Teacher-trainer Carrie Allen of In Motion Sport Horses, LLC, issued her first report card on Esmerelda recently. In an owner partnership with Catherine Ulrey, Esmerelda, known by her sobriquet “Ezzie”, was sent to the Grants Pass trainer to begin training under saddle.
“Ezzie” is a four year old ISR NA Oldenburg by Escudo II out of Midnight Heist xx. Midnight Heist, “Sigh”, is owned by Catherine also.
Training under saddle began in 2011. Carrie spent three months developing a basic relationship with “Ezzie” and preparing her in fundamental handling skills. The horse was turned out for a few months and then presented to potential buyers. The sale did not go forward so “Ezzie” returned to training in February 2012 to be prepared for campaigning in the ODS (Oregon Dressage Society) Training and League shows.
This turn of training direction meant Carrie and “Ezzie” would be working hard to cultivate competitive dressage skills to enable her to attend and compete in open shows in the future. These types of shows allow horses to earn awards toward more competitions at higher levels.
Carrie reports that “Ezzie’s” experiences in clinics and shows this past year demonstrated that her training has progressed well. The horse accepts, is relaxed in and enjoys the show atmosphere. She was shown at the training level this year and closed out the 2012 season by competing at first level with scores as high as 70.34!. Beginning in the 2013 season “Ezzie” will show exclusively at the first level.
Esmerelda is not for sale while she is being trained as a dressage horse. Stay tuned for an update as she anticipates another successful year with her trainer. School is in session!