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“His best score in a national show is a 75 [percent]. I’ve


ridden him with Robert Dover and Debbie McDonald. They saw him go and say he has the caliber of competing in CDIs,” he adds. Alice likes Elfenperfekt competing, “because he is a stal-


lion, from very good old lines. He has the potential as a breeding stallion. I do have frozen semen available for that. Because he is a competition stallion I don’t use him for the cooled semen season. It’s too hard having their minds doing one thing, and then on the weekend doing something else.” She remembers her stallion as a youngster, saying they called him Pistol Pete. “He was a pistol at times. There are times, even today, he asks who’s in charge. Abe has a quiet way of saying, ‘not today.’ They have to ask the question, and you give the answer the right way that he understands,” she continues. “I had never had a stallion before, and I had to learn a lot,”


Alice admits. “I used to liken him to my son when he was in sixth or seventh grade. Both had the same attitude toward life. I had practice with that before I got to the stallion phase!”


Christian


Westphalian, 2010 (Capone I x Phantom) Joyce Pedigo, Bend, Oregon.


Joyce Pedigo of Bend, Oregon, bred and owns Christian, who won young jumper classes earlier in his career and more recently began competing at Grand Prix. “He is a fantastic stallion. He was born on my farm,” Joyce says. She selected Capone I, a champion jumper from Canada,


to breed to her imported Westphalian mare Prinze B. “Capone has been a great horse, and he’s done a lot,” she says. The Holsteiner (Contender x Ladalco) stands at No Limit Farm in Lang- ley, British Columbia. “Ever


She currently has eight young stallions at her farm, and


all are handled daily, just as Christian was. “None of mine ever bite, kick or strike out. They have always been kind because we pay so much attention to them.” Joyce credits her assistant, Vincent Sanchez, for starting


Christian under saddle and over fences. Although she breeds only jumpers, she says when you have a sport horse, he will do anything, He can do hunter, jumper as well as dressage. When Christian was four and a half, he started training


with Kyle King of Thermal, California. Kyle had ridden Chris- tian’s sire, Capone I, as well. “Christian is a lot like his father,” Kyle says. “He looks just like him and his canter is similar. Christian has a little better technique. Capone had a little more power.” When asked about Christian’s strengths, Kyle says, “He’s just super smart. The show jumping comes really easy to him. He is so careful. He always jumps a good jump. I’ve never had a horse so careful. He just doesn’t like to make a mistake. He’s very agile. He’s naturally quick to turn. He can be a little slow in the air because he jumps so well, but he’s good on the back side of the jump.” He adds the stallion can be “a little naughty sometimes. But he likes to jump and I got his brain going the right way.” “He’s been a winner at every level,” Kyle continues.


“We travel together between Canada and California.” They compete at events in both countries and their biggest win in 2018 was the $44,000 Markel Insurance 1.45m Series Final in Las Vegas last November. Christian will compete his first Grand Prix in 2019.


WT Leapfrog


Oldenburg, 2011 (LioCalyon x Carthago Z) Wild Turkey Farm, Wilsonville, Oregon.


Barbara Ellison, breeder and owner of WT Leapfrog, says that he was one of the first foals born on her farm. “He was special from the moment he hit the ground. He just had a pres- ence about him. He was never ugly,” she recalls. “His daugh-


since Chris- tian was born on this farm, we paid a lot of attention to him,” she continues, adding she made sure to handle him every day. “Christian is a kind stallion. You can put your arm around his neck, and he nuzzles you.”


Christian, ridden by Kyle King, competed at the Open Prix jump off, National Sunshine Series Week II in Thermal, California, November 2018.


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ter is the same, a coming two-year- old, named WT Bouchia. Her name had to start with a B, and Bouchia is a frog from South America,” she says. “I have a colt


from him from last year, WT Leap of Faith [damsire Singulord Joter].


WT Leapfrog competing as a five-year-old, ridden by Mandy Porter during HITS Ther- mal in March 2016.


Charlene Strickland


Charlene Strickland


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