Archive for the ‘general news from the ranch’ Category


Thursday, February 7th, 2013

It’s official!  We’ve moved to the Red Bluff Ranch – lock, stock, barrel as they say but for us it was horses, arena, equipment, development & breeding.  It’s been a labor of love & plenty of sweat but we are here.  The new address & phone number are on our website.  Hoping we can welcome everyone this Fall as we become more settled, possibly with an Open House.  Stay tuned…..


Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

For those of you interested in riding age horses, we have recently added 6 new horses to our website, age three to nine.  Photos & video are on the way.  These are either mares we set aside for broodmare prospects or geldings we held out for our own ranch gelding herd.  Sires include Atwood Ranch stallions Colonel Doc Bar Chex, Ill Be Smart, Mr Skyline Peppy, and Powder River Playboy, as well as an outside stallion named Laredo Blue.  In addition, we’ve added a One Smart Peppy yearling filly to the for sale list.  Visit our website, Parelli Connect and the Atwood Ranch Facebook page for more information.   

photo by Molly Moore


Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

If you haven’t yet gone to Parelli Connect to investigate the community, do it now!  There is a FREE 30-day trial offer going on now where you can participate as a member at no charge, getting to know the people, the opportunities, and the network.  This is the Facebook of Natural Horsemanship where you can meet people, share about your journey, document your progress with your horse and find a supportive group of friends. 

Plus, we are in the process of adding all the Atwood Ranch young horses to our wall.  Each horse has a page of his/her own with a bio, statistics, photos and progress reports that Jake and the Development Team will be adding each week.  You can select your favorites and follow along with their development.  It’s a work in progress and thanks to the team at Parelli Central for helping us get this up and running. 


Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010
May the joy of Christmas
light the trail to a wonderful New Year.
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NEW Facebook page

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Our new Facebook page is up and running with all the latest happenings at the ranch.  Due to technical difficulties we have had to start a new page under ATWOOD RANCH.  (Without the “Naturally”.)  Please join us by logging into Facebook, visiting “Atwood Ranch” and clicking LIKE.  The link from our website home page is now updated, too.  So check out Jake’s progress with the yearlings, visitors to the ranch, great new partnership stories, superstar horses, foals arriving soon, events and other fun news and updates.


Saturday, November 20th, 2010

"Tom" checks out the yearlings from across the field

We all look forward to the holidays and wish you the best this Thanksgiving.  We have much for which to be thankful.  Some of us will be with family, others with friends, all of us with good food!  The 2010 foals are being weaned from their dams.  These young fillies and colts will have their pictures on our website soon and are almost ready to begin preschool  In fact, Jake Shoemark, our new Head of Horse Development and his wife Helen (Topp) will be joining us Dec. 1st and we are all looking forward to that!  They are already in the process of moving in  We have quite a few wonderful yearlings ready for their lifelong partners to come along.  They’ve completed all 3 stages of their schooling and are ready to start under saddle in the spring.  Videos have been added to the website.  Come by for a look  Events are being planned for 2011 — see the segment below and stay tuned.  We hope you’ll be joining us for at least one of them next year…  for now, have a great Thanksgiving!  

Confident & curious, these yearlings nearly eat Tom the Turkey for lunch!

NEW FACEBOOK PAGE coming soon…

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Stay tuned for the release of our NEW Facebook page launching soon!  Due to technical difficulties we are having to establish a new Facebook page.  Thanks to the many friends who have joined us this year.  Sorry for the inconvenience but you will need to sign in again on the new page in order to get the latest updates and fun news about the babies, yearlings, new partners, visitors and friends.  Keep checking back to the Newsletter for the official launch date.  We’ll be sure to keep you posted and we’ll change the link on our website to direct you straight there!   


Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Not only do we have an opening for an On Staff Veterinarian, but we also have a need for a staff member with experience in foaling out mares.  This is a fabulous opportunity to be a part of a dynamic team and to have an impression on our 2011 foal crop.  Email Catherine at if you fit the bill! 

Blondie with her foal Kermit


Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Atwood Ranch stallion, Mr Skyline Peppy, has joined the Parelli Performance Team for the summer and fall months.  Skyline is an accomplished cutting horse with nearly $250,000 in NCHA earnings to his name.  We are excited to have the first of his Atwood foal crops on the ground now and look forward to starting them in our Parelli Pre-School Program next year as yearlings.  Stay tuned to Parelli Tube for highlights from horse shows and cuttings where you can see Skyline in action!


Thursday, August 5th, 2010

On a recent visit to the Parelli Center in CO we were fortunate enough to watch Pat instruct a Colt Start class with his Mastery students.  Seven of the nine young horses were Atwood bred and so it was a special treat for us!  Pat went over the finer points of the process and those little details that make a difference to the horse.  He reminded his students to take the time it takes, yet not to dilly-dally  and miss opportunities to progress.  By the third day, the young horses were being ridden out, confidently following cattle in the field.  The AR horses were stars and we took special pride in observing.  (For us it was like watching our kids perform in their first school play!)  The filming crew was present each day and excerpts will be used on future episodes of The Horseman’s Apprentice.