I have had Sam since 2003. He is a 16.2hh Irish TB gelding. I got him from an adult amateur who was working with Phillip Dutton. He is by Babamist and was bred and raised at Bruce Davidson’s farm in Pa. When I got him, he had gone advanced and done quite a few long format three-day events. He is a difficult show jumper, and one of my favorite accomplishments was our 2006 season, where we jumped almost every round clear.
Photo courtesy of GRC Photo.
He has struggled with soundness issues throughout his life. He had OCD’s removed from his hocks, but still has some arthritis. I’ve also had to deal with his less-than-ideal feet. But, throughout it all, he has been a wonderful learning tool. I’ve learned to get every ounce out of him over show jumps, and jumped quite a few prelim and training tracks. He hardly ever stops. It’s just fun to ride a horse who clearly enjoys cross country. I always know I’ll come home safely with him.
He might not be the fanciest mover or jumper, but he’s fairly steady and we had some good competitions over the years. He’s currently retired from eventing because he strained his front suspensories in 2009. I am still jumping little stuff, and we go cross country schooling once in a while when the footing is ideal. He is still incredibly useful, even in his retirement from eventing. I can safely jump grids without stirrups, reins or eyes. I can be lunged on him as well, so he has become a vehicle for me to work on my position. I’m a strong believer in keeping older horses going. He’s 18 now and has arthritis, but he still likes his routine, so we keep to a schedule, have goals and I take him off the property whenever I can. I think he enjoys the competition atmosphere.
Here is a blog I wrote for USEA that I think conveys my relationship with Sam over the years.
1st – MD Horse Trials 2008 (Training)
1st – VA Horse Trials 2006 (Prelim)
2nd – Waredaca Training 3-Day Event 2006
Morven Park Benefit Show Feb 2011 (Second Level Test 2)
Morven Park Benefit Show Jan 2011 (Second Level Test 1)
Morven Park Benefit Show Nov. 2010 (Second Level test 1)
Morvcn Park Benefit Show Nov 2010 (First Level test 4)
Bayberry dressage schooling show (First Level Test 3)
Bayberry dressage schooling show (First Level Test 4)
Cedar Run schooling show (First Level Test 4)
Cedar Run schooling show (First Level Test 3)
Homestead Farm schooling show (First Level Test 4)
Homestead Farm schooling show (First Level Test 3) June 2010
Morven Park schooling show April 2010
Morven Park schooling show March2010 (Training)
Our last event together at Morven Park. March 2009. (Training)
VA Horse Trials 2007. (Prelim)
MD HT July 2008. (Training)
SureFire HT June 2008. (Training)
Campbell Spring Farms schooling show 2008. (Training)
Morven Park HT March 2007 (Training)
Virginia HT November 2006 (Prelim)
Waredaca Training Three-Day Event October 2006
American Eventing Championships September 2006 (Training)
CDCTA HT June 2006 (Training)
Waredaca HT June 2006 (Training)
Loudon Hunt HT April 2006 (Training)
Southern Pines HT March 2006 (Training)