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2017 Canadian National Show Updates 

2017 Canadian Nationals

 
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Show Results - so far:

4 Championships
3 Reserve Championships
24 Top Tens

 

Rancho Soñado Fans:

Dick and Nan are in Brandon, Manitoba for the Canadian Nationals. 
Attached is the schedule and information for the live feed. 
Please join in, they know when you’re cheering.


Click here to view/download schedule


Click here to view live streaming


Thank you for your continued support for the Rancho Soñado Team,

Cheryl

This year's contenders - back number:

AGracie Girl V  -  686
Benedito Bey SMA -  687
Duns Smoke Lady - 689
Renegade Mac V - 690
Romance V - 691
Stars And Stripes SF - 693
Sundancin Kid - 695
Macnificient RS - 209
Picante Jullyen V - 208

View the embedded image gallery online at:
http://ranchosonado.com/news/whats-new.html#sigProId4504ed18c3

 

2017 Arabian Horse World Ad - July

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2017 Region 7 Show - Updates

WaldensWe are off to the Region 7 Horse Show at West World.  

Come and join us in Scottsdale or click here to view the live streaming of the show.
The schedule will let you know which arena they will be in.
 
Thank you all for your support and check back here for show updates.

Our 2017 Region 7 Contenders:

Back number and Name

374 - AGRACI GIRL V+++//
375 - BENEDITO BEY SMA++/

376 - CHICAGO CHAPS RS+/

377 - DUNS SMOKEY LADY+/

378 - RENEGADE MAC V

379 - ROL HEART BREAKER

380 - ROMANCE V

 

381 - STARR STRUCKK LRA

382 - STARS AND STRIPES SF+//

383 - SUNDANCIN KID

384 - KC HEART OF GOLD

697 - MACNIFICENT RS

698 - PICANTE JULLYEN V

 

Click here to view schedule - in pdf format: 2.2 MB

2017 Scottsdale Arabian Silver Saddles Championship

2017 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show: Dick Walden winning Silver Saddles ChampionshipHow fun are these photos of Dick recently winning the 2017 Scottsdale Arabian Silver Saddles Championship on Benedito Bey SMA ++/?
 
For those of you that don't know, in Silver Saddles, the combined age of horse and rider have to equal 70 or more! (Dick is celebrating his 75th this March!).
 
Beni is by Brandon Bey JCA+ (Jade Creek Arabians) by Bey Shah+ out of Onapar. The Schuttes bred him at Show Me Arabians.  Ali Brady found him for us and started him in CA.
 
I included Tommy Garland in this announcement because when he was a little boy, Tommy Jr. aka " T-Bird" told Dick, "Mr. Walden don't EVER sell Beni!" and he was right.
 
Some highlights of Beni's career, and he is only 10:

  • East Coast W. Pl. Jr. Horse Res Champion AOTR with Nan
  • East Coast W. Pl. Jr. Horse Res Champion Open with Katie Garland
  • East Coast W. Pl. Horse, JTR with Tommy Jr.
  • 2015 Scottsdale Ch AOTR and ATR W. Trail with Dick Walden
  • 2016 Sport Horse Nationals Top Ten Show Hack Horse with Kirsten Prutch; Top Tens in Hand
  • 2017 Scottsdale Ch Sport Horse Geldings in Hand, Top Ten in Trail
  • Multi-National Top Tens in Western and English Trail

 
Dick has ridden him on the Santa Barbara County Rancheros Visitadores Trail Ride with 1,000 horses + riders, bands, wagons, etc. parade and for a week in Los Padres National Forest.
 
Dick and Beni are a great team two silver haired handsome gents!

 

2017 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show: Dick Walden winning Silver Saddles Championship

2017 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show: Dick Walden winning Silver Saddles Championship

 

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2017 Scottsdale Show Schedule

Hello to All Rancho Soñado Fans,
 
We need all your cheering and support once again.  It is time for the big Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show and Rancho Soñado will have 12 of their show horses there.  2 will be shown with Ali Brady and 2 with Gary Ferguson.  If you are in the area, please stop by.  We have included a map as to where we are stabled.   
 
We have also included the numbers for the horses, it will make it so much easier to be able to spot the Rancho Soñado team.  The numbers will either be on the back of the rider or on the side of the saddle.
 
