse community since 1970, and like any part of the continent, has lived through the ups and downs of the horse industry during that 40 year span.

When I received his e-newsletter earlier this week, I really enjoyed reading his perspective on the current horse industry and future trends. Al’s reflections on the past few years and his forecast for what’s to come makes a lot of sense to me.

So, I asked him if he would mind if I shared it on Screen Doors & Saddles.

Here it is in its entirety. Have a read and let us know what you think!

The Way I See It – Current Trends in the Horse Industry

The Hands-on Owner Returns!

The economy seems to be making a slow comeback as indicated by the rise of the stock market and retail sales.The housing market in Arizona is still in a depressed state and the unemployment rate remains at an all-time high.

People have made big changes in the way they live and the way they spend their money, and this filters into every niche of business, including the horse industry. My view of the horse economy admittedly comes only from my current experiences, but seems to be the norm for many trainers.

In the past few years I’ve seen horse sales, the number of people participating in shows, and the amount of discretionary income spent in the industry decline. I thought that the high-end market for horses remained strong until the summer of 2010. After that time, our sales to new customers and the economic flow went south. The jobless rate in the horse industry has noticeably increased as we get calls daily from experienced trainers to grooms looking for jobs.

I have caught a glimpse of the light at the end of the tunnel in early 2011, and economic predictors say the end of 2012 will see an upturn in the economy. I have noticed something interesting happening. The baby boomers have finally decided that it is time to have fun and ride horses. They are coming back to the horse industry after raising children or tending to their careers. Many of these riders have been hands-off horse owners for many years. They may have had horses in training and paid entry fees at large aged events for the trainers to show. They now want to compete themselves. The NCHA and other major associations offer entry level classes for the amateur riders that allow this group to participate with fellow horsemen at the same level.

This trend has led to an increase in demand for that good, solid, trooper of a horse that amateur riders can learn and compete on. The AQHA announced a major decline in stallion breeding reports the last few years, which means the supply is down while demand is headed up. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize a smart trainer should take care of these re-emerging hands-on riders and train horses that suit the weekend warrior. Showing at a local level is still a major investment for owners, but they are doing it for pure love of the sport and to advance their lifestyle. If they are going to spend the money, many owners would rather spend a weekend showing themselves, than write a big check for the trainer to go to a large event.

Trainers must set their personal desires aside and open their eyes to the reality of what the industry is asking for.

The way I see it, the enthusiastic newcomer and the hands-on amateur are the foundation of our industry. Local level and weekend shows are drawing those that ride and show for pure enjoyment and personal fulfillment. Older, solid horses are going to be sought after and in demand. The horse industry will rebound, and I believe it will be stronger than ever.

Change isn’t a bad thing, and flexibility is the key to surviving these shaky economic times.

To find out more about Al Dunning and his program, visitwww.teamadinternational. com.

Happy weekend, everyone!

2010 Scottsdale Arabian Show

Did you know that according to Archbishop James Ussher, prelate of Ireland, the world was created on Saturday, October 9, 4004 B.C.E?

Neither did I.

Did you also know that the Arabian horse is the world’s oldest purebred animal?

I didn’t know that one either.

But I learned them both after attending the 2010 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show.

Held this past February 11-21, the show celebrated its 55th Anniversary this year. Granted there were several wet days – it was a rainy February for the Scottsdale, AZ, but host facility, Westworld Park is equipped to handle all kinds of weather. And there was no denying, Arabian horses attending this event were turned out in high glam fashion. So I thought I would share a few pictures that I snapped at the event.

Once again, the show featured an Arabian and Half-Arabian Reining Futurity Classic and a Platinum Performance Liberty Class.

And the Scottsdale Arabian Show brings in excess of $33 Million to the local economy during its ten-day stint.

Statistically, the Arabian horse public outspends other area visitors two to one, during the show.

And total prize money awarded to competitors, who come from every state and more than a dozen countries around the world, is over $1 Million.

And if that doesn’t impress you, the Arabian stall decorations should…

From yearlings in halter, to costume classes, to sidesaddle to reining events, this show has it all.

And it’s definitely a place to go if you want to see beautiful and talented horses.

