Friday, September 27, 2013

Congratulations Madi!

The beautiful Dragonfire Wasabi moves to The Sooner State
Congratulations to The Fitzgerald Family on their purchase of Dragonfire Wasabi for their daughter, Madi! Madi will be moving into the highly competitive Western Pleasure Amateur ranks, and has really beefed up her arsenal with this young gun. But before he and Madi join forces, "Pepper" will be expertly piloted by Madi's trainer, Kelly Kraegel, of Cottonwood Creek Ranch in the Three Year Old World Futurity Western Pleasure as well as the Three Year Old Western Pleasure for Stallions and Geldings. We here at Dragonfire are absolutely thrilled that Pepper will be trained and managed by one of the top western riders in the country, and simply cannot wait to see him develop under her watchful eye!
Pepper in his recent saddle debut

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Axiom DF Dazzles At The Twin Rivers Future Event Horse

Axiom DF with Earl McFall

In his first outing off of the farm, Axiom DF absolutely shined at the Future Event Horse competition at Twin Rivers Ranch. Handily winning the Three Year Old FEH with a score of 85.9, Axiom wowed the judge and spectators alike with his movement and quiet demeanor, not to mention his super-model good looks.

He gained very high marks for his loose, over-striding walk, as well as his trot for being, "Very uphill and balanced" and having, "Lots of suspension and engagement". His general impression marks were also very high, with the remark of, "Very well balanced. Lovely head and eye and neck. Nice disposition, should go far!".

We agree! This horse is certainly going places!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Praise For The Academy @ Dragonfire

These Kind words were sent in to me from a parent of one of our students and I had to share!

"When it became clear to me that my 4.5 year old daughter not only wanted to but was ready to learn to ride I set about finding a suitable program.  My idea of suitable is based on my 30 years of horse experience some of which includes being the leader of an equine youth organization.  In my mind a good lesson program has the following attributes;
Provides appropriate horses and ponies that are safe, the right size for you and that have the right level of training for your current ability.
Will provide an instructor who understands your capabilities who knows when to push you and when to back off and who has a large enough toolkit to deal with issues as they arise.
Keeps riding groups small so that you receive enough individual instruction to progress.
Will value and teach the care and upkeep of horses so you become a good horse person not just a good rider.
Will be safe but fun.
You would think that finding such a program in an area like Sacramento would be easy but it is not.  Luckily I remembered Dragonfire and their Academy. Not only would they take my daughter (not many places allow kids to start at 4.5) but they met all my above criteria and more.  My daughter and I now happily spend our Sunday mornings at Dragonfire and in 6 months she has gone from complete beginner to trotting and cantering independently on a pony who will surely become a saint. While I watch my daughters lessons I get to watch friendships being made between horse crazy 10 year olds hanging out at the barn, adult ladies taking lessons in order to achieve various non-competitive goals as well as ambitious teens hoping to give the professionals a run for their money in the competition arena.   There really is something for everyone here!
Horse barns that offer competitive options are not always the friendliest places to hang out, however everyone I have met at Dragonfire instructors, owners, boarders, kids and other parents are friendly and supportive. Dragonfire’s Academy really is a great place to learn to ride whatever your age, ability, and competitive aspirations. I think I look forward to my Sunday mornings at Dragonfire as much as my daughter and that’s saying something." ~Clair T.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Family Fun And Competition At The Motherlode

Dragonfire always enjoys the Motherlode Morgan Show in Rancho Murieta, CA. Not because the weather is perfect (because it usually feels like you are trying to show in a sauna), but because they have classes for everyone and they also have the most accommodating show staff around. They are always thinking of better things for the next year, and really want everyone to go away with a positive experience. It is no wonder that this show continues to grow and grow!

Daniela Zarate was an absolute joy to watch in her first rated show as she rode Felicity around the cross bar classes. If her first efforts at showing are any indication of her future, I think she will be doing a lot of winning!

Earl guides the riders and their fans around the course walk.

Taylor McFall and Mighty Maybelline won the Low Open Hunters Championship.

Earl McFall piloted three year old Dragonfire Wasabi to back to back wins in his first appearance under saddle. First in the Junior Western Pleasure, and then in the Junior Western Pleasure Championship.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Video Update: Dragonfire Wasabi

Dragonfire Wasabi at two years of age.
Dragonfire Wasabi, or "Pepper", is proving to be exactly what we imagined he could be when we crossed his parents. Pepper is by the Multi-titled World Champion Western horse, Grand Cru Beaujolais, and his dam, Dragonfire Nova, brings the 9 time World Champion, Dragonfire Kirin, into the mix. Nova herself has produced such Champions as Dragonfire Neferiti and Dragonfire Shaolin.

Pepper's three year old saddle debut has not fallen short of our expectations, and he has come home with a Junior Horse Championship.

Pepper at three.

Wasabi's looks and talent will take him far in the show ring for many years to come, as well as make him a relevant sire within the Morgan breed. We feel that he is one of the finest Morgan horses Dragonfire has offered for sale to date, and is a beautiful representative of over thirty years of our breeding program.


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