Shows, Expos, Parades, Clinics and Competitions

Newport Parade, June 27, 2015

Newport, Washington

 The Newport Parade and Rodeo happens every June.  This June was the hottest on record,  102 degrees to be exact.

Dwight Opp and Linda Holzer

Attending were Jayne Lindeman, Dwight and Eloise Opp, Christie Hartin and Linda Holzer.  Yes, it was HOT but we still had a great time showing off our beautiful horses all wearing their new Serapes so there was no question what kind of dancing horses were parading down the street.  There were plenty of spectators along the parade route, all trying to stay cool but still excited to cheer on the parade participants.

Jayne Lindeman and Indulto

 

Linda with Duque
Jayne with Indulto

Linda with Duque
Jayne with Indulto

After the parade, after changing out of our hot clothes, after bathing our horses and pouring water over our heads, after all of that, we were treated to moose burgers at the Opp’s beautiful ranch.  What a view they have from every window.  Beautiful rolling green pastures and garden areas beyond imagination.

Christie and Pilsen

 The horses relaxed in the green pasture while we had lunch inside the cool house.  Cool in temperature but also cool in decorating and cozy ambiance.  We had great conversation and great food.

Pilsen

We love parades!  This one was a bit too HOT for comfort, but we’ll sure plan to be there again next year.

Linda Holzer

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Sister”s Rodeo Parade

First place for the NWPFHA group.  Sister’s Oregon, June 13, 2015

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SPRINGFEST   Montana Equine Expo 

Helena, Montana, May 16 & 17, 2015

By Linda Holzer

 Thank you to Becky Maier and Jana and Ray Butler for putting in all the work to add the NWPFHA to the list of exhibitors at Springfest.  This is the first time Paso Fino’s have been represented at this expo.  Ray and Jana set up our booth and were the ambassadors for our breed during the entire weekend.  Talking with folks passing by, handing out magazines and brochures, and generally expressing their love for our breed, many folks walked away with a better understanding of our beautiful horses. 

Ray and Jana Butler in the NWPFHA Booth.

 Ray and Jana graciously offered to put us and our horses up Thursday night so our horses could rest after our 6 hour drive from North Idaho.  Jayne Lindeman and I arrived at the Butlers ranch shortly before Jan and Paul Zito and Angela Zito Farnes.  The weather was cold and windy and threatened rain.

Friday morning we worked our horses a bit before going over to the Lewis & Clark Fairgrounds, a short drive from the Butler’s ranch.  Those that had not had the chance to ride with the new serapes wanted to see how the horses would do.  No sweat, even with the wind whipping horse butts with tassels there was no problem for our seasoned horses.  Horse accommodations were such that our horses thought they were on vacation at a spa.  Alferez and Indulto say thank you Ray and Jana for such excellent accommodations.  Eating grass all night is the greatest!!

Suzy Gray was waiting for us at the Fairgrounds with her two horses and shortly thereafter, Becky and Kristen Maier rolled in with their horses.  The Butlers hauled in for the day so we could practice our “routine” at 4:00 on Friday when the arena was available to us.  We all settled in and got ourselves ready for practice, each wearing our serape just to be sure there wouldn’t be any surprises.

Check out the links below to watch our Expo Routine practice.

http://youtu.be/VIYGlVIHEAk,     http://youtu.be/3pN49vt20Tk

We practiced for a couple of hours, first figuring out the routine, then practicing at a walk until we all knew our part, then at a corto.  While we were executing our routine, Jana was reading general information to the audience about the Paso Fino Horse.  Part of the routine was to stand in a lineup and each division, Pleasure, Performance and Fino would take a turn around the arena while Jana explained what the audience should be looking for.  Jana gleaned information from several different sources and came up with information that can be used over and over again for future expos or demos.  Thank you Jana, you did an excellent job of writing and reading.

Saturday evening we returned to the Butler’s for fried chicken and lots of laughs with old and new friends.  Again, lots of great horse conversation and many funny stories.

