So, when my then 4 year old homebred Welsh/TB pony gelding did not sell as a show hunter, this middle aged DQ swung her leg over his back and life was never the same. At 14.1, Gee is not a giant in stature, but you'd never know it when riding him. Feisty, athletic and irrepressible, he gives his rider a sense of confidence. I have to thank Sammie Di Maria for this. She started him, under the tutelage of my friend Mollie Moss and when Sammie went back to college, Gee and I started taking our first jumping lessons with Mollie. I can't stress enough how far outside my comfort zone this was - yikes.
But Gee just kept trucking - bad distances, rider hanging off the side or in his mouth - he just kept jumping. Eventually I started to trust the concept and it became less embarrassing/painful to watch.
Our first show was BN at Stableview, the premier show facility here in Aiken - after dressage at XC we were 2nd - stadium was another story (rider was just awful), poor Gee, so we ended up in 4th place.
Shortly after that I met the 4* eventer Kate Brown, who has a beautiful facility right here in Aiken and we struck a deal - I coach her in dressage, she became my Eventing coach. I really appreciate her style of teaching, as does Gee. Her standard saying is: 'He is just cantering over these fences - can't wait for them to be big enough for him to start jumping'.
Over the last 12 months we have slowly made our way through BN and moved to Novice at 2015 Pinetop Thanksgiving - where we won for the first time. I was so thrilled - what a feeling of accomplishment! This was followed by another win at Sporting Days and a second place at Full Gallop Farm and here we are - going to AECs. What a blast I have had so far, thanks to my coaches and one wonderful ATP (All Terrain Pony) - Go Eventing!