Agracie Girl V and Stars And Stripes SF – 2014 AHW May issue

AHW May 2014 adBy Cindy Reich

Nan Walden of Rancho Sonado LLC had a very satisfying Scottsdale show in the trail horse division, taking the Half-Arabian Trail ATR Championship on Stars And Stripes SF (Allionces Knight x Starry Spumoni), both the ATR and AOTR purebred trail championships with Agracie Girl V (Sundance Kid V x Amazing Grace V), and capped off the show by winning the open trail championship on Agracie Girl!“Gracie is my dream horse — to me, the epitome of an Arabian mare,” Nan says.

 

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Thank you from Rancho Sonado to Sheila Varian

Dear Sheila:

Dick and Nan Walden with Agracie Girl VThis small photo recalls a very happy day when we bought Agracie Girl V from you, now proudly Agracie Girl V +++// Multi National, Regional and Scottsdale Champion!
Most importantly, she is a treasured and beloved member of our family who has brought us amazing joy and wonder. She has also brought her love and beautiful spirit to the many visitors we have had at the ranch, and has been our ambassador at many events ranging from ranch tours for school kids to the annual Pecan Festival at our farm attracting 15, 000 visitors. The other photo is the day we bought Romance V, years younger than Gracie, but very much following in her hoof prints.

All our Varian horses have surpassed our expectations, and made a loyal Arabian fan of formerly loyal quarter horse man, Dick Walden. Dick loves to surprise his fellow ranchers by roping off of Gracie and other Arabs, winning ribbons in Ranch Trail Competition and Halter at the Rancheros Visitadores, and out-striding their quarter horses and polo ponies on long trail rides in the hills!

When late in life, I finally had the chance to select and buy my first horse, I was lucky to find you. You were probably the only breeder in the world that could have convinced Dick Walden to buy an Arabian for his greenhorn wife. When he came to that first Jubilee, and heard you talk about the steps to make a bridle horse, and your mentors like Tom Dorrance, he knew you had a common language, “horse.” I remember so well how amazed I was that Dick wanted to buy one of your horses at that very first sale—you had won him over. (Of course you had me from “hello.”)

I was in a dreamlike trance as I watched the most beautiful creature I had ever seen come prancing into your show arena, and I heard you say to the crowd, “Kay Pasa V has been sold to that weeping woman over there in the corner of the stands!”

Bringing Kay Pasa V home to Arizona was another education for us both. We were amazed at how quickly she learned and how eager she was to please. We eventually would learn that is the hallmark of Varian Arabians, in addition to their glorious conformation and athleticism.

And so followed SC Chipawa Chinks (x Desperado V); Roulette V, Agracie Girl V,  Breeze V, Flower Girl V, Ravven’s Skylark, Renegade Mac V, Romance V, Picante Jullyen V, and our wonderful foals from those great mares, including our first owned and bred 2x National Champion, Chicago Chaps RS (Jullyen el Jamaal x SC Chipawa Chinks).

Early on, Dick, the Thacher + gymkhana star said, “You don’t really want to show and all that, do you, that gets very involved and costly.” And I replied innocently, “Oh no, just maybe some schooling shows, since I never got to show as a kid.”

Six National Champions later, and many Scottsdale and Regional titles to boot, we are having more fun than kids. Many of the wonderful owners and trainers we have met in this business have become dear friends. And how we enjoy just going out on the trail or for a ride and picnic by the sea on our beautiful mounts!

Dick and I have always been grateful that you welcomed us from the very start, given how little we knew about the breed and the business of breeding, training and showing. You staff like Angela, Jaime, Mike, Micki, Israel, have been so kind to us too. You are always there for us, whatever time of day or night.

We know you have worked consistently to better the training methods, spread the word about techniques that are kind to the horses, and teach people that horses need to be turned out and treated like the freely moving animals God made them to be. The trainers we employ like Courtney Spicer and Jill Mitchell honor your example and practice that approach. They appreciate the consistency that generations of your breeding has created—it makes their job a genuine pleasure.

You have followed the compass of your dreams and achieved true excellence. You have stayed the course through the good and tough times. The accolades you have achieved at the Cow Palace and in the Cowgirl Hall of Fame and from the Arabian Horse Association are well deserved. Remember most of all the delight you have given to us, the owners, and to those who share our horses with us.

