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Horse Spotlight March 2017 - Romeo

What is your name?  
Romeo


What is your breed?
Welsh Pony


What color are you?
Bay


How old are you?
16


How tall are you?
13.1 hands


What is your favorite color?
Red!


What is your favorite treat?
Granny Smith Apples


What is your favorite time of year?
Spring


What is your favorite discipline?
Gymkhana


Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?
I have a wife named Roxy


Do you prefer English or Western?
Western.  I love barrel racing.


What are a few of your favorite things?
Food, scratches on my withers, and people


What are your least favorite things?
Getting my sheath cleaned


What do you like best about your humans?
That they give me love and affection.  And I like when I get to run fast.


Have you ever won any awards?
Laurel and I placed 9th in Division 7 at the CSHA state gymkhana competition .  We earned a shiny buckle.
 

Tags: Romeo

Rider Spotlight March 2017 - Laurel Bleichner

Name:
Laurel Bleichner.  I am 10 years old.

How long have you been riding?  How long have you been riding with Kim?
I have been riding for 3 years and all three years with Kim.

Who do you ride currently and who have you ridden in the past?
I ride Romeo and Champ.  I have ridden Cassie in the past.

What is your riding history?
My mom rode horses and got my sister and I interested.  I take lessons and lease two days a week.  I do gymkhanas and have done one dressage show.

Tell a little about your current mount:
Romeo is a cuddle- and lovebug.  He is a Welsh Pony who loves to barrel race.  He also knows how to unzip jackets!

What is your favorite discipline(s)?
Western riding is my favorite.  I love gymkhana.  Trail riding is pretty cool too.

What is your favorite thing to do at the barn (other than riding)?
I like to make grain and bran mash.  And I like to bathe horses.

What is your favorite 2017 memory so far?
Romeo and I got second place in Division 7 in our last gymkhana.

What are your 2017 riding goals?
To get a higher place than 9th at the CSHA state gymkhana competition.

What are your long term riding goals?
To get really good on Romeo then move on to different horses!

What do you get out of spending time at Franklin Canyon Stables?  
I get more self confidence.  I have a lot of fun being with my horse and human friends there.  And I love being outdoors.

What do you get out of spending time with horses?
I get happiness and confidence.  When I’m on the trail I feel calm and peaceful.

Have you ever won any riding/show awards?  If so, what?
Romeo and I got 9th place in Division 7 at the CSHA state gymkhana competition.  We earned a fancy buckle!
 

Tags: Laurel

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

Rider Spotlight December 2015 - Kaylee Duncan

Name:  Kaylee Duncan

 

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

For about 6 years, 3 with Kim.

 

What is your riding history?

I started off taking a few classes at another local barn, but there wasn't a strong community there so my mom and I found Franklin Canyon and I fell in love with the place.

 

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

I currently ride Bronson, but in the past I have ridden Lakota and JJ.


Tell a little about your current mount:

Bronson is a great horse, he has lots of training but takes more of an intermediate to advanced rider to keep him in check. He has a tendency to get nervous, but when he does try and ignore it, he doesn't like being coddled.


What is your favorite discipline(s)?

My favorite disciplines are Barrel Racing and trail riding.

 

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

All my best friends ride at the barn, so just spending time with them.


What is your favorite 2015 memory?

My favorite 2015 memory is when we were horse camping and it was freezing cold but everyone still wanted to go and swim in the lake. We didn't bring enough towels to everyone had to share and we all froze but it was still so fun swinging on the rope swing and creating a memory I won't soon be forgetting.

 

What are your 2016 riding goals?

My hope is to compete at State this year and maybe win a buckle for barrel racing.

 

What are your long term riding goals? 

I want to one day own my own therapeutic riding enter for kids with disabilities.


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

I have learned how to be a mature young adult.  Kim teaches you to be confident and come out of your shell.  I used to be pretty shy and now I'm a completely different person. I can carry on conversations and be a functioning part of our society.


What do you get out of spending time with horses?

I get to be loved and show love, there is no greater feeling than walking up to your horse and having him nicker at you. When you gain a horses trust you have a special bond with them. I love how they make me feel free when I ride them, in those moments nothing else matters.


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

Yes, I've won a few ribbons in gymkhana.

Tags: Kaylee D

Rider Spotlight December 2015 - Jen Caruso

Name: Mama Jen

 

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

Off and on since I was 7.  So like...forever.  I have been riding with Kim for 2 years.

 

What is your riding history?

When I was younger I rode primarily English. At summer camp I learned vaulting, bareback and dressage.  When  I entered my 20’s I started jumping then quit  to work and have kids.

 

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

I ride the most beautiful Appaloosa named Bronson.  In the past was Lakota for a year and a half. Also Cali, Blu, Lizzy, Johnny Cash, Champ.


Tell a little about your current mount:

Bronson. Oh he is handsome, blond, curious and loving.  Once you build trust with him he will follow you anywhere.  He makes my heart melt.


What is your favorite discipline(s)?

I love them all.  I am always up for a new challenge and ready to tackle it all.

 

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

Spending time up there with the kids and the horses and learning new things every day.  It is such an amazing family up there.


What is your favorite 2015 memory?

Probably watching all the kids grow.  A lot of them changed horses.  My most memorable was actually watching Heather at a show with Cookie trying to do hurry scurry.  I watched her work for 3 minutes to get that horse to go through the cones and then to get over the jumps.  She never gave up.  She kept working and trying and staying strong and not giving up and letting the horse win.  It showed me just how much growth she had and I was so proud of her accomplishment.

If not then mine is bonding with Bronson at State for 5 days.  It was a huge turning point in our relationship.  I was actually able to get a breast collar on him. 

 

What are your 2016 riding goals?

To make Bronson the most perfect horse so that he used in horsemanship and be perfect for anyone on the trail.  To buckle #1 in Division 6 this year at SOC.

 

What are your long term riding goals? 

To be able to ride all horses with all disciplines, english, western, bareback. pony horses.


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

So much happiness.  I always come home happy.  I have so many daughters now and I love them all.  I have some amazing friends and it is a true happy place to be.


What do you get out of spending time with horses?

Contentment, happiness. Whenever I am having a bad day all I have to do is be there and my mood changes to pure joy.  I feel like a little girl again.


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

This year I took Reserve Champion in Division 7 on Bronson.  I also just won High Point award for all Appaloosas at SOC.

Tags: Jen

Horse Spotlight December 2015 - Bronson

What is your name?  

My name is Bronson

 

What is your breed?

Appaloosa


What color are you?

Red roan Appaloosa


How old are you?

I am 11 years old


How tall are you?

I am 15.3 hands tall


What is your favorite color?

My favorite colors are red and black


What is your favorite treat?

Horse cookies.  Who am I kidding...I will eat anything!


What is your favorite time of year?

Summer.  It's nice and warm and I like the sun on my back.


Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?

Not yet.  I'm still looking.  I have kinda a thing for Abby.  we spent a lot of time hanging out at the SoC.  I also kinda like Gypsy and Max.  We kinda look alike.  I wonder if we are related though...


Do you prefer English or Western?

Western

 

What is your favorite riding dicipline?

Whatever Kaylee and Mama Jen want me to do...so trail riding and gymkhana.  :D


What are a few of your favorite things?

Kaylee, Kimmy, Mama Jen and Papa Pete.  I love my people, and I love to be pet and given attention.


What are your least favorite things?

I don't like it when people act nervous around me, it makes me think there is something to worry about.  I don't like breast collars either.  Scary!  I also don't like unfriendly humans or horses that don't want to hang out with me.


What do you like best about your humans?

They brush me and give me kisses and play with me and love on me!!  I especially love when they curry comb my belly.

 

Have you ever won any awards?

Heck yes! Last year I won 2nd place in Open Division at State.  This year I won Mama Jen a buckle at the 2015 State Show of Champions (Reserve Champion thank you very much...).  I've also won lots of ribbons and medals at other shows.  I was also named the High Point Appaloosa for the State Show of Champions in 2015 and won a fancy plaque.  I can't wait to do it again next year and double!  I want to win Kaylee some bling in 2016!

Tags: Bronson

Horse Spotlight June 2015 - Scout

What is your name?  

My name is Scout

 

What is your breed?

I am a Quarter Horse/Welsh


What color are you?

My coloring is called Red Roan


How old are you?

I am 7 years old


How tall are you?

I am 15.3 hands tall


What is your favorite color?

My favorite colors are pink and blue


What is your favorite treat?

Pretzels are my favorite treat


What is your favorite time of year?

Spring is my favorite time of year


Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?

I have a crush on Roxy


Do you prefer English or Western?

Western


What are a few of your favorite things?

I love long trail rides and getting my head washed


What are your least favorite things?

I don't like Purple flowers because they're scary


What do you like best about your humans?

I like that my humans take very good care of me and keep me clean.


Have you ever won any awards?

Yes, I have won 6th place at the State Gymkhana show last year.

Tags: Scout

Horse Spotlight February 2015 - Dash

What is your name?  

Dash aka Hancock's Stylin Selection

 

What is your breed?

Quarter Horse


What color are you?

We won't know for sure until I lose my baby hair!  But probably a chestnut or red roan.


How old are you?

4 and a half months.


How tall are you?

Still growing but at the moment about 12 hands.


What is your favorite color?

Raspberry pink.


What is your favorite treat?

Apple flavored horse cookies.


What is your favorite time of year?

Winter is the only season I've experienced but I think I will like spring because winter is to cold.


What is your favorite discipline?

Being adorable.


Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?

Single as a Pringle because boys have cooties.  But Blu is a good friend of mine.


Do you prefer English or Western?

Western because my dad was a cutting horse.


What are a few of your favorite things?

Playing with my neighbor Blu, getting brushes for long periods of time, long naps in the sun, and frolicking in the arena.


What are your least favorite things?

When I have to work really hard like the big ponies.


What do you like best about your humans?

They brush me and love me and buy me lots of pretty halters.


Have you ever won any awards?

I am unofficially the cutest baby ever in the universe.

Tags: Dash

Rider Spotlight February 2015 - Kelsey Clark

Name: Kelsey Clark

 

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

I have been riding for 11 years and I have been with Kim for 11 years.

 

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

Currently I am riding Gem. In the past I have ridden Cali, Colonel, Storm, Gunner, and Rusty.


Tell a little about your current mount:

Gem is a 9 year old Paint mare. She is also Dash's mom. She is one of the sweetest horses ever and with her work ethic and solid personality I know she will be a great competition horse.


What is your favorite discipline(s)?

My favorite discipline would have to be western riding, in particular I love to compete in gymkhana but I have also competed in royalty.

 

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

My favorite thing to do at the barn besides riding is to just be around everyone that is up there because they are super funny and are the coolest people ever.


What is your favorite 2014 memory?

There are honestly too many fun memories that I have at the barn, but the State 2014 Show of Champions was a super fun experience because everyone who competed did amazing and I placed within my division. Not to mention it was super fun swimming in the pool, racing the baggage carts at the hotel and riding on Pete's dirt bike.\

 

What are your 2015 riding goals?

My goals for 2015 would have to be to compete in ranch versatilty, become the Contra Costa Horsemen royalty Queen and continue to compete in gymkhana. I would also like to try out some English riding and dressage.

 

What are your long term riding goals? 

To be the coolest trainer ever and to be able to ride well in most disciplines.


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

The barn has made me who I am today. It has provided me with great role models as well as great freinds in a place where I can have fun while learning, working, and teaching.


What do you get out of spending time with horses?

Riding is an amazing thing for me. Every time I ride it's like a stress reliever and being able to communicate with a horse will always be an amazing thing to me. Riding different horses and working on new things also gives me new goals to work toward.


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

I was the First Lady in Waiting 2014 for Contra Costa County Horsemen's Association and I was the State Champion of Division 3 in 2012 and the State Champion of Division 5 in 2013 and I placed 5th in Division 4 in 2014.

Tags: Kelsey C

Rider Spotlight November 2014 - Tony Caruso

Name: Tony Caruso
 

How long have you been riding?  How long have you been riding with Kim?
One Year- all with Kim.
 
 
Who do you ride currently and who have you ridden in the past?
I ride Blu but i have ridden Cassie, Bronson, Cali, Romeo, Loren, and Lakota.
 
 
What is your riding history?
I have done all of my riding with Kim done several gymkhana shows.


Tell a little about your current mount:
Blu is a great horse that has a little spunk on occasions.


What is your favorite disciplines?
Western - gymkhana


What is your favorite thing to do at the barn (other than riding)?
Hang out with friends and give baths.


What is your favorite 2013 memory?
Winning fourth place and getting an ice pack.


What are your 2015 riding goals?
Get Blu to be a good horse that anyone can ride.
 

What are your long term riding goals?
Get to do English competitions on Blu and further my horsemanship skills.


What do you get out of spending time at Franklin Canyon Stables? 
Learning and gaining horsemaship skills.
 

What do you get out of spending time with horses?
Always having someone to spend time with eventhough you don't always ride.


Have you ever won any riding/show awards?  If so, what?
A couple of 4th and 5th place ribbons at gymkhana shows.

Tags: Tony

Horse Spotlight November 2014 - Blu

What is your name? 
Blu


What is your breed?
Quarter pony cross
 

What color are you?
Blue roan


How old are you?
8 years old
 

How tall are you?
14hh


What is your favorite color?
Blue


What is your favorite treat?
Anything. I'm not picky.


What is your favorite time of year?
Summer becaus of all the trail rides


What is your favorite discipline?
Gymkhana


Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?
Yes, a girlfriend named Summer


Do you prefer English or Western?
Western


What are a few of your favorite things?
Food, being brushed, getting outside my stall.


What are your least favorite things?
Getting worked when it's hot.


What do you like best about your humans?
Getting food and being outside my stall.


Have you ever won any awards?
Yes in gymkhana shows 4ths and 5ths.

Tags: Blu

Horse Spotlight October 2014 - Gypsy

What is your name?
Gypsy

What is your breed?
Nobody knows!  The best guess is some mix of Welsh, Quarter Horse, Arab and a gaited breed.  It's not really important because I'm so beautiful and athletic!

What color are you?
That's another tricky one.  Best guess is a Red/Chestnut Dun with some white speckled hair throughout and a light mane and tail. 

How old are you?
I'm around eight years old.

How tall are you?
13.2 hh

What is your favorite color?
Purple

What is your favorite treat?
Cookies and watermelon

What is your favorite time of year?|
Spring

What is your favorite discipline?
Gymkhana because I get to go fast

Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?
Yes Max.  And sometimes Champ...we have a little side thing going.

Do you prefer English or Western?
Western

What are a few of your favorite things?
I love to eat

What are your least favorite things?
I absolutely hate being clipped and not being able to be in my paddock.

What do you like best about your humans?
When they feed me

Have you ever won any awards?
I won 3rd at state in 2013 with Hannah and I have won multiple ribbons with Hannah and Virginia in barrel racing including many blues!

Tags: Gypsy

Rider Spotlight October 2014 - Hannah Wright

Name:
Hannah Wright

How long have you been riding? How long have you been riding with Kim?
I have been riding for about 5 years, all with Kim.

What is your riding history?
Before I came to Kim’s I had done a couple of horse camps but I didn’t start really riding till I was with Kim. I have done gymkhana for two years now.

