Exciting Show Results by Woodlands Equestrian Club’s riders

Dear friends,

I wanted to share exciting news with all of you. Woodlands Equestrian Club team is proud to count with great Dressage competitors among their students and trainers, as they showed at their performance last weekend (April 26th – 28th) at the Houston Dressage Society Spring I & II and CDI3* USDF Region 9. Let me start with the lowest Dressage levels.

On the training levels of the recognized show, Katie Bortel, WEC’s Dressage Assistant obtained an outstanding 70,2% with the P.R.E. Stallion Lulapon at his first show ever! He is turning 5 this year and has a promising Dressage career. His future owner will be a lucky rider since Lulapon is available for purchase. His test here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-D9mNH3lbs

Marta Renilla, WEC’s Dressage Director also debuted a young prospect. WEC’s Rhustler, a 4 year old Hannoverian who obtained a 72% on Sunday, making the 2nd place on the Open division! Great job! Another young horse’s first time on the competitions arenas was Sheriff, owned and ridden by Anartz Chanca, Marta’s fiancé. They both debuted in a Dressage show, obtaining a 66% on his Friday test! Anartz has been training Sheriff since January under Marta’s instruction. Both rider and horse have a bright Dressage future ahead. Keep the good work! 16 year-old McKaela Hodge, student of WEC’s trainer Amy Jacobs did a very nice test and obtained the 3rd place on Sunday with her horse Shreck in the Amateur division. Well done!

Moving to the Second Level, Katie Bortel rode again. This time her own horse Stoli and placed 2nd in the Open Division. Very nice test!

Vincent & Aliado - 3rd Level

Vincent & Aliado – 3rd Level

A newcomer to the US competitive arenas, but not to the Dressage championships in other  countries, is Marta’s student Vincent Flores, originally from France. He debuted Aliado on 3rd Level, placing 2nd in the Amateur division with a 68,33%. Aliado is a 7 year old P.R.E. Stallion imported from Spain and has been owned by Vincent since December. The pair is planning to compete in 4th level later this year. They will succeed for sure!

A beautiful mover showed his gaits on the 4th level tests. Marta Renilla competed with the elegant Lusitano Stallion, Anastasio and placed first and second during the weekend with a nice 68%. Anastasio belongs to Jorge Canavati and is currently for sale. A truly treasure! His test here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w06OZAJ0MCw

The Prix St George happened early during the 3 day-show and with great results for Woodlands Equestrian Club.

Sandy Locke competed during the three days in the Amateur division with her dear Rocky, a 14 year old Dutch Warmblood gelding, placing first on Friday and Sunday and second on Saturday! Her Sunday result was an outstanding 66,447%. Congratulations! Sandy and Rocky rock!

Also in Prix St. George, Marta Renilla competed in the Open Division, WEC’s Mistico, a truly Grand Prix prospect. After debuting Prix St. George in Wellington last month, at 7 years old, this Andalusian Gelding that Marta has been training for 3 years, showed amazing movements and placed first on Sunday with a well deserved 71,84%. Marta is training him already in Intermediate I and believes he will be an outstanding Grand Prix horse very soon.

Marta & Presumido at the Awards Ceremony after their CDI 3*

Marta & Presumido at the Awards Ceremony after their CDI 3*

There is no doubt that the highlight of the weekend, were the CDI 3* tests. Miss Renilla, International Grand Prix competitor, represented Spain with the 10 year-old P.R.E. Stallion Presumido in the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle, being this last one the top event of Saturday night activities. Four International judges gave Marta and Presumido a 70.125; 72,750; 71,125; 71,5% and 64,125; obtaining an average of 69,925%. They both have been dancing together for 4 years, since he was only a 6 year-old with promising Dressage endeavors, and today, after four CDI 3* and many hours of training, they showed us the real beauty of the sport that we all love.  Enjoy her performance in this video from last Saturday: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbczorIx01

On a separate note, WEC’s Riding School students are also doing great at local schooling shows! This past Sunday they obtained 8 Blue ribbons in the Hunters/Jumpers Schooling Show at Snowdo nia Farms. Nicole Chambers, one of our youngest and most promising students was the ultimate champion with 3 Blue Ribbons! Jeremy Montemarano, Mariana Beltran, Nicole Brunel, Olivia Delucca, Gabriela Vazquez also obtained first and second positions. Congratulations!

Good job WEC’s team!




June 8th and 9th 2013 / 10422 Hufsmith Rd., Tomball TX 77375 – Woodlands Equestrian Club is proud to host a Dressage Clinic with an outstanding Dressage figure, Yvonne Visser.  Besides the clinic, Yvonne will delight us with a Lecture on “History and Present of the P.R.E. Breed in Dressage and its Training”.

Image Yvonne Visser was born in NY, USA, but moved to Spain at an early age and joined the Spanish Cavalry School in Madrid, considered one of the best in Europe. She took the first course for National Dressage Judges in 1976 and she was part of its first promotion. She then trained  with top European Judges such as Wolfgang Niggli, then head of the Dressage Department of the FEI, followed by Eric Lette and Mariette Whittages.

In 1991, Yvonne became an International FEI Judge. Since then she has judged all top national and international Dressage competitions in Spain including the 3* CDI’s of the Sunshine Tour since its inauguration, 6 CDIO’s in Hickstead, England, Saumur, France, Asti, Italy,  several top national competitions in Germany , a CDI *** in Sau Paulo, Brasil, etc. She later took the first course in Warendorf, Germany, to specialize in the training and judging of young horses and since 2008 she has made several trip to Brasil as a Dressage clinician.

