RAFAEL ORTIZ CLINIC
Yeguada Trujillo, New Cuyama, California
July 23rd 2011
Perfect weather, an incredible setting, and the gracious hospitality of Sabas and Lucia Trujillo set the stage for a memorable and educational seminar organized by USPRE and conducted by Dr. Rafael Ortiz Alcala. Dr. Ortiz, a Veterinarian, International Dressage competitor, and Qualified Tribunal Judge, shared his extensive knowledge and experience with the Pure Spanish Horse to a standing room only audience of over one hundred (100) Breeders, Owners, and Aficionados of the Pure Spanish horse.
The material presented was very well organized and covered topics related to selecting, breeding and showing our wonderful horses. First, he explored the three (3) gaits of the PRE. The walk, trot and canter were discussed and video clips were used to illustrate the desirable and undesirable qualities. Following this, a complete discussion of PRE morphology, from nose to tail, was covered, with plenty of photos, videos, and time for questions and answers.
Sabas Trujillo & Sixto Baez
Lunch was served in the pavilion which is the centerpiece for the parklike central square at the Trujillo Ranch. Guests enjoyed a traditional Mexican luncheon amid the dappled shade of mature trees, with plenty of time to socialize with friends new and old.
After a brief break, the clinic moved to the arena where the practical application of the day’s material was put to the test. Audience members were invited to play the role of judge alongside Dr. Ortiz as beautiful PRE horses were presented one after the other in the arena. After each horse was evaluated, D. Ortiz reviewed his scores for each animal to clarify exactly how he arrived at the scores to help the audience refine their appreciation of the PRE morphology.
Sabas Trujillo, Lucia Trujillo, Rafael Ortiz, Gustavo Aldana
Finally, an evening of live Mariachi music and delicious food culminated with the presentation of Certificates for all clinic attendees and special thanks to Dr. Ortiz and to Mr. & Mrs. Trujillo for providing such a wonderful opportunity for all in the California P.R.E. community.
Sabas & Lucia Trujillo
The USPRE Board of Directors extends its deepest appreciation to Sabas & Lucia Trujillo for their exemplary stewardship and hospitality.
Appreciation is also extended to the hosts of our four (4) private clinics: Betsy Ketcham, Dr. Ariel Martinez, Suzanne Punch-Randall and Terry Waechter.
Contributed by Betsy Ketcham & Alexander Zilo