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Dal Porto equestrian team member at Gold N Grand in July
Photo: Equestrian team member Art at Gold N Grand Show in July 2023.

Gold N Grand Show in July

Art’s passion for horses and showing is unstoppable. His current horse and he have a special friendship. Watching him really enjoy the growth and success that has come from sticking to the plan, just may take the cake thus far. Congratulations Art and Skip aka Better Get Reddy

Michelle tackled her first Gold N Grand Show with steadfast determination. There is nothing easy about showing the All Around in the hot weather and she did it with grace and success. Congratulations Michelle and Shut Up N Sleep - Champion Huntseat Equitation, Reserve Champion Halter and Three Top 5 buckles

It’s a process to learn to show a horse and even more so when it’s a young one. Debbie has spent time, taken lessons, and given her focus to practicing and getting to really know Fiona who has stepped up and given consistent rides. Congratulations Debbie & Too Sleepy For Simon - Champion Limit Amateur Pleasure WJ.

Too Sleepy For Simon (shown by Carol) also finished Champion Western Pleasure, 1 & 2nd Year Green and Champion WJ Pleasure 5 & under.

Dal Porto Equestrian team member at EWA Show in April 2023

Gold N Grand Show at Murieta

Our horses and riders enjoyed growth and success at the recent Gold N Grand show in March. Wins and lots of top 5 buckles.

Thank you to Murieta Equestrian Center for always providing a fantastic show.

EWA Show in April

Sooo dang happy with all of these horses and riders! Each one, with their own set of goals for the EWA show, came away with successful rides and added confidence.

They had several class wins, I wasn’t counting. Each horse and rider worked together as a team, so the day was a win-win.

Dal Porto equestrian team member at Goldmine Paint Show November 2022
Photo: Dal Porto equestrian team member at Goldmine Paint Show 2022

Goldmine Paint Show November 2022

Our final show for the year, Goldmine & Paint Show didn’t disappoint. The Dal Porto team had wins in Showmanship, Horsemanship and Pleasure.

So proud of my team. Way to create a positive experience in the rain and cold. Now let’s enjoy the Holidays and winter rides together.

Insight from Carol about training

When we listen and watch our horses, they will tell us what they can do with ease and enjoyment. The events that are easier for them, bring out their enthusiasm for the learning and practice.

I'm grateful to work with so many talented animals and thankful that their owners recognize them as individuals. Training to their individual needs brings out their best and keeps us on track to reaching our goals and dreams.

Triple Crown Fall Color Show  August 2022

SJPHC Triple Crown Fall Color Challenge & All-Breed Horse Show

SJPHC Triple Crown Fall Color Challenge & All-Breed Horse Show at Rancho Murieta on August 27th and 28th.

Michelle Lawson & Shut Up And Sleep - Success in Showmanship and Horsemanship. Congrats on your first show and first win together.

Ashley Hurles & I Put A Spell On You-Wins in Hunter Under Saddle and tremendous improvement in the showmanship.

Ashley Hurles & VS Coded For Class-Looking fantastic together and coming along in the Horsemanship.

Lori Butler & California Casual-Winning in Horsemanship and a beautiful trail run with second place finish.

Debbie Cardoza & I Put A Spell On you - Loved watching you putting it all together in the arena. So much improvement.

Dal Porto equestrian team member at Gold n Grand Show in July 2022
Photo: Dal Porto equestrian team member at Gold 'n Grand in July 2022

Spring & Summer 2022 Horse Shows

Horse showing is challenging but we can make it easier on our horses and ourselves when we take the time to build a relationship and that’s what we do. Our Dal Porto team works hard to build a connection to their horses, and it pays off with their many successful showings.

California Paint Horse Association Show

Horse showing at the California Paint Horse Association Show of the Year - Spin to Win. Congratulations to my team on some class wins and top placings.

Gold ‘n Grand at Rancho Murieta

We love Gold ‘n Grand. It’s a bit of a hectic schedule but we just keep signing up for it. Buckles, Championships and improved scores in horsemanship and Trail. Everyone finished strong.

Ashley and Annie showing at Gold n Grand Rancho Murrieta July 2021

Summer 2021 Gold n Grand Show Results

Congratulations to all the Dal Porto students who participated at the Gold ‘n Grand Show at Rancho Murrieta in July.

Ashley Hurles & Annie, a.k.a. I Put A Spell On You - two Championship Buckles.

Lori Butler & California Casual - Championship Buckle in Horsemanship.

Debbie Cardoza & ZW Tardee To Class

Alexis Steele & Choc Out My Asset - Hi Point Amateur.

Art Strong & Better Get Reddy APHA - Top 5 Buckles.

