Zealous Tale’s Story

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Valenti Equestrian Club Resident Zealous Tale began as a Thoroughbred with a very bright future. As the son of leading sire, Tale of the Cat, Zealous Tale has an impressive pedigree. He was fast and featured a unique racing style. However, a misstep during training caused a fractured sesamoid. After healing from surgery, Resident Zealous Tale returned to training with well-known Southern California trainer Doug O’Neill, two-time Kentucky Derby winner and winner of several BC Championship races. After returning to training, Zealous Tale came up sore after a workout. His former owners, Abbondanza Racing, the race horse owner partnership with horse Goodyearforroses running in the Breeders’ Cup & Great Friends Stable, run by Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Vice President Craig Dado, gracefully retired him. Owner Bing Bush, Jr. then began training him as a hunter jumper for his second career. Today, Zealous Tale lives and trains at the Valenti Estate.

Note: MOST horses that retire from racing now get wonderful homes and second chances, thanks to several Thoroughbred aftercare groups – many of which are supported by TCA.

Saving Horses – Valenti Foundation and Rolls-Royce La Jolla – San Diego Events

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Valenti Foundation and Rolls-Royce La Jolla PHOTOS BY FARIMA TABRIZI

Valenti Foundation and Rolls-Royce La Jolla

On a stunning February morning in Rancho Santa Fe, the Valenti Equestrian Club hosted a fundraiser for the Love of Horses to Benefit Saving Horses, Inc. (SHI), a nonprofit organization that rescues horses and provides equine-assisted therapy programs. The benefit serves to preserve the lives of precious horses that are in desperate need. Guests sampled a variety of light hors d’oeuvres, gourmet chocolates and mimosas.

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You’re Invited – For The Love Of Horses

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The Valenti Foundation invites you to a Valentine fundraising event at the Valenti Equestrian Club.

Mimosas • Light Bites • Gourmet Chocolates • Entertainment • Silent Auction

Admission by Donation at the Event

Tax-deductible donations welcome online at ValentiFoundation.org

TO RSVP call 858-759-9239 or email karina@valentiinternational.com by FEBRUARY 8, 2017

Sunday, February 12, 2017 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

The Valenti Equestrian Club

16275 Via de la Valle Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

Sponsored by: Rolls-Royce La Jolla

Benefitting: Saving Horses, Inc.

Valenti Equestrian Club provides prime boarding/training facility

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The Valenti Equestrian Club, located in the Covenant of Rancho Santa Fe, is a hidden equine oasis that offers boarding and training services for dressage and hunter jumper aficionados. Within close proximity to the Del Mar Racetrack, the gated facility is located on 20 maturely wooded acres with riding trails that connect to the Rancho Santa Fe Covenant trail system.

The Valenti Equestrian Club offers boarding and training services for dressage and hunter jumper aficionados.

The Valenti Equestrian Club offers boarding and training services for dressage and hunter jumper aficionados.

The expansive grounds include a variety of amenities, such as a competition-legal 20m x 60m dressage court with mirrors, extensive sprinkler system and exceptional footing that dries expediently during the rainy season; in/out barns, stalls and pipe corral accommodations; galloping track, grass and sand turnouts, large jumping ring and warm-up track, round pen; tack room, kitchen and laundry facilities, hot wash racks and stall cleaning two-times per day; private lakeside trail within the property boundaries; free WiFi; on-site horse trailer parking, security cameras and on-site staffing, 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

The club is located within a short distance to the restaurants and retail establishments in the villages of Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach and Del Mar, with easy access to the I-5 freeway.

Perhaps one of the most significant features of the Valenti Equestrian Club is the world-class professional trainers that are headquartered within the compound that offer their expertise to club members and boarders. Of particular note, Lena Nordlof-Davis was born and raised in Sweden and learned dressage skills from top riders. She actively competes and succeeds at FEI Grand Prix level events and has a passion for her dressage training business.

In addition, the Horsemanship Academy at the Valenti Equestrian Club is a boutique riding school under the direction of Kajsa Wiberg, teaching the European traditions of horsemanship to both adults and children. Rounding out the training talent at the club is Guillermo Obligado, who has firmly etched a place for himself in the sport representing his native Argentina at the World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany and the World Cup Finals in Kuala Lumpur. He imparts his hunter jumper expertise to students who aspire to reach competition-level skills.

According to Valenti Equestrian Club Founder, Irene Valenti, “We have one of the most unique equestrian facilities in all of San Diego County in which riders of all levels can enjoy the picturesque surroundings of the Rancho Santa Fe Covenant. What I enjoy most is the camaraderie we have amongst all of our boarders and trainers; we host regular events that bring the equestrian community together and often raise awareness and funds for worthy causes. Our members embrace the ambience we have created and they look forward to sharing it with other horse enthusiasts.”