The schedule will let you know which arena they will be in. Click here to view Schedule

Please come and join us in Scottsdale or view the show live stream: Click here

Thank you all for your support.

 

 

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Updates: from Tulsa, Oklahoma
 

Rancho Soñado is ready for their cheering section, in person and afar. 
There will be 10 Rancho Soñado horses showing this year.

Stars and Stripes SF+//


Benedito Bey SMA+/


Duns Smokey Lady


Romance V


WGA Kabernet Bey

Picante Jullyen V


ROL Heart Breaker


Macnificent RS


Aramis LBA


Regnegade Mac V

 

Click here to view class schedule and our stall location - in pdf format: 7 MB

Click here to view the live streaming - you can find which arena in the pdf above

 

Humane Society of U.S. Event Sunday October 16 in Solvang at Alisal Ranch +  USDA's Proposed Amendments to Horse Protection Regulations


Friends,
 
Here are some very important comments from USEF regarding soring of horses, commonly used with Tennessee Walking Horses, but also some other breeds. Let’s all lend our support and hope we can eradicate this cruel practice. Comments are accepted by the USDA til Oct 26. See below.
 
The Humane Society of the US has been a leader in this fight. Dick and I are cohosting a reception for HSUS in Solvang at the historic and beautiful Alisal Guest Ranch this Sunday Oct. 9 at 5:30. Many of you have received an invite, please come or send a donation if you can to this worthy cause.
 
There is a meeting Oct 20th at 3pm at Arabian Nationals, regarding soring and I will attend and report back to you.
 
Thank you.
Nan

 

 

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October 4, 2016
USEF Submits Comment on USDA's Proposed Amendments to Horse Protection Regulations
From the USEF Communications Department
Lexington, Ky.The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has submitted a comment in response to the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) proposed amendments to the regulations that implement the Horse Protection Act. In its comment, the USEF seeks to partner with the USDA in the eradication of soring in equestrian sport. The USEF commends the USDA in its efforts to strengthen the regulations and further protect horses from the practice of soring. Dedicated to upholding horse welfare, this comment is a part of the USEF's on-going efforts to modify and implement rules that eliminate cheating, doping, and abuse in the sport. 

Under Congressional mandate, the USEF serves as the National Governing Body of equestrian sport in the United States and has developed a strong history of governance through its Licensed Officials, Equine Drugs and Medications program, and Hearing process. As both the USDA and the Humane Society of the United States have publically commended, the USEF leads the industry in the protection and enforcement of horse welfare. Because of this strength in governance, the USEF seeks to retain independence in its effective and successful regulatory oversight of its 29 recognized breeds and disciplines.

In drafting its comment, the USEF worked closely with its Recognized Affiliates and other equine organizations to ensure that the comment protects its membership from unnecessarily duplicative and in some cases, overly broad, regulation by the USDA and USEF at licensed and endorsed competitions. Together, the USEF and USDA can eradicate the horrendous practice of soring in all equestrian sport.

The submission period for public comment on the regulations is open until October 26, 2016. The USEF encourages its membership to submit comments in support of the continued delegation of horse welfare governance to the USEF at its licensed and endorsed competitions.

 


Exhibits for USEF Comment

 

We are in Idaho for the 2016 Sport Horse Nationals

SHN LogoRancho Sonado Fans, if you can't join us at the show, you can watch the live feed here.
We will feel you all cheering for us from afar!
 
Thanks again for your continued support.

Click here to view our entries and map of stall location.

2016 Region 7 Show - Updates

We are off to the Region 7 Horse Show at West World.  

Come and join us in Scottsdale or click here to view the live streaming of the show. The schedule will let you know which arena they will be in.
 
Thank you all for your support and check back here for show updates.

Our 2016 Region 7 Contenders:

SUNDANCIN KID

RENEGADE MAC V

DUNS SMOKEY LADY+

ROL HEART BREAKER

CHICAGO CHAPS RS+

ROMANCE V

STARS AND STRIPES SF+//

BENEDITO BEY SMA+/

WGA KABERNET BEY

 

Click here to view schedule - in pdf format: 9.2 MB

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2016 Scottsdale Show - Updates

Hello to All Rancho Soñado Fans,
 
It is time again for the wonderful Scottsdale Horse Show at West World.  I have attached the schedule for all of the riders and the horses numbers.  Come and join us in Scottsdale or click here to view the live streaming of the show.

