Aragon Andalusian's is located just minutes from Kingston, Ontario, Canada and a short drive from Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and the U.S. border. These early horses were powerfully built, athletic and agile with a riveting presence, yet had a quiet and trainable temperament.
The Andalusian is extremely versatile, being ridden and competed with great success in dressage, driving, cutting, western pleasure, cattle work and jumping across the Americas, Europe and Australia. Andalusian's are talented all round athletes, possessing natural balance, agility, collection, impulsion, and a love of people that makes them an ideal family and trail horse.
While the Thoroughbreds and Warm blood breeds were still in their infancy, the Andalusian was, without question, the most outstanding High School dressage mount in the world! By infusing more Iberian blood back to the Warm bloods and Thoroughbreds, a more sensitive, more rideable horse with fluid uphill movement and a willingness to please be created.
The churros, or cowboys, of Mexico have long tradition of working cows on their extensive cattle ranches. The beautiful Aztec had strong forward and lateral movement, exceptional cow sense, stamina, quickness, and acceleration, combined with an outstanding ability to learn and a calm stable mind.
Although they have a natural talent for ranch work, the Aztec is extremely versatile, excelling in jumping, dressage, driving, cutting, penning, and reining. In addition, the smooth uphill movement of the Andalusian and the hardworking ability of the American Quarter Horse make the Aztec the perfect trail partner.
Although not genetically the same, it is physically similar to the mighty Norman war horse of old, ridden by medieval knights and kings into victorious battle. The Spanish Norman is courageous and bold, highly trainable with the size and strength of the Percheron and the beauty, cadence, agility and smooth natural collection of the Andalusian.
The Spanish Normans are amazing all-round sport horses, doing extremely well in a variety of different disciplines including jumping, evening, dressage, driving and western. Originally bred as tough, athletic Calvary remounts and stock horses, the Hispano-Arabe has a brilliant floating action with power, cadence and elevation.
Generally standing between 15 and 16 hands, the Hispano-Arabe has a long arched neck with a strong, well-muscled body, dense bone and sound, well-shaped hooves. With their stunning presence and charisma, the Hispano-Arabe is a popular pleasure, dressage, western and trail mount in the United States and Europe, and an ideal family horse.
The joints of an Andalusian are extremely flexible, increasing his ability to come under his center of gravity and allowing for a smoother ride. In addition, the Andalusian's well-defined withers in combination with his properly-sloped shoulder provide excellent leverage for the attached muscles of his neck and back.
This makes it easier for the horse to collect by using his neck and back muscles to bring his hindquarters more underneath his body. He is highly trainable, and in the words of Sanchez Barbuda (LIM PRE Book of Merits), “It is no exaggeration to say that the Spanish Pure Bred can be ridden with the only aid being the rider's imagination”.
These prices of these horses are reduced for quick sale to make room for our next years foals. For the past years the horses of Royal Horse Farms, have not only achieved the top rankings in the arena but for most years earning more than the next 5 other breeders combined.
Services Boarding, Training, Lessons, Clinics, Horseback Riding Breed(s) Andalusian, Dutch Warm blood, Frisian, Hanoverian, … Training Competition, Dressage, Ground, Intermediate, Jumping, Lesson, … Boarding, training, breeding and instruction in the art of Classical Dressage set in the heart of horse country, Caledon, Ontario.
Owned and operated by Dr. Anne Starr and Brian Reward, Valhalla Andalusian's’ home is a 45-acre farm situated at the southern end of the beautiful Slogan Valley near Nelson, British Columbia, Canada. Nestled in a broad curve of the Slogan River in the fertile valley bottom and surrounded by the lush wilderness of the rugged Valhalla and Airy Ranges of the Selkirk Mountains, we are truly in a heavenly place.
They are fed the organic hay we grow on our farm, drink the fresh water that cascades down the mountain slopes above and run free in our green pastures from spring until fall. We’ve always believed that to produce top quality offspring you have to have both talented and beautiful mares and stallions.