To learn more about the Valenti Equestrian Club, visit www.valentiequestrianclub.com or call 858-759-9239 for information or a tour of the facilities.

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Valenti Equestrian Club provides prime boarding/training facility

Valenti Equestrian Club provides prime boarding/training facility

Valenti Equestrian Club hosts Children’s Dressage Show and Hunter-Jumper Exhibitions

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The Valenti Equestrian Club in Rancho Santa Fe hosted a children’s judged Dressage show Nov. 13 facilitated by Valenti Equestrian Club (VEC) professional trainers Kajsa Wiberg and Lena Nordlof-Davis, combined with an adult Hunter-Jumper exhibition event. The children’s Dressage show scored students on each movement to win ribbons and professional VEC trainers offered their expertise while mingling with guests.

The Valenti Equestrian Club is located in the Rancho Santa Fe Covenant and offers equine boarding/grooming facilities, professional Hunter-Jumper and Dressage training and direct access to the Covenant riding trail system with membership. www.valentiequestrianclub.com.

Valenti Equestrian Club hosts Children’s Dressage Show and Hunter-Jumper Exhibitions

Valenti Equestrian Club hosts Children’s
Dressage Show and Hunter-Jumper Exhibitions

Horsemanship Academy at Valenti Equestrian Club hosts Halloween Costume Parade

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The Horsemanship Academy, located at the Valenti Equestrian Club in Rancho Santa Fe, hosted a Halloween Costume Parade on Oct. 23 for families and guests of children enrolled in the Academy. Academy students created themes, decorated their horses and dressed in corresponding

costumes. The event included an abundance of Halloween candy and a freestyle dressage performance set to music.

The Horsemanship Academy is a boutique riding school teaching the European traditions of horsemanship. Visit www.valentiequestrianclub.com.



You Are Invited To A Rare Equine Boarding Opportunity

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The Valenti Equestrian Club invites you to celebrate a day of fun festivities with our equestrian sta and members. All professional trainers, riders and horse enthusiasts are encouraged to attend!

Sunday, November 13, 2016
16255 Via de la Valle, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 858-759-9239 or Click “Register” on our Website to RSVP by November 10th

8:00 am – 11:00 am
Children’s Dressage Show with judges scoring students on each movement to win ribbons

11:00 am – 2:00 pm
“Hunter-Jumper Exhibitions” – Professional Trainers and Member Boarders will demonstrate their skill

Valenti Equestrian Club Invitation - You are invited to a rare equine boarding opportunity.


Mimosas, fruit juice and light bites will be
served while you tour our expansive, gated facilities on 20 wooded acres with riding trails that connect to the Covenant Trail System.


• Competition Legal 20m x 60m Dressage Court With Mirrors

• Extensive Sprinkler System & World Class Footing that Dries Quickly During the Rainy Season

• In/Out Barns, Stalls And Corral Accommodations

• Galloping Track, Grass and Sand Turnouts, Large Jumping Ring & Warm-Up Track, Round Pen

• Tack Room, Kitchen & Laundry Facilities, Hot Wash Racks

• Stall Cleaning Twice Daily

• Private Lakeside Trail Within The Property Boundaries

• Free WiFi • On-Site Horse Trailer Parking

• On-Site Staffing 24 Hours Per Day 7 Days Per Week

• The Club is Located Within A Short Distance to the Restaurants and Retail Establishments in the Villages of Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach and Del Mar, With Easy Access to the I-5 Freeway.

Red Bucket Rescue Proudly Presents Jax!

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Red Bucket Rescue Proudly Presents Jax!


Red Bucket Proudly Presents Jax!
He is every little girl’s fantasy…heck, every big girl’s fantasy…truly a dream come true. Before we alienate our gentlemen friends, we should clarify that in this case we are talking about a 16 hh Palomino gelding sporting 4 white socks and a perfect blaze. Pretty impossible to compete with, even on the best of days. We might add that he is dreamy in every way…and not just a perfect horse for the ladies, but very suitable for all family members. Jax is trained…pretty much ready to pack his proverbial saddle bags and head for a forever home that has plenty of treats…and is flush with beauty products! This gentle 18-year-old gelding does flying lead changes with the blink of an eye, is a patient schoolmaster, craves attention and love…and has plenty of love to give in return. Our only regret is that we will not get to know him better, as he will not be here for very long. Oh, did we mention….he is gorgeous!!!


Originally Published with Photo:   http://redbucketrescue.org/rescue-stories/red-bucket-rescue-proudly-presents-jax/

Red Bucket Equine Rescue Proudly Presents: Greer and Grammer

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Red Bucket Equine Rescue Proudly Presents: Greer and Grammer

Greer and Grammer

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We continue to be puzzled and heartbroken by the tremendous number of innocent, beautiful and amazing equines that find themselves tragic victims of the slaughter industry. Our two beautifully matched mules…full brother and sister…were fortunate to be rescued directly from the imminent shipment to a Mexican Slaughter Plant. Greer and Grammer (lovingly named after our beautiful and talented friend and star of “Emma’s Chance”, Greer Grammer) have settled into their new life at Red Bucket. While they appear to be pinching themselves at their newly found good fortune, we know that the dream will come true when Greer and Grammer transition into their loving forever home! In the meantime, we fully expect that we will continue to be enchanted by their charming, comical and affectionate personalities!

