Andy Winters at Whitney’s Wild Oaks Ranch
In late October, with his six-horse trailer fully loaded and his two dogs, Brute and Pearl curled up in the cab of the pick-up, Andy headed west to the Whitney Oaks Ranch outside Exeter, California. The decision to winter in California was a difficult one, but the opportunity to train at the Whitney Oaks Ranch was a valuable one. The facility includes a fully equipped barn, large covered arena, 1½ mile track, cutting arena, round pen, and boarding paddocks. In addition to his horses in training, Andy is caring for four recipient brood mares until they foal next spring. In all, thirteen horses made their way to the ranch from Steamboat in the last couple of weeks.
Andy joins horse trainer, Brandon Staebler, at the facility. Brandon won the Snaffle Bit Futurity in 2004 and continues to find success in competition and training. Andy looks forward to sharing training time with Brandon. Trainers are always learning and facing different challenges with their horses in training and often times they work in an isolated environment. So, this winter Andy will have the opportunity to process ideas and problematic training issues with another trainer.
For more information on the Whitney Wild Oaks Ranch, go to: http://whitneysranch.com
Andy Readies for the AQHA World Show
As if the calendar weren’t full enough with his move to California, Andy is pleased to be on his way to the World Show in Oklahoma City November 6-20th. He and Annabelles Playgun qualified in the working cow horse event scheduled at the World Show for November 15th.
According to the AQHA’s website, “The World Show is the pinnacle event for American Quarter Horse owners and exhibitors around the world, who must qualify for the event by earning a predetermined number of points to compete in each of the classes representing halter, English and western disciplines. More than 3,300 entries from the United States, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Mexico, United Kingdom and Venezuela are competing at this year’s event.”
We wish Andy and Annabelle the very best on the 15th.
For more information about the AQHA World Show, go to:
Also, please visit Andy at: http://www.andykurtz.com for news, results, and updates.