Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Babydaddy ...

I am pleased to announce that I have won the bidding on Kilkelly All's Well, the Registered Irish Draught Sporthorse stallion that I intend to breed to a mare in Arkansas, who is herself half Thoroughbred, by an Oldenburg stallion, and registered Selle Francais. If you have no idea what this means, fret not. It's a fancy way of saying "a little dash of this, a little dash of that ..."

We will begin breeding in May, and if successful we'll look for a foal in April, 2008. This is very exciting for me. My self-imposed riding hiatus has been nice, and I'm not ready to recommit to riding something 6 times a week and preparing it for the show ring, but I know that will change one day and it will be nice to have something "cooking" to get me ramped up.

I went to Arkansas last weekend to body-clip horses. (Yes, I'm the stable boy/barn wench for my hot tamale girlfriends in Arkansas!) It was a whirlwind trip, but stopping to get my clippers off my horse trailer, as well as being in the barn and putting my hands on the horses, was cathartic. There's a quote that has been attributed to many, most commonly Winston Churchill, that goes "There's something about the outside of a horse that does wonders for the inside of a man." I think that best sums it up for me.

p.s. I'm going to try really hard to get through this breeding thing without acquiring a new Jack Russell from the stallion owner. I already plan to fail at this, so really that's just a heads up.

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