From the vault of Liz who stole from Amanda I tossed together answers for 10 of 25 questions:
1. Why horses? Why not a sane sport, like soccer or softball or curling?
Why Horses? Why not? Seriously though, when I’m working with horses it is the only sport I’ve ever done that I’ve not consciously thought about as a workout. Instead, I can actually see riding as more a goal oriented thing.
I played tennis and swam for years. Both are sports. Both don’t make me smile nearly as much as I do when I’m working with a horse. I can’t explain why. I thought, maybe because it has something to do with a partnership, but I was always on a relay team or had a tennis partner in both sports?
The only other idea I would have is that I am not really a competitive person, unless it is to compete with myself. I’ve never really been into sports to be “the best.” I am terribly uncoordinated, and usually everyone is better than me – so why try.
2. What was your riding “career” like as a kid?
I showed once. I learned to ride on a 20 something year old, black pony name THUNDER! He was exactly what every little girl needs to learn on – wily, compassionate, and most of all, challenging. I think we may have won a ribbon or something, but I’m not sure.
3. If you could go back to your past and buy ONE horse, which would it be?
Cricket. She was the first horse I ever rode. She was a beautiful black line dun. She has a baby out in the world somewhere, and I hear he’s pretty awesome. All I remember is that for a mare, she knew how to take care of people. Other than her, sorry Jean-Luc, I don’t know that I’ve met that horse yet?
4. What disciplines have you participated in?
Train western pleasure, English pleasure, and general trail riding.
5. What disciplines do you want to participate in some day?
I would love to learn and compete in some competitive trail completion and Mounted Orienteering, though.
6. Have you ever bought a horse at auction or from a rescue?
Nope, but I’ve heard some pretty great stories. Most recently, I met a guy that rand one up to $15 at the American Trail Horse competition this year. His wife tells the story best, she was ready to divorce him on the spot – luckily he bowed out.
7. What was your FIRST favorite horse breed – the one you loved most as a kid?
Anything with fluffy feet. I knew nothing (like how difficult those fluffy feet are to take care of). I have always liked fluffy things. I had a mane coon/ bobtail cat mix. My dog is German Shepard Husky Mix, and I am likely the only person that loves when her horse is furry (minus how quickly he heats up).
8. If you could live and ride in any country in the world, where would it be?
West Virginia is BEAUTIFUL! That said, I have it in my head that I want take riding tours through various countries. One I am really looking at is riding Icelandic horses through Iceland and seeing the Northern Lights.
9. Do you have any horse-related regrets?
I love Jean-Luc, but I do wish I’d hired a buyer and just known more in general before I went horse shopping. I believe I lucked out, however, in many ways I overpaid, overlooked the skills I wanted him to know v. me teach. That said, projects are fun!
10. If you could ride with any trainer in the world, ASIDE from your current trainer, who would it be?
Monty Roberts is great, but his wife Pat Roberts is the one I would love to go one on one with. Why? The Horse Radio Network did an amazing interview with her a few years ago. She’s just lived such an amazing life – because of horses!
Check it out here: https://www.horseradionetwork.com/2017/05/22/hitm-05-22-2017-by-omega-alpha-equine-one-on-one-with-pat-roberts-and-a-dozen-celebrities/
My name is Chelsey.
Generator's Cuevo Gold, or as he's known around this barn, "Jean-Luc Ponycard", was foaled in 2004 from Generator's Hurricane & Cheyenne's Little Bit.
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