Cowboy Dressage Fall 2010 News Letter
Blessings and Miracles
loved by someone gives you strength, while loving
someone deeply gives your courage." ~Lao Tzu
"What lies behind
us and what lies before us are tiny compared to what
lies within us."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
I wanted to open
this newsletter with the above quotes. With the
events of the last month they seemed appropriate.
For those of you
who do not know, Eitan had a near fatal heart incident
at the end of his part of the finale at the Opening
Ceremony of the World Equestrian Games in Lexington, KY.
He had had the ride of his life during his performance.
He later returned to a solo part in the finale. It was
cut short when Eitan slid from Santa Fe Renegade after
he suffered Ventricular Fib. This is almost always
fatal. If not for the response of the nearby EMT’s and
the quick action of a bystander who just happened to be
a retired ER Trauma Doc, Eitan would have performed his
The story is long
and filled with miracle after miracle. When I asked
Eitan what he was going to do for the finale he told me
not to worry that it would be “really special.” Little
did I know how those words would come back to me later.
Eitan spent 2
weeks in the University of Kentucky Chandler Trauma
Hospital. Eight of those days were in ICU. Do to the
life saving job of CPR he suffered 9 broken ribs,
fractured sternum and a punctured lung. Because he
landed on a barrier when he fell he ruptured his spleen
and it had to be removed as well.
It is now 6 weeks
since this happened. Eitan is a lesson in determination,
strength and a remarkable will to survive. He is up and
walking long distances each day. The sparkle has
returned to his eyes and he is anxious to get back to
his horses and his beloved Santa Fe Renegade who took
care of him during this near catastrophic event. When
Eitan slid from Santa Fe his foot was caught up in the
stirrup. Santa Fe was calm and allowed help to begin
assisting with Eitan’s aid. In any situation a foot
caught in the stirrup can be very dangerous. Thank You
There are so many
people to thank for saving Eitan’s life that this
newsletter would be long if I only mentioned all these
“angels.” We do want to Thank the EMT’s and the UK
Chandler Hospital Drs and staff, Dr. Michael Reiser, Tom
Spalding, Sammi and Bill Hazen, Bonnie Glasgow, Teri and
Kurt Rumens, All the Brown Family, Kathy Cox, Sharon
Beth-Halachmy and Ellen and Nick DiBella, Betsy Viets
Wallen, Michelle Morton, Teri Personeni and Ron Smith.
These are just a few special people who all pulled
together and helped turn a near tragedy into a
If you wish to
read a journal and tributes to Eitan you can go to
You can also go to
this link to see the tribute that was done for Eitan on
the Jumbotrons during the Closing Ceremony of the World
You can also view
his performance at:
The number of
visitors to Eitan’s guestbook is staggering. Quite a
tribute to a man who just got up each day and did what
he loved and tried to share it with others.
We send a
heartfelt thank you to all for your prayers and well
wishes. We have personally read every single email and
post on Caring Bridge and Face Book. We were moved to
tears more than once.
Eitan says he now
has two Birthdays……
What Lies Ahead For Us?
mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher
explains. The superior teacher
demonstrates. The great teacher inspires."
~William Arthur Ward
We plan to
continue to do what we love to do with more
dedication and devotion to the horse and those
that love them. It is our way to give thanks for
confirmed clinics and appearances will stay
according to schedule for 2011.
2010 WEG OPENING CEREMONY WITH EITAN AND
SANTA FE RENEGADE
Below is a
link you can click on to see a video of Eitan’s
performance at the Closing and Opening
Ceremonies of the World Equestrian Games 2006
and 2010. Enjoy!
Click Here to watch video.
EITAN “Then and Now!”
thought you might all enjoy a few of
Eitan in Israel as a boy with dreams
Eitan now, a
horseman living his dream.
Deda and Chris Newbert
Newbert has been studying with Eitan for the
last year. He is a very talented amateur and
with a very gifted Quarter Horse Gelding, Chico.
Chris and is wife Deda live in NH. Chris and
Eitan worked together through videos and a few
one on one clinics. Both teacher and student
were very prepared, ready, and excited about the
clinics and their pending WEG experience.
