Sunday, January 5, 2014

2014, Year of the Horse

Much has changed in my little horse world, but I'm hoping to be better at chronicling the adventures of myself and my Appaloosa show mare, Cassie, as we go from Western Pleasure to All-Around. I bought Cassie at the ApHC World Championship show in 2012 and started showing her in 2013. It was a long journey regaining proper riding use of my legs after the car accident, and Cassie has been wonderful physical therapy. We finished up a dream show year as Reserve World Champions in Novice Showmanship!

You can read more about that journey in this wonderful article written by the Equine Chronicle:
From Wheelchair, to Walker, to Reserve World Champion

Sheza Fancy Impulse otherwise known as Cassie is a 2006 ApHC mare by Too Sleepy to Zip and out of Zips Impulsions. Her pedigree reads like a Who's Who of Famous Quarter Horses, and she's known as the diva around the barn. As of Jan. 2014, she's a 7 Time World & National Champion and a 6 Time World & National Reserve Champion. But she's primarily only done the pleasure, and is now getting her little diva mind blown over the fact she's going to have to work more at the shows!

My retired Thoroughbred hunter, Color, is still retired and enjoying the good life at her new retirement home with her band of geldings. She's so happy to be Queen Bee again. She's like 25 or 26 this year, and I can't believe I've had her so long!

I'm hoping to keep track as we start adding more events to Cassie's repertoire. At the end of last year, we added Western Horsemanship and Showmanship to my Pleasure classes. This year, the plan is for Rob to show her in Western Riding and Sr. Trail, and I hopefully will add Novice Trail (if I find some rhythm!).

It should definitely be an entertaining year!

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