Tag: American Saddlebred
I bought an American Saddlebred for dressage. More specifically, I bought a newly started, roughly 16 hand, 3-year-old palomino colt to gently get back into dressage… as an adult amatuer rider, who never really had much experience working with “baby” horses. However, before I get into how that’s going, I need to back up a bit and ex
It was Sept 30, 2018. “YEEEEEOW!” The crowd screams, we’re under the bright lights, and all 22 of us are going a seeming hundred miles per hour, vying for the judges attention, nostrils flared, and feet pounding the earth. After 10 years and countless shows, this is the culmination of our career as a saddleseat team, my last saddleseat view between the ears, and boy is it bittersweet.
JAG Kalico Kid is the third generation of Kathy Gilker’s careful breeding. He is kind, intelligent, fun to be around, forgiving, well-behaved, polite, versatile, and loves attention. “He has done everything I have asked of him willingly. Kid showed in western and sidesaddle, hunter and over fences, dressage, and combined training,” Kathy recalls. “Once at a combined training show, Kid took me around a jump course even when I lost a stirrup at one jump and a rein at another.”
We all have a heart horse, and if we are very very fortunate, we may have more than one in our lifetimes. I’m that lucky girl that has had several, but my guy “George,” CH-SH New York City Slicker, will always have the majority of space in my being.
American Saddlebreds and dressage- two words not traditionally used in the same sentence, but rightfully paired for a multitude of reasons. For now, we’ll break it down to five!
A friend had encouraged me to give eventing a try, and I knew in order to be competitive, one needed a strong dressage score. I had dabbled in hunter shows and am an avid foxhunter, so the jumping and cross country wasn't an issue—it was starting from scratch with dressage.
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