The Story takes us back to Spain, to the house we built on Cabo Machichaco and to life on the road with a family of gypsies and their caravans pulled by donkeys, mules and horses.
The experience was the seed for a new reality: we sold the house with all of our stuff and set out for Argentina to live on horseback.
RIDING INTO THE WIND is the story of our four and a half years on the trail.
In 1973, we rode onto an old homestead on the side of a mountain in northern BC, overlooking lakes and forests and decided to call this place home.
The walls of the old Swede Johnson cabin were still intact, we built a floor and a roof for our 12 by 14 foot home.
Three daughters, Raya, Conchita and Naomi joined us.
We worked the land with horses and for many years, horse logging was a substantial part of our livelihood.
As the girls grew, our focus changed to competition horses for dressage and jumping .
Saddle Tramp Ranch became ST Training Stables
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Johanna spent the summer of 2000 with us and returned five years later, in 2005., after becoming a professional groom and working at Stromsholm, Sweden and in Atlanta, Georgia, with the driving horses imported from Sweden.Joey would tackle anything: putting the hay in the barn, riding a green warmblood, taking the logging team to a show.
Leizure comes from the Basque region of Spain, not far from where we built the house on Machichaco.
Her background is with endurance racing and her father breeds horses for that purpose.
it was quite a twist for her to learn bout the wonderful Spanish horse of her native land - in Canada!
She spent two months with us; came away with a love for Dressage, which she intends to pursue back in her native Spain. Her English improved remarkably over the two months that she was with us.
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