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May 27th, 2014

WELCOME TO CINDYREICH.COM AND CINDY REICH EQUINE SERVICES!

WHY NOT UTILIZE MY EXPERIENCE TO HELP YOUR PROGRAM?  I AM A SECOND GENERATION HORSEWOMAN WITH OVER 35 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN BREEDING FARM MANAGEMENT.

AS A REPRODUCTIVE TECHNICIAN, I SPECIALIZE IN A WIDE VARIETY OF BREEDING FARM MANAGEMENT DYNAMICS.  I HAVE WORKED WITH OVER 100 STALLIONS OF MANY BREEDS AND HAVE FOALED OUT OVER 1,000 MARES.  I CAN HELP YOU AVOID COMMON MISTAKES AND BREEDING MANAGEMENT ISSUES.

CONFORMATION ANALYSIS AND BIOMECHANICS ARE FASCINATING SUBJECTS THAT I HAVE BEEN STUDYING FOR DECADES.  IT INFORMS MY WORK AS AN INTERNATIONAL JUDGE AS WELL AS DOING INDIVIDUAL HORSE AND HERD EVALUATIONS.

LET ME KNOW HOW I CAN HELP!

September 23, 2014

I should know that trying to post during the breeding season is pointless!  Now that the season is over, I will try to be more attentive to updating my page, as there is lots going on!!!  I have been traveling a fair bit to places far and near. Judging and consulting, both jobs I love!  Writing as well–look for the upcoming “Stud Farm Diary” in the Arabian Horse World in October, where I discuss training a young stallion to the phantom.  There is also a piece on Cavalia’s current tour, “Odyesso”. Not only is this a spectacular show, it features up to 12 Arabian horses and I talk with their trainer.

I will be judging in Cuenca, Ecuador on the 11-12th of October. Back to the US just as the US Nationals starting.

California will be my home for the next several months, as I will be doing some work out there, so if you need my services on the west coast, now is a good time to contact me!!!

Cavalia’s “Odyesso”

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AUTUMN IN BRAZIL

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May 28, 2014

Somehow, in the last few months, my website ate up the latest post. Bad, bad, website!!!!

Therefore, will bring things a bit up to date. February of course, was Scottsdale, and my report on the show is in the latest edition of the Arabian Horse World Magazine (May).  In April, instead of the Arabian Breeder’s World Cup, I went down south to judge in the Paulista state in Brazil at the 29th Annual Interestadual Show in Braganca.

It is the first show of the season for Brazil, and it was great to see some very good young (and older) horses!  I was honored to be able to judge with Vico Rocco from Brazil and Christine Jamar from Belgium. We had a great time judging and I think we all agreed on the majority of the placings!!!  Brazil continues to produce really refined, modern, beautiful horses–it is a feast for the eyes!  After the show, I attended the barrel racing, which has become a rapidly growing event for Arabians and Half-Arabians. The Brazilians are thinking outside the box to promote their horses in a very exciting event that is accessible to the general public. Well done!!! I had a great time!!

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Look out for the June issue of The Arabian Horse World for a report on the Brazilian show and also a story about the barrel racing!

Regretfully, I had to go right back to the USA, but had time to visit Zico and Chris Guardia’s beautiful farm just 15 minutes from Braganca. It is a paradise for horses—I want to be a horse and retire there!!!

One fantastic aspect of this show was the opportunity to present a seminar on judging with Christine Jamar. The seminar was packed with exhibitors, breeders and trainers and we had a great discussion and exchange of ideas. I wish more shows would take the opportunity to exchange ideas and information in this way at international shows. We all benefit and learn from each other!!

In a few weeks, I’ll be judging an all breed show in South Jordan, Utah. I always love the challenge of these shows–you must exercise all of your brain and horsemanship skills. I love to see all the different breeds presented and pick what I think best represents that breed in their respective classes. Last time I judged this show there was everything from Friesians to Tennessee Walkers. Loved it!!!

Meanwhile the breeding season is still in full swing and the days are long.  For international followers of my writing, I will have a thought provoking article in the Australian Studs and Stallions publication upcoming. There will also be an article about one of the first Arabian horses in the US to be leased to England–Ben Rabba!  The Crabbet issue of The Arabian magazine  will feature a story about Jewell Cantrell and her magnificent breeding program built around this stallion for the last 40+ years!!!!

August might see some changes coming… I am now a free agent and looking for work. If you are interested in an experience farm and breeding manager, contact me via this website!!!

March 2, 2014,

March already????  I am staring out at the frozen ground and fluffed up chickens looking at the ice block that was their water.  Fond memories of 85F  temperatures and sunny skies in Scottsdale just two weeks ago. (sigh)

Perhaps if I post a cactus photo it will make me feel warmer…

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Breeding season has started and will only accelerate in the coming months. Some very exciting foals were seen at Scottsdale, and there will be even more exciting foals arriving next year!!!   I am off to Brazil in April to judge in Braganca, and there are always outstanding horses to be seen at the shows and breeding farms there.  Can’t wait.