The Road to Arizona – Route 1


Jim Greendyk operates West Coast Training and Horsemanship – a full-service equine program, offering reining, cow horse, and horsemanship clinics and training. Along with a handful of his clients, Jim’s been travelling to the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show for several years now, showing his part-bred and full-bred Arabian horses, and enjoying a bit of the “road-to” scenery on the way.

I caught up with Jim earlier in the year to ask him about his route for our Road to Arizona piece in the Jan/Feb Snowbirds Guide to Riding in Arizona feature, wherein we featured three possible routes to the state from various take-off points in Canada. I kicked it off last week with a familiar route for Albertans.

Here is Jim’s route, along with a few tips from the well-travelled horseman. By the way, this year’s edition of the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show – its 59th edition – runs Feb. 13-23. Believe me, you don’t have to have an Arabian in your barn to love this show. If you’re in the state, be sure to make it a part of your plans. If not look for Jim and other Canadian riders through Iequine’s excellent feed of the show.


Abbottsford, BC to Phoenix, AZ, with an overnight in Bakersfield, CA.

Border Crossing: Huntingdon, BC/Sumas, WA
Total time: 25 hours (Day One: 17.5 hours to Bakersfield. Day 2: 7.5 hours to Phoenix
Distance: 2,637 kilometers
Road Conditions: Interstate all the way. It seldom happens but occasionally the Siskiyou Mountain Range Pass may close for snow, in which case be prepared to stop in Medford, or Yreka, Oregon.

Jim’s Trip Tips
• Try not to hit the Siskiyou – the mountain range between southern Oregon and northern California at night.
• If a nearly 18 hour drive is more than you’re hankering for in one leg, plan for a two night overnight – one night in Medford, Oregon (fairgrounds will stall overnight), then Bakersfield the second night. Besides the easier drive, you’ll land a stunning view of Mount Shasta on the morning of day two, just past Yreka, CA.
• Fuel up before the Mojave Desert and drive the speed limit in California.

To Stay: The Bakersfield Fairgrounds offers overnight stabling. Find the Triple C Ranch Horse Hotel on Facebook or (661) 845-6937. They offer indoor box stalls, indoor and outdoor arenas, alfalfa for sale, parking and hook-ups for big rigs and campers. Close to motels.

To Do: Visit Buck Owen’s Crystal Palace and Museum – a combination theater/museum housing memorabilia spanning Buck Owens’ 40 year career in country music. See what’s playing at the Fox Theatre, an historical 1930’s theatre with extraordinaire acoustics in an intimate setting.

Food & Drink: Named “Best Basque Food Restaurant of 2013” stop by the Wool Growers Restaurant where pickled tongue is the house specialty. After a long haul, a margarita is in order – enjoy Mexican food and drink at Mexicali. Fill up with a good breakfast before hitting the last leg of your trip at the local favorite – 24th Street Cafe.











Arizona Western Go-Sees

By far one of the most prominent horse events in February is the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show & Shopping Expo, beginning February 14 and running through to February 24. It’s held at the beautiful WestWorld facility and whether Arabians are your breed of choice or not, this show is a must-see if you’re in the area.

This year, the 58th edition of the show will host more than 640 colorful classes, which will collectively pay out over $1 million dollars in prizes. Check back to my post in 2011 for a few photos and words about the show. From the tradeshow, to the stall fronts, to the many classes, It truly is an amazing show.

One of the highlights of the show and a significant draw for western riders is the lucrative reining division. Watch for a Canadian representation in the Reining Futurity Classic, which offers a full and part-bred division and pays out $150,000. In addition there is a Non-Pro Derby and a Limited Futurity division.


Currently ongoing and through to Feb. 3 is the Arizona Sun Circuit, a fantastic Quarter Horse circuit which we featured in our Getaways section of the Jan/Feb issue of the magazine, and I believe a number of Canadians are competing at as well. There’s a number of excellent free clinics over the course of this show, definitely worth the entry gate admission.

Still in January, western lore aficionados can meander down to Mesa, Arizona and take in the massive High Noon Western Americana Collectors Weekend, Jan. 26-27. Covering all genres from antiques to cowboy chic, I’m guessing there will be interesting collections of both saddles and spurs, amongst other treasures.

