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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 …

American Sport Horse Breeding

I love how my blog sometimes creates neat occurrences!  :-)  I was contacted last summer via email by a woman named Kathy who was finishing up a book called The North American Sport Horse Breeder.   She said she had been looking for a Standardbred example for her book to go along with the examples of Thoroughbreds, Morgans, and Saddlebreds she had already found.  She found my mare listed in the results for a UNH dressage show (she's an alumna too!) and then found my blog!  I was amazed and flattered, especially since I think there are "better" Standardbreds out there than my own (such as my "teammates" from WEG last fall), but I agreed to supply her with some further information about Dreamy.  It seems that Kathy was amazed at her age, the fact that she is a proven broodmare, and that she has shown to be very versatile under saddle.


Kathy's website describes her breeding methods, known as the Tesio method.  From what I understand, it involves a careful and specific scrutiny of a horse's pedigree in order to make breeding decisions.  I fully admit I know very little about breeding and never plan to breed a horse; that said, I do think this type of research is interesting and amazing.  I think it is neat just the same way I think researching horse feeds and supplements is neat...not something I would ever do in real life (I'd probably suck at breeding or being a feed researcher...LOL) but certainly something that entertains me as a hobby.  And having grown up on a Morgan breeding farm, it is kind of hard to not take an interest in pedigrees, etc.


So back to Kathy's breeding book.  She was trying to get it out to the editor/publisher and literally wrote up Dreamy's chapter in the last moments.  Long after she had sent it off, the eight Standardbreds went to WEG.  When I told Kathy about our trip, she got all excited and just finished creating a whole page of info on her website!  How cool!  Plus there is general info about Standardbreds!  


Thank you Kathy, for getting out the word about the excellent domestic sport horse talent we have right HERE in North America!  And THANK YOU for including the Standardbred!  If this does not exemplify my blog title, I don't know what does!  :-)

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  1. Wow, I know very little about STB pedigrees and I learned a LOT from Kathy's article. Hooray for Dreamy Starlet in the book!

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  2. Hi:
    I'm considering adopting a Standardbred....have years and years of horse experience (dressage and eventing), but know very little about bloodlines associated with this breed. Was wondering if there are any particular bloodlines that appear to be more condusive to the dressage work. I've watched a number of videos (I'm a dressage/eventing judge as well) and clearly many of these horses do struggle with the canter. Any help would be great! Thanks!

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