Horse of the Year Awards for 2017

We offer gratitude to a few of our incredible horses for great achievement over the past year and particular contribution to our team. Our horses are the heart and soul of this ranch, and without them we could not do what we do. 

 Cisco and Justi, photo by Tracey Buyce

Cisco and Justi, photo by Tracey Buyce

Cisco

Cisco gets the award for going "Colt to Guest String" in 2017. At six years old, this little Mustang/Quarter Horse cross is a rock star. At her young age, she is so calm and neatly put together that she has made a niche for herself with people who are frightened of riding. She offers soothing confidence to the nervous rider with the maturity of a much older horse! We are so proud of this little home-bred girl.

 Cisco at three years old

Cisco at three years old

 Who's It

Who's It

Who's It

Who's It gets the award for  being "Beyond Priceless."  This horse can teach anyone how to ride, and she does so with grace! At 20 years old she is still in excellent health and, other than some TLC for her back occasionally, never asks for the extra attention she deserves. Consistent and reliable, she takes the top marks for her "magic canter," which makes riders feel so comfortable with more speed. 

 Who's It teaching Tom how to ride (with Anna on Coco)

Who's It teaching Tom how to ride (with Anna on Coco)

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Chase

Chase gets the award for "Longest Serving Guest Horse" at the Rocking Z. He is officially retired this year! Now, this big Appaloosa was bought by Patty Wirth in 1992 at six months old. He was her rope horse, and became part of the guest string with our first clients in the year 2000. He has had more than 3000 people on his back, although I admit part of that is due to ten people in a day trying out pen-roping on him. 

 Chase and Zack with Viper and Patty

Chase and Zack with Viper and Patty

2017 Arrivals

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Gypsy and Ginger granted us some fantastic fillies this year! Congrats to them on being fabulous mommies. The red one is turning strawberry roan, and belongs to Ginger. Her name is Cinnamon, or Canela, which means cinnamon. The dark one, who will go grey quickly, belongs to Gypsy. Her name is Pearl, as we wanted to name her after one of our favorite people: Margaret. Margaret is Greek for Pearl. They are by the stallion Midnight Corona, and are all Quarter Horse.