Eitan was not able to do the 16 clinics that
were planned at WEG’s Equine Village Chris took
over and simply showed people what Eitan had
taught him. Chris did an excellent job and we
are so proud of him. Talk about courage under
fire… A new “star” has been born and we are so
pleased to be a part of it. Other clinicians
joined Chris each day in support of Eitan. We
wish to thank Lynn Palm, Pat Parelli, Dianne
Olds Rossi, JP Gacomini and Clay Mire.
Deda are both award winning underwater
photographers. I encourage you to visit their
Be sure to visit their Clinics and Farm page
and I discussed him taking over the clinics for
Eitan he said he was very nervous about doing
so. I told him, “You swim with sharks for
heaven’s sakes, how scary can a clinic be?”
Chris swam through his clinics. He photographs
like Eitan rides.
Morgan World Championship 2010
Kasey Hoover Monty
rode Meadowcreek Bay Be Fe to the National Championship
3 yr. old Stallion and Geldings class. The pair later
returned to capture the 3 Yr. Old World Championships.
Bay B Fe is by Santa Fe Renegade out of a WH Zimbabwe
daughter. Both dam and Bay Be Fe were bred by Beverly
Blake of Meadowcreek Morgan’s in Grass Valley; CA.
Beverly was also the breeder of the 2009 Resv. World
Champion 3 Year Old Western Pleasure winner, Meadowcreek
I’m a Renegade by Santa Fe Renegade and was show by
We wish to
congratulate Firerun Farm, Playmor Farm, Silvercreek
Morgans, Carlino Family Farm, Gale Mountain Morgans and
Stony Point Morgans , Megan Evans and Jewels Adams
Training on all their wins and championships. A job well
done by good people with good horses. The perfect
More World Championship Kudos to:
Teri Rumens and
FRF Leviticus dazzled the judges for a unanimous win in
the World Championship Classic Pleasure Saddle division.
I bet Teri is still grinning from ear to ear. Thanks
Kurt, Rod, Ginger and Juan (Sambo too) for helping put
that grin on Teri’s face. Way to go “Levi”
We also wish to
extend congratulations to good friends Sandra Nelson and
Daryl Hopson on his World Championship ride and win on
Beau. Sandra was thrilled to see her beautiful stallion
return to the OKC’s winner’s circle.
We are so proud of
BEF Ivan. Ivan had been a favorite mount of
Eitan’s when Eitan was still training horses for the
public. Jill and Malcolm Smith are dear friends and
always believed in their beautiful “Ivan.” Thank you
Jewels Adams and Megan Evans who brought Ivan to his
first and well deserved World Championship Title. Under
Jewels watchful eye Megan and Ivan won the World
Champion Western Pleasure Youth title.
congratulations go to EV Santa Fe’s Patron (trained
by Jewels Adams) owned by Jill and Malcolm Smith, HP
Yippee Ki -A owned by Hal and Stacy Parker
(trained by Mary Ludke) and EV Santa Fe Special, trained
by Cotton Wood Creek. All three horses and riders
gaining top 10 ribbons in deep World Championship
Dale Rumens-Partee’s gets new Saddlebred
Dale Rumens-Parte of Western Sky Training in Snohomish,
WA on the purchase of her first Saddlebred from Barbara
Molland of Far Field Farms in Petaluma, CA.
Dale was on the
hunt for the perfect Western Dressage mount and was just
smitten by the very beautiful and colorful 2 yr. old
gelding. We look forward to great things from this
talented pair in the near future. Happy Trails,
Contact for Dale:
Western Dressage Association of America
is official, the new association is up and running.
for all the exciting details and
lots of information. LOG ON AND BECOME A MEMBER TODAY!!
IS OPEN TO ALL BREEDS AT ANY HORSE SHOW. THE MORGAN
HORSE DIVISION OF USEF WAS THE FIRST TO MAKE IT AN
OFFICIAL DIVISION. ANY OTHER BREED OR SHOW CAN EASILY
TAKE THE MORGAN HORSE CRITERIA AND ADOPT IT TO THEIR OWN
BREED OR SHOW.
