April 6, 2013
We all had a great time at Woodland Stallion Station's Combined Test today! Congratulations to all of our riders, and especially to Mariya and Matisse for their first time in the show ring together!
BN Combined Test
1st - Jena & Fred
3rd - Tati & Remi
7th - Amelia & Pixie
Novice Combined Test
2nd - Alana & Newman
4th - Katie & Arli
2' Jump Round
6th - Mariya and Matisse
Novice Jump Round
1st - Tati & Remi
2nd - Jena & Fred
March 3, 2013
SunFire dominated in the jumper ring at Woodland Stallion Station today! Congratulations to all of our riders!
1st- Tati & Remi
2nd- Josie & Sam
3rd- Amelia & Pixie
4th- Layla & Liam
1st- Amelia & Pixie
3rd- Julia & Zella
February 17, 2013
SunFire Summer Camp dates are July 29 - August 2. Make sure to mark your calendars!
February 10, 2013
We had a great time schooling Twin Rivers this weekend! The facility was gorgeous, the horses were awesome, and we had a blast!
February 3, 2013
What a great way to kick off the show season! Team SunFire dominated at WSS today!
Amelia & Pixie - 1st 2'6" Jumpers, 1st 2'9" Jumpers, 1st 3' Jumpers
Haley & Allonsey - 6th 2'3" Jumpers, 2nd 2'6'' Jumpers, 4th 2'9" Jumpers, 6th 3' Jumpers
This was their first show together!
Tati & Remi - 1st 2'3" Jumpers, 3rd 2'6" Jumpers
Rachael & Shiloh - 4th 2'3" Jumpers, 6th 2'6" Jumpers, 5th 2'9' Jumpers, 4th 3' Jumpers
Gillian & Mighty - 6th Walk Trot Equitation Open
This was Gillian's first show!
Katie & Pippa - 1st Senior Equitation, 2nd Senior Pleasure
This was their first show together!
Becca & Mighty - 1st Senior Pleasure, 3rd Senior Equitation
January 28, 2013
Congratulations to Haley on her purchase of Allonsey! You are going to have so much fun and go so far with this talented horse! We are excited to see you two in the show ring this spring!
January 20, 2013
The biggest congratulations to our working student, Bia, on the purchase of Rico! We have been amazed by what you two have accomplished in the past year and a half, and we are very touched by your strong bond. We are so pleased that Rico finally has his very own person, and are thrilled that it is Bia. We cannot think of a more deserving person or horse. Congratulations again!
January 16, 2013
Congratulations to Yvonne on the purchase of her gorgeous horse Club Fusion! We look forward to working with you both!
December 2, 2012
We are very proud to announce that our little Rico won the Elk Grove Milling Stable Mix 2013 Calendar Contest! It is truly amazing how far this horse has come. Please meet Mr. October!
You can view the entire calendar by visitng this website and clicking on the "Click Here to See the EGM 2013 Calendar" on the left of the page:
December 1, 2012
Today the SunFire crew attended the 2012 Neigh Savers Fundraiser at Golden Gate Fields. Everyone had such a good time and we were so pleased to support such a fantastic non-profit. We finished the day by getting a backstage tour of Jerry Weaver's barn at Golden Gate Fields. Jerry was Ripley's former owner and trainer and we cannot thank him enough. All of his horses were beautiful and very loved. We are so thankful for trainers like Jerry, who genuinely care about placing their horses in good homes after their time at the track.
November 4, 2012
We were very proud of our SunFire riders and horses at the UCD Derby! Madelynn and Quincy took home a blue ribbon in Jr BN!
November 3, 2012
Katie and Josie went to the SAHJA show at HNR today and rocked it!
October 28, 2012
Our Halloween Play Day was a ton of fun! Here are some of the creative costumes!
Our costume contest winner - Katie and Mo!
October 2, 2012
Join us at our Halloween Play Day!
September 16, 2012
Congratulations to Team SunFire competing at Eventful Acres this weekend! We are so proud of all of you! Here are the results:
Mariko & Derby - 1st Training
This was their first time competing at Training level!
Jena & Fred - 1st Junior Elementary AND Overall High Point Winner of the 2012
Eventful Acres Horse Trials!
Alyson & Allonsy - 3rd Senior Elementary
This was their first event!
September 7, 2012
A big welcome to Robin and her beautiful mare Alibi! We are so happy to have you join our barn!
August 26, 2012
Team SunFire had a great weekend at Camelot Equestrian Park Horse Trials! Here are the results:
Juli and Ice - 1st in Training Level (ended on dressage score!)
Madelynn and Newman 1st Jr Beg Novice (ended on dressage score!)
Jena and Fancy 3rd Jr Beg Novice
Rachael and Shiloh 5th Beginner Novice
Lisa and Val 2nd Sr Beg Novice(finished on dressage score!)
Katie C and Arli 4th Sr Beg Novice
Katie V and Mo 2nd Beg Novice
Haley and Truffles 3rd Jr Elementary
Amelia and Pixie 4th Jr Elementary
August 4, 2012
SunFire 3-Day Event Camp was a huge success! Everyone had a fantastic week, complete with a mini event, and a dressage quadrille performance for the parents!
July 24, 2012
A HUGE congratulations to Assistant Trainer Jessica Ridgley and her horse Steal Your Thunder for being #1 in the nation for young adults at Training Level 3 day eventing! Way to go Jess and Thunder! We are so very proud of you!
July 22, 2012
Congratulations to our riders at Eventful Acres Summer Moon Horse Trials!
