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ABOUT RINGSTEAD RANCHour philosophy

Breeding, Training and Showing the Peruvian Horse Is Our Passion since 1991

As one of Canada’s largest and long standing breeders of Peruvian Paso Horses, our main focus is to breed strong, well gaited horses with brio and good minds.  Our Number 1 Priority and our promise to you, is to do our best to place with right horse with the right rider for a truly “Win Win” situation.

We believe it is vital to employ good people, people who not only bring with them pertinent knowledge and years of experience in the equine industry, but those who share our passion for the horse.  We are fortunate to have exceptional employees who take pride and ownership in the ranch and the horses we produce.

 Ringstead Ranch has been Canadian High Point Breeder for
2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2015

Ringstead's Breeding Programinternational bloodlines

We started by using stallions carrying the bloodlines from Peru’s top breeders, *FC Veranero bred by Fernando Ceruti and sire of National Champion of Champions in Peru. Espejo De Peru bred by Jose Risso Matellini, one of the most famous breeders of all time in Peru, MLM Magico carrying the blood of Eduardo Risso and Lucho Vasquez, RSTD Gustavio a son of Eduardo Risso’s famous sire ERM Espontaneo, and our newest stallion MAA Valiente who carries the bloodlines of both Anibal and Lucho Vasquez. By combining the best bloodlines from some of the best breeders, we hope to, in turn, breed the best!

 

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Ringstead Mares living & breeding as nature intended

Our brood mares are kept at our Alberta ranch on over 600 acres where they can have their foals and all run together in a herd environment. The mares we breed are either older mares retired from the show ring as champions or younger mares taken out of training and showing for a year. In Canada it is very difficult to show and have a foal from that same mare in the same season, and the cost of Embryo work is prohibitive.

The foals are imprinted at birth and are brought in from the pasture on a regular basis for trimming and halter training.

The babies grow up on the Alberta ranch until they are 2-3 years old. We continue to bring them in from the pasture on a regular basis for handling, trimming etc. At 2 years old we start working with them in the round pen teaching them to join up and learn to trust us.

 

Between 2 and 3 years old we move the young horses to the ranch in Chase. There the level of interaction with us is higher and we continue to do round pen work with them, handle them on a regular basis and start to put on the saddle and bozal.

At 3-4 years old we start to ride them. We try to teach the horses as much as we can in Bozal so that is usually a year long process. They should learn to bend properly, back – learn everything necessary for a good foundation of training while they are still in Bozal.

Between 4 and 5 years old we put the horses into the bit. We usually wont show horses in Bozal until they are 4, and in the bit until they are 5. Once they are settled in the bit we will start their more advanced performance training, teaching side passing, turns on the haunches etc.

DEDICATED TRAINING PROGRAMSfinding the horses best potential

If a horse is going to be doing a lot of trail work it goes back to Cayley for more training. There we have a trainer dedicated to working with the trail horses. They are exposed to traffic, crossing water, working with cows, and many other items that they could run across in a future life as a trail horse. When someone buys a horse from Ringstead, we want it to be as well suited to its future career as possible.

We believe that we are one of the only Peruvian Paso breeders in North America that sells Peruvian Pasos specifically trained for trail work, that have been worked within a dedicated trail training program.

On the west side of our ranch at Cayley we have some large grass pastures. These are dedicated to our retirement herd. These are old show horses such as the 20 yr old National Laureada mare RSTD Valencia, or the odd horse that has sustained a career ending injury. These horses live out their lives at pasture in a herd environment and are probably the healthiest bunch of horses that you will see. At Ringstead we firmly believe that if we breed a horse we have a responsibility to try to make sure it is always cared for properly.

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RINGSTEAD TRAINERSwe have an excellent team who trains our horses to their full potential

Pedro Cantaro has more than 30 years experience training the Peruvian Horse. Pedro starts all our horses in bozal and does the finishing in bit.  Aside from being a highly skilled and experienced trainer, he is also a successful showman, having ridden many horses to National Champion of Champions in both Canada and the U.S.

Pedro Cantaro

Pedro Cantaro

Rick discovered the Peruvian horse in 1981 and has been training Peruvian Horses for for over 20 years. In 1995 he built a training facility and started training professionally. He has trained horses to countless regional and national champion of champions titles in all divisions.

Rick’s goal is to train the Peruvian horse to the best of his ability for breeding, performance and trail. He enjoys sharing information with fellow aficionados of the Peruvian horse.

Rick Matheson

Rick Matheson

Juan Jose Vasquez has been training horses for over 40 years.  He works for the ranch part time at our Cayley AB location training Ringstead’s trail horses.  He gets them used to roads and crossing water and working alone on the trail.  He often uses them to check fencing and for moving our herd of cattle.

Juan Vasquez

Juan Vasquez

Ringstead's Winner Circle

We attend all the Canadian shows, as well as major shows in North America, including the US Nationals. Here is a little bit more about the horses our past and present show horses.

RSTD Veranera+

  • Foundation
  • foundation mares
RSTD Veranera+

RSTD Madeira

  • Mares
  • Show Horses
RSTD Madeira

RSTD Alelita++

  • Mares
  • Show Horses
RSTD Alelita++

RSTD Ariosto

  • Show Horses
  • Stallions
RSTD Ariosto

RSTD Sucesor

  • geldings
  • Show Horses
RSTD Sucesor

RSTD Lucero+

  • geldings
  • Show Horses
RSTD Lucero+

JWF Aleli+

  • Foundation
  • foundation mares
JWF Aleli+

RSTD Valencia++

  • Foundation
  • foundation mares
RSTD Valencia++

RSTD Madonna++

  • Foundation
  • foundation mares
RSTD Madonna++

RDLF Don Alberto

  • *Foundation Stallions
  • Foundation
RDLF Don Alberto

Domingo Real RM

  • *Foundation Stallions
  • Foundation
Domingo Real RM

*FC Veranero

  • *Foundation Stallions
  • Foundation
*FC Veranero

Espejo del Peru+

  • *Foundation Stallions
  • Foundation
Espejo del Peru+

MLM Magico ET+

  • *Foundation Stallions
  • Foundation
  • Show Horses
MLM Magico ET+

*MAA Valiente

  • Show Horses
  • Stallions
*MAA Valiente

RSTD Gustavio

  • Show Horses
  • Stallions
RSTD Gustavio