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under me, I listened to Kara and gave him some leg cues. And when I asked him to ‘whoa,’ a very important consideration when you’re a somewhat newbie like myself and on the downside of 50, he stopped on a dime! There was no doubt he had me at whoa! I had found myself a well-trained and beautiful horse. No, I had never ridden dressage but I was fascinated with the prospect and realized Ruslan would be just the patient partner I needed. In July of last year, he officially became my horse.

Detective Work

Once settled in at Sea Star and with a lesson plan underway,

I embarked on my mission to uncover more of Ruslan’s past. He was so good natured that I contended someone must have given him great care and training in his younger years. I must confess that I probably drove my fellow barn boarders crazy as I constantly chatted about my newfound desire to learn his history. Then one day in late summer while scanning the bookrack at a local tack shop, I found a copy of Warmbloods Today magazine. Amazed there was such a magazine I immediately bought it and e-mailed the editor, Liz Cornell, to see if she could offer any assistance. That’s when things took off. Liz e-mailed me back and said I should contact some of the veterinary clinics in the Naples, Florida, area asking about Ruslan. I kept her in the loop by e-mailing her with any tidbit of information I uncovered. Liz later mentioned that my

description of Ruslan sounded like he might be a Budenny (or Budyonny), a breed named after Marshall Budenny, a Bolshevik cavalry officer in the Russian army sometime around 1918. According to The Encyclopedia of the Horse, Budenny developed the breed in the 1920s. Author Elwyn Hartley Edwards says “the Budenny is a Russian ‘warmblood,’ created by crossing native mares with Thoroughbred stallions.” The idea was to develop a horse that would be “an enduring cavalry horse,” could withstand harsh Russian winters, be athletic, an easy keeper, and maintain a calm temperament. The book noted that the modern day Budenny has the temperament well suited for dressage. So I went back to the search. I went online and found

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“I probably drove my fellow barn boarders crazy as I constantly chatted about my newfound desire to learn his history.”

a few large animal practices in the Naples area, however no one heard of Ruslan. One receptionist offered a great suggestion, however. “If he’s that good,” she said, “he should be listed with the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).” Eureka! So that same day I contacted the USEF office. I gave the woman at the USEF office the spelling of his name as I knew it and listened as she typed it in. “Here he is,” she said. “R-u-s- l-a-n. Looks like an Amy Ware Halley of Windsor, Vermont was the last person who registered him with us and that’s as of 2001.” Windsor was good news since it’s just over the border from New Hampshire. I felt confident I would find her. The USEF didn’t list Amy’s phone number and the listing for her with directory assistance was disconnected. Maybe this wasn’t going to be as easy as I thought, especially if she only had a cell phone. I was starting to wonder if this is where my search would end. The following day I turned to the Internet again and in

Anne and Ruslan.

my search found Amy listed as a member of the Central Vermont Dressage Association (CVDA). I clicked onto the CVDA 2009 Omnibus. As I flipped through the 30-plus page document, I found a phone listing for Amy but it was for the same disconnected number. I broke for lunch then went back to the Internet and

thought I’d search through the Omnibus again just in case…when I found an advertisement for Center Line Therapy Services owned by Amy Halley! I immediately called the number listed and left a somewhat sketchy message on her voice mail mentioning only that I thought the horse I recently purchased, a quiet and gentle chestnut, might be a horse she once owned. 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
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