La Vie en Rose - "Ella"


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    Ella is the newest addition to my barn, and I am very excited to see what her future holds. She is a 7 year old Thoroughbred, who never got anywhere near a racetrack. She was in training for about three months when she was three, but quickly proved that she has no inclination to go terribly fast, and was turned back out in a field. She has spent the majority of her life living the dream; eating, sleeping, and hanging out with her pals in a giant field below the Blue Ridge Mountains.

   Although Ella is fairly uneducated, her natural athleticism and can-do attitude have carried her a long way already. She is far from your average chestnut mare, always nickering when she sees you and happiest when she gets rubs. I have never experienced her say "No" to anything, be it going down a steep incline into a river for the first time or popping over a strange looking log in the trail. She is always up for a new adventure, and is a pleasure to work with.

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   Ella has just begun her Eventing career, and shows much promise. She scored a 24 in her first dressage test, and jumped to 3rd place in horrible raining weather at Novice level. She might also be a straight dressage horse. I rode her full brother, Oliver, for two years and recently sold him to Sally Cousins where he is winning at Preliminary, so I know that I love the family. Whether she will be another upper level competitor for me, or she will find her calling in another sport, I don't know yet, but I am excited to find out!

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© Kate Samuels Eventing 2011