Boquete Equestrian Estates
Located at Hacienda Las Trancas
Via Boquete, Las Trancas, Chiriqui, Republica de Panama, Telephone: (507) 6-528-4693
Matching rider's ability to difficulty
of mount is not always what meets
the eye. A great Coach knows this
upon primary assessment of rider.
|Equine Rescue and Adoption Programme|
|Boquete Equestrian Estates|
B.E.C. is committed to providing the best possible care for each horse. We offer individualized feed plans, turn-out and on-site farm manager. We are a full care facility. B.E.C. offers an 80' x 80' indoor schooling ring, 120' x 240' foot outdoor arena, both with sand over hard compact material footing. Our boarder's barn is made entirely out of concrete, which we have found to be cooler in the summer and better in the winter. It has 12' x 12' and 12' x 14' box stalls, cross-ties available in the aisle way as well as the stalls, and wash rack for bathing. Boarders are welcome to keep their tack boxes in front of their horses' stalls and B.E.C also has a separate tack room for extra space. We offer a specialized viewing deck in the indoor arena for the parents and guests to watch as their children ride. We have a full show jump inventory, PRCA approved gaming equipment, and bits and bobs for training your horse.
Self Care- $85/month includes:
Rental of stall, you are responsible
for your horse.
Partial Self Care- $120/month includes:
AM/PM grain feedings (you supply) and
Grass/hay feedings that you supply,
you clean your own stall, we feed.
Horse Care - $180/month Includes:
AM/PM grain feedings, (you supply)
Grass/hay feedings you supply- We clean stalls
Coordinated vet and farrier
Total Care - $275/month Includes all
of the above, feed, turn-out, plus light grooming,
Vet and farrier handling is available for
additional fee. We supply the feed.
Special Care - $325/month Includes all
of the above, exercise, plus grooming,
washing, excercise and turn-out. Worming,
trimming, (corrective trimming and shoes
at additional cost) Vet, farrier , and
stallion handling is available for additional fee.
Competition Horse Care- $400/month, includes:
All of the above, plus blanketing, hoods, washing,
special supplements (you supply) clipping, specialized
grooming techniques, trail rides for condition, and arena
work on selected discipline, plus 2 free lessons to owner,
to understand cues and training aids..
Our canyon view stables and arenas sit atop the two rivers, the Caldera and the Cochea, and offer one of the best views, with Volcan Baru as our dramatic backdrop. Las Trancas is the most narrow section and located exactly where we are at the "bottle neck", many years ago, where a cowboy would round his horse of choice up on this very spot. Old remnants of the "horse" wall are still visible on this property, so it thrills us to know we're keeping tradition alive.
The indoor arena is conveniently attached to the stables, by a comfortable viewing area. The arena footing is sand.
Convenient access to all stalls and service areas is provided by the stable's cross-shaped design. 2 large aisle-way doors and people door create a comfortable interior environment.
Each stall is 12' x 12' with a 24' run, and we have one 12' x 14' large Warmblood stall and a massive foaling stall. A secured tack room, tack-up areas, wash bays, two utility work areas, instructor/trainer office, and public restroom complete the floor plan.
A security system and a fly-control installation add protection to the stable. Music is constantly provided, adding a final touch to an elegant facility. We receive many compliments on our place and invite you to visit soon!
you are a beginner,
intermediate or advanced rider, you will find what you are in need of
Equine Education and Riding Instruction with our Coach and her team of trainers.
Equitation- all disciplines
BEC specializes in both individual and group lessons from beginner/ nervous novice riders to advanced. We have several coaches on staff to ensure the best coach/student combination. Lessons are offered 5 days a week, except on national holidays or Show days. Our students are taught to help each other, and everyone gets along, making for a harmonious environment for all. The older ones help the younger ones- especially for shows, inspections, and clinics.
ASTM approved riding helmets are mandatory for any and all riders in the English discipline. Western is optional, and to be ridden so at own risk. All jumpers MUST wear approved crash vests when on course if over 3ft. BEC can provide helmets but encourages you to buy your own to ensure proper fit.
Riding Instruction prices
1 hour private lesson B/. 25.00
1 hour semi private lesson B/. 20.00 per person
1 hour group (3-4 riders) B/. 15.00
STANDARDS OF PROFICIENCY
As a means of measuring the progress and level of achievements of it’s students, Boquete Equestrian Club has established standards, keeping within the framework of the international movement of the Pony Club throughout the world.
The 2010 standards are divided into D1, D2, D3, C1, C2, C3, B, H-A, and A levels to provide a progressive programme from one level to the next in the horse management and riding. Whenever the word “pony” is used, it is to be understood that the British call horses and ponies just that. Upon successfully completing the examination for a rating, the member is awarded a Certificate and may begin study of the material outlined under the next higher standard. Each rating must be achieved before the next level is attempted.