Sophia Medeiros & Miss Musical Charlie - Champion 18 & under Youth Showmanship Limit.

Cameron Cleaves & CR Impressive Dude - Circuit Champion 18 & Under Pleasure Limit Youth WJ.

Brooklyn Joaquin & Just Zip Lightly - Champion and Reserve Buckles.

Dal Porto Students At Western Paint World And Goldmine Shows November 2021
Photo: Dal Porto students at Western Paint World and Goldmine Shows

Western Paint World and Goldmine Shows

A note from Carol

We are so blessed and thankful for the opportunity to show our horses at the Western Paint World and Goldmine Shows.

I’m grateful for our horses and for all that they teach us so here’s a big Thank You to all the judges for recognizing and rewarding them.

I have so much respect for what it takes to stay focused during the long days spent in the middle of the arena. Your commitment to each exhibitor and our industry is appreciated.

And to my team, the crew at the show caring for the horses and keeping us all fed, the clients cheering from the stands and home, moms and dads at home, my family, friends, and everyone in between. I see you and I appreciate you so much.

Dal Porto Riding Lessons 2021

Let’s thank our horses every day.

Horses don’t care who you are, what you’ve done, or what you believe. They care only about how you behave with them. This enables them to give unconditional acceptance to anyone who is revealing his or her true self.

Working with the horse provides unique opportunities for us to enhance our own self-awareness. And with this awareness, learn new positive ways of being with the horse that in turn create a strong partnership. These strong partnerships are the key to our success with our horses in and out of the show arena.

Gold N Grand Rancho Murrieta
Photo: Gold N Grand Show Rancho Murrieta

Gold N Grand Show in Rancho Murrieta

While it is true, I’m not going to go on about the work that it takes to be successful. What really made our team successful this past weekend was the cohesiveness that came from supporting each other.

The heartfelt encouragement, helping hands and the calm that was maintained created a space for everyone to tap into their own magnificence.

I’m so proud of this group, how they have each grown as riders and how they work together for the greater good.

Our riders rounded out the weekend of showing by winning 15 buckles and a high point saddle.

Art 7CPHC Show Brookside

7CPHC Show at Brookside

Congratulations to our riders as they all received top placings in their classes.

The team works hard when things need doing! The team supports each other when challenges arise! The team rides and laughs together while experiencing the joy that comes from a group who shares a passion to connect with and love these beautiful horses.

We are so blessed by these amazing people that we get to call our team. Thank You all that share your equestrian journey with us.

Brooklyn and Just Zip Lightly

This little one is on a roll. Brooklyn has worked hard with passion and commitment to her goals. She won High Point 18 & Under and High Point Open at Brookside.

2020 Gold N Grand Show
Photo: Alexis Steele and Miss Musical Charlie.

Gold N Grand Show Results

Congratulations Lori, Art, Barb, Christine, Sophia, Brooklyn, Alexis and Colette. All of you and your horses achieved personal goals and grew tremendously throughout the weekend.

Lost count of the Circuit Championships and total number of top 5 Buckles earned over the weekend by our team of horses.

Brooklyn Joaqin and Just Zip Lightly won Gold N Grand Champion All Around 10 and under.

Alexis Steele and Miss Musical Charlie won Circuit Champion Amateur Showmanship and Reserve Circuit Champion WJ Trail.

Barb and Choc Out My Asset took top placing in Showmanship, Horsemanship and Pleasure.

Sophia Gold N Grand Show

Student thrive at Gold N Grand

Stepping in and stepping up! That sums up Sophia’s very first Gold N Grand Show. Brilliant, cheerful, helpful, dedicated, coachable and passionate. She brought her best effort every darn day and it paid off.

Thank You CLOUD (a.k.a. Intoxicating Zippo) for showing Sophia the way and Thank You to Alexis Steele for generously sharing Cloudy. She loved coming out of retirement.

Art and his horse Skip have made so much improvement in the show ring, in spite of being socially distanced for several months. Congratulations on a successful Gold N Grand.

Christine and J. Lo make a great team and yes, they are doing the Trail. Makes me so happy to see them out riding over the poles.

Barb has many qualities that are paying off for her as she ventures into new events. Attention to detail, perseverance, and the love she has for her horse Maggie. These things make her a fun and vivacious student.

Lori and California Casual really enjoy each other and it’s truly satisfying to watch them find their mojo in the Horsemanship, earning plus points and moving on up.


“What is a barn family? A barn family is an extension of your own immediate family. A team made up of so many beautiful, talented, motivated people all striving to achieve similar goals. A barn family helps, loves and encourages one another. This is what Steve and Carol have created at Dal Porto Ranch.”

- Kristin F.