Congratulations to our trainer Anibal Garriga de Jesus and his lovely bride Yomira on their wedding today!
April Equine Spotlight of the Month
Posted on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 9:39 AM
Deep Blue's Blue Bonnie
This mare loves the show ring! She doesn't just out perform her competitors in ability, but with her sheer joy and passion for being in the ring.
2018 was a great year for Bonnie and Trainer, Mark Wilson, in the fine harness classes. We were honored last week when the award came in for third place for the USEF National Horse of the Year Fine Harness Open division. This year Bonnie will be showing under saddle with rider and owner, Heather Shea.
The first show of the season started out with this dynamic duo winning both Three Gaited Park classes at the UPHA CH 16 Spring show in Tampa. Our 2018 show season with Bonnie was a great year but we look forward to seeing her compete under saddle this year!
Bonnie's foal is due to arrive next month. Keep an eye out for news this month as Mark continues Bonnie's training for the upcoming Germantown Charity Horse Show and we prepare for her new foal to arrive.
Photoshop finds his home
Posted on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 11:26 AM
Photoshop aka Huey will be missed around here. His goofy but sweet ground manners always made him a hit with our lesson students and anyone who walked in the barn. Which is why we were thrilled to see him go to Ms. Logan, who plans on riding him in Academy. We are so thankful he found someone to take good care of him and we wish you and Huey the very best in everything you do together!
"Boss" is the boss
Posted on Monday, April 8, 2019 at 9:46 PM
A little cliche, I know, but how can you not be proud of this gelding? Not only was he the first foal ever bred and born here at Spring Lane Ranch but he just never seems to stop performing and surprising us. Which we were just recently when we received the ribbon and announcement from the Paso Fino Horse Association naming Mandartario de Spring "Top 10 Gelding of the Year" 2018 for Bella Forma.
Awards aren't new to Boss as you see him pictured below winning the 2017 and the 2018 Grand National Champion Bella Forma Gelding. He's currently training under saddle for the fino division with Anibal Garriga de Jesus. To learn more about "Boss" or any of our other Paso Fino horses please contact our office.
Riding Client Has Close Call
Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 2:40 PM
It wasn't long ago when our entire staff took the CPR certification but it's one of those things many people get but never use. That wasn't the case last week when one of our new clients, 15-year-old Bryelle Touchton came in for her first ever riding lesson.
She had been asking her parents and grandparents for these lessons and finally decided on our ranch as her choice since she lives right down the road. We put her with our trainer Anibal Garriga de Jesus and his Assistant Joel Ortiz. Bryelle seemed to really enjoy the lesson, smiling and even high fiving Joel on the way back up to the barn as she led Canela, one of the horses we use for lessons.
When she reached the tie down with Canela, everything changed. Byrelle went to her knees and then face down on the ground. Anibal and Joel immediately called for help thinking she had fainted but she was actually in cardiac arrest. Her mom and grandmother ran to her side and tried to wake her. Nothing.
Joel called the office and other staff into action as Anibal tried to revive her. As our team gathered around her with 911 on the line we realized she wasn't breathing and had no pulse. Kim, our COO and Alex, one our trainers, began taking turns doing compressions as Anibal held her airways open and Joel and other team members gathered necessary equipment, talked to 911 and comforted the family.
Our team continued to do compressions and relay information to 911 for 15 minutes before emergency responders arrived and took over. Honestly, it was one of the scariest things most of us have been through. First responders were able to shock her and get a heart beat and then transport her to LRMC and later that evening to Nemours Children's Hospital. Doctors were shocked that she had survived and they along with Bryelle's family paid our team a lot of credit for saving her.
The truth is everyone here at the ranch agrees, God guided our hands as we worked, he guided our minds as we talked to 911, grabbed equipment, and comforted the family. He led us to be CPR certified though most people rarely use it, and obviously led Bryelle into our life for this very moment. We are proud of how well our team worked together, we are beyond thrilled that Bryelle is recovering, but not for one moment do we think it was by our own power that tomorrow Bryelle is celebrating her 16th birthday!
Archery Lessons at Spring Lane
Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 8:19 PM
Everyone knows sometimes you just have to mix things up a little in life. Our owners Heather and Darrel really hit a bullseye doing that very thing this past week as they had a group come out and take archery lessons from Darrel, a true marksman in archery. The ladies enjoyed lunch, archery lessons and even some time on one of our beautiful Paso Fino horses, Futuro. Everyone enjoyed their time so much at Spring Lane we may just make this a regular event!
Saddle & Bridle Magazine Feature
Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 9:08 AM
Interested in learning a little more about Spring Lane Ranch? Pick up a copy of the December Saddle and Bridle magazine.
Don't have the subscription, we'll let you read ours ■
2019 Valentine's Dinner
Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 6:20 PM
A few times a year we invite special guest, friends and family to the ranch for dinner and a special exhibition of some of our Paso Fino horses, American Saddlebred horses, and Hackney ponies. During Valentine's we had the opportunity to do that once again. Showcasing some of our current show string and our up and comers.
Our horses love their therapy!
Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 4:08 PM
Our horses love their therapy time but Futuro was really showing the appreciation to Masha for his Magna Wave therapy!