Guest entry—When you have a problem with your horse(s), who are you going to call?

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on November 10, 2008, 2:55 pm


The film industry—aka Hollywood—is the home of the great, and sometimes not so great, story tellers of our times. Every day on the set represents a lot of money spent in an effort to capture some movie magic. For that reason, working with animals on films is a risky, tricky, and increasingly high stakes business. Directors [...]
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Guest entry–A love of animals and anticipating the arrival of Rex Peterson

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on November 9, 2008, 1:39 pm


Our experience as we travel through our lives is, to a large degree, defined by our relationships—good and bad, long and short. We all have many kinds of relationships. Some of us are drawn to animals. Whatever the reasons, these non-human relationships take center stage in our hearts. Tonight I had a chat with Mash. Mash is [...]
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Guest entry–The Importance of Hacking Cross Country

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on November 8, 2008, 6:31 pm


I am back at Windrock Farm for the first time since September of 2007. I am Cari’s brother. We grew up in Ohio. Cari was drawn to Europe and then New York. I was initially drawn to Washington, D.C. and then to the American West where I’ve spent most of my adult life (so far). My [...]
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EQUINE FILM STAR, HIGHTOWER, IS DEAD AT 26

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on November 8, 2008, 8:09 am


EQUINE FILM STAR, HIGHTOWER, IS DEAD AT 26 Hightower (1982-2008) the favorite and beloved trick horse owned and trained by Rex Peterson, died peacefully at the age of 26 on October 30, 2008 at Rex Peterson’s ranch in Tehachapi, California. Hightower starred in dozens of films over his career, most notably as “Pilgrim” in Robert Redford’s THE [...]
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RJ Masterbug Yearling Filly For Sale

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on November 7, 2008, 12:41 pm


Outstanding yearling filly available for sale by RJ Masterbug, super temperament combined with her fathers athletic ability make this a terrific prospect for any discipline.  Contact cari@cariswanson if you are interested in owning this lovely filly.
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Lessons at Windrock Farm

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on November 2, 2008, 1:14 pm


I have been taking dressage lessons with Cari on and off over several years. Although I ride on my own and with trainers in other disciplines, I love to come back to Cari on a regular basis to take advantage of her keen eye, insightful critique, creative exercises, and diverse group of well-trained horses. Cari always [...]
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Rewards and Punishments

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on October 27, 2008, 1:33 am


You must always be patient when training your horse.  There will be moments when you must resort to punishment if there is obstinate resistance, however, when it is necessary, the rider must remain calm and firm.  D’Endrody reminds us to smile or whistle prior to taking any disciplinary action to ensure that there is no [...]
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Bugatti-9 year old Hannovarian gelding

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on October 15, 2008, 3:51 pm


Bugatti awaits his cue to act in the film “Taking Woodstock” directed by Ang Lee.  Bugatti was cast as a police horse who has to maneuver among hundreds of cars and motorcycles in a traffic jam of hippies in transit to the famous Woodstock concert in 1969.  It is a testament to the character and [...]
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Stunning Hannovarian for Sale

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on September 26, 2008, 5:35 pm


9 year old imported Hannovarian gelding, 17 hands, a stunning horse, beautiful mover,easy to ride, a kind and generous personality, jumps around a hunter course in style,  first level dressage, he loves to hack cross country, this horse has the potential to do more in every discipline, come try him and see for yourself what [...]
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Rex Peterson Movie Resume

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on September 18, 2008, 4:23 pm


Movie Resume–Behind the Silver Screen For the last 35 years people have often seen a western or any movie with horses and asked themselves this question, “how did they get the horse to do that?” Like any good relationship once you have the trust, communication, respect, and knowledge, you can accomplish almost anything. Here is a list [...]
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Midas Touch-Beautiful QH/Freisan for Sale

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on September 18, 2008, 4:22 pm


Beautiful mover, kind gentleman, easy to ride, elastic gaits, super jumper, hacks, jumps anything, great in company or alone, this horse is looking for a new partner to win many Championships with, he is priced very reasonably to a good home, owner sadly must sell, come try him and see for yourself what a lovely [...]
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RJ in new film by Ang Lee “Taking Woodstock”

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on September 18, 2008, 4:22 pm


Ang Lee discussing the scene with RJ in his new movie “Taking Woodstock”.  The film is being shot on location in New York at several different farms around Albany.  RJ is in the final scene of the film after the concert is over.  The organizer Michael Lang, portrayed by Jonathan Groff, gallops off after surveying [...]
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Rex Peterson Training RJ, star horse of “HIDALGO”

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on September 5, 2008, 1:30 am


Rex Peterson Training RJ
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“Camp Cari” at Windrock Farm

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on August 11, 2008, 12:53 pm


Summertime at Windrock Farm, the kids have a blast driving the golf cart, playing baseball, riding the ponies, and playing assorted other games with each other.  The weather has been perfect with an occasional summer storm blowing through to cool the air.  Wyatt takes the wheel to give is friends a tour of the farm.
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Entourage follows Joa at Millbrook Horse Trials

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on August 11, 2008, 12:48 pm


The Millbrook Horse Trials took place last weekend where Joa rode Kestrel in the Junior Novice Division to finish 13th.  Following her progress over the weekend was her entourage of her fans from Windrock Farm with the Comet, Cupid, Dash and Freja.
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Rex Peterson Clinic

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on August 11, 2008, 12:43 pm


The most recent clinic featured many different breeds of horses with a range of issues to deal with.  Here is Duende, an Andalusian Stallion with Rex working on finding the Spanish walk in him.  It seemed logical that someone had trained him to do this years ago, but along the way he stopped performing it.  [...]
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Fitches Corner Horse Trials

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on August 10, 2008, 2:22 am


Joa Sigsbee jumping Kestrel at the recent Horse Trials at Fitches Corner in Millbrook, New York.  The weekend was beautiful with the largest turnout in the 15 years of the event. Kestrel was a star galloping across country on a beautiful day.
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Rex Peterson Horse Training Clinic

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on July 28, 2008, 12:49 am


Clinic participant Chris meets his idol, Rex Peterson at Windrock Farm.  Here he is standing in front of RJ’s stall, the star stunt horse from Hidalgo.  Contact cari@cariswanson.com for details of the next clinic
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Jimmy Ripp meets Rex Peterson, trainer of Hidalgo

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on July 28, 2008, 12:32 am


Jimmy Ripp, one of the best guitar players in the world meets Rex Peterson, reknown Hollywood horse trainer  at Windrock Farm.  RJ offers himself as a couch for a rest
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Midas Touch

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on July 28, 2008, 12:22 am


Midas Touch, 8 year old QH/ Friesan gelding is an unusual find, he is a very kind, a true gentleman, elastic supple gaits, naturally balanced, jumps anything, hacks cross country in company or alone, loves water, owner sadly must sell immediately, so he is priced reasonably to a good home.
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