OUR RANCH FOR SALE!
Due to outrageously high hay prices, our ranch is going up for sale so that we may move to a less expensive property where we can keep all of our horses well fed and cared for in the manner that they deserve. A market analysis is being conducted and we are preparing the property for showings. Look for it to be on the market on or around April 1, 2013.
You may view a preliminary flyer here.
25 November 2012
We have a new phone number!
You can reach us by phone, email, and text.
Our new phone number for the ranch is:
(303) 921 - 0785
NEWS - 26 August 2012
Due to rising hay and grain prices and the care involved in additional horses we will no longer be accepting boarders or adding horses to our lesson horse program. We will continue to offer lesson horses on a limited basis as long as the ones we currently have remain healthy, able, and happy to carry students. As we phase out our lesson horses we will, in the future, only be accepting students who have their own horses.
We continue to offer a Classical Riding Program as well as the CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association) Program for riders seeking certification in levels 1-3.
We will continue to do horse training, specializing in "Starting the Untrained Horse", and will provide accommodations for horses here in training.
April - May 2012
Lori and "RRHR Brody" participated in three clinics with Ralf Schmitzer from April 27 - May 7, 2012. This consisted of 9 days of riding and a Theory Session on bits. Ralf took time away from his Classical Riding Academy in Germany to visit the United States and work with riders and their horses. See pictures below:
Spring 2012 Newsletter is now available!
PICTURES FROM GERMANY TRIP POSTED
8 JANUARY 2012
Lori made an educational trip to Bavaria in October 2011 to study with Ralf Schmitzer at his Classical Riding Academy. Click below to view over 200 photos from the 10 - day trip!
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Deseos Arabians instructor and trainer Lori Torrini is currently in Germany training with Ralf Schmitzer at his Classical Riding Academy. Lori departed arrived in Germany on October 17 and will return to the U.S. on October 26. Anna Blake of Infinity Farm and Jim Barrentine along with some help from students Hannah and Jenna of Deseos Arabians are conducting lessons and running business as usual at the ranch until she returns. You can learn more about Ralf by visiting his website at:
Saturday, September 3, 2011
The Anna Blake, Riding to Music clinic got off to a windy start and the wind only got worse! Besides that it was COLD:( Just after finishing the in-hand warm-up everyone and their horses agreed to reschedule. Thank you Anna for making the effort, we look forward to the "Do Over"! Enjoy a few pictures from what we did of the clinic taken by Lori Cavanaugh who was kind enough to make the drive out to be our official photographer. Her contact information can be on her page of our website. Follow the link below to view the pictures.
Enjoy pictures of students with their horses during the July 2011 "Starting the Untrained Horse" Workshop
Photography courtesy of:
RRHR "Brody" arrived on Friday, June 10, 2011 to stay with us for training! We already enjoy having him as our guest. Brody is in a beginning Dressage training program and will be with us for 6 months:)
Update 24 May 2012: Lori Torrini has adopted Brody and he will be staying here at Deseos Arabians. Brody has become Lori's personal horse and they trail ride and train in dressage together.
3 June 2011
WIND, WIND, WIND!
Wind has been such an issue this year that we have already had to cancel more lessons than ever before. No one is happy about this, including us!
Hopefully weather allows the summer lesson session to stay on track and we can stick to the posted schedule.
With no way to accurately predict what the weather is going to do please ALWAYS check with us prior to coming out for your lesson. We will post cancellation notices on our Website, Facebook, and send out Email Notifications. Pleasemake sure that you call us prior to your lesson if you are unable to check these other sources. Thanks!
May 9, 2011
Apache and Lori completed the third and final Ralf Schmitzer clinic of his spring visit to the United States. Lori attended his Theory Session on May 7 which included a discussion of bits and how they fit into and affect the horse's mouth. Apache struggled to find his rhythm and learn what was expected the first two days but finished strong on day three. Whispering Winds took great care of him during his stay and now that he is home misses all the attention he received there!
May 5, 2011
Lori and Apache completed Ralf Schmitzer Classical Training Clinic 2 at Whispering Winds Farm in Monument, Colorado. Apache continued to learn new things and worked very hard each day. Apache was boarded during this clinic at Whispering Winds and was a perfect guest!