The schedule will let you know which arena they will be in.
 
Thank you all for your support and check back here for show updates.

Our 2016 Scottsdale Contenders:

SUNDANCIN KID

RENEGADE MAC V

DUNS SMOKEY LADY+

KAYTIE BARTHE DOOR RS

CHICAGO CHAPS RS+

ROMANCE V

STARS AND STRIPES SF+//

BENEDITO BEY SMA+/

EC VIVACIOUS

 

Click here to view schedule - in pdf format: 10.3 MB

 


 

Friday 19th update:

So far Rancho Soñado has twelve Top Ten & 1 Reserve Champion.

Watch the opening ceremonies Friday and Saturday nights starting promptly at 6:00 pm. 

Nan & Dick will be in class # 392 - Silver Saddle Class, 2nd in after Driving class  ( AutoNation Ford Equidome Arena)
 
Nan is riding Stars and Stripes SF #1879
Dick is riding Benedito Bey SMA # 1880

Click here to view the Equidome live streaming

 

 

MacNificent RS goes to Gary Ferguson's

We have just sent our 3 year old black stud, MacNificent RS (MacClintock x Ravvens Skylark), to join Picante Jullyen V at Gary Ferguson’s.

Both arrived safely yesterday and Gary is thrilled with him. 
We are so happy with how well conditioned and happy, PJ is there—time for Nifty to join him at “college.”
Nifty will choose his own path be it; hunter, western pleasure, trail and/or reining.

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Updates: from Tulsa, Oklahoma
 

Rancho Soñado is ready for their cheering section, in person and afar. 
There will be 7 Rancho Soñado horses showing this year.
 
·         Benedito Bey SMA +/ - Number 785
·         Chicago Chaps RS + - Number 800
·         Duns Smokey Lady – Number 814
·         Picante Jullyen V – Number 219
·         Renegade Mac V – Number 826
·         Romance V – Number 1060
·         Stars and Stripes SF +/ - Number 1059

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Updates: from Brandon, Manitoba from Rancho Sonado, Canadian Nationals 2015
 
The Canadian Trail courses were the hardest in 5 years of going to any Nationals, with many jumps, a trellis, water hazard and very complex tight combinations. It took a lot of heart to even get through it—there were a number of zeroes in Open and Amateur. We were so proud of our brave, Varian bred horses and our Half Arabs Duns Smokey Lady, “Lady” and “Deuce” aka Stars and Stripes SF.
 
The Rancho Sonado crew, led by Jill Mitchell, did super well at Canadian Nationals this year.
2 National Champions + 2 Reserve National Champions in Trail; 19 Top Tens Overall in Trail and Sport Horse with 5 horses showing.

Thanks to all including Maggie, Brin and Debbie McCarthy who helped out tremendously, as well as crew at home who watched over both ranches while we were up in Manitoba.
 

 


We have just released our newest Farm Video

March 19th, 2015

2015 - New farm video

Click here to view new video

 

Rancho Soñado Arabians Receive National Horse of the Year Awards

(AMADO, Ariz.) In a Lexington, Kentucky ceremony Saturday, the national governing body for equestrian sports awarded two National Horse of the Year awards to southern Arizona’s Rancho Soñado. The United States Equestrian Foundation (USEF) awarded its National Champion Half Arabian Working Western Horse of the Year to Stars and Stripes SF +// and Reserve National Champion Working Western Horse of the Year to Agracie Girl V +++//. Cynthia Richardson, President of the Arabian Horse Association, presented these awards to Nan and Dick Walden, owners of Rancho Soñado.
 
These awards are among the highest achievements in equestrian sports. The National Horse of the Year award, “recognizes excellence across nearly all of the USEF Recognized breeds and disciplines, and is regarded as an ensign of achievement within the equestrian community.”
 
The two National Horse of the Year awards cap off a remarkable 2014 for Rancho Soñado. During the year, Rancho Soñado produced seven national champions and 23 National top-tens in shows in the US and Canada. The Horse of the Year award winners were both Triple Crown Winners in 2014 having won Trail Championships at the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, and the US and Canadian National events. Agracie Girl V +++// won three Trail Championships in one afternoon at the prestigious Scottsdale Show, including two amateur titles and one open (professional level) title. Stars and Stripes SF +// won two Championships at Scottsdale in the Half-Arabian Trail, one amateur and one open.
 
