Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Partyboy Sold: New Career as a Showjumper!

After a very, very successful eventing career with us, it was sad to see Partyboy sold today. Curtis, as he was known in the barn, is an extremely athletic, scopey, jumping machine that has all the wonderful ingredients of a top class horse. His one chink in the armor was his lack of love for the dressage phase. Both Silva and I gave our absolute best to train Curtis on the flat, but he was just one of those horses that found it very tough to be soft, supple, and obedient for the judges. It was absolutely worth the amount of effort we threw towards him because he was so brilliant in the cross-country and show jumping phases.

After a disastrous dressage test and a phenomenal cross-country and show jumping round at the Plantation CIC 1*, we decided that Curtis needed a new career. Local show jumping guru Michael Walton placed him with one of his show jumping clients here in Pennsylvania.

I would like to thank Partyboy's previous owners, Fernanda Kellogg and Nick Myers, for allowing me to train and compete this horse over the last two years. They have been a joy to ride for and have been very patient and understanding as we came to this tough decision. We are all looking forward to following Curtis' new career.


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