Thursday, August 5, 2010

Hunter Derby postscript

Most of the horses you will see at a big hunter/jumper show are Thoroughbreds or Warmbloods. There are some exceptions, of course. Quarter Horses and Paints aren't terribly rare, but even those are mostly Thoroughbred in both pedigree and appearance.

And then there was this cobby little girl we spotted showing in the Hunter Derby at the Colorado Summer Classic show held last month at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colorado.
According to the announcer, this mare was born on a PMU farm. She was adopted and started under saddle. She showed an aptitude for jumping and she and her rider slowly worked their way up through the ranks. They progressed from schooling shows to local shows to big A rated shows.
If this was a perfect Cinderella story, I'd be able to tell you that this pair went on to win the Hunter Derby. That didn't happen. In fact, their first round score was low enough that didn't progress to the second round.
In truth, the mare didn't show the style, athleticism and brilliance needed to win at this level of competition. She was solid but not spectacular. Still, I very much enjoyed watching her. She looked to be safe and sane and judging by the smile on her rider's face, I'm guessing she's a lot of fun, too!Like many model horse hobbyists, my knowledge about PMU horses comes primarily throuhg the efforts of the International Blessed Broodmare Project. This organization was founded by Deb Buckler of Resins by Randy fame. If you'd like to know more, please click on the links. There are lots of heartwarming stories plus some pretty spiffy resins!

1 comment:

  1. Aww how cute! too bad she didn't make it they look like a great team.