Also, the Arabian Horse Association recognized Rancho Soñado’s Nan Stockholm Walden naming her Horseman of Supreme Merit Champion, AHA Handler of Honor Champion and Rider of Supreme Honor Champion. Nan rode both horses to their record breaking year.
 
Comments of Nan Stockholm Walden:


Every day, “Gracie” and “Deuce” show us how extraordinary they are, whether working cows, riding out on trails, showing in the ring, or packing our grandsons around. To have the USEF recognize them as National Horses of the Year is such an affirmation of our training program. The intelligence, kindness, and ‘try’ in these horses constantly inspires us.

I came to riding late in life, but Dick has been riding on a working cattle ranch since he was three. We both are huge fans of Arabs and Half-Arabs. We have to also credit these horses’ breeding and starting. Shelia Varian bred Agracie Girl V +++// (Sundance Kid V x Amazing Grace V). “Gracie” has been successful showing in Trail, Western Horsemanship, Western Pleasure, Showmanship, Amateur Horsemanship, Sport Horse under Saddle and Sport Horse in Hand. Her sire Sundance Kid V is one of the top sires of Arabians performance winners. Gracie is a stunning jet black mare with a perfect white star on her forehead.
 
Gordon Potts started Stars and Stripes SF (Allionce’s Knight +/ x Starry Spumoni+//). Both sire and dam were multinational champions, and very kid and amateur friendly. “Deuce” has been shown to major wins in Half-Arabian Trail, Western Pleasure, English and Western Sidesaddle, Hunter Pleasure and Sport Horse in Hand. He is Half Paint Horse and Half Arab, which has made him a beautiful pinto, or Tobiano tri color gelding.
 
We are so proud of our horses’ versatility in the show ring, but even more importantly, they can be trusted with the tiniest tots in the lead line class or just riding around our ranch.

 

Nan Stockholm Walden riding Stars and Stripes SF +//
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(Credit Mike Ferrara) Nan Stockholm Walden riding Stars and Stripes SF +// at the 2014 US Nationals Arabian and Half-Arabian Horse Show in Tulsa, OK.



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(Credit Mike Ferrara) Nan Stockholm Walden riding Stars and Stripes SF +// at the 2014 US Nationals Arabian and Half-Arabian Horse Show in Tulsa, OK.



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(Credit Mike Ferrara) Nan Stockholm Walden riding Agracie Girl V +++// at the 2014 US Nationals Arabian and Half-Arabian Horse Show in Tulsa, OK.



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(Credit Mike Ferrara) Nan Stockholm Walden riding Stars and Stripes SF +// at the 2014 US Nationals Arabian and Half-Arabian Horse Show in Tulsa, OK.



Nan Stockholm Walden riding Agracie Girl V +++//
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(Credit Jon McCarthy) Nan Stockholm Walden riding Agracie Girl V +++// .



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(Credit Rob Hess) Agracie Girl V +++//



Arabian Horse Association President Cynthia Richardson (r) presenting Dick and Nan Walden of Rancho Soñado with 2 National USEF Horse of the Year Awards in Lexington, KY on Jan 17. 2015.
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(Credit: Adam Brennan) Arabian Horse Association President Cynthia Richardson (r) presenting Dick and Nan Walden of Rancho Soñado with 2 National USEF Horse of the Year Awards in Lexington, KY on Jan 17. 2015.



Dick and Nan Walden of Rancho Soñado with 2 National USEF Horse of the Year Awards in Lexington, KY on Jan 17. 2015.
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(Credit: Adam Brennan) Dick and Nan Walden of Rancho Soñado with 2 National USEF Horse of the Year Awards in Lexington, KY on Jan 17. 2015.

 

 

 

 

Nan Walden and Jill Mitchell made it to the semi-finals for the Arabian Professional and Amateur Horseman’s Association Awards (APAHA)!

Rancho Sonado had a wonderful show season last year! Nan and our trainer in California, Jill, have made it to the semi finals for Amateur and Professional Horsemen of the Year for 2014. Voting closes Saturday January 10th, 2015. You must be a member to vote. If you are interested in supporting our team to get the recognition that they have worked so hard towards, please vote and support Nan and Jill Mitchell all the way to the finals.

 

Click here to view Semi-Finalists and Ballot sheet in PDF format. Includes instructions for submitting.