January 7th, 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

WELCOME TO THE YEAR OF THE HORSE!

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This bears good tidings for the coming year, I’m thinking!!! Although last year was a very busy and productive time, with shows  and clinics in Australia, US and Africa!

I am so grateful for all of the good friends I have made around the world and never fail to be amazed at how the Arabian horse draws people together from every race, creed, economic level and geography. All are united in the love of this amazing horse!

I look forward to all the surprises this year has to offer. First off will be the Scottsdale show in February–always a great way to kick off the year!!!  Hope to see many of you there.

Meanwhile, check out my articles in “Arabian Horse World”, Australia’s “Studs and Stallions” and “The Arabian Magazine” in Great Britain.   Perhaps I’ll be judging a show in your part of the world…the bag is packed and am open to inquiries from interested show committees!

August 10, 2013

It has been a busy time. Which is a good thing.  Having a litter of puppies in the house has meant that I’ve stayed closer to home, but now that they are four months old and all but one out of the house, life is simpler, if not less frantic.

I’ve judged a few shows, done a lot of writing (check out my monthly column, “Stud Farm Diaries”  in the Arabian Horse World magazine) and have enjoyed staying close to home for a while.  However, I’ll be back on the road soon to judge some shows and do some clinics.  Check the schedule to find out where.  If you would like a conformation evaluation of your horse at a reasonable price, check out my new site:  www.judgemyhorse.com

Have been busy doing appraisals and evaluations for clients. Contact me if you need evaluations of a single horse or a whole herd.

Let me introduce the newest member of the family…Dora the Explorer..

Enjoy the last of the summer!

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APRIL 15, 2013

Have you ever wondered about what a judge REALLY thought about your horse’s conformation?  But you didn’t want to bring it to a show to find out??  I’ve set up a website where you can submit photos of your horse and I will give you an evaluation of the horse’s conformation.  I wanted to do it at an affordable price for anyone to use and believe it is good value for $50/horse.

Check out the new site at:   www.judgemyhorse.com

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March 1, 2013

Well, the year got off to a cracking start. Shortly after the first of the year, I judged the Victoria Arabian Classic in Geelong, Victoria in Australia.  Geelong is right on the coast, and it was nice to have the fresh sea breeze to take away some of the heat of summer!  However, Geelong outdid itself, sending very cold weather for the second day of the show. And none of us packed anything warm!!! But horses, exhibitors and judges toughed it out and I must confess, the cold was easier to take than the heat!

I love judging in Australia because the quality of the horses is so high. Also, I get to judge wonderful Arabian Riding Ponies, Warmbloods, and many other great horses that have a splash of Arabian blood in them.

Here is the Supreme Arabian Riding Pony, Ascot Noosa Fox (Ascot Classic Silk x Burren-Dah Party Girl)

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Her full brother, Ascot Party Music was Champion Arabian Riding Pony Gelding and Supreme Champion Ridden Exhibit. I love these ponies!

The purebred Arabians were beautiful as well, and there will be a full show report with photos in the April issue of the Arabian Horse World Magazine.

My thanks to Shelia Jones, Katherine McMahon and all of the wonderful people in the show committee for the honor of judging such a great show!!  But next time, no more tractors!!

I was able to take a couple of days to check out some wildlife–my dear friend David Ross took me to the Melbourne Aquarium where we got to see King Penguins–they were on a short term loan for exhibit. A great environment had been made for them, complete with ice slides and northern lights.  My first time ever to see these amazing penguins. The only ones that are bigger are the Emperor Penguins.  We also saw sea-dragons and sea horses (appropriately) along with a multitude of other fish.  It is a superb aquarium, located right on the riverfront in Melbourne.

Katherine and Margaret McMahon took me to see the fairy penguins on Phillip Island. In the evenings, the penguins come out of the ocean and walk up to 1K to their burrows (yes, burrows) to feed their chicks. They only come up to feed them every few days. The chicks stand outside of the burrow and wait patiently.  You can’t take photos (rightfully so) as it disorients the incoming penguins. But here is one (not mine) to show what they look like. They are very tiny as their name implies–about 6-8 inches tall.  It is astonishing to watch the obstacles these penguins overcome to get to their chicks throughout the feeding period.  Kudos to the Parks department on Phillip Island for providing an absorbing viewing experience while not allowing humans to interfere with the penguins.

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So it was sort of a penguin trip–and for a child of the Rocky Mountains, that is pretty darn exotic.

But here is one of my favorite Australian mammals (after wombats)

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January 3, 2013

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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MAY ALL THAT YOU WISH FOR COME TRUE IN 2013!

While I won’t be at the Sydney Opera House, I won’t be all that far away, either. I’m heading down under to judge the Victoria Classic Arabian Horse show in Geelong, Victoria, Australia on the 12-13th.