Training with us at BEC
Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced rider, you will find what you are in need of for your Equine Education and Riding Instruction with our Coach and her team of trainers.
Tenacity. Dedication. Perseverance. Drive. These are all words that our Equestrian athletes have known. What separates them from the rest? Their style.. The way they attack the course with no fear. They forge ahead, tackling whatever obstacle stands in their way. We have been known for turning out extremely aggressive riders, with amazing self confidence. Whether in the show ring, or hacking out. One word simply does not exist for us here… “defeat.”
Getting stubborn jumper to comply. Note the "safety seat"
Brock is all concentration in Patterned Horse
Brock is all concentration in Patterned Horse Racing event
and train with us in
Accommodations are easily obtainable just down the road at Cabinas Momentum. BEC is situated snugly between two rivers and canyons. You are guaranteed a precious view everyday of
Once out of Boquete and in
old part of the city, Casco Viejo. Enjoy many old, restored and dilapidated buildings of the time period. Some dating back to the buildings that weathered attacks from the pirates of the
Starting and TrainingFrom big to small, we train them all. We offer a state-of-the-art "Equine Boot Camp" for the more unruly horses, so have no fear... we can handle even the most rank horses. We will not take malicious horses, though.
Because everyone needs help with their horse from time to timeSelecting your horse
"She can pick a horse apart with conformation faults
and spare you an
ordeal of wondering why the "pretty" horse you bought can't trot or
without falling down. She can spare you the agony of buying a horse
useless with lameness or near death problems. If you are looking to buy
horse... take her along. She has been many student's and friend's
is our horse consultant."
Help is at hand. Selecting a horse can be a hassle and bit of a guessing game to new horse people. We will help you find that perfect dream horse, according to your finances, abilities and intended direction. Whether you’re looking for the next national champion, or a loving pet.
We will tell you the pros and cons of each horse, whether or not this horse is right for you, and ultimate prospect potential. We will point out any conformation faults, leg faults, injuries or illness that would impede the horse in any way. Furthermore, if you find that perfect horse, but it is a bit under in the hoof area, we can rehabilitate it back to sound, giving you your dream mount.
Learn what equipment is good and bad
· Why does my horse have a sore back?
· If the bit is too thin or thick, what happens?
· Why did my saddle slip?
· How can I find tack that fits?
We offer advice and counseling in everything. From different type of bits and why to use them, to what saddle works for your horse and why the saddle you are using does not. Training tack and equipment, tack, protective items, and how they work. If necessary, we will put you through a small course in; Bits and bitting, Saddles and different styles, Training equipment, Ground training, Feed and supplements, or a custom made programme.
Equine consulation fee is $15.00 per hour. This includes prospect inspections (looking at a new horse) vet check/soundness (she is not a DVM, yet is more well informed/experienced than most of the vets here) injured horses, tack inspections, etc.
Truth behind Round Pens
If you are having a problem with your horse, we will steer you toward tried and true training methods- some involving round pens, but not all. Now the round pen only does so much for a horse, and does not mean, by any standards, that he is trained. You still have to train him to be safe in traffic. Hold his own under semi-dangerous situations and so on. You can not make a horse pick up leg cues while on the ground, or soften his mouth.
The truth behind round pens
I am sure all those horse whispering fans out there are gasping right now. Go ahead. We old style horse people were doing what good old Monty is doing now in this decade, centuries ago. Besides, we know that “half them horses out there are plum deaf.” We were not amazed when his book came out. We just were sorry we didn’t write a similar book that made millions, cashing in on what every horse person worth a plug nickel already knew.
Who knew about round pens?
Our great-great grand pappy used a round pen. It’s nothing new. It’s just common sense. It’s also an easier form of training than actually having to ride a horse, and gets into its head and grabs the horse's attention. Although you will notice that half of the pens have the bars covered, making the horse focus directly on that person. No distractions. Same is true when the pen is high. When a horse is being pursued (predator and prey) the herd animal takes flight and runs and runs until it gets either tired, or understands the benefits of reconciliation between predator (you) by giving up. The Plains Indians did this when acquiring new ponies.
A horse WILL give up… any horse.
When a horse is getting ready to execute this deal, it will start licking at it's lips, the inside ear will cock toward you, and it may relieve itself. These all are tell tale signs that you are about to win. What happens when any wild horse is chased in its natural environment is that the predator pursues, the horse takes flight. After running at some point the prey animal will turn around to see what was chasing it. I am sure you see that even on Discovery with Thompson’s Gazelle and the little dik-diks. Horses as well. They all live the same nervous life. The semi-tame horse will put up quite a battle (not paying you any attention) in the round pen. It will try to get the one up on you as it does roll backs, sliding stops, and switches direction, all to spite you. These types of horses keep trainers very busy, always trying to remain one step ahead of them, and keep them from getting their own way. As soon as a horse knows you are in charge ( aggressive posture and stance) and they are beaten, you take a non intimidating stance, and voila… the horse miraculously “joins up.” The horse will then come to you and follow you all over. This is just natural horse behaviour. We have called it for generations Equine language. Nothing new. No new methods, just different lingo.