If you are a
western rider but have always wanted to learn, ride and
show dressage without giving up the western that you
love this is the association to become familiar with.
Become a member,
join now and be in on the ground floor of a new
discipline that promises to be fun and rewarding.
lessons are held every other week in the Parker, CO
area. A great group of interested riders get together
every other week with Cliff Swason and Deb Donley.
Please contact Ellen DiBella for more information at:
We just attended
one of these clinics at Cliff Swanson’s in Castle Rock,
CO. There was a good turnout and a good time was being
had by all. Cliff and Deb are doing an excellent job
teaching and inspiring others. These lessons are held in
an indoor arena if you are winter riders. You can
contact Cliff directly at:
If you would like
to see Western Dressage Classes added to a show near you
it is easy. Information is on the website and if you
need more just let us know and we will be glad to help
you or the show.
Jewels Adams also
offers Western Dressage Lessons at Futurity Farm in
Auburn, CA. You can contact Jewels through her
assistant, Megan Evans at: 916-812-1144 or
Lesley Deutsch of
Blue Fountain Farms will be offering a Western Dressage
Show June 4-5, 2011. You can contact Lesley at:
or visit her website at:
Dressage Clinic held at Morgan Grand National
and World Championship
Morgan Grand National and World Championship
Horse Show held its first ever Western Dressage
Clinic. Jewels Adams and BEF Ivan did a
demonstration and Cliff Swanson and Christina
Mitchell assisted with education and
Western Dressage Classes be held any time soon
at our World Championship Horse Show? With
support and interest it could happen.
Cowboy Dressage Clinics for
March 18-20, 2011
Linn Co. Fair & Expo Center
John & Judith Cloe
Light Hands Horsemanship
May 19 - 22, 2011
Santa Ynez, CA 530-346-2715
Cowboy Dressage Clinic
August 26 - 28, 2011
Morgans Parker, Colorado
Contact: Ellen DiBella
*Exact location and details to follow.
Cowboy Dressage Clinic
Sept 10 & 11, 2011
Red Rock Ranch
Vicki and Jim Hackett
9650 Longs Mill Road
Rocky Ridge, Maryland 21778
Sept 16 - 18, 2011
Beaver Run Arena
Contact Info : Pam Ph
Dos Amigos Texas Clinic
Oct 19-23 and Oct
Contact Bonnie Glasgow
Cowboy Dressage School of Horsemanship 2011
The 2011 dates for
our winter/spring sessions for our Cowboy Dressage
School of Horsemanship are:
March 28 - April 1
We only take 4
riders for ( you can bring your own horse or ride one of
ours) each session and they do fill up quickly each year
so plan ahead and book now. Go to
for more details and information.
you register for the school and make a deposit before
Dec 20th you will receive a 10% Holiday Discount.
Light Hands Horsemanship 2011
LHH is celebrating
its 5th year. We have bigger than ever plans for
our guests. You can expect to see the same fab four
horsemen, Dr. Robert Miller, Lester Buckley, Jon Ensign
and Eitan . We have asked Jack Brainard and Richard
Winters to return in 2011 and have added Sheila Varian,
Dale Myler and Ernie Morris to our lineup of “the best.”
Rick Lamb of the Horse Show on RFD-TV will be our MC and
one of our featured clinicians again this year.
Because this is
our 5th anniversary we are honoring the California
Vaquero so expect to see some of the best in the Vaquero
Tradition present at LHH. Ron Miller will be back to
entertain us and Los Olivios Market will keep us well
fed. The famous and always hilarious and moving campfire
panel will be returning. No telling what stories they
will have cooked up for our guests. And of course the
event would not be complete without our wonderful
vendors. Look for most of them to return in 2011.
Our own LHH
Clinician Jon Ensign was on the front cover of Western
Horseman this last August/September. Inside was a great
article by Jon. Jon is so talented and so deserves this
and Fly Predators are our official sponsor once
again for 2011. Tom Spalding has been with us
since day one. It is because of his support and
dedication that we are the event we are today!
