Exclusive Interview: How Sami Milo of Cavallo Stables, LLC Picks her Next Top Horse?

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Exclusive Interview: How Sami Milo of Cavallo Stables, LLC Picks her Next Top Horse?

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Apr. 02,2019
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Cavallo Stables is a seasoned company with a lot of experience and knowledge behind it. Sami Milo started riding at age five in Southern California. As a junior rider, she moved to Northern California and rode with Patty Ball for seven years. Some of her accomplishments were winning the CPHA and Carousel Medal Finals, 3rd in the WCE Medal Finals and Reserve Champion in the NorCal Jr Medal Finals. She then went on to compete in the High Junior Jumpers and the Young Riders Qualifiers with Julie Winkel and Kelly Van Vleck. As an adult, she worked for Kelly for five years before she was hired by Patriot Farms as their head trainer. She established herself as a reputable trainer for seven years at Patriot Farms before she started her own business, Cavallo Stables.

Cavallo Stables was had numerous medal final wins and year end championships. Sami is currently a USHJA Certified Trainer.  She currently competes mostly in the International Hunter Derbies and Derby Finals in Kentucky with her horse, Lulavani.

Lulavani in USHJA International Derby Finals in KY. PC: Shawn McMillen

Lulavani in USHJA International Derby Finals in KY pc: Shawn McMillen

PE -  What characteristics must the horse have in order for you to consider purchasing?

SM - This is tough because every purchase is different depending on who I’m buying for.  When purchasing a horse for my self, the horse must be on the smaller size since I’m only 5’4, it must be comfortable to sit on because I want to enjoy every minute in the saddle, it must have a big stride and it must have an incredible jump.  When purchasing for a client, I take all of those into consideration, but the number one quality is that the horse and rider must be compatible. Each rider requires a different horse, my littlest riders need something very safe and simple, my ladies need comfortable rides with a flat jump, my competitive juniors need top quality whether it’s hunters, jumpers or equitation.  If it’s an investment horse, it must have either a stunning to look, a spectacular jump or fantastic movement, it has to have something that makes you say, wow.

 

Bastille in Young Hunters at Sonoma Horse Park pc: GrandPix

Bastille in Young Hunters at Sonoma Horse Park pc: GrandPix


PE - Do you have a specific type of horse that you prefer or that you've found to have the most success with? Perhaps they don't move as well but have an incredible jump or vice versa.

SM - I would say that “my type” all have a brilliant jump.  I’m always drawn to the jump.

 

PE -  Do you try to stay within a specific age range when trying horses?

SM - I really love young horses.  I love to start from the beginning, I find there are much less, if any, issues to deal with.  I have purchased plenty of older horses who have been wonderful, but my passion is bringing along good minded young ones.

 

ICSS Sunplay in 1.40 Jumpers at Sonoma Horse Park pc: GrandPix

ICSS Sunplay in 1.40 Jumpers at Sonoma Horse Park pc: GrandPix

PE - Do you think the horses physical capability or mental attitude are more important?

SM - A positive mental attitude is the most important thing to have.  You can have all the talent in the world, but if their heart and mind aren’t willing, you will not be successful.  On the flip side, you can have a very mediocre talented horse that gives you everything they have and be very successful.  I have experienced both of these horses, the talented one with no heart is a real deal breaker.

 

Devout in Performance Hunters at Sonoma Horse Park pc: GrandPix

Devout in Performance Hunters at Sonoma Horse Park pc: GrandPix

PE -  What are some of the questions that you ask the horses previous owners or whoever you are purchasing the horse from?

SM - I always ask if the horse has already been out that day and what kind of prep they require.  I always look up the show record. I call other professionals if they have had the horse before. I always ask about the medical history and ask for access.  I ask about vices or issues or if there’s anything we might not like about the horse.

 

PE - Do you prefer to bring along a green horse yourself or a horse that already has experience and training?

SM- I like both and I’ve been happy with both, but sometimes older horses have hidden issues and that can become a problem, so I’m always drawn to younger horses.

 

PE - What do you like about ProEquest?

SM - ProEquest is my favorite sales website because it’s very easy to use and navigate.  It only takes a few minutes to upload a new horse. I can easily make changes and all of this can be done from my phone.


The Milo Family- Mike, Sami, Mason and Gianna.  Horses- Lulavani, Calibro, Kelly Acres Anastasia and Hugs pc: Jessica Behar
The Milo Family- Mike, Sami, Mason and Gianna.  Horses- Lulavani, Calibro, Kelly Acres Anastasia and Hugs pc: Jessica Behar

A special thank you to Sami Milo of Cavallo Stables, LLC  for taking the time to answer our questions and share some of her insights into the equestrian world. To see the current horses that Sami has listed for sale be sure to visit her ProEquest profile!


 

 

 

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