On loan to us as a
"foster pony", Roddy is a super cute WelshXMini gelding. He is 9 years
old, black as can be, with a blaze, two hind stockings and a front coronet. He
may have been a show pony at some point in his life because he clips and
trailers very well, but he has not yet been evaluated for riding or cart (which
he may be trained for). Roddy is available for adoption through TIER, True
Innocents Equine Rescue, and he can be visited here at Skyrock.
Roddy arrived Friday morning,
was bathed and clipped Saturday and went to his first show with us on Sunday.
Whew! He was a little girl magnet at the trailer, let me tell you!
Roddy has been Adopted!
Saladin X Suncrest Kandi Bar)
35 degrees - can you tell??
What a face!
"Joey" is the
newest addition to Skyrock. He's a 56" brown varnish roan. This super cute
gelding has been leased by Skyrock for K's last show season. He's a sweetie, and
K expects to have a fun year. He comes from impeccable breeding - his sire is POA ROM Champion and Multiple International
Champion Santee Saladin, and his dam is a POA
legend - Suncrest Kandi Bar, Supreme Champion and International
Versatility Champion. Joey is no slouch - he has won at the
National level when shown by Kan Win POAs, (has his ROM(H)) and has spent
the last few years as a reining cow horse for a former POA family. We are very
happy to have him at Skyrock!
Second show of 2011 - another
Grand Champion Gelding, and Reserve High Point for the day. Can we see a
trend here? K and Joey are rocking! Joey looks great thanks to
Stacy Lair of Competitor's Edge, where he is getting all his spa treatments
and beauty sleep.
Year End results: K and Joey
Year End High Point Halter Gelding
Gelding Stakes Award
All-Around High-Point 13-18 Buckle
We are so proud of K and Joey and the spectacular year they
Farewell Joey! After a
great year, Joey is returning to his family. We so appreciate his lease - he
was great to work with and a true Champion at the shows with K!
Classic Quincy Dan
Danny is a gorgeous
dun with blanket and spots gelding who stands at 56" and about 1000 lbs. We
have Danny on lease from Katy Matlock and Karly Morgan of Heaven Sent POAs.
Danny's a BIG boy, and can carry James without breaking a sweat. James has
braved the show ring and has ridden in a few classes - yay James!
with Shannon Clark earning Grand Champion Gelding at the Scottsdale 2009 SW
Danny & James at the Pomona SW
James on Danny, K on Penny competing
in Western Pleasure Open at the 2010 SW Regional.
After a really fun
year, Danny has gone back home to Heaven Sent POAs. Thanks so much for letting
us have him for 2010!
Chisum X World Of Pleasure)
Dakota at his 2yo In Hand Train Win, POAC International
upon his arrival at Skyrock
(click photos for larger image)
Dakota is a 2000 chestnut sno-cap gelding with four stockings and a big blaze, and our new
Jr.Pony. He already has his ROM(H) and he won the International 2yo In-Hand
Trail class. We purchased him from the Wentland family of MN, and we are so
happy to have him here at last! The Wiest family picked him up from the IA POA
Sale for us, and say he is such a sweet boy, and even on his first day, we can
tell that's so. Plans for Dakota begin with Jr. Pony classes next season, and a
trip to the World Show (OR) in August. The best news: he's perfect for our
Costume - No Spots!
Dakota's sire, JW
Chisum, a producer of numerous International class winners, is a son of
East Acres Tough To Beat by East Acres Double Tough (Premiere Sire, ROM(NT)
ROM(T)). Tough To Beat also sired East Acres Chip O Tough and Double Shot.
We are very excited
to add Dakota to our barn. Thank You Don & Mary Wentland!
his first show with us October 30'05. We had no plans to show him (being a fuzz
ball and not having enough time with his new rider to develop consistency)
but he was SUCH a good boy at the trailer all day, that after riding around
a bit with Bonnie (splashing through the puddles left by the recent
rains), we entered him into the gymkhana classes to see if he could walk/jog
the patterns. After one "this is fun!" crow-hop fit ... weathered
very well by his rider... he performed every pattern flawlessly and with
such a willing attitude we were amazed. Dakota now has his first 65
Dakota and his
rider have started the new season at SCPOAC's March 12th "A" show.