Emailed or Faxed Forms will be accepted.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Fax # 507-867-0198

Go to www.apaha.com. for more information.

 


Nan Walden is up for Adult Amateur Working Western Horseman Award.
Nan finished two of her horses, Agracie Girl V+++// and Stars and Stripes SF +// to the “Triple Crown” in 2014, winning Scottsdale, Canadian and US National Championships in Trail. Stars and Stripes is USEF National Working Western HA Horse of the Year. Agracie Girl V+++// is USEF Reserve National Champion Working Western Horse of the Year.
 
Jill Mitchell is up for Professional Working Western Horseman Award and the only Lady on that list, may we point out. She has won championships in every show this year, including multiple Championships and Futurity/Jr. Championships at US and Canadian Nationals. All her amateurs and youth have done her proud, also.
 

Awards are presented at a dinner during the Scottsdale Arabian Show at Scottsdale.
 
Thank you for your consideration!
 
The Rancho Sonado Gang

New resident trainer at Arizona, Rancho Sonado

December 2014

We are happy to welcome Camren "Cami" Gerner as the new resident trainer at Arizona Rancho Sonado.

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Camren Gerner with Nan Walden and Stars and Stripes SF

Cami comes to us with a wonderful background in equine training, care, showing and business. She is a graduate of the Al Marah equine program, and went on to finish her B.S. degree at U of AZ in Ag Economics and Business with a concentration in Animal Sciences. In addition to rising to a senior staffer at Al Marah, Cami worked for several well-known trainers, judges, and breeding programs, including Bill Melendez, North Arabians and Nelson Farms. She also worked in the UA Collegiate Cattle Growers Association program, so she knows her way around cattle as well as horses. She particularly enjoys starting young horses.

Given that we are expecting four foals this spring, we are grateful for her foaling out experience too. Cami is living in house #3 on the Ranch in Amado, AZ and her cell number is 520 647-4494. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
She is available for training and lessons for boarders. We will be showing next at the Tucson Charity Show January 10-11 at Pima Fairgrounds, and the Scottsdale Arabian Show February 12-22 at Westworld. Please join “Deuce” and all of us in welcoming her as a special Christmas present to the Ranch!

 

 

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Camren with Cheyenne and Stars and Stripes SF

Also, we welcome back Cheyenne Hudecek, our fabulous local 4-H high school student who interned with us last summer. Cheyenne will be helping out most days after school. In her spare time she is training her own horse and raising a show pig named Miranda Hambert!

2014 U.S National Show - Results

The Rancho Soñado team capped off a wonderful year by winning 3 National Championships and 14 National Top Tens at the U.S. Nationals in Tulsa!

Nan Walden and her two trail horses, Agracie Girl V+++// and Stars and Stripes SF+// distinguished themselves in 2014 by winning the "Triple Crown:" Championships at Scottsdale, Canadian Nationals, and U.S. Nationals!

 

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Click here to view full results

 

 

 


Our 2014 U.S. National Contenders

 

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Agracie Girl V and Stars And Stripes SF – 2014 AHW May issue

 

By Cindy Reich

AHW May 2014 adNan Walden of Rancho Sonado LLC had a very satisfying Scottsdale show in the trail horse division, taking the Half-Arabian Trail ATR Championship on Stars And Stripes SF (Allionces Knight x Starry Spumoni), both the ATR and AOTR purebred trail championships with Agracie Girl V (Sundance Kid V x Amazing Grace V), and capped off the show by winning the open trail championship on Agracie Girl!“Gracie is my dream horse — to me, the epitome of an Arabian mare,” Nan says.

 

Click here to view full article

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to Sheila Varian from Rancho Sonado 

 

Dear Sheila:

Dick and Nan Walden with Agracie Girl VThis small photo recalls a very happy day when we bought Agracie Girl V from you, now proudly Agracie Girl V +++// Multi National, Regional and Scottsdale Champion!
Most importantly, she is a treasured and beloved member of our family who has brought us amazing joy and wonder. She has also brought her love and beautiful spirit to the many visitors we have had at the ranch, and has been our ambassador at many events ranging from ranch tours for school kids to the annual Pecan Festival at our farm attracting 15, 000 visitors. The other photo is the day we bought Romance V, years younger than Gracie, but very much following in her hoof prints.