So why did we have to go and tell you this?
Now we could have been really keen and not clued you in on this equine behavior, making us out to be gods in the horse world like so many others we have seen and dealt with. But we don’t profess to have any miracle cures for horses. We don’t profess to have invented anything or created a new fangled training method. What our trainer uses is good horse sense for one, Aussie method by Jeffry, and Plains Indian ways. Our trainer can actually talk to horses outside of round pens. What our claim to fame is; understanding the mind of the horse, and TIME. You can not rush a horse.
What does Jessica say?
“ If only I had a round
pen to train my wild painted Indian stallion caught in the four corners
Upon asking her what she thinks of whispering to horses…
“ I don’t remember learning how to ride horses, as I was sitting a trot even in my mom's stomach. However, I can tell you I do remember working in a round pen we had built back in the 70’s when I was just a kid. I can also say my mom taught me to communicate with horses Indian style, by blowing into the nostrils, using body language, and lots of words. Did I ever whisper to my horse?” Laughs “ Yeah, I did… when I was telling my pony a secret as a kid. Other than that I have to say I speak to my horses in training. If I whispered they couldn’t hear me. ”
We asked her if she would ever use this man’s method?
“ Yeah! I have used it
since I started breaking out horses when I was just a kid. I just
it was already spoken for, until Monty’s book came out. ” She laughs
again. “ Do
you realize that we horse people, from all walks of life, and locations
globe, have all used this method, along with others since the beginning
time? Someone should do a documentary on this. Travel to the
tribe, go to
Interview with Trainer/Farrier and Coach, Jessica van den Burgh
Who shaped your teaching, training and riding style the most, Jessica?
“ With out a doubt my
She is a superb horse woman and taught me all my horse sense, which has
my neck many times. When I started showing horses, we of course had
to seek professional help. My first trainer, Cindy Jamison, taught me
ride English, jump, and used to nail me in her gruff manner, whenever I
tied a horse wrong, or did
something stupid that only kids do. Next, I would credit Tony Newbury.
we didn’t quite get along over there in
What are your goals here in
“ I hope to share my joy and
enthusiasm of horses with anyone who is interested. I would like to
awareness of equine care and maintenance, elevating the horse’s status
dispensable beast of burden, to a beloved friend. If my students are
learning, I have succeeded in my task, and complete my
mission. I would also like to bring a
little bit of organized
Jessica, are there other stables in
“ Yes. To my knowledge there are stables which offer Dressage and Jumping, but only in Panama City area, not here in Chiriqui."
So, what separate Boquete Equestrian Club Estates from everyone else?
“ Two words. Friendly people. My students are not out to slit throats and don’t have bad attitudes. They love horses. They actually brush and tack their own horses. None of my students can ride without doing that. Also, I have never really seen such a rich blend of great disciplines. Also we are very aggressive riders! We have people who jump, riding side by side with barrel-racers and reiners, and they adore each other. None of this English versus Western rivalry like so many other stables I know. We’re just an obsessed lot of horse people who love our animals. ”
Introductory Prices for year 2011
Membership Type - Individual or Family or Day
Membership types may be Individual, Family, or Day.
Individual Equestrian Membership-
over the age of 18 may subscribe, either themselves or a minor to be an Individual Member.
valid for one year,
monthly by automatic credit card charge, or annually, in advance
with a discount. The prvileges of membership include access to the indoor and outdoor arenas, trail access, clubhouse, cross country course shall be exercised by the Individual Member, only.
Family Equestrian Membership-
Any adult, along with their immediate family, is eligible to be a Family Member. This Membership is valid for one year, payable monthly by automatic credit card charge, or annually, in advance with a discount. The privileges of the Club extend to each member of the immediate household. Household includes a spouse and all unmarried children under the age of 21, living in the same house. The privileges of membership include access to the indoor and outdoor arenas, trail access, clubhouse, and cross country course.
Day Memberships are valid only on the day of issue. $ 5.00.
Membership Level – Silver, Gold, Platinum-
Memberships, whether Individual, Family, or Day, may be one of various levels of access.
Silver Membership includes the use of boarding and facilities at standard fees. $250.00 per year
Stables and boarding, indoor and outdoor arenas, trail access, clubhouse and club house reserve rights, cross country course, bridle trail., and shall only be exercised by the designated person. $450.00 per year.
