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“I call him my little dirt bike.”

In 2008, Julie and Vico made the move up to the Novice level. The team competed in twelve events – including the USEA/ Wellpride American Eventing Championships – and finished with first, second, and third placings among others. But more impor- tantly, Julie and Vico had zero cross-country jumping penalties and just 16 show jumping penalties over the course of the entire season.

“I call him my little dirt bike,” Julie says with a smile. “He’s so agile and he love to jump…even into water! Eventing is perfect for him. He hates being behind other horses, so going fox hunt- ing would be taking your life into your hands!”

Despite the fact that Vico’s passion is galloping and jumping, Julie admits that his Lusitano heritage pulls spectacular scores in the Dressage arena.

“He is such a pretty mover and the judges seem to really like him,” Julie remarks. “He has three equally great gaits. The best score I’ve gotten on him is a 23.0, but my trainer scored a 19.0 once! He’s very comfortable and easy to ride on the flat. My old horse is a little clunkier and harder to get on the bit. Vico is one of the first horses I’ve ridden that I don’t feel like I need a back and shoulder massage after a flat lesson!”

So what’s next for Julie and her Brazilian partner? Julie is hoping to make the move up to Training level early this season. She also hopes to work on Vico’s one weakness.

“I would love to improve upon how incredibly ridiculously he acts in the cold weather,” she says with a smile. “I do have to sympa- thize with him, having to come from nice warm Brazil to nasty cold Connecticut, but hopefully this second year will be an improvement. Even so, he acts like such a Drama King!”

Cross-Bred Perfection

Not only do pure Baroque horses make successful eventers, Baroque-crosses are also becoming increasingly popular in the eventing world. As Anne Ryan from Kent, Washington found out, a cross between a Dressage machine and an athletic power- house can make the ideal eventer.

Anne is the proud owner of Café Ole, an 8-year-old Iberian Warmblood, or simply put, an Andalusian / Oldenburg, mare. Anne first met ‘Ole’ when she was just one and a half years old, and she already knew that the horse had the makings of a champion.

“She was advertised in a local publication,” Anne says. “I really liked her expression in the photo. She looked very uphill and athletic. She was only 18 months old, but she already had a strong sense of herself.”

“Her breeder said she had been jumping fences to get to the

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