Now that it is Prodigious Fund season, I am in an OTTB frame of mind.
I have been a little slow in entering Ellie (The Last Say, the World-famous 2013 100-Day Challenge horse) into her first event. But I was waiting for the right event to present itself. EIHT would have been perfect, but alas, I was a little busy there. She has officially started her eventing competitive career with Inavale HT, and she was clearly ready! She got a 4th place, finishing on her dressage score. You can’t ask for more than that! She is becoming confirmed in many of her skills, and its hard to believe that its only been one year since she was first under my training.
Not to be outdone, Letty and Sarah (my lovely working students) received one of this year’s 100-Day Challenge horses. Mats Mats Bay is winning all of us over here at Polestar with his absolutely beautiful head, gorgeous eyes and sweet temperament. Now that we are on to week 2 of the challenge, we are starting to see glimmers of the horse he will become in a few months. I couldn’t be more happy with the horse that they chosen for themselves. He is much more of an amateur horse than Ellie is, and I think he will suit many types of riders out there.
Since I’m thinking so much of thoroughbreds, I took a little poll of the residents of Polestar Farm and here is what the census is revealing:
A little explination….. when I say “warmblood” it means warmblood crossed with a TB or something else to improve its disposition. Before y’all get all up in arms, I love a good warmblood and I’m not prejudiced. However, I think all of them are improved with more blood coursing through their veins, which helps them go forward when asked to go forward. And I’m not the only one who thinks this way apparently. Here is a graph of Rolex 2013 Demographics, where a forward horse is much appreciated:
This data was pulled out by Retired Racehorse Training Project.
Obviously the graphs are slightly different, as I have a barn full of appropriately behaved amateur friendly horses, hence the drafty types make more of an appearance at my barn.
But, now my curiosity is peaked and I did some sleuthing through the interwebs. Here is a really cool graph of the 2012 Olympic Freestyle horses:
So, I kept searching for more shocking results, and I passed by show jumpers and reiners. Pretty sure that there are no shocking revelations on the breeds there. But, more interestingly, I found a dataset for the American Endurance Ride Conference. Which, I gather, is the sport’s national governing body (I’m sure someone will correct me in the comments section later on that). Here are the data for some of the breeds participating in endurance riding all over America:
ONE American warmblood was registered to endurance race??? I need to meet that horse because he/she is a gem. I’m surprised that there was even one, actually. That horse did not inherit the “Why-must-I-work-this-hard” gene. Eleven draft horses have reliably and steadily approached the finish line, one foot at a time. And 48 Peruvian Pasos have danced through the dirt, I didn’t know they were known for being efficient at covering the ground. All the videos Ive ever seen have been legs like egg beaters in an arena. Clearly, I don’t know the breed. Not shockingly, the appaloosa breed is well represented. Which begs the joke:
“Why did the Indians ride Appaloosas to battle?”
“So they would be good and mad by the time they got there.”
I hope you like the little statistical tour through the horse world. Viva la OTTB.