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Big little event horses. Someone's writing an article. Help me make a list.

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  • Big little event horses. Someone's writing an article. Help me make a list.

    Ok, if we set the limit at, say, 15.2h and going Advanced (or should we include Intermediate, too), can we make a good list?

    We all know these two historical ones, I'm sure:
    Marcus Aurelius

    And I'm most familiar, of course with these three:
    Mr. Big

    And the horse Christan Trainor was long-listed on was barely 15.2h. I can't remember his real name, but his nick name was "Ben."

    Ok, so who else? I think it could be a pretty long list! Maybe if people could indicate the level, too, we could include all levels. I heard there's a 13.3 hand pony doing Prelim out west somewhere, for example.
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  • #2
    Erin Go Bragh...15:1 or 15:2

    Several other of his offspring...maybe Tilly Go Bragh is small also but I can't remember her exact size.

    Denny's Victor Dakin was small also...I think about 15:1 or so if memory serves.

    Bally Cor was small but I can't recall if she was under 15:2 or not. Hopefully someone will remember.


    • #3
      What height was Charisma, Marc Todd's horse?
      ~ Kimberlee


      • #4
        Was Christan Trainer's horse Ticket to Ride?



        • #5
          I think Charisma was 15.2-- maybe 15.3? He was certainly a historical great!


          • #6
            I know that there was an US Eventing article a while back about the pony here in Area V that was going Prelim. I remember that the little sucker could jump! Some of those tables I wasn't sure if he could see over but it didn't stop him.

            Maybe a few fellow Area Vers can help you with the name. I swear I thought Jimmie rode it.

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            ~ Muskogee, 2yo Oldenburg Colt.


            • Original Poster

              Yes, I think that was it.

              OK, so far, among the "Hall of Famers" (in my mind ):
              Marcus Aurelius
              Viktor Dakin
              Bally Cor (Are you sure? Tad Coffin isn't exactly small and her offspring haven't been either.)
              Erin Go Braugh

              And the latest generation:
              Mr Big

              I thought maybe Jacob Two Two, but I looked him up and see that he's 16.0h. Hmm, was Ticket to Ride a second horse of Christan's, not Ben? I looked him up and see that he's listed as 16.0h, too. I could have sworn Ben is pretty small.

              Does anyone know what level the Connemara Karen rode as a teen competed at (I can't believe I can't remember the name)?
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              • #8
                Dexter Wong is 15.2 MAYBE 15.3 he did a few CCI***
                I can think of a few that were 15.3!
                Mackinac Dianne Roffe's advanced horse was 15.3 I think. Just over your 15.2 limit.....hmm. I'll give it more thought.
                oh! sharon white's Ready About was 15.2 I think.

                Trudy Race's (I think her name is Ayers now?) her mare was 15.3 Our Trilby.


                • #9
                  Stephanie Butts' horse Bungee is only 15.2h I believe. He went through Advanced (completed Foxhall and Fair Hill I think) and then packed a YR through her first *star to her first intermediates. He's actually 1/4-1/2 Clyde, but never had problems making time. Plus he's got a great personality.
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                  • #10
                    Don't forget Mike Page's mount The Grasshopper at a mighty 15.1.
                    Move along.


                    • #11
                      I think Sharon's Ready About was 15.3
                      There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.(Churchill)


                      • #12
                        meadow sparrow..15.1 has competed up to intermediate and done a CCI** (not sure if she finished though...)

                        REady about was 15.2

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                        • #13
                          Nancy Guyotte rides/has ridden many homebred Morgan crosses. I believe Colin (or was in Conor) Linsley was 15.2ish.

                          Cestus, ridden by Richard Radar at the CCI**** level (and at one time, ridden at the lowly Training level by yours truly) was only 15.2.
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                          • #14
                            Kim severon's old advanced horse Jerry McGerry is listed as 15.2 1/2


                            • #15
                              I am probably wrong about Bally Cor. I somehow got the impression she was small but I am not certain.

                              Here is another potential one...Jenny Camp

                              It says "under 15:3 hands"


                              I'm almost certain Charisma was 15:3 so he may be a bit larger than you asked for.


                              • #16
                                Nick Holmes-Smith rode a pony called Country Yucca at Advanced level who was 14.2/14.3 (Edited: read his biography over Christmas, apparently he was at one time required to be 14.2 for showing, and 14.3 at another time to event at upper levels.)

                                Therese Washtock rode Advanced on a horse called Avalanche, I think he was 15.1. She also rode a QH pony Intermediate, Haida's Fancy Package.

                                There was an English "pony" (I think he was 15hh or so) at the Mexico Games, Our Nobby. Can't quite remember the rider... the whole family rode him.

                                Don't forget that one that is in the famous picture of the horse going under the Trakehner, I think it's Rachel Bayliss - with Mystic Minstrel? Or Gurgle the Greek?

                                Sorry don't have time to check facts this morning.
                                Last edited by Blugal; Jan. 11, 2007, 07:39 PM. Reason: Added Rachel's other horse; Yucca's accurate height

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                                • #17
                                  Ben is Ticket To Ride and he is only 15.2. Not sure why he is listed as 16.0. What level do we want to put a minimum as having competed?

                                  Phoenix ridden by Wendy Bebie
                                  Coltrane and Guiness V ridden by Rebecca Simmons
                                  all are little and have gone intermediate or advanced
                                  Last edited by eventrider; Dec. 5, 2006, 03:02 PM.


                                  • #18
                                    how big is Glengarrick? I know he is old, but I think he is pretty small too. (can you tell I am REALLY bored at work today?)


                                    • #19
                                      Karen O Connors pony

                                      Wasnt it Erins Shamrock? I could be wrong but Im thinking it was along those lines.


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by luveventing View Post
                                        how big is Glengarrick? I know he is old, but I think he is pretty small too. (can you tell I am REALLY bored at work today?)
                                        Hes not that small, maybe about 16hh?

                                        Charisma of course is about the best event horse of all time at 15.2hh and he looks even smaller due to Mark Todd being so tall!

                                        Anyone else noticed how most of NZ's best horses are dark bay or black?
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