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Rider Spotlight Nov 2016 - Kasara Monschke

Name:  Kasara

 

How long have you been riding?  How long have you been riding with Kim?

I begged my parents to start taking lessons when I was 8 and eventually persuaded them to buy me a horse at 11.  I rode frequently for the next 7 years until I left for college and then didn't ride at all for nearly 15 years before coming to ride with Kim.  I think I have been with Kim for about 5 years now.

 

What is your riding history?

I took lessons when I was younger primarily English, but some western as well and went to a few schooling shows for English pleasure during my high school years.  I did a lot of trail riding as well... I lived 10 miles from my trainer and used to ride back and forth a lot since I didn't have a trailer, arena, or anyone else to ride with nearer to my house.

 

Who do you ride currently and who have you ridden in the past?

I have been very lucky and gotten to ride some amazing horses that have each taught me a lot!  I started out riding Johnny Cash (my first love!) who was an excellent and patient teacher that helped me work on building back my confidence as a rider - I didn't want to give him up, but eventually Kim persuaded me to move on.  Next I rode Diamond, who was beautiful and had a lot of training - a little more of a Diva than Johnny Cash though.  After that, I got to ride Cooper who had training as a reigning horse and could spin a perfect circle - He was a sweet and sensitive guy and a ton of fun to ride!  I currently ride Diesel.


Tell a little about your current mount:

Diesel is a big powerful beast that can be stubborn at times and a bit of a bully if he thinks he can get away with it, but he also has a super sweet side and is a very hard worker.  There is still a ton that he has to teach me and I am looking forward to getting to know him better and continuing to grow with him.


What is your favorite discipline(s)?

 I like a little bit of everything: English, western, arena work and trail - I guess I would have to say I am happiest when I feel like I am connecting with my mount and we are working together and growing as a team and improving in whatever area we are working. 

 

What is your favorite thing to do at the barn (other than riding)?

I like the other barn people and getting to see everyone else grow and improve.  I love watching the littlest kids ride too - and to see how patient the horses are with the new riders.


What is your favorite 2016 memory?

I have lots!  It was fun getting to see Diesel do both Dressage and Gymkhana this summer - he was a power house speed-racer at barrels, and a total gentleman in the dressage arena.

 

What are your 2017 riding goals?

Continuing to work on getting to know Diesel better and competing in the next level up at the next dressage show we go to.  I am also going to be riding some other horses to push myself out of my comfort zone and learn to be a more adaptable rider.

 

What are your long term riding goals? 

For me, riding is about improving both the horse and myself and how we work together regardless of what we are doing - if I am doing that, I am happy.  I guess ideally, I would like to continue to become a better, more confident rider, improve my ability to read the horse I am riding and become less reactive - basically, I would like to become a horse-whisperer like Kim. ;)


What do you get out of spending time at Franklin Canyon Stables?   

It has reconnected me with my lifelong love affair with horses!


What do you get out of spending time with horses?

They are amazing animals that are a constant challenge but also have so much to give back - I find it incredibly rewarding.  Also, a ride up the trail on a warm breezy summer night is the best way to de-stress and end a long day in the office!


Have you ever won any riding/show awards?  If so, what?

Diesel and I won two blue ribbons at our last dressage show and scored a 78% in one of our classes.

Tags: Kasara

Horse Spotlight Nov 2016 - Diesel

What is your name?  

 I go by Diesel (Although I have a fancier name as well: JW Jayes Fuel!)

 

What is your breed?

Quarter Horse


What color are you?

Chestnut


How old are you?

I am 11.


How tall are you?

I am 16.3


What is your favorite color?

Turquoise - Although I look good in just about anything


What is your favorite treat?

Carrots & Cookies

 

What is your favorite time of year?

Spring time, when the grass is green and before the flies get bad.



What's your favorite discipline?

I like it all: Trail rides, arena work, barrel racing and dressage, I am happiest when I am active.


Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?

I am a friendly guy but I haven't found my special someone yet. 


Do you prefer English or Western?

Probably western - I can be more relaxed.


What are a few of your favorite things?

I love having my forehead rubbed - I have a big head and it feels great!


What are your least favorite things?

I don't like having my nose or whiskers messed with.


What do you like best about your humans?

Getting attention...  I love to be pampered!


Have you ever won any awards?

I have won lots of awards! This year, I won a buckle for Kelsey at State and got Reserve Champion in Division 5 and Kasara and I got two 1st place blue ribbons in our last dressage show (I got a 78%!).

Tags: Diesel

Rider Spotlight August 2016 - Gracie Ortman

Name:  Gracie Ortman

 

How long have you been riding?  How long have you been riding with Kim?

6 years in all, 3 years in August with Kim.

 

What is your riding history?

Trail and Gymkana.

 

Who do you ride currently and who have you ridden in the past?

In the past I have ridden:  Tazz, Savannah-my old horse, Corey- my old horse, Loren, Romeo, Lakota, Bronson, and Cali.

