Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Brenda Whitely and Bold Rhythm Rules(Ruby)







Ruby is a 2004 APHA/Thoroughbred cross mare. Her dam, Ebony, is Oldenburg approved, and produced the Western High Point Foal for American Warmblood Registry in 2007, bred to Pagannini. Ebony is a locally very well known jumper, excelling in sport prior to becoming a mother. Ruby's sire, Apache, is known for producing good minds and athletic horses. Ruby has lovely natural cadence and a super canter. She inherited her mother's jumping ability, too! She's just shy of 16 hands now, and still growing. Brenda brought her to me last summer to begin her basic training. She'd already been well backed, trail ridden, and had been taken to several natural horsemanship clinics for ground work. So, Ruby was primed for beginning her dressage career. We had a great time together last summer, and I really missed her when she went home. She is a pleasure to handle and work with, and very fun to ride. But, Brenda lives close by, and we continued to work together regularly, Brenda taking as many lessons as time allowed through the winter. Brenda and I showed Ruby last fall at two Color Country Equestrian Club Dressage schooling shows, getting her much needed show experience. Ruby did great! Normal youthful exuberance aside, she learned her job and quickly got the hang of things, earning very solid scores well into the low 60s at Training level tests 1 & 2. Brenda took Ruby to the Cooper Ranch Schooling Show in Las Vegas on May 2nd, 2009, and showed her in Training Level Tests 3 & 4. I'm proud of these two. Ruby is a worker bee, and Brenda is a super rider. These two have a very bright future ahead of them. They earned a respectable 57plus on their first ride, Training test 3, and a 63.2 on Training Level test 4. Look out world! Here's a link to video of this ride: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01e-R9jmY4g