Monica Whitmer
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  • Lancaster, CA
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I am a small ranch owner and trainer in the High Desert of Southern California. I breed Sandonian Sportshorses, who excell in dressage, jumping and carriage driving. My old stallion Alissando passed away 2 years ago, I am now developing his pinto colored son, Sando's Alleluia.

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Resetting Goals

I am now 53 years old and I have realized I am not going to the Olympics - at least not as a rider! If fact, I am not sure I will even go watch - I did that in 1984, and while it was exciting and I learned a lot, I am not sure I want to invest the money it would take to go again.

And that is part of why I have surrendered the dream of competing at the international level. Money. It takes a Lot of it, and I do not have that kind of money, nor the access to the backing that it would… Continue

Posted on May 1, 2011 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

The green breaking of Rainey

Back in February, I started training a 5 yr old paint mare.  She is owned by Very old friends of mine - who used to live locally, then they moved to Virginia, but we stayed in touch.  Then they came west again, to Arizona.  Last year they wanted to send Two horses to me, but their barn was struck with Strangles, so no one could go anywhere, then the roof on their home got damaged and all money went to that - so fianlly, Reggie and Rainey came to me in February.  Reggie was a 6 yr old morgan…


Posted on April 18, 2011 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Waiting for a foal

It's foaling season at Sweetwater Ranch.  One of my clients bought a lovely dressage mare by Olympic Ferro already bred to Grannius II - and I covered two of my own mares with Louie.  So, this year I will get to see what he produces, and we already have one foal on the ground.   He has been named Sweetwater's Alliance - barn name Lance - and he is lovely with good straight legs, up on his pasterns and nice feet all around.  And BIG.  In fact, Dr Marteney said he is the biggest foal he has…


Posted on April 8, 2011 at 10:30am

Little Girls and Riding Lessons

Yesterday, I gave Bella Benedict another riding lesson on Gunny. This wouldn't be so significant, after all I teach horseback riding lessons for a living. But Belle is just 6 yrs old and she has to clean corrals to EARN her own lessons. Her family is Very tight financially, so I offered Belle a chance to join the 'work to ride' program. She works Hard to earn enough credits to get to ride.

So, this was her 3rd lesson, and we worked on developing a SMOOTH whoa - a nice easy slow pull…


Posted on April 7, 2011 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

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At 8:02pm on April 22, 2010, Jackie Cochran said…
Yeah, I'm the other featured blogger. I'm not really going anywhere like you are, but I write about my rides too, as well as any aspect of horsemanship that comes to my attention during the week.
At 8:55pm on March 22, 2010, SUSIE-SOLOMON-MABE gave Monica Whitmer a gift
At 5:28pm on January 20, 2010, Barbara F. said…
Lol!...Well, It's pretty snowy where I am, so I can definitely relate to the bad weather thing. You should absolutely start a blog here! Lots of people are blogging and there are always lots of interesting stories and bits of news from people's lives to read about.
At 5:08pm on January 20, 2010, Monica Whitmer said…
WEll thanks. I am thinking of starting a blog here. Right now I am just hiding from the rain and wind!
At 5:06pm on January 20, 2010, Barbara F. said…
Hi Monica, I visit UDBB every now and then and enjoy your posts. :)

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