is Reining? see the explanation of the
National Reining Horse Association of Switzerland
Kids Habibi (Kid)
this nice sorrel gelding in December 2002. This typical American Quarter
Horse was born in 1997 at the place of his breeder, Dr. Thomas Ulbrich,
four year old he has been imported into Switzerland and trained by Peter
Markwalder. His pedigree shows famous stallions as Colonel Freckles and
Dry Doc of whom he got his cowsense and reining abilities. The Certificate
of Registration with his pedigree can be seen here.
a well trained reining horse and has already been successful at several
shows. It is my goal to further educate him to a Cowhorse and Allround
reports on Kid:
speaking friends: I apologize for not being able to translate the annual
reports on Kid anymore for time reasons. But as you can see from the German
text, we are still doing good and I would gladly like to tell you more
once we meet personally. Hope to hear from you soon.
in the Year 2011:
Fortunately, Kid was fit and healthy all year and we were able to ride
more than 50 classes. It was not only the quantity but the quality was
also there. Kid is now a mature horse, calm and listen carefully. In the
Ranch Horse Shows we had a good start already in Eiken, where we won the
ranch trail and ranch sorting. In Orpundand Würenlos we were 3rd in ranch
trail and in each of the three tournaments second in the overall standings.
In the cattle work, we were always well classified, and the two Working
Cow Horse tests in Tramelanand Matzendorf we ended with a 9th resp. a
third place. Just as Kid gets always better in Trail this goes also for
Super Horse, where we won the silver medal in the Open Class in the Swiss
championship and in Matzendorfwe won the first place. We went two times
to Mooslargue to participate in NRHA Shows and both times we got third
places in Limited Non Pro and Prime Time Open classes. At the Swiss Championship
in Reining we won a 4th place in Prime Time Open. In the SWRA annual ranking
we received the High Point Trophies for Super Horse LK1 and Reining LK1.
in the Year 2010:
In the beginning
of the year there were still some up's and down's because of the hoof
injury from last December, and therefore we could not participate in all
the shows. However we had a good start of the season at the Easter show
in Mooslargue with a score of 139.5. In Bellelay we won the Reining LK1A
and got a 3rd place in Working Cowhorse. At the trail rides in Otelfingen
and in Remigen, where we participated together with Olivia and her horse
Nando, we could improve very much compared to previous years and landed
within the first 10. One climax of the year was the Prime Time Open at
the Swiss Championship in Reining at Matzendorf, where I as President
of the SWRA lost the tie break for the first place against the President
of the NRHA, Sven Friesecke, by only 0.5 points. At the Swiss Championship
Western in Deitingen Kid showed a beautiful Superhorse pattern which brought
us a 4th place. Although we participated only in three of the six SWRA
shows, Kid got the Reserve High Point title in Amateur Western Riding.
Despite everything it was a successful show year and we are looking forward
to the next season.
in the year 2009:
Our show season started at the NRHA Easter show with quite good scores.
At the Pentecost show we could even improve and reached some good places.
Due to last year's success we had to show in the highest performance class,
LK1A, in the SWRA shows. Kid dominated the reining classes without problems
and thus became High Point Champion Reining Senior Horses. In the Western
Riding and Superhorse classes it was much more difficult to keep track
with the competitors at this high level. The best places we got in autumn
in Deitingen with a 4th and a 5th place. We like the Ranch Horse Festivals
because they offer various challenges at a high level. In Eiken we got
a 2nd place in Ranch Reining and in Niederrohrdorf we won the Ranch Sorting
in an excellent run. We were the only team able to move all 7 cows to
the other pen within the timeframe. We participated also in two Working
Cowhorse classes. In Müllheim we got a 3rd and in Bellelay a 4th place.
