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Blog Hop: Horse vs. Rider & Some Thoughts About the Future

Blog Hop: Horse vs. Rider & Some Thoughts About the Future

One of my favorite things about blogging is that there’s always someone that’s been in my shoes. Reading stories about riders coming to terms with horses that didn’t fit their needs makes it easier to work through my own feelings about my belated realization that Ezhno will never be my forever horse.

Recently Emma from ‘Fraidy Cat Eventing posted about the balance between the rider’s journey with an individual horse and the rider’s broader goals and ambitions. Her questions came at an auspicious time, and they made me think about what my goals are for my journey with my next equine partner.

This. This is my goal. GOD I MISS JUMPING COURSES WITH FRIENDS.


Do you define yourself as a rider by your goals or ambitions?

I think at this point in my life, I do define myself as a rider by my goals. As much as I wish that I could let my sense of enjoyment be defined by Ezhno’s preferences, the truth is that I find his discipline of choice (pleasure/performance) boring. I’ve spent the last couple of months trying to make the idea of becoming a performance rider work for me, but it just… doesn’t. 🙁

Have you had to make decisions about buying or selling a horse based on its suitability for your goals or purposes?

Hello, current situation. It sucks, but I also think that the ability to know when it’s time to let go and how to sell a horse are important. I’m trying to view it as a learning experience and an opportunity to move forward with my riding.

Do you feel like there’s something bigger out there, something more overarching in your own journey as a rider, independent of the horses that may come in and out of your life?

I think the over-arching theme to my riding career has been rebuilding my confidence and encouraging a sense of “bravery” in the saddle. I do my best to enjoy every good moment as it comes along, but I definitely get a bigger sense of satisfaction from having a set goal to focus on. I want to see progression in my skills and abilities (and the skills and abilities of my horse, too!).


This is what makes me happy AND terrifies me at the same time. 😛

So, what are my goals as a rider? What do I want to be able to do with Horse #2?

I want to be fearless. I want to be able to jump 2’6″+ the way I can jump 2’0″without anxiety and with complete trust that my horse will save my ass if I screw up mid course.

If I’m thinking in terms of the 2018 show season, I’d like to participate in the entire Lake Washington Saddle Club summer seriespreferably in the jumper ring, even if it’s only at 0.70m. I like that jumpers is judged off the clock instead of personal opinion, and I love how well organized the LWSC shows are (plus Bridle Trails is my favorite venue!).

If all goes well (and I can find someone to go with me), I think it’d be great to do a recognized jumper event. The only “real” show I’ve ever been to was the Pinto show, but since performance wasn’t my jam I just went for the experience.

I want to try eventing (and, by extension, DRESSAGE, woooo), though I’m not sure if there are any schooling level HT’s near me and I think the closest recognized event is in Oak Harbor.

Ultimately, I think eventing is where I want to be. 🙂

Blog Hop: Ezhno’s Family Tree

Blog Hop: Ezhno’s Family Tree

This post comes by way of one of my favorite horse-related blogs: the $900 Facebook Pony! Yesterday Amanda (rider of said pony) posted an unofficial blog hop (that originally started with Emma from ‘Fraidy Cat Eventing) about her horse’s pedigree. I’ve glanced at Ezhno’s pedigree before, but that was the inspiration I needed to do a bit of poking around on the internet to find out more about his (rather unspectacular) lineage.

ezpedigreedoneRight off the bat, it was clear that Ezhno’s champagne coloring comes from the sire side of his pedigree. He’s got a total of four champagne ancestors in the first four generations of his lineage, all of which are on his daddy’s side of the gene pool. His sire is California Champagne (AKA “Fred”), a 2002 sable champagne APHA/ICHR ranch horse stallion owned and bred by JMJ Stables in Eatonville, WA. Here’s links to a couple of videos plus cute pics:

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California Champagne was sired by Good Gold Almighty (Ezhno’s grand-stud, lol), a 1996 classic champagne APHA/ICHR that went by the barn name “Peanut”. He was another ranch/cow horse (apparently I really do need to test Ezhno out on cattle at some point) that was also owned by JMJ Stables. Oddly enough, it appears he passed in 2005 at the young age of 9 (scary thought, when I remember that Ezhno is 7), presumably from either sickness or an accident (?). There’s not a lot of pictures of him out there, but here’s one of him as a two year old (top) and a couple of low quality pics of an older GGA:

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California Champagne’s side of Ezhno’s pedigree were all bred pretty young, so there are pictures of CR Black Buttons (1994 black tobiano APHA stallion) out on the interwebs, too. I’ve never shown APHA before, so I’m not quite sure how to read his show record (what’s the difference between a point and a credit, and how many points is a lot of points?), but it looks like he’s done a little bit of halter and western pleasure. Here’s pics of him:

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Ezhno’s dam is a harder story to uncover. A look at his APHA paperwork tells me that Yippi Ki Yay (1998 APHA mare) was owned by JMJ Stables when she was bred, but she doesn’t appear to have a show record and I couldn’t find any images of her online. On top of that, the dam side of Ezhno’s pedigree were mostly bred age 10 and above, so Yippi Ki Yay’s sire/dam were both before the internet age. I’ve sent an email out to Ezhno’s breeder in hopes of getting baby pictures and pictures of his dam, but until that egg hatches that side of his pedigree is a mystery.

There were a couple of names I’d at least heard of on his pedigree (Jetalito!), but most of the horses in his lineage have notes on their All Breed pages that include phrases like “Paternal Siblings are…” (AKA “I’m not as cool as my half-siblings” 🙁 ), and there’s only a couple with show records. Way back in Ezhno’s linneage (generation three) I found Buckaroo Bandit, an AQHA race horse with a record of 21-4-5-3 and $17,041 in earningsnot particularly impressive, but it’s cool that he has a race horse in his bloodlines somewhere!

Otherwise there wasn’t much of note (which is pretty much what I expected when I started this endeavor) but that doesn’t make the research any less fun. And of course I love the end result of his pedigree very much.

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