Thank you Sheila, cowgirl extraordinaire. We believe the best is yet to come for you!

Love,

Nan and Dick

Nan and Dick Walden and the Rancho Sonado Herd

Results for the 2014 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show

 

59th Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show 2/13-2/23/14
AGRACIE GIRL V Arabian Trail Horse 2nd place with Courtney Spicer
Arabian Trail Horse ATR 1st place with Nan Walden
Arabian Trail Horse AOTR 2nd place with Nan Walden
Arabian Trail Horse Championship Champion with Nan Walden, Score of 75
Arabian Trail Horse Championship ATR Champion with Nan Walden, Score of 74
Arabian Trail Horse Championship AOTR Champion with Nan Walden, Score of 76
Arabian Sport Horse In Hand Mares 3rd place with Sarah Shawcroft
STARS AND STRIPES SF HA/AA Trail Horse 1st place with Courtney Spicer
HA/AA Trail Horse Championship Reserve Champion with Courtney Spicer, Score of 75
HA/AA Trail Horse Championship ATR Champion with Nan Walden, Score of 75
HA/AA Western Pleasure AATR 55& over Championship Top Ten With Nan Walden
DUNS SMOKEY LADY HA/AA Trail Horse Championship ATR Top Ten with Dick Walden
ROMANCE V Arabian Sport Horse In Hand Mares 2nd place with Sarah Shawcroft
Arabian Sport Horse In Hand Mares ATH 3rd place with Meranda Scott

 

Heritage Horse Show Results 1/10-12/14

Heritage Show 1/10/14-1/12/14
AGRACIE GIRL V Arabian Trail Horse 1st place with Courtney Spicer
Arabian Trail Horse   Championship Champion with Courtney Spicer
Arabian Trail Horse ATR 1st place with Nan Walden
Arabian Trail Horse ATR   Championship Champion  with Nan   Walden
STARS AND STRIPES SF HA Trail Horse ATR Reserve Champion with Nan Walden
Western Horsemanship ATR Champion with Nan Walden
HA/AA Sidesaddle Championship Champion with Ashley McKinney
HA/AA Sport Horse In Hand Reserve Champion with Sarah Shawcroft
BENEDITO BEY SMA Western Horsemanship ATR Reserve Champion with Dick Walden
Arabian Trail Horse Novice Horse 1st place with Courtney Spicer
Arabian Western Pleasure 1st place with Courtney Spicer
Arabian Western Pleasure Champion with Courtney Spicer
Arabian Western Pleasure AATR 1st place with Dick Walden
Arabian Western Pleasure AATR Champion with Dick Walden
COLD PLAY KID Arabian Hunter Pleasure JTR 14-18 1st place with Ashley McKinney
Arabian Hunter Pleasure JTR 14-18 Championship Champion with Ashley McKinney
ROMANCE V Arabian Western Pleasure Jr Horse Champion with Courtney Spicer
Arabian Western Pleasure AATR Reserve Champion with Nan Walden
PICANTE JULLYEN V Arabian Hunter Pleasure 1st place with Courtney Spicer
Arabian Hunter Pleasure Championship Champion with Courtney Spicer

Saguaro Classic Results

 

Saguaro Classic 12/ 5-8/13
AGRACIE GIRL V Arabian Trail Horse Champion with Courtney Spicer
Arabian Trail Horse ATR Champion  with Nan   Walden
Arabian Sport Horse In Hand JTH 1st place with Ashley McKinney
STARS AND STRIPES SF HA Trail Horse ATR Champion with Nan Walden
Western Horsemanship ATR 3rd place with Nan Walden
CHICAGO CHAPS RS Arabian Trail Horse Jr Horse Champion with Sarah Shawcroft
Arabian Trail Horse ATR 3rd place with Dick Walden
BENEDITO BEY SMA Western Horsemanship ATR 2nd place with Dick Walden
PICANTE JULLYEN V Western Pleasure Futurity Reserve Champion with Courtney Spicer
ROMANCE V Western Pleasure Jr Horse 3rd place with Courtney Spicer
RD WATKINS Western Horsemanship JTR 14-18 1st place with Ashley McKinney
Western Horsemanship medal seat 1st place with Ashley McKinney
Sport Horse Under Saddle JTR 1st place with Ashley McKinney
Sport Horse Under Saddle ATR Championship 3rd place with Ashley McKinney

 

2013 US NATIONALS RESULTS

US   NATIONALS 2013
AGRACIE GIRL V Arabian Trail Horse TOP TEN with Courtney Spicer
Arabian Trail Horse ATR TOP TEN with Nan Walden
STARS AND STRIPES SF HA Trail Horse TOP TEN with Courtney Spicer
CHICAGO CHAPS RS Arabian Trail Horse Jr Horse RESERVE CHAMPION with Courtney Spicer
Arabian Trail Horse Futurity RESERVE CHAMPION with Courtney Spicer

“News Flash from US Nationals in Tulsa!”

Courtney Spicer rode Chicago Chaps RS to a double honor today, winning Reserve National Champion Futurity Trail Horse and Reserve National Champion Jr. Trail Horse. Bred by Rancho Sonado, Chicago Chaps (Jullyen el Jamaal x SC Chipawa Chinks x Desperado), is following in the footsteps of his Champion parents. In 2006, Deb Walden Ralls rode Chinks to Reserve National Champion Working Cowhorse, Adult Amateur to Ride. That was her first time at Nationals and our first National Championship!  Breeding this athletic Desperado daughter to the stunning Western Performance and Halter Champion Jullyen, was a great decision.
 
Nan and Dick Walden want to  thank Courtney for starting and bringing along this sweet gelding who always tries 110% to national honors. We also thank Sarah Shawcroft, assistant trainer, Meranda Scott and the entire Rancho Sonado crew. And of course we thank Sheila Varian for her wonderful, consistent bloodlines.
 
Agracie Girl V +++// also won National Top Ten honors with both Nan Walden and Courtney in Amateur and Open Trail.

Silver Buckle Duel Results

photoSilver Buckle Duel September 2013
AGRACIE GIRL V: Arabian Trail Horse 1st   place with Courtney Spicer
Arabian Trail Horse AATR 1st   place with Nan Walden                         
Arabian Trail Horse Championship CHAMPION with Courtny Spicer
Arabian Trail Horse ATR Championship CHAMPION with Nan Walden
Arabian English Trail ATR 1st place with Nan Walden
BENEDITO BEY SMA:  Arabian Western   Pleasure Ladies to Ride 2nd place with Courtney Spicer
Arabian Western Pleasure JTR 14-18 2nd place with Ashley McKinney
CHICAGO CHAPS RS: Arabian Western Trail JR Horse 1st place with Courtney Spicer
COLDPLAY KID: Arabian Hunter Pleasure JTR 14-18 1st place with Ashley McKinney
Arabian Hunter Pleasure JTR   14-18 Championship RESERVE CHAMPION with Ashley McKinney
 Arabian Sport Horse   Under Saddle ATR Championship RESERVE CHAMPION with Ashley McKinney
ROMANCE V:
Arabian Western Pleasure   Maiden Horse 1st place with Courtney Spicer
Arabian Western Pleasure JR   Horse Championship RESERVE CHAMPION with Courtney Spicer
STARS AND STRIPES SF: HA Western Trail Horse 1st place with Courtney Spicer
HA Western Trail Horse AATR 1st place with Nan Walden
HA Western Trail Horse ATR Championship CHAMPION with Nan Walden
HA Western Trail Horse Championship RESERVE CHAMPION with Courtney Spicer
HA Western Pleasure AAOTR 2nd place with Nan Walden
HA Western Pleasure AATR 2nd place with Nan Walden

2013 U.S. Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Rancho Soñado will Be Participating at the US National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

It’s that time again for the US Nationals.  Rancho Soñado will be in Tulsa, Oklahoma, October 18th - 26th, 2013.  If you are in the area, mark it on your calendar to come and see us.  If you can’t be there you can always follow through the live feed.  We will be stabling with Tommy Garland in the Ford Expedition Barn.  We will be showing in Trail, Western Pleasure Select Rider, and Picante Jullyen V will debut in the Western Pleasure Futurity with Courtney Spicer.  If you would like an annotated schedule please send an email requesting the schedule to cschaefer@greenvalleypecan.com.

