Past Competition Horses

I would like to mention here a few horses who will always hold a special place in my heart.

Kenny – Kenny was my first pony. He was a skewbald Shetland who stood about eleven hands tall. My mom purchased him when I was two for my brother and me. For a while Kenny lived in our garden, because that was the only place on our property that was fenced in. I remember him stealing the dry cat food left out for the cats. I also remember that we fed him left over cream of wheat out of the pan from our Sunday morning breakfasts. Like any good first pony he was just naughty enough to give me a run for my money but safe enough that I had a lot of fun with him.

Mr. Piebald – My parents bought me Mr. Piebald when I was ten. A 15.2 hand registered Paint who had been broke western, Pie was a true champion at heart. I Pony Clubbed with him from the ages of 10 to 15. When I was fourteen I competed at Preliminary level for the first time with him and qualified for the CCI* that was held at the Essex Horse Trials. The same year, we won the dressage phase of the eventing competition at Pony Club Nationals and came in 4th overall individually. When I was ready to move on, Pie was loaned to another Pony Club family whose children I taught. Mr. Piebald died at my parents’ farm at the age of thirty.

Sword Play – In 2000 Mr. Wetherill bought Sword Play, or Knobby, for me to compete on. Although Knobby had only completed a few preliminary events when I started riding him, it was Knobby who really introduced me to upper level competition. I won my first three-day ribbons on Knobby and did my first advanced horse trials on him in 2001. He had amazing competitive intensity and it was a rare day that we had any jumping faults on cross country. Knobby currently enjoys his retirement as a pleasure horse for his new owner Karen Tappenden.

Aly Cat Two – Aly Cat Two was my first real partner at the Advanced level. Mr. Wetherill bought him for me in 2003 and we competed together through 2007. Some of our competitive highlights include a fifth place finish at The Fork CIC*** in 2006 and a 24th place finish at Jersey Fresh CCI*** in 2006. Aly Cat always had his own opinion about how things should be done. At our first advanced horse trials together, for example, he thought the dressage should be done not on four legs but on his two hind ones. Luckily for both of us I knew how much he loved to jump and I managed to keep him in the ring so that we wouldn’t be eliminated before cross country. Cat also liked to play tricks on us. One of his favorite jokes was to appear to be asleep at big shows only to slip out of his stall while it was being cleaned and run loose around the show grounds, much to the embarrassment of me and my grooms. He did this more times than I care to admit, and it was only ever at the big shows. He must have wanted to let everyone know he was there. He still lives in Mr. Wetherill’s barn and is teaching my student Lynn Rzonca what a sometimes quirky schoolmaster feels like.