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Trip to Australia


I have just returned from two and half weeks in Australia and New Zealand. I presented  a seminar on Breeding and DSLD/ESPA to Peruvian Paso Horse Breeders and to a handful of crossbreeders (standardbreds).


It was interesting to see how the PP has fared in Australia and NZ during the past 20 years.  In Australia they are further ahead than the NZ breeders, but I believe that if cautious and if it is possible to import some better foundation mares they will be able to…


Added by Pam Johnston on June 7, 2011 at 4:21pm — 2 Comments


Due to the recent EHV-1 outbreak, the SCPPHC Spring Classic and Pacific Coast Championship combined shows for May 28-30, 2011 (Pomona, CA), have been CANCELED by the venue. Please stay tuned for a rescheduled date later in the year. This is an official announcement from your SCPPHC Board of Directors. Kathryn Grossman, Director

Added by Kathryn Grossman on May 23, 2011 at 1:13pm — No Comments

AFTH Freestyle Day 3

So after the big trail ride with Mark and Dusty we came back to find out that the guidelines for our freestyle to be shot on Wednesday would now be two minutes long because a big thunderstorm was forecast for the afternoon.  Also, the requirements had changed from performing a certain number of obstacles to having full artistic license....other than we were required to NOT be bridleless nor stand up on top of our horses.  After all, this is America's Favorite trail horse and riding down the…


Added by Jody Childs on May 22, 2011 at 11:14pm — 1 Comment

AFTH Trail Ride with Mark and Dusty on Day 2

After our Obstacle Garden ride we had time to see educational clinics.   The person I most wanted to meet was Guy McLean.  If you have not seen his demo, you must watch one on Youtube.  He is a self taught Australian with an invisable way to control his horses.  The climax of his show is one horse is on the ground and he sidepasses over her with three other horses invisably in step.  For us he broke down some of the behaviors so we could see the training steps behind them.  It was…


Added by Jody Childs on May 17, 2011 at 11:28pm — 2 Comments

AFTH Finals Day 2

I am writing this from El Paso Tx and I can barely see my screen....But I know you are curious so here is day 2...


We started each morning with a meeting to outline the days events as a in the dining room.

On day two, I learned I was 5th to go in what was called an obstacle garden.  This was a small area with natural trail type obstacles in succession so that cameras could get a good up close and personal look at the horses in a short amount of time. We got a chance to… Continue

Added by Jody Childs on May 12, 2011 at 11:30pm — No Comments

What is hands on healing for horses?

Hands on (or natural healing) is the placement of your hands on the horse and channeling the universal energy that exists around us into the horse at different places on it's body. Universal Energy is the natural energy that exist and connects every living thing on the planet. Natural healing is a holistic therapy (it deals with the whole body not just part of it). This natural energy is available to everyone and everything. It is non selective and can only do good. It will find the area's…


Added by Gordon Irwine on May 11, 2011 at 4:25pm — 2 Comments

Filming Day 2...

I hate to do this, but I am just exhausted to give you a good post today.  However..the day included an obstacle course like a very toned down extreme cowboy race.  We were not flawless but we got some wonderful comments.   We were chosen as one of 7 to do some special filming.......

Added by Jody Childs on May 10, 2011 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

ACTHA Reality Show Filming Day 1



We are at a most beautiful ranch here in Texas with streams and ponds and grass lawns!  It is a Christian retreat center and the peacefulness here is amazing.  I have met wonderful people and horses and already last night I had more fun that in a month of Sundays!  Cavallo Horse and Rider has brought a gift for each and every one of us.  We are being treated like celebrities, with thought for our every need.  Cold water, ice, snacks, information, pamplets, and the chance…


Added by Jody Childs on May 9, 2011 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Update From The Road...

Hey there from the road in Texas...don't know where we are exactly but we have 3 more hours today.  I got a cigarette lighter adapter so I can use my computers 3 prong I am checking Facebook and posting along the way! We have a GPS that talks to us, an andriod, and of course my cell phone!  We get text messages all the time...and also I have been taking flip video.  This is to record those moments of when we shopped at a Harley Davidson store and when we had to stop for a…


Added by Jody Childs on May 7, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

America's Favorite Trail Horse Support and Sponsors!

A big thank you needs to go out to all the folks who have expressed support for my Peruvian Horse Junior and our bid toward becoming "America's Favorite Trail Horse" on the TV to be produced via ACTHA.  I have received emails and messages and Facebook posts from a lot of Peruvian horse lovers!  Thank you! 


And then, drum roll please, NAPHA our national governing body, the Los Amigos Peruvian Paso Club, the Central Coast Peruvian Paso Club, and the great magazine, Peruvian…


Added by Jody Childs on May 1, 2011 at 2:50pm — No Comments

Sad news



For those of you know Sonja Wirth at Phoenix Ranch in New york, she has been hospitalized (4/11) with a serious illness. Please remember her in your prayers. And if you hear any news, please send me an email. Her husband and family are at her side.


Thank you.

Added by Rebecca Riehm on April 29, 2011 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

The dream has become reality.......a reality TV show that is!

So ACTHA announces that they will let us know on Monday April 25 who will make it to the finals where "America's Favorite Trail Horse" will be filmed.  On their Facebook page in the morning it was said that 100 telephone calls would be made to those moving on, and that approximately 1000 had auditioned.  So all day, everytime my phone rang I would have an adrenaline rush.  Fast forward to 5pm in the afternoon, I am sad and trying to comprehend not being selected. I decided maybe my freestyle…


Added by Jody Childs on April 26, 2011 at 11:00pm — 5 Comments

I have a Peruvian that I've rescued and wonder if anyone is interested in her.   She is broodmare only 16 years old, sweet bay.    You can email me at Thanks

I have a Peruvian that I've rescued and wonder if anyone is interested in her.   She is broodmare only 16 years old, sweet bay.    You can email me at Thanks Continue

Added by Shontae Thomas on April 18, 2011 at 3:43pm — No Comments

The Audition for America's Favorite Trail Horse by Me Llamo Altanero & Jody Childs

Wow.  Do you have some moments in your life that are emblazoned on your memory?  Perhaps your first kiss, or the birth of a child, or the first time you rode your horse?  Well, our ACTHA audition is one of those experiences, where those moments in a pressure situation, with cameras rolling, Junior and I created a memory that I will always treasure.


So let me back up a little.  Our audition was this past Saturday April 16th in Norco.  On the way up the 15 freeway from San…


Added by Jody Childs on April 18, 2011 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

America's Favorite Trail Horse...Could it be a Peruvian? Nationwide Reality TV Show

Me Llamo Altanero aka "Junior" and I will be auditioning for one of 100 spots to make it on to a new TV show where America will vote for their favorite horse(s).  If chosen, we would need to be in Texas by May 8, where contestants will be able to rub elbows with the likes of Pat and Linda Parelli, Monty Roberts, Tammy Sronce and many other notables. 

Once there, riders will recieve educational tutoring and support as well as the chance to compete against others to showcase their…


Added by Jody Childs on April 14, 2011 at 1:30am — 1 Comment



CROSSBREEDING has been used for centuries to develop certain breeds of horses, and to produce hybrid vigour in some breeds . Breeders who crossbred their horses did so for a very specific purpose: to develop a breed or kind of horse that would function in a specific job. For example, in the middle ages breeders crossed their phlegmatic cold blooded horses with the blood of the faster , more nimble middle eastern horses such as the African Barb…


Added by Pam Johnston on March 1, 2011 at 10:17pm — 5 Comments

11 Tips for transporting horses

Hope this works.  I never have much luck with adding links


It's from something Hitch Up ezine.  Lots of good advice.

Added by Ricki Lechler on January 14, 2011 at 11:24am — 1 Comment

A Day With Cowgirls & Peruvian Horses

The Horses of Peru Equestrian Drill Team had an exciting day at the Cowgirl Roundup and Showdeo at the Hill Country Natural Area in Bandera, TX on New Years Day.

This year over 80 cowgirls gathered together to share a day celebrating the cowgirl spirit.  The day was full of riding demonstrations and activities for horses and riders including an ACTHA Obstacle course, Pole Bending and Barrel Racing courses.…


Added by Laura Mesia on January 2, 2011 at 1:40pm — 6 Comments

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