Welcome to Azteca!

Azteca Stables is owned and managed by Donna Murphy. Donna and her husband Michael live on the premises so the horses are watched and monitored closely. She has over 25 years of professional experience and horses are her passion, her love and her life. She started riding at age 6 and has never stopped, her love for the equine continues to grow. Azteca Stables is located in central Texas Hill country, in the Canyon Lake area. We are between Austin and San Antonio. The area is beautiful with hill country vistas and Canyon Lake is nearby with awesome horse trails.

At Azteca Stables we treat horses like part of our family. Horses run in small herds with horses they get along with, and don't live in stalls. We let the horses be horses. However, stalls are available for use during inclement weather. Whether you trail ride, arena ride, or just want to “play with your horse” in the round pen , you are welcome at Azteca Stables, where we have fun with horses! We strive for happy horses in a friendly environment. A happy horse is content and wants to please!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Endurance Report: Amigo Wins!

Amigo and Donna at a nice pace at Endurance Ride

The Shanghai Trails endurance ride, on 3-26-11 was a memorable one for me and Amigo. Amigo is a 7 yr old Arabian that I have trained for endurance competition. He has a lot of endurance ability, loves the trail and has endless energy! I was a able to nicely rate him throughout the ride, he listened to my cues, and he pulsed in after 25 miles to take first place in the Limited Distance Rice with 64 starters, and 52 finishers. It was a well managed ride with great trails and we had a most awesome day.

The ride was held on a working ranch outside of El Campo, TX. , the terrain was Coastal plains with big trees, open fields, and big sky. The ranch was alive with beauty and spring colors were delightful to the eye. The trail was varied; I especially loved riding along the Colorado River through the canopy of hardwoods with twisting tight turns where the forest was alive! Dodging the big trees on a tight trail can be challenging! There was a variety of trail conditions due to the drought, the footing was not the best, and some areas were really rough and hard on the horses. However, Amigo was feeling great. He was eager and ready to fly at the start, and most all the horses were excited and nervous.

The start was a little rough, there was a brisk wind and all the horses were full of themselves, rearing to go! He was full of fire, but rated well! The roaring wind seemed to make all the horses a little on edge! However, he was willing to listen to the pace I wanted to set. He was willing to slow when necessary, yet was always eager. He listened and the bond was tight, he was ready and all was on our side, we settled into a wonderful pace.

At the start we took the 3rd position and held the position the entire loop. At the first vet check we reached the ride criteria heart rate of 60 within minutes, and passed the vet check with great scores. The day was heating up, and the 2nd loop was more challenging. The TX sun was beating hard on us, and the heat makes it much more difficult on the horses, especially coming out of winter, they still had their winter coats on. We calmly rode in to the finish and pulsed in with a heart rate of 52 within a minute of arrival, and completed FIRST. What an awesome ride we had. It is such a good feeling to complete a ride w a sound and happy horse. These rides challenge me and keep me and my horses going! Wow, what a great time! Amigo took care of me; we rode smart and finished sound and fit to continue! Amigo has a 100% completion record, one BC award, and numerous top five awards.

After the ride, I volunteered and worked with ride management w awards. These rides can only happen if folks volunteer. My life w horses is ever so blessed! I meet so many awesome folks. The horses teach me patience and keep me going! Bonding w your horse is so special. I love this sport!!! Endurance riding is a total challenge, when you complete w a sound happy horse, it is a total accomplishment, because taking care of your horse comes first.

Amigo’s ride record has made him a very desirable horse. Donna has trained him, their ride record as a team includes: 10 starts, 10 completions, 7 top tens which includes two 1st and one 2nd place. Also he placed 2nd in the Central Region Championship ride. He also has one Best Condition award, I train horses to be the best, and then sell them only to good homes. Amigo recently sold to a wonderful home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to an endurance lady who will continue his endurance career. Happy trails to Amigo, “you keep on going with your eagerness and love for the trail!”

Donna loves endurance competition and has been competing since 1996. She has many top placings and best condition awards. Endurance riding is one of the fastest growing equine sports. It is exciting and challenging for both horse and rider. It requires the team of horse and rider to work toward one common goal: to complete the ride on a sound horse! Donna loves sharing information and trains both horse and rider to become a team to complete an endurance ride.