Born in 2005
Firedance-Saddlebred x Hi Hopes Leap of Faith
2011 Horse of the Year Champion Jumper!
Sent: Monday, November 28, 2011
Subject: FWF Samskara's
Dear FWF Friends,
Things are going well with Sammie out here in Missoula. We did a few novice events this summer in MT and Idaho and had lots of fun as usual. He seems to love to be in the show ring, especially if jumps are involved! He just loves jumping and he'll jump just about anything we put in front of him. He was competing well at the 3'6" level this summer and is still just as much of a lover of people as ever. He thinks my children, who are now 7 and 9, are the best thing ever (besides the goat, that is, who seems to be the prime object of his affection right now). It is so cute to see him snuffling the kids' ears, when they are so tiny compared to him. It's been great for my kids to learn that such a large creature can be so loving and kind.
I hope this email finds you all doing well and having a good start to the holiday season!
Sent: Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Subject: FWF Samskara's
Fire 2005 Foal; Firedance x Hi Hopes Leap of Faith
Update on Samskara Dressage/Ct (eventing and
Sam is doing great this season. He did Novice at Rebecca Farm (USEF/USEA
recognized World Cup Event) this summer, after starting out as a
beginner novice in local events in May. He exceeded all of our
expectations! He was a little wound up for dressage and got a 39, but
went clean over the HUGE x-c course and almost clean (pulled 3 rails
-- tired!) in show jumping. We couldn't have been happier with him. He
continues to be a kind, willing, honest guy with a heart of gold.
Everyone loves him! I'm including a picture of him being ridden by my
trainer, Stephanie Kappes, warming up for dressage.
I hope all of you are doing well there at FWF.
Sent: Tuesday, August
Sam is coming along beautifully. We started him under saddle at about 2.5
yrs and at 3 yrs he is going quietly at the walk, trot and canter, indoors
and out. He really is the best horse I've ever owned and I just adore him!
Everyone at our barn loves him too -- he is famously sweet and inquisitive.
This past weekend we took him to the Missoula Equestrian Center with some of
his buddies who were schooling there in preparation for a show. It was his
first trip off the farm since he arrived 2 years ago, and he was so good.
He has up until now not been a huge fan of water, and has given the water
element in the x-c course at our barn a fairly wide berth. But on that day,
he took confidence from his paddock mate and decided he would try to wade
into the water element. Once he got in, he was absolutely thrilled with
himself and with the water, which he proceeded to splash and play in. I
thought, hmm, I think he is thinking of rolling! But I didn't think he
would since he hadn't been that comfortable with water. Well, I was wrong.
Like with other things, once his quick brain figured out that it was not a
threat, he was done with being frightened of it...so, he laid down. I
hopped off and tapped him a couple of times with my dressage whip before he
rolled on my saddle, and he was just sort of like "well, OK -- if you
insist!", got up, and strolled out. I love this about him -- even for such
a youngster, he might startle at things once, but then he immediately learns
and doesn't repeat the reaction.
We will take him to a small local dressage show this fall and then will
start him over fences. Next July, we will take him to his 4 yr old test at
Rebecca Farm -- it is the only World Cup/Olympic qualifying event in the
Northwest, so it draws riders from all over the region, down to TX and CA
and from Canada as well. It will be inspiring to be riding in the same
place as Olympians!
Here are some pictures of
Sam and me this summer.
I'll keep you posted!
All my best,