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By Erica Larson

lifts himself into the air in a capriole, one of the oldest and most breathtaking wartime maneuvers. A power- ful and agile Lusitano gallops around a cross-country course, jumping whatever obstacles lie in his path. Wait…a Baroque horse eventing? Rewind!

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As surprising as Iberian event horses may be, they’re real and quite suc- cessful, to say the least! In modern day equestrian sports, Baroque horses are most commonly found in the Dressage arena and for good reason. These ani- mals are built for collection, cadence and suspension. But some Baroque horses have crossed the barrier and are wowing spectators at three-day events and horse trials around the nation.

he visions are priceless. A stunning Andalusian performs a flawless piaffe, his muscles rippling under his skin. A seemingly weightless Lippizan

“I first met ‘Vico’ in March of 2007 in Southern Pines, North Carolina when I went down there to do an adult eventing camp with my then 23-year-old eventing part- ner, Immy,” Julie says. “Vico is a very funny horse. He sticks his tongue out of one side of his mouth and shakes his head really fast…his tongue makes such an odd sound! Thank goodness he hasn’t tried this trick under tack yet!

“He also loves to feed off other horses’ energy. If there’s a feisty fresh horse in the warm-up arena, Vico thinks it’s funny to join in with a buck or two. Otherwise he’s a very easy going guy.”

Not only does Julie love Vico’s sense of humor, she also admires his good temperament on the ground and how easy he is to keep healthy.

The breed of horse should not always dictate what he or she will do with their life. As these riders found out, some ‘Dressage Prospects’ turned into once in a life- time three-day event horses.

Julie & Vico compete at the 2008 American Eventing Championships at Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL in September ’08. Photo © Erica Larson.

“Vico has great ground manners and is a very easy keeper. He can go out on plush green pas- tures during the summer and move to smaller dry lots in the winter; his weight remains fairly constant. He’ll also self-load

himself into the trailer from the barn door – it sits about ten feet away! He loves to go for rides.”

Brazilian Charm

Victoriano IGS is a purebred Lusitano who was original- ly imported from Brazil to be a Prix St. Georges horse. When it became clear to his former owner that the 16 hand gelding wasn’t quite cut out for upper level Dressage – and would rather jump over things than do tempi changes across a diagonal – she did the responsi- ble thing and found him a home better suited for what he wanted to do with three-day eventer Julie Christensen.

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After a quick bonding period, Julie began working with her trainer to start bringing Vico into the wild world of eventing. From the start, it was evident that Vico had found his niche.

“I started competing him at the Beginner Novice level in May of the same year and right away I knew I had some- thing special. That year he was named Beginner Novice Horse of the Year in Area I and he ended up third in the nation.” 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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