These Two Were Awesome!!


Dawn and Fred came home with buckles too.  They were Reserve Champions in the AQHA Limited Amateur versatility.  They also won the all-breed Ranch Riding. What a pair they have become!

I was proud of Chase for being Reserve Champion in the Open.

Hope we can go back to the Cow Palace for another show next year!!

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Chica Champion


Sure was proud of Larry and Chica for winning the all-breed versatility championship at the Cow Palace.  They had such a strong show.  This is fulfilling a bucket list item…..and then some!!

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Cow Palace!!!


Yep.  Fred went to the Cow Palace.  He’s been there before, and so has Dawn.  But never together.

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Bev and Finn


It has been a privilege to train Beverly Sparrowk’s fine young horse, Finn (Curlena’s Starlight). I returned Finn to Bev at a Quarter Horse Show in Corning, California.  This show gave Bev and Finn a chance to reacquaint before heading for the WSVRHA finals in Arizona this coming week.  Both horse and rider show lots of talent and their future is bright.

I was pleased to win the Open versatility championship, under two different judges, on Chase for the first two days of this show.

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Our Versatile Horses Are Doing More Than Just Versatility



Pat Grant and Randy Goodchild took their fine Foxtrotters, Moco and Bentley, to Paicines for the Douglas Ranch Extreme Cowboy Challenge.  Wow!! I was so impressed with their performances.  Pat came home with the High Point Championship.  Randy was the Reserve High Point Rider. Pat also won the Ride Smart division.  These two have come so far in such a short amount of time.

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Huh?  JRH stands for Janet’s Retirement Heaven.  Here, I am delivering Solo Chex, age 30, to her new home at JRH.  I am accompanied by Kensley Ditmore, riding Jack, also a resident of JRH.  I am riding Piper, Janet’s horse, who returned to Carmel River Ranch.  Oh, and then there’s Sally dog, of course.

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What’s Next? Let’s Finish Our Year


Here’s a synopsis of the remainder of the show season at Clifford Horse Training:

October 8,9 San Luis Obispo GSVRHA show.  This is the the final Golden State show of the year.  I love this show and its beautiful setting at Central Cost Boarding and Training.  I will be one of the judges and clinicians, so I will not be available to coach.  But I encourage all of our team to enter.

October 13-16.  Wine and Roses Quarter Horse show in Corning, at the impressive equestrian center which has recently been built.  AQHA is holding a full quarter horse show and a TWO full versatilities, both double judged.  This is four opportunities to get AQHA points while showing twice.  I know, it’s complicated. Let me know if  you have questions.  I am certain that I will attend the first two days of the show (Thursday and Friday).  I am uncertain about whether I will attend the second two days, because……

Monday, October 17 is the Cow Palace versatility show!!  There are classes for everyone at this event.  It is a quarter horse show with classes available for non-quarter horses. It also has an AQHA Limited division for riders not yet going down the fence.  It’s also an AQHA sanctioned show with AQHA Ranch Riding classes.  I have promised the show manager that I will bring riders, and I want to be true to my word.  The future of Cow Palace versatility events depends on the success of this show. We would want to spend the night in San Francisco on October 16.  I can help to organize that.  However, it is easily possible to leave home in the wee hours, drive to San Francisco, show, and go home in the same day.  PLEASE give this show some consideration.  You have an opportunity to be a part of the historical, venerable Cow Palace.

October 28, 29, 30 is the Western States Finals in Arizona.  To qualify, you only need to have shown in ONE GSVRHA show.  It is time to start putting together our team and travel plans for this great event.  We will depart for Arizona on Wednesday, October 26, arriving on the 27.  We will return on one long day, Monday, October 31.  We are looking into renting a VRBO in the Queen Creek, Arizona area (southwest Phoenix).  Based on the last two years, this is the event where memories are made.  PLEASE let me know if you are considering this trip.  I can make it work for you. And who knows?  Perhaps we have a Western States Champion in our midst?

I know, this is an action-packed autumn.  You probably have lots of question.  Feel free to e-mail me at  I have the answers!


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