Currently I ride: Scout, Rascal, Summer, and Gypsy

Tell a little about your current mount:

Summer is a challenge to ride, and she likes a experienced rider on her back. Summer definitely is a sassy pony and she knows how to get away with things if you don't catch it fast. She is very forward and is doing great in training. I really do enjoy riding and taking care of her.


What is your favorite discipline(s)?

Gymkana and trail.

 

What is your favorite thing to do at the barn (other than riding)?

I love spending time with the horses and at the barn. I also love spending time with my barn family!


What is your favorite 2016 memory?

 This year I am learning how to ride the more higher level horses and I am also learning how to drive the golf cart!

 

What are your 2016-2017 riding goals?

To do at least 1 dressage show and train Summer to be an experienced lesson horse.

 

What are your long term riding goals? 

Give a try at higher level barrel racing and I want to train horses.


What do you get out of spending time at Franklin Canyon Stables?   

Relaxing trail rides, great friendships, and the best part, spending time with Kim!!


What do you get out of spending time with horses?

I am way more experienced with handling horses, hard situations, and the most, riding.


Have you ever won any riding/show awards?  If so, what?

I have won 4 belt buckles, 2 walls of 1st-5th place ribbons, 3 trophies, and 1 CCCHA Division 5 Champion necklace.  I was also 2014 CSHA division 7 Champion.

Tags: Gracie

Horse Spotlight August 2016 - Summer

What is your name?  

Summer

 

What is your breed?

Icelandic/Quarter Horse cross


What color are you?

In summertime I am light dun with dapples, in winter I am a dark dun.


How old are you?

I was born in 1997.  I am 19.


How tall are you?

I am 13.2


What is your favorite color?

Raspberry pink or turquoise.


What is your favorite treat?

I love any treat, Apple or carrot, but my very favorite are tangerines!! But everyone calls me a pig!!


What is your favorite time of year?

Summer time because Gracie, ( my owner) is out of school,comes out to the barn and spends all day with me!!



What's your favorite discipline?

I love going fast so I love gymkhana.


Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?

Gypsy is my absolute girlfriend. I love JJ!!


Do you prefer English or Western?

Western


What are a few of your favorite things?

Eating and being a pig, and I love the pasture because I love to run around and eat!


What are your least favorite things?

Cantering circles in the big arena.


What do you like best about your humans?

They feed me and take great care of me.


Have you ever won any awards?

Yes, all the awards that Gracie has won were all on me!!

Tags: Summer

Horse Spotlight May 2016 - Cookie

What is your name?  

My name is Cookie.

 

What is your breed?

I am a Quarter Horse. Poco Bueno Lineage.


What color are you?

Bay


How old are you?

I was born in 2002 so I am 14 years old.


How tall are you?

I am 14.2 hands tall


What is your favorite color?

Definitely purple and green.


What is your favorite treat?

I love carrots!!!


What is your favorite time of year?

The spring because it is really pretty and everything is so green.



What's your favorite discipline?

I enjoy trail riding and gymkhana.


Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?

Smoke is my boyfriend.


Do you prefer English or Western?

Western


What are a few of your favorite things?

I like hanging out with my other horse friends and I really enjoy showing off my skills in gymkhana.


What are your least favorite things?

I really dislike being shoed.


What do you like best about your humans?

I like when my humans brush me and give me a lot of attention. I also love when they feed me and give me treats.


Have you ever won any awards?

I won highpoint for Winter Bling 2016  and I have won first and second place with Heather at a few of the shows this year. Hopefully we take home a buckle at SOC 2016.

Tags: Cookie

Rider Spotlight May 2016 - Heather Wright

Name:  Heather Wright

 

How long have you been riding?  How long have you been riding with Kim?

I have been riding since 2009. All have been with Kim.

 

What is your riding history?

I started riding with Kim when I was 9 years old and I have been doing gymkhana for the last 4 years.

 

Who do you ride currently and who have you ridden in the past?

I currently ride Cookie. I also ride Fleming and Buttercup and have leased Johnny Cash, Gambler, and Avatar in the past.


Tell a little about your current mount:

Cookie has a super sweet personality. She is very athletic and skilled at barrels.


What is your favorite discipline(s)?

My favorite discipline is Gymkhana.

 

What is your favorite thing to do at the barn (other than riding)?

I like spending time with all my barn friends.


What is your favorite 2015 memory?

I enjoyed competing in gymkhana with Cookie and going on the 2015 camping trip to Point Reyes.

 

What are your 2016 riding goals?

I want to bump up a few more divisions and place at SOC 2016.

 

What are your long term riding goals? 

I want to be an overall great rider in all the different aspects of horses.


What do you get out of spending time at Franklin Canyon Stables?   

I learn a lot of great skills from the people around me at Franklin Canyon Stables.


What do you get out of spending time with horses?

I have worked with many different types of horses and I learn something new from working with each one of them.


Have you ever won any riding/show awards?  If so, what?

I won highpoint for Winter Bling 2016. 1st-5th place with Cookie and Gambler and many shows and 10th place at SOC 2014 with Gambler.

Tags: Heather W