Daniel and Sophia Harris

As individuals, Daniel and I came from different worlds: him the western side of horses, me the english.  At first glance, it looked like we have nothing in common (aside from the horse, of course).  But, the more time we spent together, the more we realized, we weren't that different.  

 

Why?  Because we actually have the same philosophy on how horses should be started and handled.  We believe that a horse should be taught how to be soft, quiet, and responsive.  Our experience has led us to believe that letting the horse choose to work with you, rather than making them work for you, goes a lot further in building the trust and respect necessary for a solid relationship.

 

We also believe that if the horse knows how to do more than one thing (ie. rope, jump, and trail ride), it makes them a better, more confident animal.  A confident horse usually means a more confident rider and they become a safe pair that can do almost any job.

 

Daniel has an extensive background in starting horses from the ground up.  He has also competed in many different shows: ranch versatility, working cow horse, reining, roping, extreme cowboy, and polocrosse.

 

I have competed in eventing, dressage, stadium jumping, western dressage, and ranch versatility.

 

Daniel and I are constantly learning from each other.  We have discovered that, together, we can make a very versatile horse, hence the name: Versatile Equine.

 

 

-Daniel and Sophia

Daniel's Accomplishments
Sophia's Accomplishments
  • Southern Colorado Cutting Horse Association - Open Division 3rd Place

  • 2018 Sun Circuit Reserve Champion - Ranch Versatility

  • 2018 AQHA Ranch Versatility World Show Qualifier

  • 2017 Collbran Ranch Versatility Show - Green Horse Division Champion

  • 2017 JC Heart Ranch Versatility Show - Green Horse Division Champion

  • 2016 Collbran Ranch Versatility Ranch - Pro Division Champion

  • 2016 Collbran Ranch Versatility Show - Green Horse Division Champion

  • 2015 Collbran Ranch Versatility Show - Pro Division Champion

  • 2015 Collbran Ranch Versatility Show - Green Horse Division Champion

  • 2015 Extreme Cowboy Race Champion at Collbran

  • 2015 JC Heart Ranch Versatility Show - Green Horse Division Champion

  • 2018 AQHA High Point Champion - Second Level

  • 2018 US Dressage Finals Qualifier - 2nd Level Open

  • 2018 Western Dressage Association of America - 6th in the world standings Level 2 Open Division

  • 2018 Grand Valley Dressage Society - Western Level 2 Open Champion

  • 2018 Grand Valley Dressage Society - 2nd Level Open Champion

  • 2018 Utah Dressage Society - 2nd Level Open Reserve Champion

  • 2017 AQHA High Point Champion - First Level

  • 2017 Western Dressage Association of America - 3rd in world standings Level 1 Open Division

  • 2017 Rocky Mountain Dressage Society AQHA Breed Champion

  • 2017 Western Dressage Association of Colorado - Level 1 Open Champion

  • 2017 Utah Dressage Society - 2nd Level Open Reserve Champion

  • 2017 Grand Valley Dressage Society - Western High Point Champion (74.821%)

  • 2017 Grand Valley Dressage Society - 1st Level Open Champion

  • 2017 Grand Valley Dressage Society - 2nd Level Open Champion

  • 2017 Grand Valley Dressage Society -  3rd Level Open Reserve Champion

  • 2017 Grand Valley Dressage Society -  Most Consistent Scores Champion

  • 2017 USDF Bronze Medalist

  • 2016 Grand Valley Dressage Society - 1st Level Open Champion

"Sit tall in the saddle, Hold your head up high

 

Keep your eyes fixed where the trail meets the sky

 

And live like you ain't afraid to die

 

And don't be scared, just enjoy your ride"

 

-From a Favorite Song

Mentally, your horse should not weigh anything.  When you ask your horse to do something it should be his idea.  This is the goal.

-Ray Hunt

 

 

There is something more.  It is something that has to come in the unity between the horse and the rider.  And there is a delicate line that makes the difference.

-Tom Dorrance

 

 

 

Give him the dignity to learn, sort out his issues, then he will try for you.

-Buck Brannaman

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Daniel and Sophia Harris