One year ago today, Ashley met the cutest little red horse that stole my heart from the moment she saw him. It was love at first sight, with the question of him possibly being too small, Ashley could no resist.. She HAD to have him.!! Nothing in her life has ever been so clear as it is when they are together in a ring, the paddock, training pen or out on the trails.
Within a years time, that little red horse has now turned into this incredible little red horse with a BIG heart. Not only being one of the easiest horses Ashley have ever backed and started, but the intelligence level he has, the wanting to learn brain he has, and is bravery to try new things as well be adventurous. Red was lightly started while still living at the breeders Young Paints in Havelock, Ont. When he came home, he started bareback for the first couple rides, just getting him used to someone being on his back. He handled everything within stride and did not step one foot out of place.
Once Red started going under tack, he just kept improving and asking for more. Red went to his first show at Gateway Horse Riders Association in Tweed, Ont. On June 26th, 2016. His sister Gladis did join him placing 4th in the halter mares class and behaving with class in the ring and around the trailer. Red placed 2nd in junior horse and expanded his mind to a lot of different Gymkhana events and behaving like he knew what he was doing. Together Ashley and Red grew together, doing a lot of trail riding, hacking and going up to the local arenas to train. Ashley and Red went back to GHRA on July 17th, were Red brought home a 2nd and 3 3rds. Fighting the weather on August 28th at GHRA Red placed 3rd in the Barrels and 4th in the Keyhole. Ashley and Red took a little break from turning barrels, weaving poles and Gymkhana speed events at the end of September and traveled to Double H Ranch, in Omemee, Ont to work with Jeff Hill.
Jeff helped Ashley properly introduce Red to cattle and learn how to sort. For Reds first time being in an arena with cattle, he took everything in stride and really proved himself to be cowy. With the season changing, Ashley is looking forward to the spring when she and Red will go back up and work with Jeff some more and eventually work on their roping with Jeff as well. Ashley highly recommends Jeff Hill as a coach and trainer. He works with you and your horses to build you as a team together.
On Thanksgiving weekend, Ashley and Red traveled up to Norwood, On to compete in the Gymkhana speed events on the Sunday. Red proved himself and improved more than Ashley could have imagined. He showed everyone that he has learned his base and is ready to start training a little harder in the new year. Without knowing, Red placed 5th in the Flag event receiving his first ever cheque. Red has now been on some down time, relaxing and going for trail rides to finish off the year. He has become a completely different horse than he was a year ago.
Ashley and Red have an exciting and bright future ahead of them. Definitely looking forward to a wonderful season in 2017. Gladis will also be joining Red on the trailer, starting her first show season in the Halter, in hand and western pleasure walk/jog classes.