Due to the heavy professional workload in autumn we did not participate
at the two NRHA shows and the Swiss Championship. Nevertheless the show
season made a lot of fun. Before Christmas 2009 Kid hurt himself and scratched
his hoof open to the dermis. It looked scary and Kid could not be ridden
until end of February 2010. But now it has healed well and we are looking
forward to the next show season.
in the year 2008:
A successful year full
of shows and trainings, also in Cow Work and Roping. In the NRHA Reinings
we reached good scores at the beginning of the season, in the second half
of the year we were no more able to participate due to an overload in
the business work. On the other hand we had our first starts in trail
rides together with Olivia and her horse Nando, which was a lot of fun.
In Working Cowhorse at Müllheim we won 4. and in the Ranch Horse
Festivals at Eiken 3. and at Niederrohrdorf even 2. of the whole event.
Kid was with Peter Markwalder at the Eliesenhof Open Ranch Horse Versatility
and was 3. of the total event. The SWRA-shows went very successful also,
we made High Point Champions in Amateur Reining and in Amateur Western
Riding. Therefore we have been promoted to participate in performance
class 1A next year. At the Swiss Championship we won 4. in Amateur Western
Riding and 6. in Superhorse Open.
in the year 2007:
We had a very good start of the season at the Easter Show of NRHA in Mooslargue
and at the SWRA Show in Fehraltorf (best amateur in Reining, Western Riding
and Superhorse, Reserve Champion Amateur). In the beginning of May Kid
hurt himself at the right hind leg, and since the antibiotics didn't work
quickly, we lost half of the show season. We could start again only beginning
of August at the 1st Ranch Horse Festival in Würenlos. But with a great
success: we won the second place in Working Ranchhorse and the 3rd place
overall! Then we participated with quite good success at the Euro Slide
and at the NRHA Futurity. Beginning of October we got two second places
in Amateur Superhorse and Amateur Reining and a third place in Amateur
Western Riding at the SWRA show in Fehraltorf. At the Swiss Championship
there was no reining contest and in Superhorse we rode a beautiful pattern
but with a gross mistake so that we were not qualified for the final.
However in Amateur Western Riding we got a third place in the finals.
Although we participated only in two of the five SWRA shows, Kid got the
Reserve High Point title in Amateur Superhorse. Despite everything it
was finally a successful show year.
in the year 2006:
The year 2006
was rather a year of consolidation and we could not reach any spectacular
successes. Only in October at the Swiss Championship we could harvest:
a silver medal in Reining Amateur, a bronce medal in Superhorse Open and
a fifth place in Western Riding Amateur. I am specially proud of the success
in Superhorse, Kid was really doing well.
in the year 2005:
we had no hoof or other health problems in the year 2005 so we could participate
in all shows and clinics as planned. Thanks to our trainers Steffen Breug
and Marie-Therese Bretscher we had a very successful year:
CH Open Champion 2005
- NRHA CH Non-Pro Reserve Champion 2005
- SWRA High Point Horse 2005 Western Riding Amateur
- SWRA High Point Rating 2005 Superhorse 3rd place
- Open Working Cow Horse Müllheim 5th place
this wonderful horse the longer the more.
in the year 2004:
Because of hoof
problems we could not participate in many shows in the beginning of the
season. We got an improvement thanks to leather soles for the front hooves,
and then we reached the following results:
Mooslargue NRHA Rookie 1st place
- Final Slide Wängi NRHA Rookie 1st place
- NRHA Rookie Champion 2004
- HHS Circuit Champion Nov. Amateur Reining 2004
successes with UB Kids Habibi in 2003:
SWRA Swiss Cup Limited Amateur Reining 1st place
- NRHA Rookie of the
Year 2nd place
- Swiss Championship Finals Reining Amateur 9th place
Farewell to Al Aska in 2007:
On Wednesday April 30, 2007 I had to bring Al Aska to the eternal pasture.
He was 26 years old in February. He suffered from pulmonary insufficience
and got problems on warm days. Past Friday he could hardly breathe, so
I had to take this decision.
