May 2017 – I just wanted to give you an update on Rio (Ares)! Today we took him to his first Dressage show / first time off the property since he arrived last August. He received a 2nd, 3rd, and 5th place. We were beyond pleased with how well he handled being in a different place and how well he did over all in the intro b, training level 1 & 2 tests! Obviously we know we still have things to work on, but that will come with time. He is such an amazing horse and words can’t express how happy we were to see how relaxed and calm he was in a show setting!
January 2017 – We have had a lot of success and break through’s with Rio the past month or so! Our flat work is getting better and better every ride and we’ve had great success the past week jumping. On Sunday’s we’ve been doing group lessons with our trainer and working on grid work. Last week we cantered jumps for he first time and even did a one stride to a 2’9 vertical! He’s an awesome horse with quite the personality! Every day we fall more in love with him
November 2016 – We had our first jumping lesson today and he was so good! He doesn’t look at a single thing! We jumped flowers, blocks, gaits, and he just goes right over over. Doesn’t even slightly over jump them!
We also took him up to our cross country course last weekend for a hack and he was following a horse into the water jump so figured I’d see what he would do. He walked right in, zero hesitation! Apparently he loves water and wanted to stay and play in it!
He’s coming along nicely and showing lots of potential as the eventer we were looking for!
Courtney Bailey – New Jersey