The Platinum Member has exclusive rights and privileges. In addition to all the benefits of the Silver and Gold they will have first choice to all training schools, and clinics at no additional cost. Includes a position on the board of advisors. SPECIAL PLATINUM PASSES VERIFYING THAT THEY ARE PLATINUM MEMBERS AND ON THE BOARD OF ADVISORS. Priority access to facilities. All board of directors have the right to vote for member of the year award. $650.00 per year.
Shows and Clinics
Shows and Clinics
Halloween Dog and Pony Show, 24th of October
Book your event at our facility, or have us travel to you. We offer pony rides (cart rides coming soon) and a small petting zoo, (goats, lambs, rabbits, ponies). If you have a theme in mind, we will do all we can to cater with our ponies. Make your child's Birthday an unforgettable event.
Our (most beloved) pony, Doodlebug HAVE PONIES- WILL TRAVEL!
Taylor's Air Up There
AWS, Half Thoroughbred and Pan-American Sport Horse stallion
Super gentle, well behaved, and passes his wonderful disposition on to offspring
Our stallion's Sire... RIP, Taylor.
· 7 minutes to quaint, picturesque coffee town
· Ocean/mountain views
· Fully fenced English style rock wall, with stone column entrance
· 24 hour security
· Located between 2 canyons with rivers
· Riding academy and Equestrian Centre
1500+ meter2 lot for sale, prime location to main stables and arena.
For more information, call (507) 6-528-4693
“ I was an American looking for a place to ride, and saw the sign on the highway, so I stopped in and scheduled a lesson for the next day. I have been training in the states. I had never jumped. In that first lesson Jessica had me doing cross rails at the end of the lesson, on her amazing American Warmblood. Bravo, Jessica!”
“ I ride English
constantly looking for someone who will work
with my horse. I love him and don’t want to sell him, but all my
him, and they kept me from showing and competitions. We're talking
banned from all lower mainland areas! Jessica had just moved a horse
into Hazelmere Stables, where I board, and
she agreed to work with my gelding. Not only did she fix his bucking
He used to buck like a PRCA horse making it so I couldn’t even ride!
corrected his balking at the jump. You see… All my coach’s don’t have
aggressive way of riding Jessica does. Because she is not just English,
rides Western as well. I have never seen someone buck out a horse like
And this was in an Engish saddle! That horse listened to her
He respected her so much, he would even look to her to see what she
next. She only used body language. Never force. Thanks to her I can now
knot-head out and about in the
|Equine Rescue and Adoption
Skippy before, pictured 4 Mar, 2010
His name was "Arrechovengo" which translates to something HORRIBLE! Showing just how horrible his horrible owner was to him
. This little guy was just 1.5 years old and was being ridden, carrying massive loads and heavy riders. He was full of internal parasites and had ticks, making him very thin, compounded by lack of proper nutrients and water. Belly is round from all the parasites. Photo does not show how ribby he was. We called him, "Hide wrapped around bone".
Rider is way too large for colt! You can see how his ribs shown. He had no water, or food that day. The owner was "showing" me how good this colt was, by running him on our paved driveway. I cringed. He was barely strong enough to walk, let alone run.
Three weeks after we acquired him. He was started out slowly on high protein grass, and feed, increasing poco a poco, until his body became accustomed to new diet (food!). He had calcification on bridge of nose.. sign of starvation.
The students and their parents brought him yummy treats, and he started to fill out, always and forever grateful for the nice way of handling him (with out punishment and cruelty) and the rewards, even if it was just an encouraging pat on the neck.
And here is our reward! Notice change in coat colour? Those are the visible signs of going from starvation to acquiring proper diet.
Skippy's most recent photo.
Skippy is adored by all, and is now ridden (his knees have closed) loving life as a lesson pony, with all the food, attention and love a pretty pony deserves.
One of our rescue/adopted ponies
Our very own (loved by all who know him) Doodlebug (The Bug) Before- Jan 26, 2005 and now (Pictured with AJ) He was a rescue, guys!
when I bought him, he was very stressed from walking on the pavement, carrying childred (at Chorrera Fair) as a pony string guy. His tendons were swollen, and he could barely climb down out of the truck when he was delivered to my house. Obviously he suffered abuse and trauma! It took 5 years for him to trust everyone, and 4 years for him to love me. Now he is our Bug. We will keep him forever as our adorable little mascot, and beginner /lead linepony.
He has taught over 100 children how to ride, in his time with us!
... and loves every minute, as he works for carrots and bananas.. and love!
If you know of a horse in need, please contact us. We will rescue any horse, pony, or donkey. If owners refuse to part with animal on rescue basis, we will pay limited amount, just to get poor creature away from deplorable conditions.
We always take volunteers and donations.
Boquete Equestrian Club
Jessica van den Burgh
Las Trancas, between Hogar Trisker and Las Ruinas
Feel down? Saddle up!
|Boquete Equestrian Estates
Via Boquete, North of Las Ruinas
Boquete, Republica de Panama