Category Archives: Marleen’s Blog

Happenings With Horse Friends

No Shortcuts to Success

Congratulations to good friends Lyn Anderson, Susan Modic and Murray Thompson . The California riders hauled home two supreme reined cow horse awards AND a national championship trophy for the non pro bridle! Wooohooo! Kudos to everyone, especially Lyn who trained both horses from foals and then eventually trained their non pro owner/ riders!

 But we’re especially proud of Murray who persevered through 12 years of ups and downs learning to ride and show 5 different cow horses at shall we say, ‘AN OLDER AGE. ’ There were plenty of not so great moments while getting to success in the show ring. He paid his dues with various disasters and injuries. BUT he never gave up through many  set-backs on his journey, eventually winning 1 world championship, 3 regional championships, 3 major event class/championships, and a Supreme RCH Award.

Murray’s national champion bridle show horse ‘Nacho’ a 2009 bay AQHA gelding, earned $6,164 in 2018 and 166 national points at 12 shows in that year. Murray credits coach and trainer Lyn Anderson, and advises that a person has to be well mounted, have good help and be dedicated over a period of years to continually improving their horsemanship and showmanship skills.

The Right Stuff

Katie Jackson, Austin TX, and her new pony, “Alex” a Danish WB gelding pictured. Wake up your eyebrows, you are going need them. Having lost a lower leg to cancer, Katie has persevered with a successful riding career in dressage. She has always dreamed to ride in the Olympics and this next year she is hoping to qualify for the US Para-Team and Tokyo! When not riding in a category for disabled riders she also competes with able bodied riders and has achieved her USF silver medal and won several dressage show championships. Go Katie!  We always knew your were Olympic material!

Update on the Azteca

Last summer on a wild hair, I bought a unbroken 4 year old Andalusian/QH cross mare that happened to be living in the same area as Lyn. She started her for me and then sent on up to OR to the old lady rider to finish.  Fast forward a year and we are both still alive!  She’s been  a pretty challenging (although not impossible) project. Azzie has a quite fiery temperament, so it’s taken some time to figure out the right combination of discipline and tactful riding. She can do some jaw dropping aerial movements on the lunge line, but so far NOT under saddle!

Lyn continues to give me email advice on training which is very much appreciated! Be sure to see her great series of training videos on the stock horse ed pages…she sure knows her stuff!!

Keep Fingers X-ed Until Next Time, happy riding! Marleen