Advanced at Chattahoochee Hills CIC***- 2013
Advanced at Chattahoochee Hills - May 2012
2010 AEC Photo Gallery Advanced at the Fork 2011

In 2004 during his four year old season I spent time getting weight on him, starting a topline, building a relationship of trust and respect, and learning how to stay with him over fences after getting popped out of the tack schooling a BN doghouse at Quail Run resulting in a badly sprained ankle.

He began his first USEA recognized season as a five year old starting out at Novice and ending the year beginning Training level.  He won both 5 year old YEH (Young Event Horse) classes in Area 5 qualifying him for the USEA Championships in Morven Park but he fractured a splint bone that Fall and had the season off.

 

During his 6 year old year we confirmed Training level, transitioned to motherhood, started Preliminary but were sidelined again that Fall with a quarter crack. 

 

 

He began his FEI career at 7 and placed 6th at the Greenwood CIC*.  We made the trip to the AECs at Lamplight Equestrian Center in the Preliminary Horse division placing 12th and ended the year as Area 5 and NTEA Preliminary Horse and Rider Champions.

We had a light year in 2008 during my business move to Aubrey but made strides in the training and made the move up to Intermediate.  In 2009 we were 4th at the Maui Jim CIC** and had planned for the Fair Hill CCI** but the quarter crack returned so I gave him the season off to start growing a new foot.  With a change in the shoeing philosophy, 2010 we were 5th in the OI at Rocking Horse III, 6th at Poplar OI, and 3rd at the Chattahoochee Hills CIC** ending the Spring season at the Colorado Horse Park CCI** in 4th winning best conditioned horse.

In September 2010, we traveled to the AECs in Chattahoochee Hills placing 5th in the very large OI division.  We had planned to move up to Advanced but with a lack of horse trials at that level running late in the year, we decided to forego the move up until the winter 2011.    

 

In the Spring of 2011, I spent 5 weeks out east.  I trained with Stephen Bradley at Full Gallop in Aiken, SC, and David and Lauren O'Brien in Southern Pines, NC.  We then moved up to our first Advanced at the Fork in Norwood, NC completing on a clear cross country round and respectable dressage and show jumping.  We had planned to continue at Advanced in May at Chattahoochee Hills but Sisco tweaked his ankle and we missed the rest of the Spring and Summer season.  We tried to build momentum in the Fall but he had some GI issues that we thankfully resolved through the help of an internal specialist.  

In 2012, with a great program in place, we traveled to Florida in February to Ocala and Rocking Horse, then came back to Area 5 to compete at Texas Rose and Holly Hill.  We then made the trip back to Chattahoochee Hills for the Advanced which we completed with a clear cross country and our second qualifying result for a CIC***.  We competed at the AECs in September prepping for the Woodside CIC*** in Woodside, CA.  We made the long trip out west on October and completed our first CIC*** with another clear cross country, finishing 4th.

     

In 2013, I competed in Area 5 to prep for the CIC*** at Chattahoochee Hills in May.  We completed with another clear cross country and respectable dressage and show jumping.  We were qualified for a CCI*** but during the remainder of the year, Sisco struggled with some soundness issues. After giving him time off and specific treatment, we returned to compete in Area 5 at the Intermediate level.  After letting him hang out and stay in my program for a couple years as a school master and “pet”, I made the decision to officially retire him in 2017 and he is living out his senior days at Felicia Abbott’s in Gainesville, TX.

There is no question about how special he is to me.  He has showed me what true courage feels like under saddle and the strength of a long term partnership.  I am forever indebted to him for making me the rider and trainer I am today.

 

 

 

 

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