There’s an interesting blog hop going around started by Beka at The Owls Approve that talks about the history of your horse, and it’s something that I love thinking about and haven’t really written about it here.
Before you met, where was your horse? Who bred him/her? What do you know about his sire and his dam? What do you know where he came from? Tell me about the time before he had a trainer.
I’m kind of a bloodline nut. I love knowing the history of my horse and where she came from, and what her parents did and looked like. I like to imagine her as a foal, what her quirks were. I like to think about the first time she was saddled and sat on, and wonder how she did. I always assume she was a little rock star, but who knows? Maybe she was hard to start and she just evolved into the perfect pony she is now.
Rosie was bred at Arcese Quarter Horses, one of the top reining breeding farms. It’s funny to think of her being born in Texas, probably living the first 18 months of her life in a giant pasture. I dream of moving her back to somewhere where she can have a pasture again.
Her sire is Walla Walla Whiz, a reining horse extraordinare shown by Shawn Flarida with show LTE of $187,820. I find it pretty funny how much Rosie looks like her daddy.
Her dam is Custom Red Rose, who unfortunately doesn’t have any pictures available on the web. I’ve pinged the breeder a few times, and sadly haven’t heard back. She is a full sister to Custom Red Berry though, who is one of AQHA’s most accomplished reining mares of all time (LTE $172,000).
Rosie has two full brothers as well, and all three of them look so similar. Check them out:
Rosie went to Andrea Fappani at his former ranch in San Diego, California to train. He is one of the top reining trainers/riders with over $3.7 million in earnings, and he only keeps the cream of the crop. Rosie didn’t quite work out – though who knows why. My bets lie with the fact that she’s incredibly lazy and wasn’t really a big fan of the speed events, haha. She also doesn’t have a ton of stop. So she was sold to the ranch I bought her from, a stable that specialized in non-pro reining and that’s where I got her from. She may not have worked out as the world’s best reining horse, but she surely is a showstopper in my eyes. 🙂---------------
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