This is Caktus Joe. He does the Junior Jumpers with his owner when she's not away at college and has been leased recently to another rider in our barn who retired her horse Montel, who is below. Joe is a genuine character, and another extremely talented guy who makes 4'+ look like the easiest thing in the world. As you can see, he knew exactly what to do when I pulled the camera out.
Here is Indy, who belongs to my friend Kathleen, and is one of Tucker's turnout buddies. He's four, and loves to play rough with Tucker and his big brother but is also a real sweetie around the barn. I'm supposed to ride him on Sunday before we leave for the show, I'll let you know how it goes!
And this is Rodie, a barn favorite, who also belongs to Kathleen. He's an off track thoroughbred and just an all-around great guy. Everyone loves riding him and Kathleen just adores him. They compete in the jumpers right now, but Kathleen is coming back over to hunter princess land and doing the hunters with me on Sunday!
This is Chloe, who is the third member of Kathleen's herd. Chloe just moved in to Whitmere and is coming back from having time off at Kathleen's house and does the jumpers with Kathleen. She's an incredibly sweet mare.
Next up is Summer, whom I've told you about already. Summer is a five-year-old Dutch Warmblood cross, half-sister to Julie, and she won the non-thoroughbred yearling filly class at Devon. This picture doesn't do her justice at all (sorry about that Summer). She's incredibly pretty and is really coming along in her riding though she's still somewhat green. Summer and Tucker have been sweethearts for a long time, since they grew up on the same baby farm.
This is Junior, who also belongs to Alicia. He's a young thoroughbred recently off the track who is learning the ropes of the hunter/jumper world and is going to be a really cool horse. He's taken to jumping like he was born to do it, so we have really high hopes for his future. Plus, you just can't help falling in love with that face.
This is Vince, who used to be turned out with Tucker (that's Vince in the background in the bottom photo). He is another off-track thoroughbred who found a new career in the hunter/jumper world, and a total sweetheart.
This is Kal, who's made a few other appearances on the blog. He's a very cool horse whom I love hacking for his owner Jess, as you all know by now. He and Jess do the jumpers, though he used to be a hunter as you can tell from the pretty picture. (Not that I have any bias toward one ring over another, of course.)
And last, but certainly not least, here is Montel. He is a rare German warmblood breed, called a Berlin Brandenburger. These horses are bred for bravery and are very popular in the European Grand Prix ring. Montel has had a long successful career, travelled all over the world, and is now retired and absolutely loving his life (as you can see, he gave himself a little therapeutic mud mask today). He is one of the smartest horses I've ever met and such a good boy. I'd say he'd do just about anything for his mom. You all met him when he and Tucker started going out together. I just love that picture.
I've realized that I left one out, though she's really just a guest at Whitmere. She is being leased by Joe's owner at Sweet Briar College and came home for Christmas break for her. Her name is Tina and she's a big flashy bay mare that we are all really enjoying getting to know. Sorry you didn't get to make your internet debut this evening Tina. . . . I'll have to fix that at the show on Sunday.