16hh 6yo PRE Andalusian gelding. Super competitive jumping machine looking for an equally competitive and confident jockey to take him up the levels.
Califa is a super sporty, compact, athletic model who absolutely loves to jump.
3 well balanced paces and works nicely into the bridle, has done a bit of dressage and would do a nice test with a touch more production but we are not selling him as a dressage horse. Forward, responsive ride with a big uphill canter that improves every day. Rides like a big buzzy jumping pony but with no shortage of stride! Needs a confident, forward-thinking rider who can ride from the seat and leg with a soft hand. Can lack a bit of confidence sometimes to start with and nap, especially with a new rider, but if you just ride him forward and confidently he gets on with it without a fight.
Super genuine and bold to a fence, Califa absolutely loves to jump and is super competitive with it. Completely unphased by all types of fences whether showjumping or cross country, doesn't look at fillers or trays. Will come in on any stride or angle and gives it his best shot, has not said no to anything yet. Quick over the ground and as his canter improves and strengthens up he will only get better and better. Ready for British Novice today and will just continue to progress with the right rider. Also has plenty of potential to event with the right production and a bit more time spent on the flat.
Has also driven and done fun rides. Currently in a snaffle for all activities.
Califa is a super friendly, affectionate easygoing horse who is an absolute pleasure to have around. He is a real sweetheart and the loveliest boy, there aren't enough positive superlatives I can use to describe his nature, he is a real pet. Easy to do on the ground and have around in every way. turns out well with others, comes over to you in the field to say hi and is always happy to see you. He has plenty of personality and wants to be everyone's friend!
Great to hack in company, can be nappy to hack on his own at first but improves over time as the relationship develops. Great in traffic and in open spaces, he is not a spooky silly type at all.
Califa is a forward, responsive, competitive ride who would best suit an ambitious, confident, capable rider looking to go up through the levels and have a great deal of fun doing it! Would not suit a novice or nervous rider.
Serious enquiries to please call ONLY. MESSAGES WILL NOT BE ANSWERED. Has been known to nap when insecure or hacking on his own which can escalate into small rearing but nothing that will intimidate a confident, capable rider. Improves enormously with a confident rider. All video can be found on the Amy Derber Equestrian Facebook page just search for 'Califa'