They did very well in tough competition, and looked really great competing! Dakota
and his rider took 4 firsts, three seconds and several other placings out of
a 10 class day, and made us very proud at his "official" debut,
garnering many compliments from other competitors. Dakota earned his first
NT points under our ownership - 39 to be exact, and another 36 timed points
to bring his total to 101. We are most proud of a 2nd in a very tough
Western Pleasure class - this team is on it's way!
Dakota and his
rider had a busy weekend at the SCPOAC/Cal-State shows at the Fairplex!
Showing in Costume, English and Western Pleasure and games, the pair
racked up 106 Non-Timed points, including four firsts and two seconds, and
124 Timed points. He was a doll all weekend, and the pair received many
compliments. Once again, they earned a 2nd in a really tough WP class,
looking just great out there.
Dakota has been
on R&R recently to get over a sole bruising, and he came back to show
with his partner at the North West Regional and the POA World Show in Eugene
Oregon. They showed Costume only, as they have had no time to ride while Dakota
was recovering, and we didn't want to push him. At the NW Regional, Dakota
took Reserve Champion in Non-Native Costume, and Champion in Native. Showing
the same two classes at the World Show, Dakota and his rider took two
Reserve World Championships. Between the four classes, Dakota accumulated 86
Regional/World non-timed points. He will show on a very limited basis to finish
off the season, then have a couple more months of R&R and gentle riding
to bring him back to top form. The pair are looking at Trail and Western
Riding as their new areas of interest for the 2006 & 2007 seasons.
Costume and Games at the Cal-State's last show series of the year,
Aug.27&28 at the Fairplex in Pomona. Dakota earned a total of 36
NT points towards his ROM, and a total of 95 Timed points - earning the 9-12
Gymkhana High Point for the weekend, despite taking it easy. Next show is
the Silver Buckle Series Sept 17 & Oct 22.
Dakota and his
rider had a great 2005 season, and ended up with a couple of top placings at
the Year End Awards. Dakota took first place in Cal-State 9-12
Gymkhana, which both he and his rider love. And in the SCPOAC Year-End
Awards, another first in Combined Costume, and another year of proudly
owning the William Heald Perpetual Trophy. Congratulations, you two!
the '06 season off running. Literally! At the March 13 show, he won 5 out of
5 gymkhana classes, and his total take of the day: eight classes: six
firsts, a third and a fourth. Not too shabby! Dakota is a Senior Pony
now, and has graduated to a shank bit. (bleh!)
At the Cal-State
Ponyrama April 8 & 9, Dakota placed in many classes and won
a few as well, earning High Point 9-12 Games, as well as 219 Timed points
and 77 Non-Timed points! Wahoo!
The 2006 South West
Regional was a tough one! Held at the beautiful Earl Warren showgrounds in
Santa Barbara, Dakota had some pretty stiff competition. However, at
the end of the weekend, he had earned a Reserve High Point in 9-12 games,
202 Regional Timed points and 85 Regional Non-Timed points. Also - a very
proud placing in an extremely tough English Pleasure class.
At the 2006 Rocky
Mountain Regional and the Western Classic held June 27-July1, Dakota
held his own, picking up a Championship at the Regional and a Reserve
Championship at the Classic, plus numerous assorted other placings. He did
so well, in fact, that he has completed ALL his requirements for his ROM
Timed, and all his Regional requirements for his ROM Non-Timed, and has less
than 100 points to go for his Supreme! We are super pleased with his
performance, and especially with a couple of Western Pleasure placings that
were VERY tough to get with the top level competition in his classes. Utah
POAC put on a very nice show, and the Classic ran smoothly as well. In
addition to all Dakota's exciting news, the Rocky Mountain POA Sale
was held between shows on Thursday evening, and we somehow came home with
TWO ponies instead of one. Zip N Chip Prince (see his info below)
came up for bid, and the price was so good, we couldn't resist. Now if we
can only find room...
finished up this season very close to his Supreme - we expect he'll earn it
at his first show of the next season - and he's also only 6 points away from
an ROM in Costume as well! He's a great guy and watch here starting in
February for further updates!
At 2007's first
show, 2/24 at the McCoy Center, Dakota took another first in Costume
and then did a great job in Lead Line with Kassie Heitman - who placed 2nd
in her first ever LL Equitation class! She has the 'princess'
attitude, all right! Congratulations to both.
SCPOAC IBC Show at
Yucaipa 3/31/07: MR DAKOTA CHISUM, SUPREME CHAMPION.
