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CHAMPION FWF BARON VON STAR KINGDOM #218

   

 

 

Sire: Baron-Friesian

Dam: FWF Crusader's Four Star Lady IGGHR#107

Dam's sire FWF Crusader-Black and white tobiano-Saddlebred

Dam's dam: Bloomfield Heather-Clydesdale-bay

 

Sent: Thursday, November 11, 2010
Subject: Riding with Steffen and Shannon Peters --- we've not yet touched ground!

This summer, I submitted an application, along with many others, to be one of the demonstration teams at the New England Dressage Association symposium with Steffen and Shannon Peters the last weekend of October... and Nemo and I were chosen! What a thrill and an honor.  Steffen was all smiles after his two bronze medals at the World Equestrian Games just a few weeks ago.  He and Shannon are truly an unbeatable team, and the energy and respect between them was simply incredible.

I am so PROUD of my Nemo, who took the hundreds of people, the flashes, the applause, and the PA system all in stride as if he'd done it hundreds of times.  And in awe of Shannon's direct, kind and insightful instruction, which gave me and Nemo much to work on.  What an experience! 

I'd like to share a few photos that capture some of the magic of the day, thanks to my sister's videography!

Happy trails ~

Janet

     

The Peters, opening the symposium, with Nemo and me in the background. Also, Shannon Peters, discussing "stirrup weight" yes, this got TECHNICAL and Ms. Peters was superb!

 

Nemo warming up at the trot and Shannon discussing position and movement with the audience.

 

Nemo at the canter, and trotting past the arena door.

... such a beautiful day!

 

 

The conclusion of our ride.  Shannon Peters waved us over

and stroked Nemo, commenting on what a nice horse Nemo is.

 


 

 

 

August 2010


 

         

 
Sent: Sunday, November 16, 2008
Subject: Baron Von Star Kingdom
 
Hello~
Just over a year ago, I bought Von Star from his original owner in Vermont. I lost my 24 year old in February of 2007 and couldn't get myself beyond the grief to find another horse.  A close friend had seen him advertised and insisted that I make the 3 hour drive to go see him.   When I first met him, he was huge -  really 16.2 -  To be sure, his owner loved him very much and he certainly was never abused.   I tried him on a trail ride - as a 5 year old, he was virtually untrained and very gawky and uncoordinated.  Still, I was taken by his kindness and willingness to try for me.  So in one of the most spontaneous moves I've ! ever made in my life, I drove back up with a borrowed trailer a few days later, had him vetted, and brought him home that same day. 
 
In this last year, my boy - affectionately known as Nemo  - has filled out, muscled up, and gained confidence.  He's becoming the dressage partner of my dreams.  I just love this horse.  Now that he's showing what I thought I saw glimmers of a year ago, he is a sight to see!  Starting lateral work, cantering with ever more balance, and trying so hard that he will occasionally do piaffe or passage steps while he's trying to figure out what I'm asking.  He is simply stunning. 
Lately, I laughingly say I need a lock on his stall, so many people want him.  
 
He particularly likes children, and every child in the neighborhood who visits the barn where he's boarded wants to visit Nemo.  He's the favorite.  In fact, recently one boarder brought her autistic nephew to the barn to see the horses.  He was unreactive until he met Nemo.  The child was enchanted with him, as he followed the boy up and down the fence and lowered his head so that the boy could touch and pet him.  And, the little boy started talking!  Asking questions about Nemo, and saying how much he liked him.  The family was in heaven.  Nemo has that presence about him.
 He is a treasure and I hope that we will have many happy, healthy years together. 
 
Janet L.


 

   

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