Here are some of the horses I have had the pleasure of owning & loving over the years…
This is Martini, a connemara cross I bought when I lived in England in 1990 & 1991. She loved to gallop! I hunted her once with the Duke of Beaufort Hunt…… we had many fun adventures together exploring the english countryside.
Here is Indy, my first rescue/rehab project. His problems were more behavioral; physically, he was in ok shape. He had been started (badly) at the track and was pretty crazy. He also would not load in a trailer… reared over backwards, etc. But not for long!
Here is Indy at our first show in Santa Cruz. Such a pretty boy! He was eventually sold to a hunter rider as a show horse. I think he did the 3′ Amateur Owner division…
Here’s our boy eventing at Novice Level at Windance Farm in Pescadero, CA.
Here’ my next and most dramatic rescue/rehab… my girl Lily. This is how I found her in May of 1994:
She had wire tangled in her main, and huge chunks out of her hooves….
Here she is after a few months in my care!
Having a romp and a roll in the arena….
She is now 21 and retired, and will be with me till her last day.
This just in! Lily has been unretired after 5 years and this is her competing last weekend at her first event in over 5 years!! Not only that, she is competing in my Aeron Riding Halter!
Here’s one of my favorite all-time horses…. Claire, a Connemara. Her mom, Balius Kerry Blue was famous for being the first pony (14.2HH) to compete at the advanced level in recognized eventing…… here are Claire and I competing at the Novice Level at CTETA in Woodside, CA. Boy was she fun! She hunted, too.
Here is my girl Zoe (aka “Orchard Hill’s Funny Princess”)… she was the over-all Reserve Champion Connemara on the west coast in 1996.
Here is Zoe “the Zebra” competing at the Halloween Event at Windance Farm in Pescadero, CA in 1996.
Zoe The Zebra on cross country:
Here is Zoe “the Cow” competing the following year (97) at the same Halloween event…. amazingly, that udder survived the whole day, cross country, dressage, and stadium!!!! Good ole Zoe. She put up with a lot!
Even had a real cow bell…. you should have heard our dressage test!
Here’s a pic I took out hunting with Los Altos one day down at Paicinas Ranch…. huntsman Kris Mikkelsen on the right, Cindy Martin on the left, and one of the Baxter girls in the middle. What a great day!
Here is Honey, my field hunter, trying out her western attire:
Beagle/basset puppy Daisy and uncle Swizzle (dachshund mix) having a nap: