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Gaited Breed Show, June 13, 14
& 15 2008 at the Linn County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in
La Valentina won
her first of five blue ribbons in the
Peruvian Paso Mare Halter Class. She also won first place in Peruvian
Paso Mare Gait Class, Gentlemen to Ride, Peruvian Paso Champagne Class,
Open Gaited Breed Wine Glass Class, Peruvian Paso Championship Class
and was the High Point Peruvian Paso Versatility Horse. She is now 13
years young, has produced four superb offspring from three different
She was not
ridden during the winter and only had two
months of conditioning for this show. She has never been lame at any
time in her life. Some of her other titles are; National Junior
Champion Mare 1995, Best of Show, All Gaited Breeds in Carson City,
Nevada and Reserve Champion Breeding Mare, Northwest Regional Peruvian
Paso Championship Show in Monroe, Washington. We plan to show her again
in Monroe, WA July 25,26,27 of this year. She will be eligible for the
Crystal Class (Best Horse 12 years and older).
Aureo CR is my 5
year old stallion. This is the first
time he was shown in the bit and won the Peruvian Paso Stallion
Performance Class. This qualified him to compete for "Best of Show".
His physical energy, intelligence and ultra high testosterone level is
a challenge, but he has all the potential of a truly great horse. He
only needs about 4 more years to reach his peak.
Trainer for Curry Ranch is pleased with
one of La Valentina's Blue Ribbon peformances under saddle. The carrots
were another reward for each winning horse. Jaime also won first place
in the Champagne and Wine Glass Classes, with absolutely no practice.
These classes require riding with one hand on the reins and one hand
holding a glass full of liquid. The riders perform maneuvers called by
the judge in no predictable sequence and the winner is the rider with
the most liquid remaining in their glass. It is far more difficult than
it appears. It requires a horse with a very smooth gait, perfect
training, superb coordination between horse and rider and excellent
hand/coordination for the rider to keep the glass level during turns,
stops, change of gaits and other maneuvers. To the best of my
knowledge, no person has ever won either of these classes with NO
I didn't tell
Jaime he was entered until a few days
before the show and he had no time to practice. My only advice to Jaime
was "keep your eyes focused on the glass every second."
Aureo CR was
Reserve Champion in the Best of Show
Class. It was a large class, comprised of all first place winners under
saddle, all breeds.
selected four horses to make a solo ride
around the circumference of the arena. Her instructions were to start
at a slow gait, gradually increase speed and then it is "up to you."
Aureo CR made about 1.2 circles and was just beginning to "smoke" when
called in and awarded the Reserve Champion ribbon, indicating the judge
evaluated him as the second best horse of the entire show.
La Valentina is
having a "bad hair day" due to wind.
Fortunately she is not vain. The garland of flowers around her neck and
the silver bowl represent her first place in the Peruvian Paso
another day to ride
Northwest Regional Peruvian Paso
Monroe, WA July 25-27
All Gaited Breed Show,
June 13, 14 & 15 at the Linn County Fairgrounds and Expo Center
Albany, OR and have recently returned from the Northwest Regional
Peruvian Paso Championship Show in Monroe, WA and experienced many
favorable results on July 25-27.
CR warming up in the
practice arena prior to his first class
CR was the Reserve Champion
Performance Stallion, the Reserve Champion Breeding Stallion and we won
First Place in the Owner to Ride class. We also won several second
place awards against a very high level of competition from the
Northwest United States and Canada.
was his first Peruvian Championship
Show in the bit. At the age of 5 years he is just beginning to reach
his potential. It will be at least 3 more years before he is fully
developed. More shows will also provide the experience to focus on
performance. At this stage he is still watching the audience and other
horses. In one of his Reserve Championship awards the judge applauded
is unique in my experience and I
interpret it to mean "He is not the Champion this year, but she really
liked him." He will be competing at the Oregon State Fair, Peruvian
Paso Classes, August 30 & 31 of 2008.
from the Show Photographer, Jay
Goss, can be viewed on his website. I am ordering photos taken in the
show ring by Jay Goss and they will be posted on this page soon. His
number is 105 on the proofs.
ribbons are his two best awards. I
think the kindness and composure of his eye can also be perceived.
"Show Crew," from left to right:
Henry Curry, Kathryn Zahlis Hodges, Madeleine Hodges and Jaime Aguirre.
Madeleine rode La Valentina in several classes for Juniors 12 years and
younger. It was the firt time that Madeleine has ridden in a show. Some
of the ribbons represent her excellent effort. Photos from Jay Goss
(Show Photographer) will be posted soon.
horse trainer and friend, Jaime
Aguirre, rode La Valentina superbly. They were First Place in the Open
Trail Class. The Trail Class was held in a separate arena with a
different judge, while the other events were being conducted in the
enclosed arena. There was strong competition and it took all of
Saturday morning for the horses to finish. La Valentina has only
competed in a Trail Class on one prior occasion and that was in 2003.
and La Valentina also won the
Crystal Class, represented by the second blue ribbon and the glass
trophy. The Crystal Class is a performance competition for horses 12
years and older. The last time Curry Ranch entered a horse in the
Crystal Class was 2005. Especial CR won the class at the age of 16
years. He is still sound and "ready to go."
La Valentina is now 13 years young and
performs like a horse half her age. There were some people at the show
who thought she was a filly. This type of enduring soundness has been
my goal since 1971. La Valentina has produced four superb offspring,
has been hauled over most of the western U.S.A., won many major show
titles, beginning with National Champion Junior Mare at the age of 3
years, and is still completely sound, reliable and energetic. Plus she
is totally safe for an inexperienced rider.
Oregon State Fair, August 30-31,
superb show crew, Kathryn
Zahlis Hodges, Madeleine Hodges and Jaime Aquirre.
Although I was
not able to attend the Oregon State
Fair due to an injury 2 days before our scheduled departure, Curry
Ranch horses were able to compete due to the assistance and competence
of my trainer and friends. The Peruvian Classes gathered much favorable
attention and the organizers of the event report that they encourage
and anticipate even more participation and enthusiasm in 2009. Aureo CR
won Best Gaited Peruvian Stallion and First Place in the class for
Peruvian Paso Breeding Stallions. Aureo CR is only 5 years of age and
is only beginning to demonstrate his promising potential.
Our 13 year old
mare, La Valentina, and dam of four
fantastic foals, was the winner of the Champagne Class, First in
Peruvian Mares Performance Class, First in Peruvian Bareback Class,
First in Peruvian Mares Performance Class, and Second in Peruvian Mares
Gait Class. We are proud of these results due to the high level of
competition and the respected credentials of an internationally know
breeder and Judge, Sr. Raul Del Solar. Curry Ranch anticipates the
pleasure of competing again in this excellent event next year.
Kathryn and La Valentina winning the bareback competition
and La Valentina winning
the Peruvian Mare Performance Class
2003 Show Season
2001 Show Season