Thank you, Tom!
Our delightful and
gracious host, Art Perry of Intrepid Farms will be on
hand to welcome everyone and opens his private museum to
all our guests. Did I mention the Museum Tours...there
are three of them this year.
is up and ready for sign ups and registration. Visit it
for complete information. The dates are May 19-22, 2011
at Intrepid Farms in the beautiful Santa Ynez
Valley in CA. Remember we only take a limited number of
guests so sign up early so you don’t miss out!
Register before March 15th and SAVE $$$$
Glasgow just got her 3rd Saddlebred. She
loves their intelligence and learning ability.
Bonnie will be sending two of them to famed
horseman Martin Black. Martin has a strong
ranching background and is considered one of the
best colt starters in the country. Saddlebreds
are new to Martin having spent most of his time
on the back of Quarter Horses. Jack
Brainard sent two of his Saddlebreds to Martin
last year and Martin was pleasantly surprised at
how easy they were to train and quick to learn.
Olds Rossi got to visit with Jack Brainard
recently. She and her Friesian “Chewy” went to
visit Jack after their clinics at the World
Equestrian Games. I wish I could have been
there to hear some of their conversations.
Two legends from opposite sides of horsemanship
that are so much the same…
be doing a clinic in the Fort Worth area in Feb
of 2011 at John and Georgie Green’s.
check website for more information.
Blue Fountain Farm Western Dressage
In October Lesley
Deutsch of Blue Fountain Farm in Grass Valley, CA held
its annual fall Dressage Show. Lesley contacted us about
adding some western dressage classes because of the
interest that had been expressed. Lesley added the
classes and they were a huge hit. There was a very good
turn out and because of it Lesley now plans to have two
Western Dressage Shows that will stand on their own next
year! The show dates are June 4-5, and October 1-2, 2011
so mark your calendars now.
See clinics above
You can read and
link to pictures from the show at:
For more information on Lesley and her Blue Fountain
Farms see below:
Jenna Rankin and Kasey Hoover Monty
Kasey Hoover Monty
A while back in
one of my newsletters I mentioned two very talented
young ladies that Eitan and I felt had a great deal of
promise and budding talent. We predicted that they
would rise to the top of the show horse industry.
students of Eitan have ridden and participated in many
clinics with him over the last 15 years. We consider
At the 2009 Morgan
World Championships Jenna Rankin and her mother
Kelley garnered the National Champion 3 yr. old Stallion
and Gelding honor and later won the 3 yr. old World
Championship and Reserve World Championship.
At this year’s
2010 Morgan World Championships Kasey Hoover Monty swept
the 3 year old division winning the Futurity, National
and World Titles. She went on to sweep the 4 yr. old
National and World Titles as well.
We were so excited
that Kasey chose our beautiful Meadowcreek Bay B Fe to
be her own. We knew it would be a good match and the
judges at OKC seemed to agree with us.
Jenna now has my
lovely palomino mare, MEMC Neon in training. We look
forward to the 2011 show season. From reports it sounds
like Neon is really coming along nicely.
These two you
horsewomen trained and managed these winners themselves.
The set an example of what a true “students of the
horse” can accomplish with style and excellent
Kudos to both you
girls, we are so proud of you. Both Jenna and Kasey are
accepting horses in training for the 2011 season. Both
have covered arenas and access to trails.
Contact for Kelley
and Jenna Rankin:
Contact for Kasey Hoover Monte:
Emily or “EM” as
we affectionately called her came to us in 2004 from CO.
She spent a year studying with Eitan. Em had a
love and passion for horses equal to Eitan’s. This
young girl has the work ethic, drive and determination
you don’t often see in young people today. She is a
delight and a professional.
Since Em left us
to pursue a career of her own she has experienced much
growth, become wiser and is someone Eitan and I are very
proud of. We consider her a rare talent, one who marches
to her own drummer and just plain talented.
Em is a true
student of the horse, she studies under every good
horseman/horsewoman she can get time with. She learns
and she teaches……
Here is how to
catch up with “Em”
Mountain Rose Horsemanship Training