Saturday, The plan:  At 11:00am we would be first in the Parade of Breeds.  We were to enter the arena and ride around showing the different gaits while the announcer read a short paragraph about each of our horses and their accomplishments.

The Reality:  Sometime during the night, the heavens opened and the high winds and rain didn’t stop until about 6:30 Saturday night.  All of us agreed, we had made a commitment and we would not go back on it.  We saddled up and put on our serapes (without roses or garland).  It was impossible to get horses saddled without everything getting wet, the horses wondered what the heck we were doing, serapes were flapping, rain was going sideways, wind trying to steal our hats.  (I found out why cowboys wear cowboy hats…….keeps the rain off your head….who knew??).  We rode the ½ mile to the arena in the heavy rain, wind, puddles and mud to arrive exactly at 11:00 only to find they were running late and we had to wait in the rain until they finished.  Most of us were in show clothes or extra nice shirts that soaked up the rain.  There was no shelter; we just had to stand there.  Meanwhile, some cowboy thought it would be a good idea to manhandle his stallion in the pen next to where I was standing, a good kick in the gut always works……not!, then the surrey, not a cart, a surrey came rumbling up and made matters worse.  In addition, the quarter horses had their panties in a bundle because of course we were on asphalt and our little feet were moving really fast and making “noise”.  All in all…CLUSTER!!!  But, the good news, even though we were getting soaked and the serapes became a whip in the wind, our horses were great examples of perfectly trained horses.  They didn’t bat an eye, just waited for whatever the next crazy thing was on their humans’ agenda.

Finally, we were allowed into the arena to find an almost full bleacher section and people standing on the sidelines to see our horses.  Our hats and coats were dripping but we acted like nothing was out of the ordinary.  Every horse, even the ones that had no experience in an arena with a clapping audience, did great.  Ray had a little rodeo when the clapping started but, hey, what’s a little rodeo.  He stayed on, and his horse calmed, and all was good in the end. 


We left the arena, back into the rain and wind.  I had to ride one handed so my hat wouldn’t blow off.  By now the little puddles of yesterday were lakes.  All the horses walked back with no problem, OK, maybe not all walked but all were controlled.  Several horses were shivering, all people were shivering.  Jan stepped off her horse and found out how slippery the mud had gotten and sat down in it.  We put our horses away, glad we had their blankets along, gave them grain to warm up and retreated to our warm campers.  BUT…..Becky and Kristen had a little issue getting into the saddle and didn’t make it to the arena until we were walking out, then came back to find their keys were locked in the truck and the trailer was also locked.  UGH.  They spent some time with Jayne and me and had a little lunch with the heater blasting until the locksmith arrived.

We were scheduled to perform our routine at 4:00.  We all went to the Northwest booth, where Jana and Ray were, to discuss our options for the demo.  The rain had not let up at all, the wind was still blowing, hardly any spectators were in attendance.  We made the joint decision not to put our horses or ourselves through another ride.  Besides, our attire for the Demo was white shirts and black pants.  Wet T-shirt show???  We were so sorry to disappoint Jana after all she had done to bring the Paso Fino to this expo.  She was in total agreement that this was the best for all concerned and we all hope that maybe we can try again next year. We spent the rest of the afternoon visiting the vendors and watching cow sorting…zzzzZZZZZ.

Sunday morning we had less wind, just a few sprinkles but lots and lots of mud.  Everything we owned was covered with mud.  Our good show boots might never recover.  We packed up and got the horses loaded.  I must say that is the very first time Alferez almost ran me over to get into the trailer.  He couldn’t wait to load.  Usually he has to think about it a bit.  Four wheel low was needed to pull my gooseneck out of there but we made it.  Easy drive home except the snow storm on McDonald pass.

We had a wonderful time.  It may not have gone off as planned but what a great group of people we had.  Most of us had either never met or live so far from each other we rarely get together.  No matter the circumstances, get a bunch of Paso people together and you’ll have fun.

The Expo itself was great.  We spoke with so many nice people wanting to know more about our breed.  It’s always fun to talk horses.  There are no strangers at an Expo.  Hopefully Springfest 2016 will be dry with lots of Paso Fino Horses in attendance.

