Monday
Apr012013

Beach Ride March 31

Camila at Surfside Beach. What fun!

Thursday
Mar282013

From Indo-American News! Kavita

Kavita Sinha: At Ease in the Seat of a Saddle

Kavita and Elvis in the Adult Jumpers (credit to Jerry Mohme Photography)

Kavita and Elvis in the Adult Jumpers (credit to Jerry Mohme Photography)

By Manu Shah

HOUSTON: When Kavita’s father moved into a high rise apartment, the balcony offered a wonderful view of a stable and several horses below.  At her mother’s suggestion, her father took her for a pony ride and 7 year old Kavita was ecstatic.  All she could talk about was horses and it was only a matter of time before she enrolled in riding classes.  To this day her father quips that “it was the most expensive ten dollar pony ride”

Kavita and Thunder, one of the baby ponies she’s training at the barn.

Kavita and Thunder, one of the baby ponies she’s training at the barn.

Kavita took to the saddle and horses with a natural flair and affinity.  Under the tutelage of her trainer, Larry Smith, who she says is “almost like a father to her”, Kavita learned to ride and train horses.  But it wasn’t always fun and games.  It involved honest to goodness hard work where she was expected to take care of the horses which included washing and scrubbing them down, body clipping and cleaning out the stalls. Pretty soon, Kavita was a regular at competition circuits and more often than not came home proudly bearing the victory ribbon. Two weeks ago, she walked away with $1000 in cash prize by winning second place in the Great Southwest Equestrian Center’s Winter Series IV competition.

Kavita and Gwendolyn, one of the many sale horses she rides for her trainer.

Kavita and Gwendolyn, one of the many sale horses she rides for her trainer.

Watching Kavita participate in three competitions at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center, Katy, was a delight.  Astride a strapping white horse, her face a study of intense concentration, she executed a perfect jump over every one of the poles making her champion of her division for the weekend.  When the results were announced, an exuberant smile lit up her pretty face and Elvis, her horse knew he had a treat coming.

At 19, Kavita is presently studying business at Texas A&M. Her long term plan involves running a horse farm where she plans to buy and sell horses and a degree in business would come in handy. She is also the Manager of the A&M Equestrian team which holds the record for winning the championship 12 times in a row. How does she manage to juggle her schedules between riding and studying?  She catches up on her studying at night and weekends when she is not riding and has resigned herself to a nonexistent social life due to her riding commitments.

Kavita and her current trainer, Larry Smith at a horse show in Katy.

Kavita and her current trainer, Larry Smith at a horse show in Katy.

With a quick conspiratorial grin at her mother, she says that while she would have loved to own a horse she’s glad she doesn’t as she can now ride any trained horse and has learned to handle horses with different personalities.  That’s right.  Horses can be as temperamental as humans.  Practice sessions may be perfect but ask the horse to jump on the day of the competition and it could very well dig in its heels and refuse. There are horses that think they know it all, there are some that act like divas and will respond graciously to nothing less than profuse praise and there are some that become very attached to people.  The key lies in understanding your horse and handling it accordingly – a fact, this petite, confident girl seems intent on mastering.

Kavita is looking forward to a three month training program at a horse farm in Argentina this summer.  She will help take care of the horses and in exchange will be trained by a world renowned horse trainer. She is also looking for sponsors to help with the expenses that will enable her to achieve a professional status.

For more information, contact Sam Houston Equestrian Center at 713-433-7669 or email at info@learnhorse.com

Friday
Mar222013

2012 Award Winners

Walk Trot and Canter English Division

Emily Burnett

Claire Gilcrest

Ella Dale

Blake Dietert

Max Rothfeder

Kalli Davidson

 

Walk Trot English Division

Gauri Prakash

Tessa Downey

Issy Hildebrandt

Bree Garey

Harriet Evans

 

Tiny Tot Division

Bella Fogal

Beatrice Ascione

Olivia Fogal

Yzoe Mustiere

Harriet Evans

Vittoria Ascione

 

Western Horsemanship

Emile Rogers

Max Rothfeder

Ella Dale

Kate Miller

Emily Burnett & Tessa Downey (tie)

Robert Hawes


 

Thursday
Feb142013

Awards Dinner! Everyone is invited.

Volunteers are needed to set up our party room and bring side dishes. Would anyone like to work on centerpieces for the tables? How about raffle items? Email us if you can help. Saturday March 2nd is the date. Chips and queso at 6 PM. Dinner at 6:30.

These riders will be getting an award:

Camila Genemaris

Bethany and Brinley Lisman

Anneliese Ballo

Grace Richards

Emily Burnett

Blake Dietert

Ella Dale

Max Rothfeder

Kalli Davidson

Emilie Rogers

Tessa Downey

Robert Hawes

Kate Miller

Gauri Prakash

Bree Garey

Izzy Hildebrandt

Harriet Evans

Bella and Olivia Fogal

Yzoe Mustiere

Beatrice Ascione

 

Friday
Feb012013

February 17 Sunday Annual Valentine Show

Make plans to enter the annual Valentine "I LOVE Horses" Show. Classes for all ages. Pick up an entry form at the stables.

10 AM

Walk/Trot/Canter Division

This division has 2 jumps.

11 AM

Walk/Trot Division

Equitation on the Flat

Figure 8

One Jump including Ground Poles

1 PM

Tiny Tot Division

Horsemanship

Ring Game

Calf Roping Game

 

2:30

Walk/Trot Western Division

Horsemanship

Ring Game

Calf Roping Game