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Here I am, this is me and Miss Flora

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Hi all, and welcome to my first blog about my pony and myself and what we get up to in the horse world. A bit of background. I grew up on a farm in central west NSW. Always rode, had my first buster as a 2 year old showing off how well I could rise to the trot. Attended Pony Club without a great level of success and did a bit of local showing and eventing. Did a lot of stockwork and broke in our own horses, as a kid I was bulletproof. Only ever had one riding lesson, and that ended in tears. Funnily enough, I took my daughter to the same instructor 20 years later and she loved him after the initial shock.

Fast forward 25 years. I now live on another farm in central west NSW, have 2 teenagers who have both ridden but given up. I made a doomed re entry to riding about 9 years ago, bought myself a young TB (not raced) that apparently had a history of offloading his riders, but I did not find this out until after he put me in hospital with a fractured vertebrae. So now I'm not so bulletproof.

I started riding my daughter's dressage pony when she moved on and was having a hoot. I was doing a bit of judging and a lot of pencilling carting her about and  it looked like fun. He blew a tyre at 17 years of age and we decided it was time for retirement, but I wasn't ready for that, so what did I do ? Bought a five year old warmblood mare with a few brain challenges.

This is my first ever purpose bred horse and she alternates between Miss Flora, Princess and Miss Witch, depending on her attitude on the day. Flora is by Weltblitz, so one grandfather is Weltmeyer and the other grandfather is APH Hirte, who was/is owned by Carlene Barton and Libby Sauer, there is also a mare called Polarschne(sp?) who is her grandmother in there somewhere. So the upshot is, she's bred to event, and to be a little hot, being 3/4 Trak and 1/4 Hannovarian, but shes only 15.2 and very spooky. But the most fun and talented horse I have ever ridden. She's now seven years old and competing Medium/Advanced with reasonable scores, but not incredible due to our lack of match fitness_ normally the driver lets her down.

So this blog will be about where we go and the things we get up to. A middle aged rider in a non dressage area, on a misfit, cheap though well bred horse. The only thing we have in our favour is a stubborn determination to ride successfully at FEI level before my body gives up on me.

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    alwhitten1 Friday, 28 June 2013

    Great story! My horse is 3/4 trak (Donner Duccio) out of a Polarschnee mare. My horse isn't the bravest either - I wonder if it comes from that line? haha Looking forward to reading your blog. I grew up in Moree and Walgett and had a shetland pony that bucked and bolted like a champion. We never made it to pony club lol.

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