I had my most crazy horse girl idea ever about ten days ago. I decided to take my coming four-year-old filly who had just been brought back into work after a few months off to WEC Ocala Week V. How did it go, you ask? Well, read all about it!
Bringing along a young horse takes a village and I am lucky to be part of the best!!
First it takes a great breeder and start to life. Thankful to Jen Moskal with Invictus Farm & Sport Horses of Florida for breeding such an amazing filly. Grateful to Tiffany Catledge with Allforit Farm, LLC for selling us such a well-rounded and great-minded young horse.
Then comes the “fun” stuff of starting them and putting in a great foundation. Stacey Belcher-Archer has done a phenomenal job with Zellie in bringing out her super star qualities.
She was started nice and slow in May last year after turning 3. We showed in the hunter breeding classes at a few shows and took home at Sallie B Wheeler East and 4th at USHJA Zone 3 Championships.
We popped her over a few small cross rails and verticals before giving her a few months off. She came back into work a few weeks ago and I had the crazy idea to take her to World Equestrian Center - Ocala for week 5 with no expectations other than to give her a good experience and getting to play with her in the Florida .
We had the BEST week with our Steadfast Farm family.
Zellie blew us away with her demeanor and performance. Never having jumped a full course before we entered the Future Hunters (2ft with no oxers) and she cantered around like it was no big deal, and even got her lead changes!
Ribbons were the last thing on my mind but she ended up with two 2nds and an 8th over fences and a 4th on the flat!
If that wasn’t enough she was overall division CHAMPION!
ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED: HUNTER BREEDING TO PERFORMANCE HORSE