Archive for December, 2010

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.


Tuesday, December 21st, 2010


        As the yearling Class of 2010 nears graduation our new Head of Horse Development, Jake Shoemark, takes them to a whole new level of understanding.  Jake has been getting to know all of the yearlings since his arrival and has accelerated their learning.  After their acceptance of the bareback pad and cinch, he has climbed on board.  Jake continues to move along helping them with their first saddlings and beyond. 

These long yearlings will be so well prepared for colt starting in the Spring.  Not only will they have a solid set of skills in the 7 Games, be confident puzzle solvers and asking questions freely, but they’ll also be ready to ride.  Talk about setting them up with a solid foundation!  


     How about a new start for the New Year with a new partner for you?  Think about the possibilities.  Make an investment in your future.  Visit our website for photos and details on available yearlings.  We’ll continue to add photos as Jake progresses with the group.


Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Rebecca Carroll has a new Atwood partner named Another Reality Chex.  The young lady from Boulder Creek, CA was participating in a clinic with Parelli Professionals Jody and David Ellis when she and her Mom, Stephanie, mentioned their desire to find a new partner for Rebecca.  The Ellis’s mentioned an AR young horse they’d nicknamed Lady who would be perfect for Rebecca. 

Jody and Dave are part of the Atwood Associates program where qualified professionals take our two-year-olds, who have completed the Parelli Preschool Program as yearlings.  They continue along with their development and start them under saddle.  Lady has been in their care since this past Spring.

Rebecca and Stephanie headed to LS Ranch and it was love at first sight!  Stephanie commented that she’d need a wider lens on her camera to accommodate the smile on Rebecca’s face as she rode by.  Rebecca has completed one FastTrack and is headed off to do another this summer before applying to the Extern Program.  Rebecca said, “I am looking for a partner that will be willling and excited to go with me wherever my Parelli journey takes me!”  And that she got!  Congratulations to you both.