He was revised in 2018 and the Spanish delegate suggested the thought he was such a superior stallion that he should go further and be Qualified. In 2017, he was the Canadian National Champion 2 yr old Colt and Gold Medal Movement Winner.
He was also shown at the Andalusian World Cup in Las Vegas and was Champion 2 yr old Colt there also. He was shown as a yearling and was the 2016 National Champion Colt, 1 year and under and Gold Medal Movement winner.
In addition to having these outstanding parents, Norteño has a full brother (Bros MA) that is the only horse in US history to win the Grand Slam. All of these horses (Camille, Sonata and Bros) were shown by the late, great Warren Mather (most decorated Andalusian Halter trainer/ Handler in the US).
“Norteño Rey” means “Northern King” which we felt was fitting for such a regal horse living up in Canada. In 2018 Tuques gave us a stunning gray colt by Norteño (VA Video) with movement to die for.
Apollo del Solis is the result of our 30 plus years experience in breeding purebred Andalusian's. He is the ultimate blending of our beloved Bravo bloodlines (refer to Breeding Stallions page) along with some very best imported Pace Martin lines.
We now enjoy afternoon ocean breezes and moderate year round temperatures. Summer Ranch boasts a selection of our own premiere Andalusian stock available for purchase in an array of rare and highly sought after colors including PEARL, Cello, Buckskin, Palomino, Smokey Black as well as the classic Iberian colors of Gray, Black and Bay.
And we offer an excellent selection of breeding stallions available to mare owners in both the United States and Canada. We are located halfway between the Ontario and San Diego International Airports; just an easy hour drive either north or south.
Visitors are welcomed, but appointments are required because we are a private residence and not a commercial facility. Color alone would not have us going strong after more than two decades of breeding and sales of our beloved Iberian horses.
Summer Ranch was the home to the legendary copper bay PRE stallion, Bravo. Bravo earned incredible honors during his career as our showing, breeding and exhibition stallion.
It's been a long wait, but we finally have our homozygous pearl stud colt to carry on the Bravo dynasty. We also stand Orlando VG, one of the first approved Smokey Black PRE stallions imported into the United States from Spain.
But despite his unique color genes, we offer up this stallion for breeding based on his overall type, quality and movement. He represents the older style of breeding stallion with a compact, athletic build.
Bay to Buckskin or Palomino should NOT have produced a double dilute looking horse!? During that time period, an unrelated chestnut Andalusian mare surfaced that could also produce foals that looked double dilute.
This drew the interest of several very affluent individuals in the 'color world' and we were finally able to work in conjunction with a Geneticist and UC Davis. Although there is no set standard and variations can be observed, through my personal experience with homozygous creams, homozygous pearls and cream/pearl combinations in our Iberian horses, I have observed that the double creams tend to be much lighter with little to no color change between their bodies and their manes & tails.
A horse with a single PEARL gene and no cream, will have no outward color effect. That horse, like our Bravo, would have to be DNA tested in order to determine if he/she carries the PEARL gene.
Just as we believe that PATINA was the first Buckskin Pearl PRE filly bred and born in the United States....also in 2011. Credits include the Adam Sandler film, Spanglish (Columbia Pictures); the hit television series “The Bachelor” starring Bachelor “Bob” who rode Cordero on our Southern California seashore while his date rode another white Andalusian, Amado; and a prime-time television commercial for the ABC hit series, “The Bachelorette”.
Jessica Gay tan on Cordero filming a commercial for ABC's hit television show, THE BACHELORETTE. Summer Ranch was not only invited to participate in the equine sector focusing on the Pure Spanish Horse, but the organization also paid for 100% of our travel expenses.
This was an outstanding opportunity for us, and we feel confident our new contacts in Spain will benefit, not only Summer Ranch and the Spanish breeders, but also our clients in the United States and Canada.