May 1, 2011
Lori and Apache completed Ralf Schmitzer Clinic 1 at Demander Equestrian in Elizabeth, Colorado. Both learned a lot and are looking forward to clinic 2! Everyone at Demander Equestrian was very welcoming and made everyone feel at home.
March 3 - 7, 2011: Lori attended a 5 day Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) Instructor Certification Clinic at the Urban Farm in Denver, Colorado. CHA is a non-profit organization dedicated to high standards of safety and sound horsemanship practices. They certify instructors internationally. They also certify facilities that meet CHA's high standards of excellence. CHA has a standardized curriculum for instructors and students with manuals, certificates, and other program materials available for use in group riding programs or for private lessons.
During the Instructor Clinic, the days were long and busy but very enjoyable. Each day was spent teaching, riding, evaluating, grooming and tacking horses, attending seminars, or writing lesson plans, and one day there was a 100 question written test. The instructors were excellent and attendees were great to work with. The Urban Farm was accommodating to attendees and the horses were great to put up with us all week. Lori was able to certify in Level 1 Western and Level 3 English during the clinic. CHA levels of certification are Assistant, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Level 4, Assistant Clinic Instructor, and Clinic Instructor. Certifications may be obtained in Western, English (flatwork and/or jumping), Riders with Disabilities, and Trail Guide.
First Photos of 2011: Girls Gone Wild!!!!
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Sunday, December 12, 2010
Lori arranged for Classical Dressage trainer Simone Windeler to visit Calhan for the day where she gave a series of private lessons for select students and guests. Everyone enjoyed the day, in part due to plentiful snacks on hand, the warmth of an indoor arena (thanks to Anna and Pete!), good conversation, great instruction, and good riding. We look forward to working with Simone more in the future! Great job to Lori and Apache, Hannah and Bayberry, Sharon and Sierra (she even got into the trailer!), Debbie and Pfaser (1st place for the most whinnies in one hour), Jenna and Sueño, and Sandi and Neo (aka Black Beauty). Special thanks to Jim for shuttling horses back and forth!
. . . and breaking news . . .
For Lori's birthday today, Jim gave her permission to adopt Illyria! Brisa, Illyria and Lori are pleased not to have to break up their trio:) The adoption through Ruby Ranch Horse Rescue will become official on January 1, 2011. What a great way to start out the new year! Thanks Jim!
Ralf Schmitzer Clinic Fall 2010
September 17 - 19, 2010 I and my Arabian gelding Sueño participated in a clinic taught by Ralf Schmitzer. Ralf and his wife have a Classical Training Center in Germany. Local classical dressage instructor, Simone Windeler, trains with Ralf and facilitates his yearly trips to Colorado where he holds clinics at Whispering Winds Farm in Monument. On Saturday evening Ralf presented a lecture on bits and how they fit in, and affect the horse's mouth. The lecture was very beneficial and well worth attending. Ralf did a wonderful job putting together photos and graphics to illustrate important learning points. My lessons all three days went well and left me with a renewed desire to continue to train and further my learning in classical dressage. Ralf's teaching style is quiet and methodical, taking care to work on every small detail of your riding while always keeping the comfort and well being of the horse in mind. Ralf took the time to help me with saddle fit for Sueño, which due to his short back and wide shoulders has always been challenging. Ralf generally comes to Colorado twice a year and I will definitely take advantage of his visits in the future. Sueño wasn't too thrilled with arena work but did enjoy the bundle of carrots Ralf gave him at the end of the weekend!
Special thanks to Simone Windeler for making it possible to meet and train with Ralf, and for translating during the lessons. Thank you to my husband, Jim, for supporting me during the weekend and for taking care of my horse so I could benefit from watching other lessons.
Gerd Heuschmann meets Susan Harris 3-Day Clinic
I completed an outstanding 3-Day educational clinic August 13 - 15, 2010 with Dr. Gerd Heuschmann DVM and special guests Manolo Mendez and Susan E. Harris. The clinic was well worth the money, I would do it again in a heartbeat! My Horse Sueño, my husband Jim, and I got so much benefit from this clinic and from my riding lessons with Dr. Heuschmann! The knowledge I gained will make our riding better, our horses happier, and give us more and better information to share with our students. Subjects covered included biomechanics of the horse, proper saddle fit, cavesson training, and riding to produce a relaxed horse with a swinging back and natural self-carriage. The training and entire experience was priceless!