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Paso Finos Dazzle at Northwest Horse Fair, Albany, Oregon   March 21-22, 2015

Eight beautiful Paso Finos dazzled the audience at the Northwest Horse Fair and Expo in Albany, Oregon in late March.  This was the third year that members of the Northwest Paso Fino Horse Association brought their horses to the Expo to demonstrate the smooth gait, beauty, and versatility of the Paso Fino.

Thousands of horse enthusiasts attend the Expo every year, the largest Expo in the Pacific Northwest.  This year there were over 200 horses and 29 breeds represented. The Paso Finos were well represented in their decorated stalls and with a hospitality booth where visitors could talk with the owners and pick up information on the Paso Fino breed.

Mariann Deering and Cha Cha

The group participating represented diverse owners with very diverse uses of their horses. This demonstrates the versatility of the breed and the suitability for riders at many stages of life, from college students to active adults, to retired people, as well as people who have overcome injuries and mobility issues.

Juliana Foley riding July
Brittney Fugier riding Lucero

Group organizer and Paso owner Mary Schoenheit has been in the breed 16 years, starting out in Alaska, before her move to Oregon.  She brought three horses and three additional riders, Molly Brockway, Juliana Foley, and Brittney Fugier-Velazquez,  to the Expo.  Two of her horses, Lucero and July, brother and sister pair, both 19 and veterans of the trail and regional shows, demonstrated their gait in a figure eight pair ride with matching strides.  Her third horse, Legado, was shown in bella forma lines showing off the beauty and athleticism of the Paso Fino form and gait.  Mary owns a bed and breakfast and barn for horse travelers, along with a boarding stable.  Her daughter and partner in her farm, Jerri Gillean, is a Paso Fino steward, and provided “ground crew” support and photography for the group at the Expo.

Fay & Dennis Seppala

Mariann Deering, long time a Paso Fino owner and enthusiast in the Northwest and veteran of many shows throughout the country, led the group’s entrance into the ring on Cha Cha, her seasoned trail and show horse, carrying the American Flag. Mariann has been a long-time member of the Northwest Paso Fino Horse Association and supporter of the breed in the Northwest.  She will be competing with her young filly in Florida in a number of competitions this season.

Mariann Deering & Cha Cha

Fay and Dennis Seppala rode two lovely Pasos with very different uses and styles.  Dennis, a casual trail rider, rode his easy-going pleasure gelding, Saint, and Fay rode Macias, her fast moving pleasure gelding who is a fun ride on the trail and has been shown at the national level.  With a stallion and top quality mares, Fay and Dennis are developing a Paso Fino breeding program in Oregon with a baby on the ground this spring and another one on the way.  Fay is making plans for national competitions with several of her horses this year. Fay contributed the skills of her trainer to give the group a little coaching on a nice presentation.

Donna Randall & Tia

Donna Randall, a veteran horsewoman, but fairly new to the Paso breed, brought her four year old filly, Tia, for her first time in a show ring.  Donna has only been working with Tia about six months, and she definitely had a case of show nerves, but with Donna’s gentle guidance, she showed her beautiful potential for the future. Donna and her daughter Randee  become Paso enthusiasts when Randee acquired Tia’s brother several years. Donna and Randee have been putting their equestrian skills to use working with and training their young horses for trail riding, driving, and future competitions.  Donna is coaching some of the local Paso Fino owners with driving training for their Pasos.

