The Ignacio Bravo Garcia Clinic on July 12th and July 13th sponsored by ANCCE & USPRE and graciously hosted at the breeding facilities of Raul Bucio in Merced and Ramiro Mejia in Chino, California was well attended by over 100 PRE Breeders, Owners and Enthusiasts.
The clinic kick started at the elegant facilities of Raul Bucio known for his beautiful horses and celebrated throughout California for his commitment to the highest levels of hospitality. Upon arrival, guests were welcomed by Raul, offered refreshments and invited to tour the barn. Shade and refreshments were offered at regular intervals throughout the warm day to make sure guests found their visit comfortable and enjoyable. The following day, Ramiro Mejia replicated traditional Hispanic hospitality in Chino.
Clinician, Ignacio Bravo offered a unique perspective at both sites as a PRE Breeder, accomplished Trainer, Grand Prix level dressage rider and ANCCE Judge. He was charming, knowledgeable and tireless in his efforts to teach all attendants about the preparation and presentation of our wonderful horses. His enthousiasm for the Pure Spanish Horse was contagious and his useful information in abundance.
Amongst the many topics addressed, D. Ignacio gave an overview of what to look for in a well presented functionality test. The horse should be ridden such that he is obedient to the riders aids but with freedom to express his natural gaits. The horse should be ridden forward without too much restriction by the rider’s hands. Particular attention should be paid to the walk which is all too often overlooked when preparing the horse for the functionality test. Enrique Valencia kindly offered his stunning stallion, Barroco CA to be used in the functionality demonstration.
Ignacio Bravo also suggested a path to readying a young horse for in hand presentation which includes bringing the horse for in-hand presentation which includes bringing the horse into the arena just to play marking the moment as “fun time” followed gradually by in-hand halter training.
The clinic included a section on conformation and how the PRE horse is scored by the Judges, detailed instructions on grooming and in particular how to trim the mane on mares and young horses for competitions. three different horses of varying ages were used during the lecture and demonstration.
Although the clinic was given in Spanish, all attendees commended Ramiro Vega for serving as the clinic interpreter. Beyond the congenial atmosphere and good food, the clinic attendees were treated to a dancing horse exhibition to music by Enrique Valencia and Barroco after the clinic.
USPRE and its members wish to thank ANCCE and particularly Ignacio Bravo Garcia for this informative and memorable seminar.
(Raul Bucio, Jackie Suechting, Ignacio Bravo, Gustavo Aldana, Betsy Ketcham)
(Ramiro Vega, Ignacio Bravo, Carlos Jimenez, Jesus Jimenez)
(Jesus Jimenez, Ignacio Bravo, Ramiro Mejia)