Thank you, Doris, for welcoming me with such kind words. I'm currently writing four novels and won't be coming here often. I came the other day because Mimi Busk Downey and I are working on the Peruvian Paso Longevity Project (see Press Release below). We want to send this survey to as many people as possible and need email addresses for people involved in trail riding, pleasure riding, junior activities, and other non-showing pursuits. Can you or anyone else here (perhaps Melanie Gainey) please send such mail addys to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org? Thank you very much.
The Peruvian Paso Longevity Project is compiling a list of registered (in any registry worldwide) Peruvian Pasos that lived 25 or more years. Since few breeders advise registries when horses die, there is no such "Hall of Fame" in the Peruvian breed. This project will post that information on an Internet website available to all free of charge--a sort of celebration of longevity in the Peruvian breed.
Verne R. Albright and Mimi Busk Downey are organizing this project, which is not affiliated with any organization because they hope to have contributions from Peruvian Paso aficionados around the world. Information is now being gathered through a third-party survey. Those interested in contributing names of horses 25 years of age or more can enter the following survey link in their browsers: SURVEY LINK HERE. That will open a form that can be filled out by computer, making it easy to provide information. Anyone interested is requested to kindly fill out this form with as many names as possible and submit it. To enter additional horses, enter the survey link in your browser again and you will get another form.
There is no limit to the number of horses one person can submit. Names and data can be contributed by anyone--not necessarily the horse owner. The horses can be deceased or living.
Hello Doris, I'm very happy to be on this site. I have tried several other sites and found them to be rather childish. Also, nobody could relate to how wonderful our Peruvian horses are! So Bravo to you and this wonderful site. I look forward to many visits here!!!
Hi Doris, I'm sorry I didn't respond sooner to your inquiry about the Junior Benefit Show - I haven't logged onto PHW for a couple months. Here's how it went:
Several NAPHA juniors and former juniors were there to work throughout the weekend. There were about 10 former & current NAPHA Junior Members that worked and countless “kids at heart” that worked very hard throughout the weekend!
Despite the count being down to 50 horses, the exhibitors really stepped up and entered lots of classes! Ernesto Sandigo was very well received amongst the Peruvian Paso exhibitors and the Paso Fino folk even asked for him to judge their classes! The Peruvian Horse was the most represented, with 23 horses and a Peruvian took home the honor of Best of Show. Congratulations to Don & Marge Faulstich and their stallion ERB Mantequilla.
This year we introduced “Battle of the Breeds”. A competition amongst all breeds represented at the 2009 All-Gaited Junior Benefit Horse Show. Since the Peruvian horse was the most represented, all the owners of Peruvian horses were entered into a drawing. Toby Risman of Lafayette, California was the winner of a drawing by a very talented artist, Shirley Isola. Toby will be able to have a horse of her choosing drawn by Shirley. We hope to keep this going for the 2010 show.
We also held a raffle for a 2 night stay at a vacation home in Bodega Bay, California to benefit Jackie Garayar. Congratulations to Paul & Nancy Leese for winning the raffle. We were able to donate $1,000 to Jackie and the Garayar Family to assist them through this trying time. We wish her a speedy recovery and thank her & her family for all their support!
All in all, we hope to get the count of horses back up, but are thankful to all who made this years show a success! Keep on eye on our website, www.juniorbenefit.com, for information on the 2010 All Gaited Junior Benefit Horse Show!
Thank you Doris! I drive thru VP on my to and from work each day ") Yes, there are quite a few ranches & breeders in CA, but I've not found many folks who have Peruvians just for pleasure riding. I ride with a small group of gals with gaited horses so we're in good company. The miles of trails here in OPA and the county parks are right out our back gate, so we are quite fortunate... and I also have the good fortune to have found someone in OPA who had many years ago, imported, bred and showed Peruvians... their daughter is willing to work with me to improve my "Peruvian" riding and 'communication' with Mercedes, who is my 3rd Peruvian, 5th horse... she is from Canada and is a Piloto decendant, and was shown long before she got to me! She will be my forever horse.
Hi Doris, thank you for the add!
The Saga of Tabasco the Peruvian Paso:
My dear friend of 8 years introduced me to riding in 2004. She wanted a horse, and a co-worker of ours said her mom was moving and had 2 Pasos for sale, so we traveled down south and my friend ended up buying Tabasco's half sister named Sienna in '05. Tabasco was sold to a friend of the original owner.
The following winter our co-worker's mom got a call from a former neighbor who saw Tabasco at her new owners' and told her he was going to call animal control because Tabasco looked terrible: real skinny, all alone in a makeshift paddock that was really a front yard. The mom said no, don't call-she'd take care of it. When I heard what was going on, I said I'd take her, and bring her to be with Sienna. When we picked her up she was thin, shivering, and she had white patches on her withers and nose from a poorly fitted saddle and too small halter. She was head shy and wanted NOTHING to do with me.
Once in a pasture environment with Sienna and a good diet, she began to blossom. then, 2 months later she tore her front left leg open which required 12 stitches. We paddocked her and I had to tend to her leg and feed her antibiotics, and our bonding began at that point. Once she healed we began riding here and there, but I was always scared because I'm a novice and she was so unpredictable. I had no idea that while she loved me, she had absolutely no respect for me. Tabasco had always had her own way, and she wasn't going to let ANYONE tell her what to do. I've been working with her (after a few false starts) with the current stable owner who has been giving me lessons in horsemanship; and she's finally deferred to ME-one day I'd had it with her shenanigans and took her to the round pen and ran her ass off. Now she behaves (almost) like an angel!
Tabasco is 16, is 14.1 hands, lovely gait, great bloodlines (that doesn't matter to me, but it's neat to say). She's an amazing horse. The former stable owner told me she's been around horses all her life, and has NEVER encountered a horse like her. (She escaped TWICE from a box stall while mending from a bowed tendon, and no one knows how!) She is as smart as a whip, inquisitive, VERY loving (and very well loved by everyone), and had up 'til this year a 3 word vocabulary- "I want", and "No". Now she has added two more words-"OK Mom"!
Nothing makes my heart swell as much as when she sees me from across the pasture and lets out a whinny, then herds Sienna over to the gate where my friend and I stand waiting...
Yea I saw the photos. That day is one I will never forget. We keep wanting to do it again but it always is the same weeekend as Albany. Now we do a demo at a huge jumping show here in Bend. The show has like 600+ jumping horses so it is a good place to show our horses and the people love them.