Terri Solina and Toro

Dedicated trail rider and long-time Paso owner, Terri Solina, a new member of the Northwest Paso group, brought her flashy, high stepping gelding, Toro, to the show arena for the first time.  Because Toro shines as a trail horse, Terri demonstrated his smoothness and gait, moving flawlessly through a set of poles. Terri has overcome a debilitating accident to be able to ride again, and the smooth gate of the Paso Fino is comfortable for her to spend many hours in the saddle enjoying Oregon’s trails with her riding companions.  Kuddos to Terri’s friend Summer of Summatime Fotographie and S.D. 2010 Photography for taking wonderful pictures and videos for the group and sharing them on social media.

https://www.facebook.com/sd.2010.photography

Molly Brockway demonstrating Bella Forma with Legado

 Participating in an Expo is a wonderful way for Paso Fino owners to come together and work together to share their horses with equine enthusiasts from all walks of life. Members of the Northwest Paso Fino Horse Association have become increasingly active over the past 10 years in promoting the breed in the West, getting together out on the trails and in the show ring, and just having fun together.  All the participants have great memories of working together, riding together, and sharing the effort and the fun of the Expo with their wonderful Paso Fino horses.  It was a rewarding, smooth riding three days.

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OREGON STATE FAIR HORSE SHOW 2014

 

Paso Fino Horses Placements,    Judge: Nicolas Burgos

Class#, Horse Name, Ridden By, Owned By

Class 408 Paso Fino Pleasure Schooling, Open

1st 464 Sierra Medalla, April Carter, April Carter

2nd 451 Sierra Califa, Fay Seppala, Fay Seppala

Class 413 Paso Fino Pleasure Mares, Open

1st 473 Lyrica de Toledano, Jackie Fleming, Rancho Toledano                                            2nd 462 La Isabella de Toledano, Patricia McKinney, Rancho Toledano                                3rd 476 Zelia de Toledano, Elena Silva, Elena Silva

Class 418 Paso Fino Western Pleasure

1st 468 Lucero del Norte , Brittney Fugier-Velazquez,  Mary Schoenheit (Pictured)

 Class 424 Paso Fino Pleasure Geldings, Open

Rollyn Betts with Fay
Mesias First Place Open Pleasure Geldings

1st 453 Mesias de Llano Bonito, Fay Seppala, Fay Seppala

2nd 459 Flying M Capacho, Mariann Deering, Mariann Deering (Pictured left)

3rd 467 Destino de Toledano, Carrie Holben, Carrie Holben

4th 456 Testigo de Besilu, Linda Holzer, Linda Holzer (Pictured Right)

5th 468 Lucero del Norte, Brittney Fugier-Velazquez, Mary Schoenheit

Class 428 Paso Fino Country Pleasure

Patricia
First Place Country Pleasure

1st 462 La Isabella de Toledano, Patricia McKinney, Rancho Toledano

2nd 476 Zelia de Toledano, Elena Silva, Elena Silva

3rd 454 Springstar D C, Fay Seppala, Fay Seppala

 Class 431 Paso Fino Adult Equitation, Amateur

Patricia and Isabella
Adult Equitation, Second Place

1st 473 Lyrica de Toledano, Jackie Fleming, Rancho Toledano

2nd 462 La Isabella de Toledano, Patricia McKinney, Rancho Toledano

3rd 468 Lucero del Norte, Brittney Fugier-Velazquez, Mary Schoenheit (pictured)