Lisa & Val - 2nd Place Sr BN
Jena & Fred - 3rd Place Jr Elementary
Cheryl & Nikki - 4th Place Sr Elementary
July 16, 2012
Jess and Thunder took home second place at their first 1/2* at Rebecca Farm in Montana! We are just beaming - we are so proud!
July 15, 2012
SunFire had a fantastic day schooling at Eventful Acres to prepare for the horse trials next weekend! We know there is no other way we'd rather spend our Sunday ;)
July 1, 2012
Congratulations to Lisa on the purchase of her new police horse Echo! Despite never having done police work previously, Echo has been a total rock star at his first few events on duty. We wish all the best to Lisa and Echo as they begin this amazing journey together.
June 17, 2012
Team SunFire dominated Camelot 2 Day Horse Trials this weekend! Here are the results:
Mariko & Derby - 1st Senior Novice
Alana & Newman - 2nd Senior Beginner Novice
Nicole & Quincy - 4th Senior Beginner Novice
Tati & Remi - 1st Senior Elementary
Katie & Mo - 3rd Senior Elementary
Amelia & Pixie - 2nd Junior Elementary
This was the first event for Amelia & Pixie, and Tati & Remi, as well as Newman's first event! We are so proud of all our riders and horses. What a fantastic weekend!
June 6, 2012
A big welcome to the newest members of the SunFire Family - Haley and her mare Truffles! We look forward to introduce you to the exciting world of eventing!
June 2, 2012
Congratulations to all of our riders who went to the HNR SAHJA show today! We are so proud of you all! A big thank you to FB Photography for taking such great pictures!
May 18, 2012
We only have a few spots left for riders in the Tina Steward Seminar, The Anatomy of Dressage, on May 26 & 27. Auditing is also available as well as chiropratic work for your horse. For more information on the seminar please visit our "Clinics and Seminars" page above.
May 2, 2012
Congratulations to Yvonne on her purchase of Ghetti (Storm Doctor)! We are so excited for both of you!
Ghetti is a 2008 17.3 bay OTTB rescue. He ran once at Santa Rosa in August 2011. He has the same grandsire (Storm Cat) as Ripley, Tony, and Haggin. All of them share the same kind, laid back personality and fantastic work ethic.
We are so glad that Ghetti has found his person. With some weight, muscle, and love he is going to be stunning! We are very excited to see the transformation!
April 29, 2012
Congratulations to all of our riders who went to Camelot 2 Day Horse Trials this weekend! Bia and Rico took home 1st in Junior Beginner Novice! Mariko and Derby took home 5th in Senior Novice!
April 22, 2012
What a great day for XC schooling! Alana took several students to Camelot Horse Park today to prepare for the 2 Day Horse Trials next weekend. Enjoy the pictures of our fantastic students and horses!
April 15, 2012
Alana and her work with OTTBs was featured in an online blog called Off-Track Thoroughbreds. It's a fantastic article, enjoy reading!
April 1, 2012
Bella is sold to SunFire student Emma Hummer! Congratulations to both of you! What a perfect pair! We are so excited to continue working with you!
March 24, 2012
Last week we lost a very special friend. On the evening of Thursday March 15 Polo passed away due to enterolith complications. He was in his late twenties, and was very, very loved.
Many years ago Polo was used as a lesson horse at a local riding facility. He didn't exactly enjoy his job and so his owner arranged a care lease situation for him. His leasor boarded him at Fresh Start Stables, and while she initially involved in his care, she eventually stopped coming out to see him. Feeling bad for Polo, Lisa quietly began spending time with him and taking care of his needs. Weeks turned to months, and realizing that Polo had been abandoned, Alana began trying to track down his owner. Polo's owner was horrified to hear that he had been abandoned by his leasor and was very grateful that Lisa had taken care of him. At this time Lisa officially adopted Polo, promising his previous owner that he would have a forever home with her.
Polo was Lisa's first horse. He taught her so much, including how to jump! And in turn Lisa taught Polo how to be an amazing police horse for the Sacramento PD. Polo was Lisa'a mount for the Sacramento PD for five years, patiently and bravely patroling, and participating in memorials and parades. Just one week before Polo passed he spent 12 hours at the capitol controlling Occupy riots.
Polo was very much a fixture at our barn. Everybody loved him. Polo was the only horse at the barn that literally anyone could ride, that you could trust to walk himself back to his stall from turn-out, and take galloping bareback on the Ag roads and know for certain that you would return back to the barn in one piece.
He occupied an extra-large stall with extra fluffy bedding. He loved his routine and he loved to eat peaches. I can still see him napping peacefully in that big comfy stall with his funny little hennie friends, and I can still hear him screaming at me for his grain bucket when I would feed in the mornings.
Rest in peace Polo. Lisa loved you very much. We all loved you very much.
"When we think of those companions who traveled by our side down life's road, let us not say with sadness that they left us behind, but rather say with gentle gratitude that they once were with us"
March 10, 2012
Great job to everyone who rode today at the SAHJA show at Historic Nelson Ranch! A big congratulations to Bia and Rico who took home 1st Place in 2'3" Jumpers!
March 4, 2012
Sunfire student Jena Tassone and Superman Sam are named D'Alanzo Ranch Campion Over Fences for the 2011 Winter & Fall Series! Congratulations! We are so proud of you two!
March 3, 2012
Meet Proof of Power (Jordie) and Purse Luva (Tony), our newest OTTB rescues! We brought them home on Thursday from their sponsor in Los Gatos, CA. They are both sweet and beautiful! Make sure to follow their progress on their bio pages under the "OTTB Rescues" tab.