The Arabian Horse Association has a wonderful youth division and our shows start with the lead line class for children as young as three years old. Visit the Arabian Horse Association on line at www.arabianhorses.org
Jesse Giovanni Saldana has always loved being around horses. He was on a horse before he was on a bike! He started showing at a very early age. He would show the gorgeous mare I’m a Rich Girl aka Paris owned by Amy Ash. These two formed a very special bond and were inseparable.
I’m a Rich Girl went to a new home in Northern Carolina and Giovanni took a little break from showing. Giovanni came home one day to be taken down to the barn by his dad to show him who was back!
“My Sweet, sweet girl!” were the exact words out of his mouth when he saw Paris again. Giovanni was back to riding every day and now was also riding Stallion Mark of Shai+//. He wanted to be able to show both of the horses and he decided he would show in the 13 and under class even though he is only 10 years old.
He has shown at a couple of class A shows both I’M A RICH GIRL and Mark OF SHAI+// garnering Championships wins on both. He loves and enjoys showing and riding. Jesse and Juana as parent’s can’t thank Amy Ash and Roberta Dixon enough for allowing their son to ride and show these magnificent horses.
Being born into the family business was a blessing. While most kids couldn’t run past the sidewalk I could freely roam the ranch. I could come home and unwind by going down to the barn and watching my dad ride or feeding the horses tons of apples. When I was young I was given a horse as a gift by Roberta Dixon. Her name was Princess Diana. She was amazing and we fell in love almost instantly. We developed a bond that was unbreakable. While my uncle and father would sometimes struggle to catch her I could walk into the pasture call her name and she would come jogging over in a matter of seconds. I rode her in the leadline and once I couldn’t show leadline anymore we decided to give her a break and used her for lessons. In 2008 she passed away and I thought I’d never show again. Then along came Amy Ash with her beautiful mare I’m A Rich Girl. I began to ride her for fun and my dad and Amy both decided that I would be able to show her. I of course loved the idea and got to work after Region 3. I’ve been riding “Paris” for almost 4 months now and I couldn’t be happier. I work with her every day that I am not in school. I attend the Santa Rosa Junior College and hope to transfer to UCLA to study business then come back to San Francisco to pursue a career in fashion design. The idea of making show outfits has crossed my mind several times. After all I am a Saldana and you couldn’t keep me away from my horses for all the money in the world.
Else Stuart and Smokey joined the Jesse Saldana Training Center in August 2007 and have both loved every minute since then! Throughout high school, Else and Smokey enjoyed their time together training at the barn under Jesse's excellent care, and traveling to Class A and Regional shows to compete in Hunter Pleasure, Country English, and Native Costume classes -- even enjoying the occassional Championship! More importantly though, Else has loved the friendships with the other youth and adults who train and show with Jesse. The clients at the Jesse Saldana Training Center are friendly, generous, and fun. They help each other, cheer each other, celebrate each other's successes, and support each other. With Jesse, his family, and all the clients, JSTC is the best possible enivironment for a youth rider! Throughout high school, Else also participated in Future Farmers of America (FFA). She was able to use her activities with Smokey and her learning from Jesse as her yearly FFA Proficiency Project in Equine Science. In 2012 her Equine Science Proficiency won the California State competition and is currently a Top 5 finalist for the National competition which will be held in October 2012 in Indianapolis. Else has been accepted to the Colorado State University Equine Science program and plans to being college in Fall, 2013.
Jayme became a part of the Saldana Training family when she was 11 years old. She was riding and training her horse SCA Silver Strike when she met Jesse, they trained and were very successful. SCA Silver was retired at the age of 20 and now lives the amazing life as a pasture horse on the JSTC facility.
From the very first day she came to the barn, she fell in love with a young horse in the pasture named Grayson WR aka “Lucky”. As Silver was being retired, Jesse and Juana graciously offered “Lucky” as an option for her. Unbeknownst to Jayme, while she trained on “Lucky” her parents purchased him for her as a 14th birthday gift.
Two years later, they are inseparable. With Jesse’s incredible knowledge and training they have accomplished many wins in the show ring. On any given day, her preference would be to be at the barn than any other place.
Jesse has an amazing way with horses and his youth riders. The level of respect and gratitude is immeasurable. She is a very accomplished rider because of her time in training with Jesse and his patience and knowledge.
Jesse and Juana are family. We are very proud to be a part of such a wonderful training facility.
Jayme and her family recently re-located to Lincoln, CA. Her most important wish prior to the move was that her horses would remain in Santa Rosa and in training with Jesse.
Jayme is a junior at Lincoln High School and has just joined the FFA program and is focusing her studies in agricultural and animal behaviors. She is also a volunteer at Ride to Walk in Lincoln. Ride to Walk is a non-profit organization which mission is to enhance the lives of children and young adults with neurological disabilities by providing therapeutic horseback riding.
Riding in shows helps children learn manners, confidence and sportsmanship.
Parents, if you are new to horses, you need to know only some horses are suited for riding with kids. If you are interested in getting a horse for your child, give us a call and we will be happy to help you find a beautiful Arabian horse for your child to love and enjoy.