2008: Dakota is
loafing in the pasture over at Mom's while Stoney is campaigned
towards HIS Supreme. Mom says he is thoroughly enjoying himself! We
may pull him off vacation for the August show, and let Kassie ride her ol'
bud Dakota there.
Dakota has been
leased for the 2008-2009 season.
home from his lease - they loved him, and credit Dakota with
instilling the confidence in their little rider which enabled her to move up
to their own big Appaloosa mare. Congrats, and thanks for taking care of Dakota!
available for lease - looking for a family with lead-liners, walk-joggers
and simple 3 gaiters.
been leased by the Russell family of Hemet for the 2010 Show Season.
Congratulations, and I'm sure Dakota will be REALLY happy working
been leased again by the Russells! Good Luck for the 2011 Season!
been leased to the Machado family for the 2013 Show Season. He and his rider
have really hit it off and have already shown at a couple shows last fall.
how's this for a kid
who was afraid to canter? Go Dakota!!
Ally Machado had a fabulous year! Mr Dakota did what he does so well,
and took a rider who was timid because of falls from a couple of naughty
ponies (not POAs!!) and, over the course of the year, turned her into
a confident, strong rider. In fact, he did his job so well that Ally is now
showing EVENTING on a warmblood, and Dakota has put himself out of a
job (again). Ally and Dakota had a great Year-End Awards haul:
High Point 9-12
2nd English Flat
and several other
placings. Congratulations, Ally and Dakota, and good luck Ally in
your new discipline!
Dakota has been
leased by the Barone family of Norco for their daughter, Kadence. Kadence
needs some confidence to reach the next level, and Dakota (the Wonder
Pony) is right there to give it to her. She plans to show walk/jog this year
and may keep Dakota through the following year for 3-gait. We have
already seen several postings on Facebook of the really fun looking trail
rides the pair has been on - they look like they are having a blast! Good
Luck Dakota and Kadence!
N Chip Prince, Supreme Champion
N Gold X Miss Gold Chip)
Pony Formerly Known as Prince"
sorrel roan with blanket, spots, hind stocking and blaze gelding
click photo for larger image
Purchased at the 2006
Rocky Mountain Regional Sale from Chris McMullin of Utah, "Stoney" (so
named because of his veeerrryy slow movement - like the stones that are pushed
by wind across the desert floor) is an unexpected but welcome addition to our
barn. A very big boy, at 56" (PHC) and weighing in at about 1000 lbs, he
will easily carry any member of our family. Stoney is a full brother to JKB
Zip's Gold Nugget, World Champion and Res. International Champion palomino
leopard mare currently owned by the Turner family of California. Stoney had a
very successful early career, winning the Utah Select Sire Futurity, then going
on to be Utah State High Point Gelding as a Yearling and a Two-Year-Old,
capturing many Grands and Reserves. He was shown JPFC by Jordan Gardner and won
the World 2yo JPFC Championship in Western Pleasure and was Reserve World
Champion in HUS, Trail and 2yo Geldings. Jordan gave him a tune up before the
Rocky Mtn Regional, and Stoney won all the 19 & Over classes he entered.
We are very grateful to
Chris McMullin for allowing us to purchase Stoney at the Sale for far below his
value. She knew of us by reputation, and decided Stoney would do well with our
family here in CA being shown in POA, and let him go for the bid we held. We
sincerely hope to prove her right with this big sweet guy! Thanks also to
Jordan Gardner for the tune-up and for helping us with our first ride on Stoney,
and for the tips on his personality. Stoney is now home in Norco, checking out the girls and thinking about liking
Stoney has his
first Regional Timed points! Saturday afternoon, the decision was made to
walk/jog Stoney through the four 9-12 games classes that were
scheduled at the end of the Classic. We were hopeful that he might take an
eighth in one. However, Stoney was so willing to trust his rider that
he placed in 3 of the 4 classes, and not last either! Knowing nothing about
gymkhana patterns, he was successfully able to run a Flags pattern (and if
you know Flags, you know how a new horse can be terrified of those little
waving monsters!), a Keyhole pattern and took a 3rd (!) in Handy Horse. Stoney
now owns 59 Regional points and 128 total points in Games. A Supreme
is just around the corner!
