Back to North Atlanta Equestrian with my Retired Racehorse Projects Lear (aka Fly with Me, owned by Michelle Chisholm) and Vinny (aka Vindicated, owned by Leigh Ann Bacchus).
Practical Joker, Corteo, Riot Gear, and Rune got some great experience at North Atlanta Equestrian in Cartersville, GA over the weekend.
On Sunday I went down to North Atlanta Equestrian with Johnny (aka ‘Simply Priceless’) to do some gallop sets as part of our training for Badminton in a month. While there, I helped my friend Rebecca Bowman with some mustangs and took my new OTTB for a spin.
Practical Joker (aka ‘PJ’) is my new Retired Racehorse Thoroughbred Makeover horse. During his racehorse career, He raced 36 times and won over 87k at the track. His tail has been eaten off and he needs some groceries, but he’s a good mover and really fun to ride. I’m super excited about this horse and look forward to seeing how he develops in the coming months.
Looking forward to competing at Burghley in September! I’m fundraising to make this a reality. In addition to a GoFundMe campaign, I’ll also me auctioning off the saddle that I used during my very first Rolex! Follow me on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/WallaceEventing) for more information and to place your bid!
Ozzie goes on his first field trip, and takes on the obstacle course at North Atlanta Equestrian like a champ! Henri is a young horse who wants to rush through everything and makes things more complicated than he has to.
My new thoroughbreds are RIDICULOUS! We’ve had a great week of training, with lot of new experiences. Indy is starting to learn that not all ground is flat and that horses are actually all terrain vehicles. Henri has HUGE potential. As I encourage his sense of curiosity, his playful personality is really starting to shine through. A huge thank you to Rebecca Bowman for organizing a fantastic event at North Atlanta Equestrian.
This week I picked up a new mustang in training for Ginny Grigsby. Azogar (aka ‘Ozzie’) is a 9 year old from the Kiger HMA. Going from having his own band in Oregon to spending time developing a respectful relationship with a human is a major change. Ozzie is powerful and intelligent, so am taking things slow. By the end of the first day, however, I was able to touch his face, fix his halter, and feed him alfalfa by hand.
Sparks, of course, continues to make great progress. The sudden snowy weather made working the ponies difficult (I almost didn’t make it up my driveway when I returned from Florida after picking up Ozzie), but we made the most of it. Once the snow began to melt, I went down to North Atlanta Equestrian where I had some help from Stan Smith, who ponied Sparks for a while in a round pen, and then in an open arena. This has been a valuable exercise for working on Sparks’ bolting problem, and I am very fortunate to have the help of an excellent trainer like Stan.