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jumper. He’s amazingly explosive over his fences—in a really good way, but not in a hunter way. I did show him in the hunter ring and he was incredibly well behaved but it’s really not the best place for him,” she says. In 2008, Katrina made the decision to send Julio to a jumper trainer. She selected Andrew More in Calgary, about an hour away from her home. “With three young children now, my riding schedule is sporadic. And it really was clear Julio was best suited to the jumpers,” she continues. “Because he was already seven when he went to Andrew, he was really ready and moved up the levels very quickly. He started in the .9 meter classes and now he’s in the 1.20 meter classes, which is about four feet,” she says. “Now he’ll move up to the 1.25 meter classes when

they’re available, but not every show offers them. He needs a little more experience before moving to 1.30 but we think he’ll probably be ready later in 2010,” she continues. “It’s been really fun being an owner for a change,

instead of a competitor. With a young family, my horse life will just need to be a little different for the next few years. Right now, competing is really difficult for me, simply because of the time commitment,” Katrina explains. Because of her limited time and her interest in the

“... think of them as a place to see a lot of quality horses at once, all available at fair market value...”

hunters, Katrina has decided she will consider selling Julio if she finds the right home, one where he can continue his jumping career. And in the last five years, she has continued to attend—and purchase from—the Fall Classic Sale. “We’ve bought a horse almost every year for the past four years,” she says with a laugh, explaining it has been a great way to expand her breeding operation.

Auction Advice

Katrina helps out as a volunteer with the Fall Classic each year by overseeing the free jumping demonstrations, so she sees lots of sale horses. She says prospective auction buyers will have the most success if they prepare for their purchase much more thoroughly then she did when buying Julio. “Really do your homework with the catalog before you even go to the sale,” she advises. “Either in the catalog or online, there should be photos available for you to study. Research the bloodlines and talk to the people who understand the traits associated with those bloodlines.”

Below Left: Katrina and Katey, her youngest, with Julio. Right: Andrew More on Julio during the 2009 Masters at Spruce Meadows.

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