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SW Update – St. Patrick’s Day – ACTHA Ride

I love riding with my friends and with John!  John signed up for the ride, but his main horse, Artemis do Summerwind was lame just days before the ride was scheduled.  (Later, we found out it was an abcess)

So, it was up to us, the three amigas!  Both Kristy and Adrienne had done this before, so I felt confident that the rookies, me and my MM horse. Caboclo, could do well with their helpful hints.  It was on St. Patrick’s Day, so Kristy brought decorations, Adrienne brought paint and I wore green.  There was a prize for the most green and NONE of us even came close!  I wish I had a photo of the winner!

Can you tell we had a great time?  These ACTHA rides are held everywhere around the country.  You can earn points and even prizes for you and your horse if you do well.  Each obstacle on the trail is judged and the time is not important.

Most of the obstacles can be practiced beforehand, but that isn’t always the same as doing them on the trail!   Some horses react to the plastic cones that mark the obstacles or sometimes the materials the obstacles are made of.    The horses go through each obstacle individually, so patience is a virtue and some horses don’t like to wait.  Nor do they like to be left behind, which is what it feels like for the horse going last.

It’s a pretty good way to meet people in your area too, if you are looking for people to ride with!  So, if you haven’t tried it yet, go visit their website.  http://www.actha.us


SW Update – More Good Stuff – February 2012

Want to meet a Marchador and Summerwind?  Here are the events where you can!  Will we see you there?


  • March 17 ACTHA ride, McDowell Mountain Park, Fountain Hills, AZ
  • April 20-22 MM Clinic, Florida Horse Park, Ocala FL
  • June 30 to July 3 MM Sela de Ouro and CHIO horse show, Aachen, Germany

Contact us if you need more information on any of these events sent to you.



  • SW Future Foal horse photos and Katie and Megan’s visit in February.  Click on this link below:


We are dressing up in Irish Green for the ACTHA ride!  Be sure to watch for those pictures in March!

Green for the horses for the ACTHA ride



More videos of pure Mangalarga Marchadors from Agro Maripa were posted in February.   Experience the Maripa bloodline with your eyes!