4th 467 Destino de Toledano, Carrie Holben, Carrie Holben

Class 459 Paso Fino Pleasure Geldings AOTR

1st 453 Mesias de Llano Bonito, Fay Seppala, Fay Seppala

2nd 467 Destino de Toledano, Carrie Holben, Carrie Holben

3rd 456 Testigo de Besilu, Linda Holzer, Linda Holzer

Class 474 Paso Fino Pleasure Championship, Open

Fay & Mesias
First Place, Amateur Owner Championship

Fay & Mesias,
Pleasure Championship

1st 453 Mesias de Llano Bonito, Fay Seppala, Fay Seppala

2nd 464 Sierra Medalla, Alberto Sierra, April Carter

3rd 473 Lyrica de Toledano, Jackie Fleming, Rancho Toledano

4th 459 Flying M Capacho, Mariann Deering, Mariann Deering

Class 479 Paso Fino Pleasure AOTR Championship

1st 473 Lyrica de Toledano, Yvette Trevorrow, Rancho Toledano

2nd 464 Sierra Medalla, April Carte,r April Carter

3rd 453 Mesias de Llano Bonito,, Fay Seppala, Fay Seppala

4th 476 Zelia de Toledano, Elena Silva, Elena Silva

Class 494 Paso Fino Performance Geldings, Open

Christie & Alferez

1st 474 Tornado de Toledano, Yvette Trevorrow, Rancho Toledano

2nd 457 Alferez del Dictado,r Christie Hartin, Christie Hartin

3rd 458 El Contrato de La Caridad, Harry Madera, Harry Madera

Class 495 Paso Fino Performance Stallions, Open

1st 475 Mercurio de Toledano, Yvette Trevorrow, Rancho Toledano

Class 503 Paso Fino Performance Open Championship

Christie & Alferez

1st 475 Mercurio de Toledano, Yvette Trevorrow, Rancho Toledano

2nd 474 Tornado de Toledano, Jackie Fleming, Rancho Toledano

3rd 457 Alferez del Dictador, Christie Hartin, Christie Hartin

4th 458 El Contrato de La Caridad, Harry Madera, Harry Madera

Class 510 Paso Fino Horse, Bella Forma Open

1st 459 Flying M Capacho, Mariann Deering, Mariann Deering

2nd 469 Legado PLF, Mary Schoenheit, Mary Schoenheit

Class 511 Paso Fino Horse, Bella Forma Championship

Mary Schoenheit & Mariann Deering, Bella Forma Championship

1st 459 Flying M Capacho, Mariann Deering, Mariann Deering

2nd 469 Legado PLF, Mary Schoenheit, Mary Schoenheit

Class 531 Paso Fino Classic Fino Mares, Open

1st 452 La Regalia, Fay Seppala, Fay Seppala

2nd 472 Alegria de Toledano, Yvette Trevorrow, Rancho Toledano

3rd 471 Contravictoria de Nueva, Patricia Macugay, Patricia Macugay

Class 543 Paso Fino Pleasure Mares, AOTR – Bruce Reed Memorial Class

Bruce Reed Memorial Plate

1st 464 Sierra Medalla, April Carter, April Carter

2nd 473 Lyrica de Toledano, Yvette Trevorrow, Rancho Toledano

3rd 476 Zelia de Toledano, Elena Silva, Elena Silva

4th 466 Lucera Reeda, Elizabeth Reed, Elizabeth Reed

5th 465 Princesa Reeda de Rioto, Carrie Perry, Carrie Perry

Class 548 Paso Fino Classic Fino Mares, A/O

Fay and LaRegalia
First Place, Open Fino Mares

1st 452 La Regalia, Fay Seppala, Fay Seppala

2nd 472 Alegria de Toledano, Yvette Trevorrow, Rancho Toledano

3rd 471 Contravictoria de Nueva, Patricia Macugay, Patricia Macugay

Class 556 Paso Fino Classic Fino Geldings, Open

1st 456 Testigo de Besilu, Linda Holzer, Linda Holzer

Class 557 Paso Fino Classic Fino Stallions, Open

1st 461 JR de Milagr,o Angel Matos, William Brooker

2nd 463 Descarte de JF, April Carter, April Carter

Class 561 Paso Fino Classic Fino Geldings, A/O

Linda & Fay dressed and ready for the Fino Class

1st 477 El Faro de Dona Tona, Mariann Deering, US Cowgirl, Inc

2nd 456 Testigo de Besilu, Linda Holzer, Linda Holzer

Class 562 Paso Fino Classic Fino Stallions, A/O

1st 463 Descarte de JF, April Carter, April Carter

2nd 461 JR de Milagro, William Brooker, William Brooker

Class 570 Paso Fino Classic Fino Championship, Open