All our Varian horses have surpassed our expectations, and made a loyal Arabian fan of formerly loyal quarter horse man, Dick Walden. Dick loves to surprise his fellow ranchers by roping off of Gracie and other Arabs, winning ribbons in Ranch Trail Competition and Halter at the Rancheros Visitadores, and out-striding their quarter horses and polo ponies on long trail rides in the hills!

When late in life, I finally had the chance to select and buy my first horse, I was lucky to find you. You were probably the only breeder in the world that could have convinced Dick Walden to buy an Arabian for his greenhorn wife. When he came to that first Jubilee, and heard you talk about the steps to make a bridle horse, and your mentors like Tom Dorrance, he knew you had a common language, “horse.” I remember so well how amazed I was that Dick wanted to buy one of your horses at that very first sale---you had won him over. (Of course you had me from “hello.”)

I was in a dreamlike trance as I watched the most beautiful creature I had ever seen come prancing into your show arena, and I heard you say to the crowd, “Kay Pasa V has been sold to that weeping woman over there in the corner of the stands!”

Bringing Kay Pasa V home to Arizona was another education for us both. We were amazed at how quickly she learned and how eager she was to please. We eventually would learn that is the hallmark of Varian Arabians, in addition to their glorious conformation and athleticism.

And so followed SC Chipawa Chinks (x Desperado V); Roulette V, Agracie Girl V, Breeze V, Flower Girl V, Ravven’s Skylark, Renegade Mac V, Romance V, Picante Jullyen V, and our wonderful foals from those great mares, including our first owned and bred 2x National Champion, Chicago Chaps RS (Jullyen el Jamaal x SC Chipawa Chinks).

Early on, Dick, the Thacher + gymkhana star said, “You don’t really want to show and all that, do you, that gets very involved and costly.” And I replied innocently, “Oh no, just maybe some schooling shows, since I never got to show as a kid.”

Six National Champions later, and many Scottsdale and Regional titles to boot, we are having more fun than kids. Many of the wonderful owners and trainers we have met in this business have become dear friends. And how we enjoy just going out on the trail or for a ride and picnic by the sea on our beautiful mounts!

Dick and I have always been grateful that you welcomed us from the very start, given how little we knew about the breed and the business of breeding, training and showing. You staff like Angela, Jaime, Mike, Micki, Israel, have been so kind to us too. You are always there for us, whatever time of day or night.

We know you have worked consistently to better the training methods, spread the word about techniques that are kind to the horses, and teach people that horses need to be turned out and treated like the freely moving animals God made them to be. The trainers we employ like Courtney Spicer and Jill Mitchell honor your example and practice that approach. They appreciate the consistency that generations of your breeding has created---it makes their job a genuine pleasure.

You have followed the compass of your dreams and achieved true excellence. You have stayed the course through the good and tough times. The accolades you have achieved at the Cow Palace and in the Cowgirl Hall of Fame and from the Arabian Horse Association are well deserved. Remember most of all the delight you have given to us, the owners, and to those who share our horses with us.

Thank you Sheila, cowgirl extraordinaire. We believe the best is yet to come for you!

Love,

Nan and Dick

Nan and Dick Walden and the Rancho Sonado Herd

Pecan Festival -  SAAHA Arabian Horse Demonstration Video

Each year we use our club, the Southern Arizona Arabian Horse Association (SAAHA), to organize Arabian and HA horse demos all day at our annual Pecan Festival, which is like a Harvestfest. We have draft horses pulling families thru the orchards to see our trees being shaken, tractor pulls, 4-H booth, petting zoo, pony rides and over 100 vendors of high quality crafts and local foods.

We show an Arabian in all the disciplines from hunt to sidesaddle to trail to working cow. We distribute AHA literature and have a place where kids can wear a turban and be photographed with an Arabian horse. We had over 15,000 folks attend last year and produced a video.

The 2014 Pecan Festival is Saturday, November 8th.

 

 

"You can never rely on a horse that is educated by fear. There will always be something that he fears more than you. But, when he trusts you, he will ask you, what to do when he is afraid."

~ Antoine de Pluvinel
16th century equerry to King of France

Quality Horses and Boarding Facilities

Rancho Soñado offers performance Arabians, Half-Arabians for sale and quality boarding facilities for all breeds at both locations – Amado, Arizona and Santa Ynez, California.

Whether you are new to horses or a seasoned showman, we have special horses that will be your most trusted partners!