Al Aska, my dear "Schnüfu",
thank you for 23 years of faithfulness and I am sure you are much better
Al Aska in the year 2006:
In spring Al Aska had a colic and had to go to the vet hospital. They
found out that two of his lower front teeth were broken and took them
out. Now Al Aska is fine again and has no problems with eating despite
of the missing teeth. He enjoys his life, finally retired after a long
life full of success.
Al Aska in the year 2005:
The tendon problem did not improve, so Al Aska has been finally retired.
We took away his shoes and he is now enjoying his life on the pasture.
He gets his daily portion of Ginger which is very good for old horses
and helps him very much. He turned 25 on February 17, 2006 and is still
Al Aska in the year 2004:
In August 2004 Al Aska hurt himself a tendon of the right front leg. The
healing process now takes a long time for an old horse. Despite of the
lameness Al Aska does not sufffer and enjoys the life on the pasture.
Al Aska im Jahr 2003:
With his 22 years and despite his various
health problems, Al Aska is still in good shape and is being ridden on
a regular basis.
beginning of this year he had to replace Kiddy in a Cow Clinic with Mike
Bridges, because Kiddy was hurt. It was the first time for Al Aska to
work with cows and he obviously had very much fun. With lots of verve
he even showed younger horses how to do it!
Images from the past
& Al Aska
1990 All Around Champion Amateur
1991 Western Riding Amateur
1991 Reserve Champion Amateur
1992 Reserve Champion Amateur
1993 Superhorse Open
1993 All Around Champion Amateur
1994 All Around Champion Amateur
1995 All Around Champion Amateur
High Point Horse:
1990 Western Riding Amateur
1991 Western Riding Amateur
1991 Pole Bending Open
1992 All Around Amateur
1993 Western Riding Amateur
1993 Reining Amateur
1993 All Around Amateur
1994 Reining Amateur
1994 Pole Bending Open
1994 All Around Amateur
1995 Western Riding Amateur
1995 All Around Amateur
He doesn't mind being
It beats a never-was by far......
Al Aska retired from showing
The 19 years old Partbred
Arabian Al Aska, one of the last allrounders in the Swiss western
scene, has retired from the show sport. After 12 years of successful
showing I decided not to participate anymore in shows with Al Aska
as from the year 2000.
Al Aska and I began
to show on 19 Juni 1988 at the qualification show in Uster, where
we reached the 3rd place in Reining. Al Aska was a real allrounder,
in the first years we participated in all eight disciplines which
were open for Amateurs, from Pleasure to Reining and the races.
In Rennaz 1991 for example we won the Pleasure, got a second place
in Reining, third in Pole Bending and Western Riding and fourth
in Trail and Barrel Race. Nowadays in the age of the specialists
something like this is unthinkable.
In the past twelve
years we qualified and participated nine times at the Swiss Championships
in Western Riding. We were four times All Around Champion Amateur
and two times Reserve Champion Amateur. In 1991 we were Swiss Champion
in Western Riding Amateur and in 1993 in Superhorse Open. Besides
that we reached 17 High Point Horse titles during these years.
The first climax of
the last showing season (1999) was a very demanding Trail in Faido,
where Al Aska worked in a excellent manner even though he is not
a specialized Trail horse and we got a fourth place. The second
one was our improvised presentation of a Western Riding Pattern
without halter and reins in Poliez-Pittet.
The arthrosis in Al
Aska's hip joint which began in 1996 is now well under control with
Acupuncture, Physiotherapy and homeopathic pills. Also the bone
fissure in the right knee which happened to Al Aska past November
when he slipped in the frozen paddock has healed well again.
Now Al Aska has merited
a calm life without showing, but riding out in the forests and doing
some regular workout in the paddock to stay in shape.
I enjoy remembering
all the shows with Al Aska, as well as the time spent with all my
friends who have the same views about equestrian sports respecting
Our best wishes with
Al Aska's motto:
he doesn't mind being
a has-been, it beats a never-was by far
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