At the August 5th show
at Ridge Riders, Stoney stepped in for Dakota who bonked
himself and got sidelined, and he and his rider did pretty well considering
they hadn't had much time together. Several placings over the course of the
day netted Stoney 69 Timed and 14 Non-Timed (his only NT class)
points, plus 13 Halter points. Not too shabby!
At the last show of
the season, a Ponyrama at Yucaipa, it was a "fun" day - Stoney was
ridden in Games and scored very well - coming in Res.Hi Point in Games for
the day! He earned an additional 108 Timed Points towards his ROM!
Stoney did a
great job at the IBC on 3/31/07. Showing in Halter with Stacy Lair, he just
missed a Res. Grand, being placed 3rd over-all. However, it really gave us
hope that he will eventually nab that last Reserve for his ROM Halter. He
looked great, having spent three weeks at Stacy's getting some of the famous
'Fat N Hairy Farms' blubber trimmed off. Next show!! He and his rider went
on to place in several classes, including their first ever Trail class -
they were awesome! Stoney did MUCH better than anticipated and
surprised us all - wow -maybe Trail is his forte'! Who knew? Anyway, a very
Ponyrama and B&P weekend at Indio on 4/21&22, Stoney found he
had an extended trot! He placed much better in his HUS classes than ever
before - even placing in Senior with tough competition! He also took two
1sts and a 2nd in Costume, and earned a total of 89 non-timed, and 117 timed
points, plus another 35 Halter points towards his ROM(H).
What a great weekend
we had!! At the Ponyrama and B&P at Casner Ranch in Temecula
(5/26&27), Stoney picked up the final Grand he needed for his
ROM(H)! We were very pleased, but not as pleased as we were the next day,
when Stoney and his rider WON Senior Hunter Under Saddle - a full
class with very tough competition, and then went on to WIN Hunter Under
Saddle 13-18, another full class, both classes against some of the
best Rider/Pony teams in the South West. All the kids cheered for
them, and boy, was it great! Stoney also showed Lead-Line for Kassie
and then gave 'pony rides' to some of her little friends who came to cheer
them on. Stoney is now 2/3 of the way to his ROM(T)(+155 points), and
1/3 of the way to his ROM(NT)(+134 points) after this very
K & Stoney all dressed for Western Pleasure
We had a very short
show at the McCoy Center on 6/16/07. K had an 8th grade end of the year swim
party to attend, so we just came for Costume (1st) and Halter (Reserve
Grand) and then Stoney was Leadline pony for Kassie - 2nd in Eq. in a
full class -- yay Kassie!! Then some Leadline games fun, with a
couple more 2nds and a 6th (that Stoney, what a speed demon!) Next CA
show will be end of August, but Stoney may attend The Western Classic
in Utah without us, under the guidance of Crystal Polley of CNC Showhorses.
We can't go because it's K's graduation day smack in the middle of the show,
but the Polley's have offered to show Stoney for us.
We owe a big
"Thank You" to Crystal Polley of CnC Showhorses, who hauled and
showed Stoney for us at the Western Classic the last week of June. He
placed well in Halter, earning several more points towards his ROM(H), and
then went on to place in Senior HUS and Senior Western Pleasure, racking up
those Regional rail points for us! Then 'Mr Blazin' Hooves' picked up three
placings in the very tough Games competition against some super fast ponies.
Wow - What a weekend!
The Cal-State Show and Futurities were this August 25&26, and aside from
Stoney in the regular classes, we had 3 other ponies entered in the show and
Futurities! Whew! Anywayyyy... Stoney earned another Grand Championship and
enough points to qualify for his ROM(H)!! He also won several classes and
had placings in many others, boosting his NT points to above the 1/2 way
point, and his T points to almost within reach of his ROM(T). He was a
very tired pony, as he'd been home from the trainers for almost 2 months,
and had way too much R&R for his own good. K says it took a lot of leg
to keep him moving out in HUS. Poor boy! Well, one more show for the season,
and we'll be applying for his ROM(H) in the fall, once all points have made
it to the National Office.
If you look very carefully at the pair on the far right, you'll see what Stoney
thinks of getting up early enough for Costume Class!
Last show of the
season! Stoney & K showed Halter (for old time's sake) and I'm
not sure if Stoney figured out that he didn't really need the points,
but he was "Mr. Stinker" instead of "Mr. Suave" in the
Halter Ring, and just scraped a 6th! Anywaaaaayyy - he did well in his other
classes with a win and several placings for K, and again he carried Kassie
to a 2nd in LeadLine Equitation and several placings in LL Games.
