Maybe it's the economy, maybe it's just the love of the animal or something else. But I am loving it, and I am a warmblood person! Let's look at a few famous ones. This is Fritz & Bill, Miranda Scott's junior hunter. I used to show against this one in the Adults. Miranda is now a successful professional in the Virginia area.
According to Miranda, Fritz and Bill was by Bumpy Landing out of Debbie's Friend, bred by Debbie Sells in Great Falls, VA. Fritz went on to win the VHSA & MHSA adult, children's and junior equitation finals with numerous riders, plus the Ariat equitation finals & the Gittings finals with different riders. One mother nicknamed Fritz "the Qualifier" because of how many medal classes he won throughout the years.
This is Betty Oare and Navy Commander. Betty was a top professional and is now an amateur who still shows. She also lives in Virginia.
This is Jack Trainor's Bittersweet with Rachel Kennedy aboard. Rachel was my neighbor when I lived in Maryland. Bittersweet was Horse of the Year in 1989 in the First Year Green division, won the title in 1990 as a Second Year horse and in 1991 as a Regular Working hunter. Talk about consistency. And she was a chestnut mare no less!
And the very top professionals are also getting in on the act. Trainer Susie Schoellkopt and rider Jennifer Alfano (of Jersey Boy fame) have purchased this lovely TB and are putting him in the hunter ring. It helps that Rodney Jenkins handpicked the horse, but still..... His name is R.J. (after Rodney Jenkins).
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And the TB's are so affordable. You can buy this cute little mare, only 15'2 but I just love this one! New Vocations is one of my favorite charities and I have blogged about them before. They find the horses, get them off the track and ready to sell and screen every buyer. Northern Attitude could be yours for less than $1000.
It's great to see the pendulum swing back to the TB world again. I am hoping to see many more of these wonderful animals in the show ring in the coming years!