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2 years later... (sorry, more than a little bit of a brag)

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  • 2 years later... (sorry, more than a little bit of a brag)

    I just got back from Saratoga with the Wondermare and have to share. I am so ridiculously proud of her and how she has stepped up to the plate...bear with me.

    Exactly 2 years ago, Nikki and I stepped into the jumper ring at Saratoga for the first time. It was the first time either of us had done the jumpers and we went into the low juniors. I was so nervous that I couldn't eat anything; I got sick if I did. This is our first jumper round: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGiUzKQCHzg

    A few people have put a lot of time and effort into Nikki's training or care, but she very rarely gets professional rides; I have done all of her schooling save for this past school year where my mom kept Nikki in shape while I was out in Minnesota (I came home once a month to school her with Kip - I know I was lucky to be able to do that too). She had not shown since HITS 7 in August, and we brought her up to Saratoga even though I had just come back from IHSA Nationals and had not gotten a chance to have a good school on her prior to leaving.

    (Obviously we didn't throw her right into the high ammy-owners with no warm up, but the 1.20m class we did prior to the a/os is not terribly interesting so I'm not posting that)

    It was like Nikki had never left the ring. She remembered everything from last year and was just incredible! I had some not-so-wonderful moments, but she really gave me 100% all weekend when she could have been horrible and no one would have blamed her. Here is her first high round: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoGvn4XHTww
    And here is the high classic (it wasn't the best ride I've given her; 1.40m looks REALLY big when you haven't seen it in 9 months and I was overriding a bit): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZQbHbQeyfM

    She is just the best and I am so happy/relieved that this weekend wasn't a disaster...it could have been. Sorry for the brag!

    http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._6903728_n.jpg <-- she's so awesome!
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  • #2
    That's awesome, Em. Really awesome!

    Originally posted by tidy rabbit
    Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community.


    • #3

      She's really a cool little horse - you are lucky to have found each other. I know she's TB, but what's her background beyond that? Breeding? OTTB? Etc.


      • #4
        Congrats!! I love hearing about Nikki- she's amazing!
        Different flavors of crazy, but totally NUTS. You know its true. - GreyHunterHorse



        • #5
          I wish my TB was as smart as Nikki (and as brave, haha). If I give him more than a week off from JUMPING, he acts like a fresh greenbean who's never jumped a course before. And our first outdoor show of the year is ALWAYS a sight to behold haha.

          You deserve to brag, you've done a lot with that mare and most of it was on your own!


          • #6
            You guys look terrific...

            I actually remember when Nikki was your hunter/eq horse (and wasn't there an injury as well?). You've come a long way and you deserve to brag a bit.
            Keith: "Now...let's do something normal fathers and daughters do."
            Veronica: "Buy me a pony?"


            • #7
              Wow. Wow. Wow! Complete pleasure to watch. Teamwork all the way.

              \"If you are going through hell, keep going.\" ~Churchill~


              • #8

                Psssst! I love that you wore your french blue coat. Sooo lovely on you!

                You guys look great. Congrats!
                "Aye God, Woodrow..."


                • #9
                  Very impressive!! Congratulations!


                  • #10
                    I have become a big fan of you and your mare since I joined this forum. Congrats!!!
                    "Lord if we should fall, my horse and I, please pick my horse up first."



                    • Original Poster

                      Originally posted by RugBug View Post
                      You guys look terrific...

                      I actually remember when Nikki was your hunter/eq horse (and wasn't there an injury as well?). You've come a long way and you deserve to brag a bit.
                      Colic surgery, yes.

                      Tha Ridge - I don't know her background other than she showed in the junior and green conformation hunters before I had her...I wish I could find out! She isn't tattooed; the story is that she bowed a tendon on the track before ever racing so wasn't tattooed or sold with papers.

                      Thanks to everyone! Nikki really deserves all of the good thoughts and wishes; she is just unbelievable. I am a lucky, lucky girl.
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                      • #12
                        Congratulations! I hope there are many more to come!
                        Stoneybrook Farm Afton TN


                        • #13
                          I would just like to say that your eq is ridiculously fantastic over those ginormous fences. Congrats!


                          • #14
                            Congrats on a fun show! And that still shot from the video is incredible! I hope the photographer got you over that fence too!
                            Flying F Sport Horses
                            Horses in the NW


                            • #15
                              Super job as always, Em! You guys look great!!!! Lots of molasses cookies for the Wondermare!!
                              We move pretty fast for some rabid garden snails.


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by supershorty628 View Post
                                Tha Ridge - I don't know her background other than she showed in the junior and green conformation hunters before I had her...I wish I could find out! She isn't tattooed; the story is that she bowed a tendon on the track before ever racing so wasn't tattooed or sold with papers.
                                Ah, too bad! I would love to know her breeding, since she has such a great mind and great athletic ability.


                                • Original Poster

                                  Originally posted by Tha Ridge View Post
                                  Ah, too bad! I would love to know her breeding, since she has such a great mind and great athletic ability.
                                  I would too! I would love to breed her eventually and knowing her breeding would be helpful.
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                                  • #18
                                    Congrats and awesome job, miss 109! I love your updates.


                                    • #19
                                      Fabulous job and a beautiful mare.


                                      • #20
                                        Wow, you both look great!