If you've been reading this blog forever then you'll remember my baby Julie.
If you're new to the blog, you don't even know she exists, because her page isn't linked here anymore. The full story is in the link above if you're interested. The short story is that I bred her while I was working at a big law firm straight out of law school (read: I was too young to be making that much money and made terrible decisions). At the time, I thought I wanted another baby to bring along, I had the funds to put her in training, and I thought I would enjoy having two horses to ride. But, then I realized that being a grown up is actually way harder than I thought. It turns out if you're making that much money, you're working a lot, and barely have time for one horse. And if you don't want to work that much, you won't have the money for two horses. This, my friends, is what's called a reality check.
So after Julie was broke and walk-trot-cantering and ready to do some little x-rails, I made the difficult decision to sell her. (For a mere fraction of what it cost me to lease a broodmare, breed her, pay board on a mare and foal, and pay training board on a baby. The exact opposite of a wise investment, but I digress.) She has always been gorgeous (obviously) and looked like she would be very talented, but she wasn't right for me. Still, I worked really hard on networking her and finding a great home for her, which of course was most important to me. I was the first thing she saw when she was born, I saw her take her first steps. I was pretty attached to her, even if I knew she ultimately wasn't going to be a forever horse for me.
|Remember when cell phone pics looked like this?|
She is now all grown up (coming seven!), goes by the name of KC Chloe, and doing really great. The girl to whom I sold her decided to sell her for financial reasons, so she is now with Kinnity Capall Stables, with Kristy and Ronan Moloney, an eventing barn in New York. I've spoken to them and they are "delighted" to have her and think she has lots of potential. They say she is unbelievable on cross country and nothing bothers her. As Kristy put it, "When she sees the jump, she is going!"
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She just returned from her very first trip to Aiken, like a real grown-up eventing horse. Although she didn't place at the show she did in Aiken against about 25 other horses, it was her first event ever, and she did great. Before the show, she had only schooled in a dressage ring a few times, and even though she was a little tense, she never put a foot out of place. She had a couple of rails in stadium, which sounds like it still needs a little bit of fine-tuning, but she was clean and clear in cross country. Hard to imagine my little baby going around a cross-country course, but she's always been super brave so I'm not terribly surprised.
|Still a daisy cutter!|