An Amazing Day at the Fall-3-in-1 Schooling Show!

What an amazing day today at the Fall-3-in-1 schooling show!

We had about 120 entered in this show. A lot of people and horses to manage. I saw dressage riders starting out green and ending up showing such improvement through their runs. We had some fabulous judges that were very giving with their time and very kind in aiding riders through the process. Thank you Kellie Larsen and Carrie Gregory for putting in that long ten hour day! And of course your scribes who we couldn’t do without. Great dressage stewards Ashley Combs and Judith Kriess that assisted riders in the correct direction.

And then there were the jumpers. Over 70 of them!! Pam Waterson did such a fantastic job at the back gate keeping them all organized coming and going. Pams course ran smoothly with beautiful turns in each direction. The course led most riders to jump up over the bank and into another arena with great natural obstacles. A big thanks to Karen Green of Brass Ring farm for spending her day in the judges box. Our young runner and jump crew Finn Kriess adapted his new multi skill ability with ease! Kailey Jones ran the timer and assisted the judge with great appreciation. Katie also did a fabulous job as ring crew keeping the course prepped for each rider and properly measured for every course change.

Barista Rebecca Blake got us all up to speed operating the Stirrup-a-Cup espresso stand. Karla McCowin did a super job with show office assistant and award decor in the show office.

A huge thanks to Jeannette Parrett for all her effort above and beyond a normal secretary’s duties.
My assistant show/stall manager Denise Murray for alway being there to put those fires out and for being my right hand woman! And of course her hardest job….. keeping me sitting still atop that burm with the announcing. My husband Dave for ring prepping during the dark, early, chilly morning.

We appreciate all our competitors and want to thank you all for supporting our shows. We couldn’t do it without you all.


One week under saddle, this horse gained an incredible amount of confidence from Jose.
Donida Farm Equestrian Center proudly presents

World renowned young horse starter and master horsemen Jose Alejos will be returning to the Northwest at Donida Farm, Oct 15-30, 2017.

This two-week program will include a choice of three divisions.

1) “Backing”: The backing of horses with no attempts. A clean slate of no education at all. Most owners are able to come for a lesson in the second week of their horses education. Horses are broke to arenas, trails, race track, woods, as a group and by themselves.

2) “The Problem Horse”- Horses who have failed backing from previous attempts by others, or has a attitude of: bucking, rearing, bolting, trailering issues, biting striking, bullying etc. An amazing development from start to finish.

3) “Foal Training”- 4-6 months of age (or older). Foals halter training and life lessons along with weaning in a group with same sex. Low stress. Leading, clipping, bathing etc. Mothers may accompany foals during the first week. Love the babies and love them more as they become bigger.

Whatever the issue is, we can get it fixed in October.

Our Fall “Jose Program” will fill quickly as there is a limited number of horses accepted. Jose’s method is a very kind, fair way. He is a remarkable rare horseman. You will be amazed as I was when you watch him in action. His training sessions are private (with exception) to those enrolled.

His methods/bio and testimonials can be found @ WWW.JOSEALEJOS.COM.

Jose comes highly recommended by trainers, breeders, professionals and owners all over the world. Local references include:

Nancy Free, world class Hunter trainer and owner of Brass Ring Farm.
Carol Hinckley, world class Hunter/Jumper trainer and owner of Brick Road Farms.
Gwen Blake, USEF Team dressage competitor/trainer and owner of Donida Farm.
Michele Pestle, world class Event trainer/competitor, out of Bauernhof Stables.
Tammy Masters, world class Jumper trainer/competitor and owner of Starfire Farm.

Cost of this 2-week session ranges from $1,000 – $2,500 and includes stall board with daily turnout at Donida Farm. Horses to arrive Oct 14.

Reserve your spot with 50% down and balance with final paperwork due upon arrival on Oct 15. Cash/credit card/paypal or checks payable to Donida Farm

Those interested, please contact Gwen Blake for a deposit to hold your horse’s spot and request the corresponding paperwork.

To Continue...Jose has been the mentor of Marcos Arriaza for over a decade. Marcos is based out of Donida Farm and will be available to continue the training beyond this event. Marcus’s kindness and soft approach instills a horses confidence whether it be in the general stable environment or a schooling show. You can contact Marcos directly at 951-420-2542 or email at: