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spent almost 30 years riding hunters and jumpers, competing myself and also running a successful lesson and training facility. Over time, the enormous costs involved kept me from competing and I gradually moved away from the hunter- jumper scene. My children rode western horses as they grew up, but the hunters were always where my heart was.

Mollie, our wonderful thoroughbred and mother of the twins.

MATCHMAKING

One day, my trainer, a wonderful all-around and classically trained horseman named German Baca, received a Lusitano stallion in for training. When that horse stepped off the trailer, I knew I was seeing something special. This was the most spectacular horse I’d ever seen. Not typically pretty, but breathtaking and somehow noble. You could easily imagine a knight on his back. His name was Uirapuru HM (pronounced WEE-ra-PU-roo). Not long after that, a friend informed me that if I bred

a Thoroughbred mare to a Lusitano or Andalusian, I could register the foal with the Iberian Warmblood Registry. I could immediately see how that combination could create an incredibly strong, sound and athletic horse, one that would be suitable for so many different disciplines. Luckily for me, I already had the mare I wanted to breed.

Molokini, or Mollie as we called her, was a deep blood bay that stood more than seventeen hands tall. She was also a proven brood mare with a wonderful temperament. Originally purchased for my daughter to ride, she quickly became a part of our family. Her history was unfortunately one of neglect and abuse.

Pancho and Lefty separated in the hospital during those first 48 critical hours.

Uirapuru, the Lusitano stallion and sire of the twins.

Mollie had raced successfully during her two-year-old year, paying her bills and then some. She suffered a devastating trailer accident while returning to the track for her three- year-old season. By the time my friend Faye found her a few years later, she was starving and in very poor shape. Faye rescued her and nursed her back to health. We soon realized that her old injury made it

uncomfortable for her to be ridden, so given she had been such a good mama in the past, we decided to begin looking for a suitable stallion for her. Mollie’s pedigree was filled with thoroughbred royalty. She was not only a granddaughter of Alydar, the only horse to ever run second in all three races of the Triple Crown (in 1978 to Affirmed), but in the first five generations she had Swaps, Man-O-War, Khaled, Polynesian, and Native Dancer, as well as many other notable horses. These are the old world bloodlines that are rarely seen anymore; the bloodlines of durable horses that raced hard and retired sound, as well as passing their soundness on to their progeny. Due to the changes in the racing format, they have fallen out of favor with the racing world, but the fact remains that they were exceptional horses with great minds. After all

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