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She's Not a Baby Anymore!

Early spring saw some immediate changes in how Ellie carried herself and our dressage work started to truly improve.  There had been times last year where flat work felt like a fight and I wondered to myself if she was ever going to just relax and listen to me haha.

Thankfully, as the title suggests, Ellie has suddenly grown up in front of my eyes.  We have had some really stellar lessons lately, where I feel like I am suddenly able to make things click.  We also had an incredibly frustrating dressage lesson a few weeks ago where Ellie was in rip-roaring peeing heat (not normal for her) and we worked through 45 minutes of her refusing to bend right.  So, ya know, as much as she is improving, she is still an opinionated redheaded mare!  ;-)

But, I have to give her credit because she is really working her little butt off for me!  Sadly, I had not been able to schedule in a jump lesson before our first three-phase, which led to me riding her ridiculously backward at a slow trot the entire …

Dreamy's race history

I have been meaning to type up a post about Dreamy's race history for a while.  I just keeping forgetting.  Her race record is really not good at all, but I think it is neat nonetheless.  Going from a mediocre racehorse to a very good dressage and jumping horse makes me proud.  Dressage and racing have absolutely nothing in common!  Except maybe for the whole "you-use-a-horse" part.  ;-)  I will start with her first race and go from there...it's not like there are that many to list!  There is an obvious trend....she began in the NY Sire Stakes (NYSS) and ended up in pretty low classes at NY county fairs.  Poor filly!


June 25, 1993 
Yonkers - Qualifier (she was two)
4th - 2:04.1


July 5, 1993
Goshen - 2YR F NYSS
4th - 2:05.2


July 16, 1993
Saratoga - 2YR F NYSS
5th - 2:01.1
She was driven by Jeff Gregory, my friend Helene's husband!  Too bad this wasn't a win!  LOL!


August 2, 1993
Yonkers - 2YR F CD
7th - 2:07.4


Sept. 3, 1993
Yonkers - Qualifier
FIRST! - 2:05.1  
Her only win!  LOL!


She was scratched from a race the following week...reason is listed as SICK.  :(


Oct. 8, 1993
Yonkers - Qualifier
2nd - 2:03.2


Oct. 18, 1993
Yonkers - NW2PMCD
6th - 2:04.4


She was scratched from another race in November.

And then again for her first race of her three year old year in June 1994....she ended up with chips in her ankles by the end of the year anyway. 



Aug. 2, 1994
Otsego Country Fair - NW1500 LT
4th - 2:21.0


Aug. 10, 1994
Chenango County Fair - NW 2500
4th - 2:06.1


Aug. 25, 1994
Trumansburg Fair - NW2000 LT
Race 3 - 2nd - 2:14.0
Race 6 - 2nd - 2:12.0
I guess she raced twice that day.

Overall, she had 11 starts, three of which were only qualifiers.  She won $1029 in her lifetime.


So there ya have it!  My girl was not cut out to be a racehorse.....but that is OK to me, since she has been such a good saddle horse!  :)  But I still value her past and think it is neat to have her background.  :)

Comments

  1. Knowing their race history is so very cool. I love the idea that they have seen and done so much. My OTTB raced until he was 10 so he has a long history 75 starts. Though he has not proven himself as a great dressage and jumper yet. I hope we have the success you and Dreamy have had.

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  2. I've been meaning to contact my list of Greta's 7 or so former owners, just to see what her training background is and why ANYONE would EVER want to sell her haha. I'm just afraid of what I might find. Ignorance IS bliss, afterall.

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  3. Good thing she found a home with you! I think it would be neat to own and ex-racehorse and have some record of its past...

    Have you had any problems with the chips in her ankles? Does that sort of problem/injury go away?

    My poor old appy is a purebred, but his papers were lost along the way. I have no info beyond a bit of word of mouth info passed on from previous owners.

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  4. Man she was SLOW! Haha. It's so great that she ended up in a good place with you after all that. I was lucky enough to know my guy from when he was a yearling on so I know speed wasn't his problem... attitude was! It seems like he and Dreamy are complete opposites.

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