Who do you ride currently and who have you ridden in the past?
I currently ride Gypsy and I have also ridden Bronson, Max, Johnny, Champ, Romeo, Roxy, Stella, Scout, Smokey, Blu, and several others.

Tell a little about your current mount:
Gypsy is amazing and defiantly has a personality. She is lovable and bratty at the same time. I have been riding her for a long time and I have done barrels on her for 2 years now. She is also great on the trail.

What is your favorite discipline(s)?
Gymkhana

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

What is your favorite 2013 memory?
My favorite memory was when I placed in the top 5 at State.

What are your 2014 riding goals? 
To improve as a rider

What are your long term riding goals?
To keep learning new things

What do you get out of spending time at Franklin Canyon Stables?
I have gained so much from being at Franklin Canyon Stables. I have a better work ethic and a new appreciation for the training of animals.

What do you get out of spending time with horses?
Through spending time with horses, I get to have a special bond with them.

Have you ever won any riding/show awards? If so, what?
I won 3rd in division 7 at State in 2013 and I have won many gymkhana ribbons.

Tags: Hannah

Rider Spotlight August 2014 - Sabrina Foreman

Name: Sabrina Foreman


How long have you been riding? How long have you been riding with Kim?
8 years. All with Kim.


Who do you ride currently and who have you ridden in the past?
I currently ride Champ and Smoke.  I have ridden Diamond, Max, Johnny Cash, Bronson, Romeo, Roxy, Stella, Diesel, Scout, Cassie, Tazz, Gem, Summer, Cooper, Nugget, Jewel, Gypsy, Cloud and many others!


What is your riding history?
I have been riding since I was 8 years old.  It has always been a blast riding. I mostly ride western and do a lot of barrel racing .


Tell a little about your current mount:
Smoke is my barrel horse.  He is always excited when we practice barrels.  He is  a really amazing trail horse and a great barrel horse.  


What is your favorite discipline(s)?
Barrel Racing  


What is your favorite thing to do at the barn (other than riding)?
Hang out with friends and when it's hot - water fights!


What is your favorite 2013 memory?
My favorite memory was when Kelsey and I had a huge mud fight in the rain.


What are your 2014 riding goals?
Try to make it to a higher division with Smoke and win more buckles. 


What are your long term riding goals?
Work hard and learn new things with my horse.


What do you get out of spending time at Franklin Canyon Stables? 
Being in Kim's program has really made a big impact in my life.  Kim has taught me a lot about bonding with and training horses.  I can really see how my skills have grown.  


What do you get out of spending time with horses? 
Riding and training horses, improving my skill as a rider and learning new techniques.  


Have you ever won any riding/show awards?  
I have won 4 Reserve Champion buckles, Division 5 Champion, High Point Champion, a Top 10 buckle at State, many ribbons (1st through 5th), sport medicine boots and bell boots, halters, medals, and trophies.

Tags: Sabrina

Horse Spotlight August 2014 - Smoke

What is your name? Smoken Hot (AKA Smoke)
 
What is your breed? Quarter Horse
 
What color are you? Black
 
How old are you? 17 years old
 
How tall are you? 15.1 hands
 
What is your favorite color? Orange
 
What is your favorite treat? My favorite treat would have to be horse cookies any kind
 
What is your favorite time of year? Summer time
 
What is your favorite discipline? Barrel racing because I love going fast .
 
Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend? Yes I have a girlfriend. Her name is Cookie .
 
Do you prefer English or Western? Western
 
What are a few of your favorite things? Eating a lot of grain and hay, getting turned out and roll after I just got a bath  
 
What are your least favorite things? Deworming medicine (it taste funny) and flys (they bug me- hahaha).
 
What do you like best about your humans? Getting loved on, getting baths, and when they give me cookies
 
Have you ever won any awards? Yes many ribbons, buckles, sport medicine boots and many more for Gymkhana. 
Tags: Smoke