I will also be conducting a clinic on the 11th, so hope to see lots of people there!  Check with the show committee for more information for those in Victoria.

Looking forward to seeing great Arabian horses–and love, love, love the derivatives!!!

Check out the January issue of the Arabian Horse World for a report on the US Nationals and my report on the Pretoria, South Africa show.  I am launching a new service in early February…   watch this space!

December 23, 2012

To All My Friends And Clients,

May You Have Peace In Your Heart and All Good Things For The New Year!

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Thanks to Heather and Hennie Van Den Berg at H2 Pics in South Africa who took this amazing photo!

September 16, 2012

SOUTH AFRICA!

I was honored and delighted to travel to Pretoria, South Africa to judge the Gauteng Championships last week. Held in conjunction with a large Agricultural show at the Pretoria Showgrounds, I had the opportunity to see some very nice halter and performance horses.  South Africans RIDE their horses, and I couldn’t have been more pleased to see the Champion Senior halter mare also take the Country English Pleasure Championship as well!   There was a time when halter and performance horses were the same horse. Over the decades, I have seen this change to “halter” horses and “performance” horses.  Breeding a beautiful horse that is also a riding horse is what it should all be about.  My congratulations to South Africa for doing just that!!!

I also had the delight to judge a young English trainer who is a force to be reckoned with. Every horse that Victor Botha brought into the ring was impeccable in the bridle–light, upright and responsive. His English horses trotted off both ends and were balanced with good engagement behind.  If he makes his way to the USA, look out!

I had an absolute brilliant time in Pretoria and the hospitality shown to me by the Arabian horse community in South Africa was top class.  I am already making plans for a return trip!!

Sunrise–Black Leopard Camp

After the show, it was off to Black Leopard Conservation camp for some time in the bush to see wildlife.  Black Leopard camp is a unique place in that they are working very hard on leopard conservation in South Africa. As an apex predator, any habitat that supports leopards is considered very healthy. They are trying to determine how much territory a leopard requires among other projects.  It is a worthy endeavor and I fully support their work!  Highlight for me was the 5am trap runs with Tara, the head researcher. It was beautiful to see the sun come up on the mountains and we invariably saw lots of wildlife!

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After Black Leopard Camp, it was off to Tangala Game Lodge in the Thornybush Game Reserve.  Home to the “big 5″–(Buffalo, Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino)  Tangala was built in the 40’s has no electricity and is lit totally by lamps at night. Exactly the type of experience I was looking for.  Had incredible wildlife viewing. Best for me was the black rhino and her baby, but can’t forget the cheetah and her kits and the wild dogs and their pups.

 

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My first trip to South Africa will certainly not be my last–it is an amazing country with wonderful horses, warm people and extraordinary wildlife!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 6, 2012

 

 

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June was brutal here in Colorado with the Waldo Canyon Fire and up here in northern Colorado, the High Park fire.  Having had to evacuate 40 horses in the face of the Bobcat fire 12 years ago, I understand a little bit of what is involved. We did everything wrong–no fire plan, horses not trained to load in a trailer, etc.  However, we were fortunate and got them all out in time. Others were not as fortunate. If you have horses in fire country, please have a plan. If you have no plan make one now!  Also have “identity” halters (not nylon) for your horses in case you have to turn them loose.

I have more info on what to do BEFORE the fires come in the July issue of “The Arabian Horse World”

I judged the Estes Park Arabian show at the end of June. On my off time, I headed up into Rocky Mountain National Park. We are so fortunate to have this in our backyard.   Here is a handsome young moose who I found in my travels.

Note the antler buds…will be fun to come back in autumn and see the antlers in their splendor.

Was very hot for the high country.  The elk were at the very top of trail ridge road (12, 000ft). I was shooting up such a steep slope, all you can see of a couple of these bulls are the tips of their antlers….

How many elk can you see? The answer is three..

May 25, 2012

Foaling season has well and truly arrived!  I spent 11 nights in a row up all night in the barn with a high risk geriatric mare. She started dripping milk 10 days prior to foaling.  Lots of sleep deprivation for me (the mare slept just fine!) but thankfully the mare foaled a beautiful, healthy filly!

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Here is Meabdh, at one month of age–one of the wonderful Gypsy cobs at my friends, Parnells Irish Cobs.  Meabdh is practicing for the Belmont Stakes!

 

 

 

 

 

Meabdh practicing her racing technique

 

 

 

 

 

There is nothing quite as cute as a sleeping foal! This is a palomino filly by Enzo out of a cremello Saddlebred mare.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 30th, 2012

The Las Vegas show was a great show, as expected. I love the way the show committee continues to think outside the box. The stallion presentation was wonderful, and standing on the arena floor with *El Nabila B, Enzo,  Justice, MPA Giovanni and Pyro Thyme SA was thrilling. Seeing these stallions up close and personal took me back to the days of the Arabian Horse Fairs of the 80’s and the “Living Legend” row of stallions.  Wonderful.

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