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Dream Come True

Now, two years later, her passion for the gallant black stallion has resulted in win after win at area horse shows. “He is a star everywhere we go,” Athene gushes. Last year, he participated in the Lendon Gray clinic, Breed Demonstration and Versatile Horse & Rider competition at Equine Affaire in Massachusetts which draws tens of thousands of people. After he performed during the Lusitano demonstration, Athene proudly shares that “fans lined up at his stall just to touch him.” This past November, Athene and Zulu were again selected to compete in the Versatile Horse & Rider competition at Equine Affaire, their 12th annual event. Athene reports that the horse who has successfully

competed at first level and has scored as high as 71.75% wins practically every dressage class they enter. He was Reserve Champion Stallion in the Open Sport Horse competition at Ten Broeck Farm in Massachusetts this past summer. At a recent Eastern Region Andalusian Horse Club (EAAHC) competition,

Unexpected Talent

by Pat Payne

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atrina van den Bosch wasn’t planning to purchase a horse at the Canadian Warmblood Horse Association’s 2005 Fall Classic Breeders’ Sale. In fact, she and her husband had specifically agreed not to buy or even look at any of the horses in the sale. “We had quite a discussion about it!” she recounts with a laugh. But when a black four-year-old Canadian Warmblood (and also NA-KWPN registered) gelding entered the ring, they each noticed the horse. In part, it was because they had some background knowledge on him. Katrina’s brother-in-law had bred the gelding’s dam, a mare named Princess, so Katrina was already fond of the line. In addition, Ulysses PR, as he was known, had been bred by Powder River Ranch in Saskatchewan and Katrina knew the Actons, owners of the ranch.

Impulse Buy

So, she says, both she and her husband were stunned when the bidding stayed low on the gelding, who is by Indoctro and whose dam is by Ferro. The bidding stayed low and they decided, impulsively, to place a bid or two. “Three bids later, there we were—the proud owners of this black horse we had never even seriously inspected!” she continues.

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Zulu won Dressage Suitability and Best Movement classes as well as some of the Working Equitation (WE) classes, his first attempt at the sport: WE Obedience and WE Obstacles. Kimberly Garvis, WE clinician who worked with many

of the competitors following the show, comments, “He is amazing. He learned so quickly how to maneuver through the obstacles and was able to maintain such a fluid motion.” When asked to give advice to others thinking

about attending an auction, “It is so important to be conscientious. Do your homework - examine every horse in the brochure and on the DVD,” Athene advises. “My most valuable asset was taking my trainer. It is so easy to become overwhelmed by the beauty and majestic appeal of these horses. On the other hand, your trainer knows your skills and needs and can evaluate the horses dispassionately. My trainer and I rode six or seven horses at the try outs. It turned out that Zulu had that magic appeal and, fortunately, was also a good match for me as a rider.”

“After we bought him, I headed over to see the

veterinarian to request his X-rays. I truly didn’t know what we would find,” she recounts. “You can imagine how relieved I was when the X-rays were clean and showed no problems. Of course, the veterinarian looked at me a little strangely and suggested that most people review the X-rays before the sale!” Katrina renamed her new horse Julio and brought him

home to her farm in Olds, Alberta. “Every day, we liked him more and more. He’s very sweet and kind, a pleasure to handle. I will say, however, that he was one of the most complicated horses I’d ever ridden. He was definitely harder to get truly straight than most horses,” she says. “As a result, I took him out of the ring and

rode him out on the grass much of the time,” Katrina continues. “He was fine being ridden near farm machinery and completely relaxed around other horses. I was really grateful for his temperament and attitude!” The next summer, Katrina had a friend take over the ride on Julio, as she was expecting her

second child. She also scheduled some time off for Julio that winter so he could have several sarcoids (benign skin tumors most common in young horses) removed.

Different Paths

It soon became clear, Katrina says, that she and Julio were moving in different directions. “Although I rode jumpers in my younger days, now I want to focus on the hunters,” Katrina explains. “But this horse really wants to be a Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86  |  Page 87  |  Page 88  |  Page 89  |  Page 90
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