She has  trained with Juan Antonio Jimenez, one of the Spanish Team Members to win the Silver Medal in the Athens Olympics. Her training is based on the International Training Scale for Horses: Rhythm, relaxation and contact (acceptance of the bit), impulsion, straightness and collection, which is a must for all horses, no matter what discipline they want to compete in and the only way to train a horse to be supple, obedient and on the aides. This Scale has been recognized as the best training tool available to make a horse supple, on the bit and accepting the aides willingly and without resistance.

In 2011 she retired as an FEI Judge in 2011, but still judges in regional Dressage and Eventing competitions and she is an active Technical Delegate for Spanish Equestrian Federation. She also has been invited to join a project for training Lusitano and Spanish (P.R.E.) in central Europe in order to promote these breeds for International competitions.

For more information on Yvonne’s Bio and registration, please visit:

www.woodlandsequestrianclub.com/eventsCOMINGUP or email ana@woodlandsequestrianclub.com


The Spanish horse in dressage can hold his own, as it has been shown in the Olympics and in a number of high level competitions all over the world. The P.R.E. Andalusians competing in dressage, present with elegance and ability in the areas of collection, piaffe and passage – areas which comprise a significant portion of the higher level dressage tests (FEI levels).

Especially in the favor of the Andalusians in dressage is the inherent temperament which permits them to handle both learning and the stresses of competition well.

The equilibrium and compression required for changes, pirouettes and the collected exercises of dressage are complementary with the spanish horse morphology, while their capacity for extensions becomes truly visible in the 6th year as the horse develops with correct training. The Spanish and Lusitano horses compete in the open horse world, against all other breeds, at all levels. There is a steadily growing number of PREs and Lusitanos presenting well in high level dressage where they are judged by International Rules, and at FEI levels.

Here in the US, a P.R.E. is a good example of FEI level presence. Under the direction of Marta Renilla, Presumido, from the training & sales facility Woodlands Equestrian Club in Houston, TX, has been ranked by the USDF (United Stated Dressage Federation) 3rd nationally for his Grand Prix Freestyle results, showing the talent and sport abilities of the breed. At only 9 years old, this stallion has also shown internationally in CDI 3*, competing against outstanding European masters. Despite their natural ability, good training makes it key to produce competitive prospects and enjoyable schoolmasters, forward going andalusians, with soundly established basics.  More and more often, Dressage riders are realizing the ability of our breed and choose them to become their companion in the arena and as well as on the ground.

For more information on how to find Dressage Andalusians (from novice to FEI levels, visit Marta Renilla’s training & sales facility in Houston: www.WoodlandsEquestrianClub.com

Ana Renilla: ana@woodlandsequestrianclub.com

Marta Renilla & P.R.E. Presumido competing Grand Prix at the CDI 3* in Lexington. Summer 2012

74,75% in Grand Prix Freestyle with 8 yr old P.R.E. stallion

Excellent news for The Pure Spanish Breed (P.R.E.) in USA! During the weekend

Marta Renilla

Marta Renilla before entering the competition arena this past weekend

of September 17-18, the Dressage Director and General Manager of Woodlands Equestrian Club, Marta Renilla, competed 2 P.R.E. stallions. The outstanding Viviano III in Intermediate I, obtaining the score 69,75%. And the talented 8 year-old Presumido, with a score of 74,75% in the Grand Prix Freestyle! See video here. Once again, our breed shows an enormous sport talent besides its versatility.  Marta Renilla will compete in the Region 9 Final Championships on the first weekend of November. We will be on the outlook for their success! We would like to remind you that Ms. Renilla will give The Foundation Clinic: “Do Better Dressage with Marta Renilla” on October 22nd and 23rd in Northern Houston. More info here.

¡Excelentes noticias para el Pura Raza Español en EE.UU.! Durante el fin de semana del 17 y 18 de septiembre, la directora de doma clásica y directora ejecutiva de Woodlands Equestrian Club, Marta Renilla, compitió dos garañones españoles: El impresionante Viviano III en Intermediate I, consiguiendo medias del 69,75 %; Y el talentoso ejemplar de 8 años, Presumido, en la prueba de Gran Premio Freestyle con medias del 74,75%!! Vea el video aquí.  Una vez más, nuestra raza da muestras de su enorme talento deportivo, además de su belleza y versatilidad. Marta Renilla competirá a ambos caballos en Gran Premio e Intermediate I en la final de la región 9 el primer fin de semana de noviembre. ¡Estaremos pendientes de su exitoso resultado! Les recordamos que el 22 y 23 de octubre la Sta. Renilla dará el clinic de La Fundación¨Do Better Dressage with Marta. Renilla¨ en el norte de Houston. Más información aquí.
For questions/comments please contact Ana Renilla: ana@woodlandsequestrianclub.com / 713 373 7543

WEC’s Update on the Equine Herpesvirus EHV-1

Dear friends,
I am happy to announce that The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) has no new developments to report regarding the one confirmed “isolated” case of the neurologic form of EHV-1 in Ector County or the 26 horses in Texas that attended the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Western National Championships event held in Ogden, Utah, April 30-May 8. Barring unforeseen circumstances, movement restrictions remaining on the last 9 of the 26 horses were lifted last week. Therefore, WEC is comphortable informing that there is no danger in attending shows within the state and having haul ins at WEC. I would like to invite you to check this interesting report by the US Department of Agriculture (Equine Inspection service) released on June 8th.

Click to access ehv_2011_sitrep_060811.pdf

Thank you and please contact us for any concerns.
Ana Renilla