Below is the link to the US Nationals show schedule

http://www.arabianhorses.org/competitions/nationalevents/usnationals/2013/docs/13USN_Schedule.pdf

Watch it live online from October 18th – 26th, 2013 by going to www.arabianhorseglobal.com

 

Results from the Region III Arabian Championship Horse Show and Last Chance Qualifier, Reno Nevada, July 7 –13, 2013


REGION III LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER (PRE SHOW) 2013
AGRACIE GIRL V Arabian Trail Horse 1st place with Courtney Spicer
Arabian Trail Horse ATR 1st place with Nan Walden                        
STARS AND STRIPES SF HA Trail Horse ATR 1st place with Nan Walden
REGION III CHAMPIONSHIP 2013
AGRACIE GIRL V Arabian Trail Horse ATR Top Five with Nan Walden
Arabian Trail Horse ATR CHAMPION with Nan Walden
STARS AND STRIPES SF: HA Trail Horse Open Top Five with Courtney Spicer
HA Trail Horse ATR Top Five with Nan Walden
HA Trail Horse ATR CHAMPION with Nan Walden
CHICAGO CHAPS RS:  Arabian Trail Horse Futurity Top Five with Courtney Spicer
FOR GOODNESS JAKES RS: Arabian Western Pleasure Futurity Top Five with Nicole Curry

Introducing Rancho Soñado’s New Stallion, Picante Jullyen V (Jullyen El Jamaal x Precious V)!

Dick and Nan Walden are thrilled to have found this handsome 3-year old colt at the Varian Summer Jubilee in August. We have big plans for him in the Western Pleasure and Working Western World. Tommy Garland and Courtney Spicer will be collaborating to ready him for the Western Pleasure Futurity at Nationals this year. Thanks to both of them and to Sheilia Varian.

Shelia Varian of Varian Arabians, Courtney Spicer of Rancho Soñado, Picante Jullyen V and Dick and Nan Walden

Shelia Varian of Varian Arabians, Courtney Spicer of Rancho Soñado, Picante Jullyen V and Dick and Nan Walden

Picante’s profile from the Varian catalogue:

Full Brother to Prairie Juell V, Region 1 Champion Mare, Region 1 Res Champion Western Pleasure.

Picante Jullyen V is a big 3 year old stallion. He is strong, substantial and beautiful. A full brother to the exquisite Scottsdale International Reserve Champion 2 Year Old Filly Prairie Juell V, Picante carries the blood of Beauty and Western Pleasure as well as Reining National Champions close up in his pedigree {MHR Princess Bask}.

Jullyen El Jamaal has been a magnificent sire for us and Previous V a very precious broodmare. So there is no surprise Picante is who he is. I see Picante winning National Championships in Western Pleasure or Reining and being a sire of note. He has the bloodlines to do either one or both.

Tommy Garland of Garlands and Courtney Spicer of Rancho Soñado with Picante Jullyen V.

Tommy Garland of Garlands LTD and Courtney Spicer of Rancho Soñado with Picante Jullyen V.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Another New a Girl born at Rancho Soñado!

20130527_DSS_10706Rancho Soñado’s Reserve National Champion, SC Chipawa Chinks, blessed the ranch with a beautiful chestnut filly by Jake Jammal JCA.  The new arrival came at 11:30 PM on May 26th.  Momma and baby are doing fantastic.  This young lady is big, strong, and athletic!  We all look forward to watching her blossom at home and then later shine in the ring!20130527_DSS_10694

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a Girl!! New Arrival at Rancho Soñado

Kay Pasa had her filly this morning at 12:30 AM. Mom and baby are fine. The father is OKW Entrigue, one of the most decorated dressage horses in Arabian history, trained and ridden by Patience Prince-Carr of Salinas, CA.

2013 May 23rd, Kay Pasa's new baby 2

For Horse Lovers, our friends the Dancing Freisians

Here is a short YouTube video of our friend, Kristi Ullman’s fabulous Friesian Lueck in a commercial for OPI Nail Polish. It is short and so fun!

It was filmed in a warehouse in Santa Monica.

Kristi recently performed with her other Friesian Silver Medalist dressage horse, Dueke, both under saddle and at liberty at a function at Rancho Oeste. Both Lueck and Dueke are beautiful, and Kristi’s ballet background surely comes through. Audrey Griffin, famed Roman Rider, is her coach on the liberty work, and mentor for Roman Riding the two of them! They are all inspiring!