After his first complete show season with K, Stoney now has his ROM(H)
- 594 Non-Timed Points and 1377 Points in Timed. We
are SOOO Proud of them!! Next
season: the Target is a Supreme!
We started the 2008
show season off easily: rail classes only for the March 15th Ponyrama held
in Indio. Stoney and K gathered 65 Non-Timed points over their
five classes (double judged), so we are pleased. Stoney and Kassie H.
won their LeadLine Equitation class, and were High-Point LeadLine for the
The 2008 South West
Regional Show was held at the HITS facility in Indio on April 26 & 27.
We did have a big Music Festival taking place on the polo grounds right next
door - so that was a bit of a bother traffic/noise level wise, but other
than that, the weather was very nice - just this side of hot, with a gentle
breeze, and the grounds are very pleasant. Stoney and K rode
their little hearts out, and had a very good show (ignoring the meltdown in
Trail for who knows what reason!) Stoney wore the "Bubbie
Zoffman" costume in Open for the very first time, and he was perfect!
Other than Trail, it was an incredibly successful weekend, with Stoney
earning 132 Regional NT points and 169 Regional Timed points! They are
heading towards that goal of a Supreme full speed ahead!
Cal-State's May 10th
IBC Show was a great success for Stoney and K! They won Country WP
and 13-18 HUS, both against very tough pony/rider teams. They rode in Senior
Trail and 13-18 Trail and totally redeemed themselves with very acceptable
go's. They even took a couple of firsts in GAMES! ('ol "Blazin
Hooves" Stoney!). Kassie H. and Stoney again scored
over-all LeadLine HIgh Point, so they were thrilled! With another 95 NT and
75 T points, Stoney and Kayla are down to needing only a handful of
Regional points in Timed and Non-Timed for their Supreme. Our plans are to
attend the Rocky Mountain Regional in June and the North West Regional in
K and Stoney had
a terrific May 31st show - they had been working very hard on his English
Pleasure and in the 3 English Pleasure classes, they took 1st, 1st,
and 2nd! AND... They also took 13-18 high point in games. Stoney was also a
real trooper for Lead-Line, taking High Point with his little rider Kassie,
and also carrying little brother Kyle AND their friend Kayla. What a
Regional in Spanish Fork UT. ZIP N CHIP PRINCE: SUPREME
CHAMPION! What a great show! We brought two other girls and
their ponies from SoCal, and the girls just had a blast! Stoney and K
won a Championship in Costume, wearing the Navajo outfit plus our neighbor's
necklace of arrowhead and eagle claws given to her by her Native American
father. What an honor! Stoney & K also won a bunch of Res.
Championships in several other classes. They took a Reserve in Country
Western Pleasure (big class!), HUS 13-18 and another in Senior HUS, and two
in games in full classes! They did so well that they Supremed at this
Regional instead of needing to show at the NW Regional in August (we still
plan to go). It was a loooong trailer ride and the truck cab was a tight
squeeze, but everyone seems to have weathered it well. Congrats to Stoney
and K! Paperwork to be filed asap!
The North West
Regional in Caldwell Idaho was a super fun show. We got to meet lots of
folks we've only read about. K and her friend Crystal showed their ponies to
success, and had lots of fun in games. We had a lot of visitors to the
stalls, as Shadow was also there showing, and everyone just had to
love on him! This is the last show for the season. Plans for next season are
light for Stoney, as he will be put up for sale because of K's heavy
school load. We had a great year!
was a great sport at a local gymkhana/playday held over November 13.14.15,
as he carried not one, not two, but three riders through their games classes
for a Gymkhana Series. One of those riders was a complete novice, and Stoney
was a very good boy, only walking and jogging the patterns. The rider felt
safe at all times and had fun.
Stoney and his
Lead-Line rider earned the Cal-State Year End High Point and Over-All
Champion Silver Buckle at the 2008 Awards Banquet December 6th. Great
job Kassie and Stoney!! Your hard work over the season really
paid off! K and Stoney were also honored for earning their
Supreme, with a multiple photo frame with pictures of K and Stoney,
and also their National Supreme Plaque. Congrats to you all!
Kassie and Stoney compete at the
South West Regional.