Fan of horsemanship and cow sorting? Trainer Paul Dietz is hosting a horsemanship clinic Jan. 26 and a cow working clinic Jan. 27 at his Desert Hills facility. Team sorting practice is every Sunday afternoon.

Looking for something new to do with your horse for 2013. Western Dressage is taking off at Carefree Dressage in north Scottsdale.

Finally, we’ve been driving by these tents on our sojourns into Scottsdale. If you happened to miss Cavalia when it was in Canada, I imagine experiencing it in the desert would be equally magnificent. It’s running from now through to the end of Jan.


There’s a Blue Ribbon Horse Show Feb. 10 at the Arizona Horse Lovers Park. 

If you

haven’t experienced the town of Wickenburg, their annual Gold Rush Days, Feb. 8-10, might be a good time to take a drive there. The town celebrates it’s ranching and gold-mining heritage with a parade, rodeo, dance, arts and of course, a staple of Arizona’s Wild West – gunfighter’s shootouts.

If you are hankering for some desert riding, hook up with the Arizona Fox Trotter Gaited National Trail Ride, Feb. 28 to March 3. Held at the historic Boyd Ranch, near Wickenburg, this ranch is nestled in the gorgeous Sonoran Desert. The trails are said to pass magnificent saguaro cactus’s and historic sites from the 1800s along the Hassayampa River. I don’t believe it is a full 5 day ride, but rather day rides with hitching rails for horses, and showers and restrooms for riders. Saturday features a dance., contact Clare Ross at (928) 925-6595 or [email protected]

Dunn’s Arena, at Litchfield Park is a roper’s and sorter’s paradise with weekly events in both sports, as well as barrel racing. Check out the link for a full calendar of events.

The Scottsdale Saddle Club, Arizona’s oldest and one of its most active saddle clubs, has a Western Show on Feb. 17, more details at the site.

Cowboy mounted shooting offers up a vibrant culture in Arizona. Head down to the Ed Hooper arena in Casa Grande on Feb. 25-26 for what’s headlined as “not your Gramma’s shoot!” –  The Gunfight in Arizona.

In Germany, I happened to have a chance to attend a medieval jousting festival. Held on ancient castle grounds, it was a completely unexpected and fascinating side trip, learning and experiencing this vibrant equine sub-culture, which exists surrounding the Middle Ages and the sport of jousting.

Arizona also has it’s own Renaissance Festival. It runs every Saturday and Sunday from Feb. 9 to March 31, held near Apache Junction.

Finally, this year’s Carefree Indian Market and Cultural Festival, Jan. 25-27, features a rich display of native American art, music and dance.

February Western Go-See’s

By far one of the most prominent horse events in February is the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show & Shopping Expo, beginning this Thursday and running through to February 26. It’s held at the beautiful WestWorld facility and whether Arabians are your breed of choice or not, this show is a must-see, if you’re in the area.

This year, nearly $600,000 will be paid out at the show. Last year was my first introduction to the show and I loved it. From the tradeshow, to the stall fronts, to the many classes, It truly is the biggest and the best.

I’m looking forward to seeking out this year’s Reining Futurity Classic, a popular event for the Canadian contingency, which once again, has a stunning $150,000 up for grabs and is NRHA sanctioned. This event has a purebred and half-Arabian component to it. Watch also, for the non-pro and amateur derbies, again for both purebred and half-Arabians.

Photo by Jenn Webster.

Jenn blogged about the annual Hershberger Performance Horse Sale when she attended it in 2010. This year this sale again will feature  reiners, cow horses, cutters, barrels, head, heel and calf horses, many with top pedigrees, earnings and credentials in the show pen. Look for it at the Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Center, in Queen Creek, on Feb. 18.

DeWitt Stables of Mesa, Arizona, will also be hosting a draft horse, mule and wagon auction on Feb. 17-18. I’m told this is Arizona’s largest draft horse and mule sale. Call (480) 266-8190 for info.

More February events in the Phoenix area:

South Buckeye Equestrian & Events Center features a team roping school this week with Becky and Travor Mahoney.

Join the Arizona Desert Riders for their Wickenburg Progressive Ride, from Feb. 15-18.

