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FWF Prince Alerion

aka Larry

 

Born May 22, 2003 to Koning-Friesian x FWF Cadence-Saddlebred

 

Prince Alerion (LARRY) turned 10 years old today. We have had 8 exciting years together and have ridden in over 13 states. I remember him carrying me across Death Valley and the Mojave Desert as a 7 year old and now we are busy exploring the east coast and all the riding it has to offer.

Thank you again for my wonderful horse.

Happy trails, Elizabeth H

Sent: Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Subject: Re: ALERION
This is Larry and I riding a few weeks ago in Philadelphia's Wissahickon park. His birthday was last Saturday, I can't believe I've only had him for 6 years, it seems as if we've already lived a lifetime together.
 

Larry & Lizzy about 50 miles into the 130 mile, 5 day Death Valley Ride in California

   

Larry on a tie line camped at Trona Pinnacles in Death Valley, CA

Larry and I at our first show

as a three year old in hand.

Seconds after dismount at the

finish line after our 130 mile ride.

     

From: "Elizabeth Hardt"
Sent: Saturday, May 22, 2010
Subject: Prince Alerion
Hello,
Thank you for the beautiful horse head sculpture that arrived a few  weeks  ago! I decided to email you back today since it is Larry's 7th  birthday to date!

We recently did another century+ ride (about 130 miles) in the Mojave desert (April 10-16). We rode from Barstow across the boarder to Laughlin, Nevada. He was even better on this ride than the last one.

I let him race against a quarter horse and a mustang for about a  quarter mile and he was superb, a very balanced gallup and no stumbles  even in rocks and sand, about 95 miles into our ride! I have been  building him up very slowly and this is the first year I've ever let  him run all about because I think he just stopped growing. He is very  agile going up and down hills and has crossed obstacles and climbed  rock faces that many of our riding companions won't take their sturdy  quarter horses over. What I love about him the most is his curiosity  and willingness to try new things

A few weeks after that we completed a 70+ mile 4-day strictly women's ride in our local area. We had an absolutely fabulous time and he was  the hit of the ride. He is always the tallest horse on the tie line, especially when he is standing tall if he is watching me move around camp.

He stands at 17.2 hands now and his body is filling out nicely this  year. Now that we've spent 2 years strengthening all that beautiful  bone he has I think we are ready to start jumping and cross country.  I'm really looking forward to pursuing dressage with him and also taking jumping lessons.

We are moving to Philadelphia in a month becuase my fiance is  stationed in New York,  and I am going back to school in Philadelphia  to get my  veterinary technicians license. I am still planning our  route across the country, so we make our stops at fun bed and  breakfasts with trail access and in historic areas. It should be a  very exciting trip for Larry though I am sure he would much rather be  riding across the country than being  driven. But I am going to buy him  a patch from every state we have ridden in and sew them on his  saddlebags. So far we have California, Arizona and  Nevada. After this  summer we can add New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, and  many more depending on our route...
Best, Lizzy Hardt

Sent: Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Subject: Prince Alerion

Hello,

I bought Larry as a present to myself after I had finished 9 months of chemotherapy for stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma. I sent in my deposit check exactly one month after my last treatment and it was the best decision I ever made! I would never

 buy a horse sight unseen but I very strongly felt that somehow this horse was supposed to be mine and I really needed him. I decided to send a blurb about Larry back to his home because just a few weeks ago was my 5 year cancer free anniversary, and Larry is now a beautiful and very accomplished and well traveled 6 year old. 


I have been meaning to write for years about Prince Alerion but we've been having too much fun! I call him Larry because he is so playful, he reminds me of the Three Stooges. His other nicknames are Moose and Giraffe because he stands at 17.1 hands now. We have shown walk trot classes hunters and dressage in local schooling shows, but our favorite thing to do is go on long trail rides and adventures. He went barefoot till he was five but now he has full shoes because we do a lot of distance riding over very rocky terrain. 
 
He gets a lot of attention on rides because he is 17.1 hands, flashy, and dolled up western, and he is always looking at something! We have been competing in ETI trail trials where over the course of 2-5 hour ride you are judged at how you maneuver through designated natural and man made obstacles. They could be anything from opening and closing a gate without letting go, crossing a river, walking over a bridge or tarps, backing down a hill, or even pulling a very heavy tire. 
 
Our latest accomplishment however was completing a 130 mile, 5-day ride through Death Valley National Park. It was the first time we have done an overnight trip together. There were about 65 horses on the ride together, mostly quarter horses, arabs and mules, and all had to tied to a tie line at night. Which I am sure you can imagine could be very dramatic with all those horses attached to one line! One of the cowboys joked that it would always be easy to spot Larry on the tie line because all you had to do was look for the dark spot in the sky. They also asked if I had a ladder in my saddlebags... 
 
The horses have to endure intense heat during the day with temperature sometimes dropping 30 degrees at night. We could spend 10 miles crossing a plain with heavy sand and brush and then have to conquer a 6 hour rocky climb to get over a ridge and down the other side to the next plain. We trained for about 6 months climbing hills and marching up fire roads in the San Gabriel Mountains of Los Angeles. And I am very proud to say we had no fitness, dehydration, lameness or soreness issues. At the closing ceremony when I was presented with a belt buckle I was told that no horse of his breeding (Friesian X)  has ever survived the trip. I am glad they did not tell me that before the ride! 
 
Larry is truly an amazing horse and my best buddy! I really enjoy having a horse that I can do anything with. He is capable of anything I decide to train him for.  I cant wait to take dressage lessons on him and do some serious showing, but first we are going to do another 100 mile ride in April (from the Mojave Desert in CA across the boarder to Nevada). And however he is dressed, English or Western and covered in sweat and trail burrs and trail dust he is always nice to look at. This weekend we are going to Arlington Arizona to camp out and ride through some historic landmarks. So we got our coggins test today and are headed back into the wilderness! 
 
Cheers, Lizzy and Larry 
 
 

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