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My Location: (City, State, Country)
Canton, MS USA
About Me:
I was introduced to the Peruvian Horse in 1992 by my now husband Ron Thorp. When I met him he was living in Durango CO and had a Mare and Stallion. A horse owner all my life I was amazed at the way these horse moved. After he moved to MS we sold all of the quarter horses and were well on our way to being committed Peruvian Horse owners. That is all we have had since that time and we have raised and bred many. Our primary interest is trail riding and we ride trails at least 2-5 times a week. As a member of the Joy of riding program I keep up with my rides and this has been fun. When submitting your riding hours to NAPHA they request a photo and I was surprised to see that they chose to put one of my photos in the newest JOR brochures. Ron my wonderful husband is responsible for many things that bring me happiness and one thing at the top of the list is The Peruvian Horse. Prior to him I had never even heard of the Breed. Come to MS and ride with us. We live close to the Natchez Trace Scenic Parkway and it has a trail system for horses that is over 30 miles of beautiful trails just in this area where we live. We wish you all many hours of great riding and God Blesses us each day with the people we meet with this breed.
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Napha joy of riding participants and others who trail ride. Or anyone interested in buying a good trail horse.

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At 1:34pm on February 7, 2013, Terry Barrall said…

I should have mentioned, as you probably know, Mary Donald is also one of the first to have PPs in this country! She was the judge for the very first US National show... 

At 1:33pm on February 7, 2013, Terry Barrall said…

Hi, Ann or Ron :-) 

Yeah... sigh... It's not an easy process :-)

I had Peruvians for a number of years, my first couple from the late Ted Kakelaka of Rancho La Paz - one of the real old-timers in the breed, and my last from Mary Donald's herd, RBV Peruvians. All gorgeous and talented horses. I sold one of Ted's, and lost the other to DSLD. The handsome guy I got from Mary was sold as I looked at 4 surgeries in 14 months, with a good year of recuperation. It didn't seem right to let this athlete sit in a pasture, so I found a great home for him.

The last five years I've been learning a new discipline that I have long fantasized about - driving! I was so lucky to get a stunning Hackney Pony from fabulous lines in 2008. However, as wonderful as this guy is, I found I simply missed riding too much. Since I board and can only really afford to board one at a time, the pony is up for sale (you can see his Facebook page, "Blue - Mastercraft's Rhythm & Blues" if you'd like to check him out...).

So, I'm slowly and carfeully looking for my next, last & best horse to take me into my 70's. I'm about 90% stuck on a Peruvian, but I'm trying to keep an open mind to other gaited breeds as well. It's hard, lol, as I do believe the Peruvians are the best saddle horse on the planet. However, having had way too much exposure to DSLD/ESPA over the last 15 years plus, I am leery of it. Sad to say, but it's the truth... So, as I said, slowly and carefully looking for a horse that is the right "fit" for me in terms of personality, training and experience, and that I have sufficient confidence will stay sound. As much as I feel impatient, truly, I do not intend to hurry the process. You can feel free to email me privately or via Facebook!

Thanks, Terry

At 9:26am on July 28, 2011, Chris Austin said…

You are very welcome. I look forward to seeing you in a saddle again. I hope that my family and I are able to bring horses to the Tunica show next year.

At 5:08pm on July 15, 2011, Chris Austin said…
Thank you for the kind words regarding the Tunica show! I had a great time. The new baby is now 2 months old and is doing great! Big sister is very proud of her little sister. I hope your recovery is on track!
At 9:17am on February 15, 2010, Ann Barnes and Ron Thorp said…
Yes we rode in the snow this weekend. In MS I can not remember ever riding in my life in snow here. We have snow about once every 10 years and usually just a little dusting never much accumulation. We actually had about 3 inches. It was gone in 24 hours but it was beautiful. I have a side saddle and I see you have some photos with you in side saddle. I do not ride often side saddle mainly in costume class or something like that. We are on the board for the Central states club and have to work so much at the show we often do not even have time to exhibit ourselves. You know how we all just help each other at the show we end us helping more than riding. So we primarily stick to trail riding. We try to ride a couple or more times a week. We have 7 geldings 2 stallions. We have had as many as 25 Peruvians in past and are happy to be down in numbers. We sold all the mares to prevent us from breeding. We will be putting our last breedings under saddle this Spring. Those are the two that are still colts. Have not decided if or when we will geld them. If you are ever in MS we would love you to come visit and ride with us. God Bless. Ann and Ron
At 5:37pm on February 14, 2010, Amanda said…
Thank you! It looks like you both have as much fun with your horses as I do!
At 8:00pm on August 26, 2008, Tammy Woodward said…
Hello Ann,
She is bareback in the picture she loves to ride her bareback. I would love to see a picture. I will ask around to see if anyone would be interested.
At 7:20am on August 26, 2008, Ann Barnes and Ron Thorp said…
Hello Karen and Jeff. Thanks so much for checking in and I hope all is going well for you all. Are you training some at this time? I know you were setting up a place to train horse and the rider which is a great thing. We are hoping to go to East Fork in October for a ride with some of the riders in the "Pasobilities" drill team. Maybe you all can join us. Keep us in mind if you know of anyone wanting a trail horse. We have an extremely well gaited little mare we have had under saddle a few months that would be a good trail horse of good for breeding. She was one we got from Marty Fleming in LA. Nice Bay we could let her go for a good price if you know anyone interested have them call us at 601-506-3279 or email. God Bless you all and come see us when you can.
At 2:37pm on August 25, 2008, Jeff and Karen Marcum said…
Hi guys,

Love the pictures. What a great and fun place to ride.

Hope you and the horses are good. If you're ever up in our neck of the woods, be sure to stop in!

At 11:08am on August 12, 2008, Ana Ganoza said…
Dear Ann,
Horses are the best and take us apart specially peruvian ones so smooth, so nice.
Thank you for your comments on my magazine. It's just the hard work since 1995.

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