1st 463 Descarte de JF, Alberto Sierra, April Carter

2nd 461 JR de Milagro, Angel Matos, William Brooker

3rd 471 Contravictoria de Nueva, Patricia Macugay, Patricia Macugay

Class 580 Paso Fino Performance A/O Geldings

1st 458 El Contrato de La Caridad, Harry Madera, Harry Madera

2nd 474 Tornado de Toledano, Yvette Trevorrow, Rancho Toledano

3rd 457 Alferez del Dictador, Linda Holzer, Christie Hartin

Class 581 Paso Fino Performance A/O Stallions

1st 475 Mercurio de Toledanon Yvette Trevorrown Rancho Toledano

Class 557 Paso Fino Classic Fino Stallions, Open

1st 461 JR de Milagro, Angel Matos, William Brooker

2nd 463 Descarte de JF, April Carter, April Carter

Class 561 Paso Fino Classic Fino Geldings, A/O

1st 477 El Faro de Dona Tona, Mariann Deering, US Cowgirl, Inc

2nd 456 Testigo de Besilu, Linda Holzer, Linda Holzer

Class 562 Paso Fino Classic Fino Stallions, A/O

1st 463 Descarte de JFr April Carterr April Carter

2nd 461 JR de Milagror William Brookerr William Brooker

Class 570 Paso Fino Classic Fino Championship, Open

1st 463 Descarte de JFr Alberto Sierrar April Carter

2nd 461 JR de Milagror Angel Matosr William Brooker

3rd 471 Contravictoria de Nuevar Patricia Macugay Patricia Macugay

Class 580 Paso Fino Performance A/O Geldings

1st 458 El Contrato de La Caridad Harr,y Madera, Harry Madera

2nd 474 Tornado de Toledano, Yvette Trevorrow, Rancho Toledano

3rd 457 Alferez del Dictador, Linda Holzer, Christie Hartin

Class 581 Paso Fino Performance A/O Stallions

1st 475 Mercurio de Toledano, Yvette Trevorrow, Rancho Toledano

Class 593 Paso Fino Performance A/O Championship

Linda & Alferez

1st 458 El Contrato de La Caridad, Harry Madera, Harry Madera

2nd 475 Mercurio de Toledano, Yvette Trevorrow, Rancho Toledano

3rd 457 Alferez del Dictado,r Linda Holzer, Christie Hartin

Class 601 Paso Fino Costume

1st 468 Lucero del Norte, Brittney Fugier-Velazquez, Mary Schoenheit

2nd 476 Zelia de Toledano, Elena Silva, Elena Silva

3rd 462 La Isabella de Toledano, Patricia McKinney, Rancho Toledano

4th 473 Lyrica de Toledano, Jackie Fleming, Rancho Toledano

Class 602 Paso Fino Classic Fino A/O Championship

Mariann, Fay, Linda & April
Fino A/O Championship

1st 463 Descarte de JF, April Carter, April Carter

2nd 452 La Regalia, Fay Seppala, Fay Seppala

3rd 461 JR de Milagro, William Brooker, William Brooker

4th 477 El Faro de Dona Tona, Mariann Deering, US Cowgirl, Inc

What better prize than your own drinking glass!!
Mariann & Linda


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2014 MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, FRANKLIN COUNTY SADDLE CLUB, PASO, WA

Christie Hartin & Alferez

We enjoyed a beautiful weekend at the Franklin County Saddle Club in Pasco Washington.  We were joined by the Peruvian Paso Club sharing the facilities, meeting room and arenas.

Jayne Lindeman & Indulto

 

Jayne & Indulto

Alberto Sierra was our clinician and our main focus was showing our horses to the best of their ability.  Attending the Clinic was Marilynn Baker riding Tia, Christie Hartin riding Alferez, Jayne Lindeman riding Indulto, Linda Holzer riding Testigo and Dwight Ott riding Rebelita.  Auditing the clinic were Becky and Neil Maier (also our photographer), Brittney Fugier-Velazquez, Fay Cammenvind, Eloise Ott, Esteban Ambrad-Chalea and Tamara.

Most of us arrived on Friday afternoon, got set up and visited with friends.  Marilynn and David Baker invited all of us, including the Peruvian group, to their home for a dessert with wonderful goodies and good conversation.  Thank you Marilynn and David.

