Meet The Horses and The People Who Own and Ride Them
A Famous Great Date - 2006 Chestnut AQHA Gelding.
JacPine (barn name) is Doreen's private horse, but being owned by a professional horseman means plans can change to fit the current business. He was purchased from a reining horse breeder at 8 months old and kept a stallion until the fall of his 4 year old year. He has 3 foals, one of whom is here at our farm. Due to the current breeding atmosphere, we gelded JacPine in October of 2010 and he is now happily a gelding. One of our youth students worked with Jac the summer of 2012 and showed him in a couple of walk/trot and junior horse pleasure classes as well as barrel racing. In 2013, JacPine was leased to one of our novice youth riders, 13 yr old Abby Terzano. The pair successfully showed in halter, showmanship, western horsemanship and speed events (probably favorites for both horse and rider!)
SV Marina Del Rey - 1990 AQHA Chestnut Mare
Del Rey (Deli) was born at Spring Valley Ranch, the last foal we had by our first stallion, Spot Cash Skipper. She was the second foal from our great mare, Dana's Starflash, and was all legs at birth! Deli got her size, 16.1 hands, from both of her grandmothers, who were big mares. She looked like a hunter prospect from day one and turned into a great jumper.
Deli was purchased by Robin and Katherine Adams at 2 years old. She was 10 year old Katherine's first horse and it was a match made in heaven. Katherine showed Del Rey at fairs, open shows and a few AQHA show as a youth, focusing mainly on hunter classes although they also did some western pleasure. The pair earned 1/2 point in Youth 13 & under hunter under saddle. Katherine and Robin still own Deli. She has produced 4 foals over the years, including an AQHA youth ROM winner. Her youngest foal, sired by A Famous Great Date, is now a four year old and is owned by one of our youth students.
Deli is leased by Spring Valley Ranch and is used as a lesson horse. She has been shown by numerous students of all ages, in everything from small fry walk-trot classes to barrrel racing.
SV Marina Del Rey
with student MaKenzie Long in 2011
An EarlyBird Sucess 'Cassie'- 2001 AQHA Blue Roan Mare
"Cassie was born here at Spring Valley Ranch, the last foal we had by our stallion Isle Bee A Sucess and the first foal from Dells Missy. Our son Lane showed Cassie in youth halter as a yearling and two year old and a few youth western pleasure classes as a three year old before we sold her to another youth student. Lane and Cassie earned 6 AQHA Youth Halter points, as well as an AQHA Grand Champion Youth Halter Award. When Cassie came up for sale again in 2009, Ashley Alonen of Kimball, WI bought her. Ashley had seen Cassie as a weanling and told her mom that she wanted her! It only took 8 more years for her dream to come true. When Ashley and Lane started dating, it was only natural that Ashley began riding and showing Spring Valley Ranch horses. This, of course, led to the purchase of Cassie.
Ashley shows Cassie mostly in halter, showmanship and western pleasure classes. Ashley and Cassie have been Grand Champions in Showmanship the past three years at the U.P. Equifest Championship Show! In 2011, they stood Grand Champion in Halter Mares and Grand Champion Adult Western Pleasure. The pair also has AQHA points in halter and showmanship and are hoping to add many more performance points to their totals for 2012. They have also started showing in some hunter under saddle and hunt seat equitation, with early successes in several equitation classes.
2011 U.P. Equifest Queen
Ashley is the reigning U.P. Equifest Queen after two days of competition in riding, modeling, impromptu questions and answers and in the queen's equine presentation during the September, 2011 competition. As the Queen, Ashley will help to promote the 2012 U.P. Equifest and the U.P. Championship Show.
For her Queen's presentation, Ashley explained the importance of getting youth involved in equine activities at a young age. Katelyn Passuello and Jayme Harma were her models. Ashley has helped both young ladies learn to ride and show and both have been very successful, often showing Ashley's horse Cassie.
Ashley demonstrates a lead-line class during the 2011 U.P. Equifest Queen's Presentations. Katelyn Passuello and 'Coors' are her models.
Ashley Alonen and 'Cassie" in a western pleasure class at Upper Michigan Gold QH Show, only their second show together and their very first AQHA show.
Sugar Coated Candyman- 'Cody' - 2008 AQHA Bay Appendix Gelding
'Cody' is by the renowned sire Coats and Tails and out of a TB mare who is a mlutliple Top Ten Congress Producer. He came to Spring Valley Ranch in Decmber of 2011, when he was purchased by youth rider MIah Marchello of Bessemer, MI. At that time 16 yr old Miah had been riding at Spring Valley Ranch for 8 years and had owned, trained and showed Im Two Soxy, as mare she got as a Christmas present from her parents when she was 11 and Sox was 8 months old! Looking to advance more into the hunt and over fences classes. Miah gambled when she purchased Cody, who was extremely well bred but also extremely green and needed lots of catching up to do,due to a rough life he had had for his first 3 years.
With lessons and coaching from Doreen Passuello, Miah did all of the training on Cody and the pair made their very first show entrance in June of 2012, placing in the points at that first AQHA Circuit! They also earned points in July at the LSQHA and SVR AQHA shows, and showed as the Region 3 AQHA Championships in St Paul that year.
During the 2012-2013 school year, Miah had a two hour 'contracting class' in training and farm management at Spring Valley Ranch as part of her junior year high school curriculum. With intentions of making training and equine business management a lifetime vocation, Miah advanced her training skills working with many different horses at the farm, learning to instruct students (Miah always has helped out the younger students but she found formal lessons a little different and more challenging), and studying basic farm management during her class time.
Cody and Miah started working on over fences classes in 2013, despite a rough start to the year when Cody was injured and out of commission for 6 weeks at teh beginning of show season. The pair earned AQHA pints in July when they were able to begin showing again, won hunter hack as well as many other classes at the Iron County Fair, were 14-18 Youth AND Overall All Age High Point pair at the Gogebic County Fair in August, and won Youth 14-18 English Equiation, English Pleasure, Western Horsemanship, and Western Pleasure at the 2013 U.P. Championship Show in September.
Looks for this pair in 2014! They have big plans and Miah has the skills and fortitude to accomplish them!
More horses and riders coming soon! Check back in a few days!