Dunn’s Arena, at Litchfield Park hosts regular Friday night sorting, roping and barrel racing.

The Scottsdale Saddle Club, Arizona’s oldest and most active saddle club, has a Western Show on Feb. 25, held at the dreamy Arizona Horse Lover’s Park in Phoenix.

Cowboy mounted shooting offers up a vibrant culture in Arizona. If you missed the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association Winter Championships last weekend in Buckeye, head down to Casa Grande on Feb. 25-26 for what’s headlined as “not your Gramma’s shoot!” –  The Gunfight in Arizona.

Last year in Germany, I happened to have a chance to attend a medieval jousting festival. Held on ancient castle grounds, it was a completely unexpected and fascinating side trip, learning and experiencing this vibrant equine sub-culture, which exists surrounding the Middle Ages and the sport of jousting.

I just learned Arizona also has it’s own Renaissance Festival. It runs every Saturday and Sunday until April 1, held near Apache Junction.

If you haven’t experienced the town of Wickenburg, their annual Gold Rush Days, Feb. 16-19, might be a good time to take a drive there. The town celebrates it’s ranching and gold-mining heritage with a parade, rodeo, dance, arts and of course, a staple of Arizona’s Wild West – gunfighter’s shootouts.

I plan to hit the Carefree Indian Market and Cultural Festival, Feb. 17-19. It’s an inaugural event featuring native American art, music and dance.

Finally, if you happen to be searching for a house in the area to rent for a week or two, there is a special opportunity at the Facebook Page, “Cooper Family Trust Fund Auction.”

Canadian Cowboy Country magazine, along with Lindsey Edge and Dee Roy banded together to host this incredible online auction on Facebook to raise money for the Cooper Children’s Trust Fund.

As explained on the CCC website:

“Cam Cooper, 40, and his brother Wade, 44, died in northern Saskatchewan June 28, 2011 in a float plane crash that also claimed the lives of three others. Cam and Wade each left behind a wife and three children.

“The Cooper brothers were well known in cattle country for their exploits on the rodeo circuit and as working cowboys. Cam was a former bronc rider with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, and Wade was manager of Heartland Livestock in Prince Albert. Cam and Wade are the brothers of Ash Cooper, seven-time Canadian Professional Rodeo Association Contract Act of the Year and host of Cowboy Country TV.”

It is such a worthy cause, and I’ve been so inspired by the strength and generosity of our community, just browsing through the page and viewing the extensive line-up of donated items. One of which, happens to be a two week stay in a donor’s Arizona City, Arizona home, including such goodies as the use of golf clubs and yes, a pool is included!

There are literally hundreds of other items up for offer on this page, so take some time to check it out if you are able, and get bidding!

Arizona Real Estate


You might have guessed by now that a bit of my family’s winters have been spent in Arizona over the past few years. We purchased a house northeast of Scottsdale three years ago, in the center of a landscape brimming with bank-owned properties.

Real estate deals then, and certainly still today – as there remain many bank-owned properties on the market – abounded, and Canadian horse owners of all ages gained snowbird status – perhaps much earlier than many of us might have dreamed possible.

One of Phoenix's equine highlights of the year is the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, held every February.

In the Phoenix area it all began with a housing swell, which propelled the economy through the creation of a builder’s boom, construction jobs and the resulting real estate market. But, even as an estimated one-third of the population were supported by this economy, it proved to be false; when the buying stopped, the jobs dried up, real estate plummeted and the Valley of the Sun ground to a halt.

In December, 2008, there were less than 2,000 real estate sales in the Phoenix area, and over 58,000 homes on the market. The glut was overwhelming and the deals were plentiful, particularly as many properties turned over to banks, their owners unable (or unwilling) to carry mortgages three times the current market value of their home.

Dean and I first visited the Cave Creek and Rio Verde areas in the winter of 2008-09, on the advice of a friend who suggested it was a horsetopia of a kind. It was.

Trails to walk and ride are easy to find in this part of the country.

We fell in love with the desert, the architecture and the beautiful horse ranches and facilities in the area east of Cave Creek, along Rio Verde Drive.

It's just so tough to ride in these conditions.