We would also like to thank the Ark Watch Foundation for rescuing these precious animals from the kill pen and sending them to Red Bucket for their second chance.


Originally Published with Photos:   http://redbucketrescue.org/rescue-stories/red-bucket-equine-rescue-proudly-presents-greer-and-grammer/

Horse Rescue Stories

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In reality, ALL horses rescued are success stories. However, some are more involved. Some of our incoming horses are in such bad shape when we get them that the change we see, with a little love, care, feed and water, is AMAZING!

Bonus Before PicBonus was four weeks old and laying in a pen with a stallion who was trying to protect her and a bull. She couldn’t raise her head and all of her natural sucking mechanism was gone. She was too dehydrated. We believed it was too late to save her.

I insisted she come home to die in loving arms and stayed with her and continued giving her goats milk until she fought me. After ten days and a lot of salve on her nose for the blisters from dehydration it was clear that she wanted to live.

Bonus Today PicThe first picture is after three weeks. I think she was rotten even then. Bottle babies form an attachment with what they think is their mother and she did just that. Too young to know she was a horse, she still thinks she is a human. She is up for adoption if the right person with enough attitude to match hers comes along. Until then she can be sweet, she can be rotten, and she can be both at the same time.

Our beautiful rotten cremello baby with the prettiest blue eyes!


Bug Before PicBug

Bug came to us through our local humane society. When she arrived she was just skin and bones. She would not have made it much longer if not for the rescue. She was so hungry for a scratching that you couldn’t get rid of her, hence the name “bug”. Her owner had not cared for her and she had not had her teeth done, probably EVER. Besides doing a general “float”, we pulled one nasty infected molar that was poisoning her system.

Within three months she had put weight on except for her topline which comes slower when they are older. Bug is easy to catch, loves to be touched and rides nice but she may not be suitable as a child’s horse.


Callie day onecallie after picCallie was a sheriff’s pull from another rescue. She came to us starved and dehydrated, covered in rain rot, and scratches on all four legs. Even with all of those issues, she has shown a great will to survive. Here at Spring Creek she has healed and grown. She has learned to halter/bath/trim/ride and is happy to be alive.


colton before pic Colton came to us three weeks after a dog had chased him through a fence. He was half the size a yearling should be, severely starved, terribly scared of humans, in pain from his injury, wormy and dehydrated.

Our vet cut off the flesh from his wounds, cleaned up what was left of his back legs and left us with LOTS of antibiotics. Never having been handled, the activity in the barn sent him to the corner to cower. Although he moved away from any human, he watched with amazing interest everything going on. When his legs had started to heal and the weather grew warmer, it was time to start haltering, handling and worming. Some of the other colts were first, Colton stood in the corner of the barn and watched. After three of the other horses were introduced to the chute, haltered and touched, the humans were tired. We figured Colton had already been through so much that we would leave him for another day. As we began to put things away, pleased with the progress the other colts had made, Colton came forward, looked at us, and put himself in the chute! The intelligence and understanding he demonstrated was AMAZING. Although he cringed when touched, he dropped his head, licked and chewed, and let us groom both sides and halter him. After six months his legs are still healing. He’ll never grow to his full height due to early malnutrition but can be happy and healthy living here at the rescue.

ColtonUpdate: Colton became a gelding on 1/07. He has become one of the most social horses at the rescue and is our greeter for every new horse that arrives, especially the ladies. He now asks for attention from his human caretakers, likes to be groomed, and hates to be ignored. We expect him to really blossom this summer and become all that he can be.

Updated – May 2008: At this time Colton still has big trust issues and continues to have a fear level above normal. For the time being he will continue to be a permanent resident here at Spring Creek until he can trust multiple people.

Update – February 2013: Colton has matured in size and really looks like a horse now. His call still sounds like that of a 2 year old, and he still does not trust everyone, but his fear level tapers as the years go by.

Update – January 2015: Colton has matured into a great looking gelding. It’s hard to believe he is 10 years old now! He has mellowed some with his age, but can still be quite a booger to catch (when he’s in the mood-ONLY). The Rescue is in a quieter place now and his attitude reflects this. He is not quite as spooky and not quite as fast to just run when he encounters something he’s not quite sure of. He’s still very social but still has the fear of being hit – although it is less. He still loves his butt scratches and begs for attention from ALL – not just his “person” – so we are gaining.


Originally Published with Photos:   http://www.springcreekhorserescue.org/horse-rescue-stories.aspx