Dwight Ott riding Rebelita

Saturday, Dwight and Eloise Ott joined the Peruvian group on a wine ride at nearby vineyards.  All came back with big smiles.  Not sure if it was because of the ride or the wine but a good time was had by all.  The rest of us concentrated on gait, transitions, manners and numerous other things that always come up when trying to get the best from your horse.  We all learned a lot and came home sore and bruised.  I wasn’t sure if I had attended a horse clinic or a wrestling clinic, Testigo was a challenge!!  Christie and I traded horses for this show season.  She’s learning Alferez and I’m learning Testigo.  Because the clinic was small, we each had individual lessons concentrating on areas we needed to work on.

Marilynn Baker & Tia

 

Marilynn Baker & Tia

Saturday night Esteban and Tamara invited all of us to their home for a fabulous Paella dinner. The best Paella I’ve ever tasted with delicious clams, shrimp, lobster, pork, sausage (and more that I can’t remember) all on a bed of rice with the most wonderful flavor.  Truly a night to remember.  Thank you Esteban and Tamara for an unforgettable meal.

Sunday, Dwight joined the rest of us and we continued working on what we had begun the day before.  We then all took the rail and practiced passing, reversing, walk, corto and largo.  The afternoon session was spent in our lawn chairs, with the beverage of choice, in the shade.  Alberto showed us different bits, bosals and jacimas explaining the function and reason for each.  We had a lively conversation about various subjects regarding the Paso Fino.  We then had a short demonstration of Alberto’s Sierra Horse Halter and Alberto used Alferez to show the importance of a proper hoof trim.

Linda Holzer & Testigo

Linda & Testigo

Sunday evening was our potluck sharing with the Peruvian group.  It was nice to meet new friends and we all expressed an interest in getting together again in the future.

Christie & Alferez

Monday morning we again saddled up and continued practicing what we had learned on Saturday and Sunday.  We had a “fun show” and practiced the line up, all in good fun.

Eloise Ott, Auditor

Around 11:00 the public was invited to a demonstration put on by both breeds individually.  There was a question and answer period following the demo.  We had over 20 people to watch our beautiful horses.

Our thanks to Alberto Sierra for a weekend packed with information that we can all take home and put to use.  This show season, all of us will be ready to compete with confidence knowing our horses are the best they can be.

Linda

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NORTHWEST HORSE FAIR & EXPO           March 20-23, 2014

Brittany & Lucero

The Northwest Paso Fino Horse Association represented our breed by demonstrating the gait and the versatility of our beautiful Paso Finos at the Northwest Expo in Albany Oregon.

Past President, Mary Schoenheit, organized eight horses and riders from her farm, Synergy Stables, and put on a great demonstration of all types from Bella Forma, show, trail and costume.  In addition, Dee Myers, dressed in Western wear, showed the versatility of our breed by demonstrating the corto and canter with a champagne glass, never spilling a drop.

Dee & Gotcha (Jose de Yellowstone)

Marilynn Bunnell and Cruiser took part in the All Breed Trail Challenge and placed 4th with more than 30 horses competing.  Marilynn and Cruiser completed difficult obstacles including pushing the Flintstones car, crossing a rolling bridge and jumping in a figure 8, along with many others. It was wonderful to see her Paso Fino complete the course with grace and such a willing attitude.  Her Freestyle at the end of the competition was roping a toy cow and roping Cruiser while walking, all the while singing a song especially written for the Albany Expo.  It was very creative and the audience loved it.  You can check out what Dee and Marilynn are up to at their website: damawesome.com

Our aisle was decorated with banners and posters.  We had PFHA and NWPFHA information available at our table with magazines and other information for the public to take home.  Someone was always there to answer questions about our horses.  The public is always interested in our “dancing horses”.

There were many breeds represented and it was our pleasure to be able to meet other owners and talk about our breed.  We would like to thank PFHA for supporting our efforts this year.  I think it was a huge success and people that had never heard of a Paso Fino went home with a “Paso Smile”, wanting to try the smoothest ride in the world.   

Linda Holzer,   Delegate, NWPFHA

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