Here, we were surrounded by parkland on three sides, there were arenas in every direction, no wind, no relentless dust blowing up in your face, and no insects. If you ride anywhere in an outdoor arena in Canada, you are privy to what I speak of. Itwas utopia.

The desert blooms.

The hunt began. It wasn’t a problem finding horse acreages to view. It seemed like every other one had a “for sale” sign propped up in front of it.

One of the many distressed homes we viewed back in '09.

With the help of Claudia Jordan, a Rio Verde/Cave Creek real estate agent, we began searching in earnest. Claudia’s expertise in the area helped educate us in details like flood plains and building styles.

This property was a possibility, until we found a good portion of the property was flood plain designated, making any plans to build a barn or other structure difficult.

She negotiated short sale and bank-owned situations for us. She set up a handy online portal for us, where we could log in and view homes in our area, as soon as they came on the market. The portal allowed us to view details and photos of the home, map it and view important details such as previous sales of the home and it’s progression through the market. This was invaluable, as of course we were often shopping from our Canadian base. (As it transpired, the property we purchased was on the portal, and therefore the market, for less than 24 hours. Back then, timing was everything!)

We love the southwestern style.

Claudia has an excellent website, Rio Verde Lifestyle, which she maintains regularly with monthly reviews of real estate activity in the Rio Verde area, as well as horse news, and her latest listings.

Claudia traipsed with us through so many properties. I’m not sure how we can ever repay her patience with us.

Claudia (on left), patiently humoring us with another viewing.

By the summer of 2009, Dean had found his dream home, and an offer was made and accepted.

The view from our rooftop in the Rio Verde and Cave Creek area: desert vegetation, mountains and arena rooftops.

Since then, and prior to, some of our friends have bought in the area. Maricopa, Surprise, Mesa, Tempe and Queen Creek are other areas we know of Canadian horsepeople residing. As this column evolves, I hope to bring you information from each of these areas in terms of their pros and cons – specifically for horsepeople.

A cutting at the Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Center at Queen Creek.

While there aren’t as many properties for sale any longer in the area, a Phoenix area home still appears to be a sound investment. Some real estate pundits are forecasting Phoenix real estate prices to jump up to 60% over today’s prices by the year 2014. While this may seem a far-fetched prediction, take a gander at these new business and investment initiatives currently in the works in the Phoenix area:

• is building their largest U.S. distribution centre in West Phoenix.

• Intel is creating thousands of new jobs in the Chandler area.

• The Cancer Treatment Centres of America have built a facility in Goodyear, and are expanding yet with additional facilities, restaurant and hotel.

• The world’s largest solar company, Suntech, built in Goodyear in 2010, and is poised to expand with an even larger project.

• Rioglass, the Spanish solar company is building their U.S. headquarters in Surprise.

• A 1.2 million square foot open-air mall is now scheduled to open in 2014.

• Plans are apparently in the works for a China-based company to relocate an existing business with an employee base of 10,000-20,000 to the Phoenix area.

Ponder the amount of jobs these projects alone will create, and the homes these employees will need.

Interesting times.

A Stallion Station Redefining The Industry

At Silver Spurs Equine LLC in Scottsdale, Arizona, proud owners Michelle and Michael Miola, are passionate about managing and raising the best horses for the western performance horse industry.  As you browse across their stallion roster, you will recognize the names of their stallions, on the pedigrees of today’s top performers. Silver Spurs Equine LCC’s horses are simply, bred and managed to win.

Silver Spurs Equine

Conquistador Whiz (LTE $110, 225, OE $1,500,000), is one of the many top western performance stallions, that call Silver Spurs Equine LLC home.

The bloodlines showcased within their stallion alley, are packed with horsepower. Their team of influential sires includes: NRHA leading sire Boomernic (Reminic x Docs Leavem Smoke) OE $1,950,000;  Conquistador Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Sugarita Chex) OE $1,500,000;  Spooks Gotta Gun (Grays Starlight x Katie Gun) OE $400,000; Einsteins Revolution (Great Resolve x Fly Flashy Jac) LTE $352,720; Big Chex To Cash (Nu Chex To Cash x Snip O Gun) LTE: $220,160;  Tinker With Guns (Colonels Smoking Gun x Tinker Nic) LTE: $336,966; Nic It In The Bud (Reminic x Genuine Redbud) LTE: $148,765; Boom Shernic (Boomernic x She And Chic Dunit)  LTE $400,000.  is the ultimate dream team of stallions.

