|Here is a pictue of Luna on the first day that I got her to my barn, wow I have a lot of work to do!
Over the next few months I did
some research and found out a little more about Luna's past. First off her registered name is Queen of De Nile, the queen
part is very fitting. Luna was breed from Halvorson Bloodstock here in Washington. She was sold at a yearling auctoin for
$1500 to a race horse owner at Emerald Downs. She eventually raced 8 times at Emerald Downs with one win. Her totals were
just under $4000. She was bred to race, her bloodlines contain have some of the all time best race horses ever. They include:
Nijinsky, Northern Dancer, Native Dancer and her sire Magesterian. Her bloodlines trace her back to Man O' War and Seabisket.
At the age of 3 a leg injury ended her race career and she was put out to pasture. Her original owners never came back to
claim her after putting her to pasture. From there she was sold to the girl that I ended up purchasing her from. Little did
any of them know what a wonderful horse they had on their hands.
|Here is a pictue of Luna just 2 months after I got her. With a lot of TLC she is on to a better life
Luna has been doing so well in her training. I have her currently boarded at Lazy M Ranch in Auburn, WA. I have
just recently started teaching Luna some basic Dressage fundamentals. We are working on giving and bending. Luna is working
on her balance and understaning my cues. She has come a long way in the last month of training, I am so excited. I just purchased
Luna and myself a new saddle. I bought a used Wintec Isabella Dressage saddle. It fits Luna wonderfully and I am getting used
to it. It is a lot different then my Crosby Prix De Nations Close contact saddle. I think that Dressage will be a good fit
for Luna and I am excited to learn it as well.
|Luna - Summer of 2004, just started in her training. Finally getting some weight on her
|Standing tall and proud for the camera!
Luna was going strong
in her training but we needed help when it came time to showing. I had a few unfortunate experiences at some local shows.
To put it bluntly Luna was a freak! She was completely out of control at the show and I did not have the confidence to get
her through it. I placed an ad on the internet looking for someone to help me show Luna. In April of 2005 I found wonderful
Serena Howarth to help me with Luna. Serena has tons of experience and really seemed to understand the special needs of Thoroughbreds.
Just after about 3 weeks of riding Luna we took her to her first show. It was a English/Western Schooling show at Trails End
Arena in Olympia.
Luna did well; she was still a little spooky and somewhat defiant but nothing that Serena couldn’t handle. She even
placed a few times in her classes. I was proud of her for getting through the day without any major upset.
A few weeks later we
took Luna to a Hunter/Jumper Schooling Show in Bellevue. Luna
was wonderful. Her anxieties seemed to be completely under control. I even rode her in a walk/trot class, we won 1st
place! Luna only showed in 3 classes that day and that was enough to end on a good note.
The following weekend
I had planned to take Luna to another schooling show. The difference this time is that I didn’t have Serena to hold
my hand. I envisioned the worst and went over and over in my head how I would handle each situation of the day. Well the day
didn’t start out well. The other horse we were taking wouldn’t get into the trailer. This made us very late for
the show. When we finally got there we had about ½ hour till my first class. We saddled up Luna and schooled her for about
10 minutes then it was time for my class. Luna acted like a pro! There wasn’t a single bit of bad behavior the entire
time. The two of us did so well that day. We won reserve championship and also won Adult English High Point. In all my years
of showing I had never won highpoint before, it’s very exciting.
Click on the picture below to see some of the wonderful pictures from the Lake Washington
Saddle Clup Hunter/Jumper Fun Show
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|Serena & Luna, H/J Show 2005