Amongst their Junior Stallion category, are five high caliber up and comers destined to also become industry greats. Their list includes: Finest China Rose (Footworks Finest x Smart China Rose); Haboomamatada (Boomernic x Fives Litte Lena); Catatomic (High Brow Cat x Miss Dual Cherlena); Ruf Conqueror (Conquistador Whiz x Lil Ruf N Trouble); Captain Barbossa (Gallo Del Cielo x Hustlers Sugar).

Recently, Silver Spurs Equine LLC acquired two new stallions to their list of trend setters. In 2013, the team welcomed multiple US National Arabian Reining Champion Stallion What It Takes (Ga N Khredible x Sonoma Sensation) and Docs Soula (Soula Julie Star x Docs Hickory Nut), to their barns. These two new sires, offer leading Pure Arab and Half Arab bloodline potential to their breeding program.

Silver Spurs Equine

Silver Spurs Equine LLC’s sale preview on November 1st, 2013.

The team’s first annual production sale in 2013, offered an exclusive list prospects sired by their senior stallion lineup. The 2014 sale, is also expected to offer a stellar showcase of the Silver Spurs Equine LLC breeding program. For updates on their annual sale, make sure to check their website for upcoming news and events throughout the season.

Silver Spurs Equine

Assistant trainer Lee Bielefedt exhibits Lot 39, Lomasi Command (Docs Frizzie Command X Money Honey), prior to the Silver Spurs Equine LLC’s first annual production sale.

The Miolas and the team at Silver Spurs Equine LLC, have a quest to offer nothing but the best. Make sure to check out their website or follow their page on Facebook. Their breeding program is unmistakably marking the leader boards today and preparing the champions of tomorrow.

Spooks Gotta Gun Silver Spurs Equine

Spooks Gotta Gun (Grays Starlight x Katie Gun) LTE $81,000; OE $400,000+

High Tech Vets

If you’ve ever had the opportunity to visit year-end show in Oklahoma City, OK, or the Scottsdale Arabian Show in Scottsdale, AX, or the American Paint Horse Association Worlds in Fort Worth, TX, or a plethora of other large events, you have probably caught a glimpse of the Equine Sports Medicine (ESM) mobile veterinary clinic at some point in your travels. I am always fascinated by the technology this clinic has while on the road and have had to utilize their services numerous times, so the last time I saw it (at the National Reining Horse Breeder Classic, Katy, TX), I took a moment to learn more.

In the Equine Sports Medicine trucks, you will often find veterinarians Dr. Alan Donnell, Dr. David Frisbie, Dr. Kurt Heite, Dr. Shayne Wilcox, Dr. Emily Sander and Dr. Josh Donnell. And armed with their innovative veterinary-clinics-on-wheels, they are able to offer convenient, leading-edge veterinary technology. Patrons at shows are literally able to walk up to an ESM truck (appointments are obviously appreciated), and reap the benefits of digital radiography, shockwave therapy, digital ultrasound, endoscopy, acupuncture, gastroscopy, IRAP therapy, and P-3 therapy. They are also able to offer lameness evaluations, pre-purchase examinations, diagnostic services and various other treatments. This means show-goers can buy horses with pre-purchases when they are away from home, get necessary treatments that put their animals back into top show form or have access to emergency veterinary care.

They vets at ESM travel to shows in custom-made trailers that are basically NASCAR trailers, converted into veterinary hospitals. They've been refitted with medical equipment and allow their vets to provide comprehensive horse care in a comfortable clean environment. With a trailer, the vets can see as many as 70 horses per day.

I’ve had to use the services at ESM for several reasons. These included one of my mares who developed hives from new, show shavings (Dr. Donnell get us back in shape just prior to our class, otherwise we may have missed it); a couple of pre-purchase / insurance exams; Health and Coggins paperwork for horses of ours that were traveling north to Canada; and for a lameness exam. Each time, my experience at ESM has been wonderful.

For more information about this cool clinic, check out: