Oyentè

Retired Grand Prix Andalusian Stallion


Oyentè, aka Oye P, was bred by Denham Ranch in Aubrey, TX and came to me after Sherry Martin contacted me on behave of his owners, Harry and Beckie Butler. Little did I know, that the Butlers and Oye would become so important in my life, in other words, I cannot imagine my life without them, PERIOD!
     I vividly remember the day I met Oye for the first time, I had been in FL training with Anne Gribbons when the truck dropped him off. We had been told that he had picked a fight with another stallion, but that he was not dangerous.
So I asked the girls at the barn to put him into a separate paddock and to be careful. It still makes me laugh, just thinking about it as he is the most gentle horse let alone stallion around!  Seeing him in that paddock, a little tiny gray mouse of a horse, with all 4 feet underneath him, huge eyes and insecurity written all over him. I fell soooooo hard for him and nothing has ever changed that.
     It took a while for him to trust me completely and he never got over the fear of plastic bags, cold water or tight girths. He was also very tricky under saddle as he would swap between being insecure to really macho. My trusted friend and advisor Bettina Drummond helped me to figure out this stallion. His piaffe and his one tempis were his highlights. Training Ralee really helped me figure out the aids to teach expressive changes and how to overcome Oye’s claustrophobia in the piaffe has made me more aware of how to approach the piaffe.
    Oye always hated it when I rode him with strong aids, but Ralee on the other hand became more expressive so as these two polar opposites reached GP at the same time it required a delicate balance to not get one mad while the other fell asleep on me.
The list of Oye’s achievements is really, really long so I cannot remember all of it. What I do remember is the pure joy I felt the first time he did a clean flying change or when he quietly started to piaffe, without panic or resistance, or the moment he came out of the anesthesia after his career-ending injury. Oye now enjoys his retirement here at the farm in SC with his best friend, my dressage TB Simply Royal, aka Simpi. They are rarely farther than 10 feet apart and usually share their morning hay.

Career Highlights

  • 2013 Dressage at Devon Chevy Cup - Oyentè
  • 2011 Andalusian Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle Horse of the Year - Oyentè
  • 2010 Andalusian Grand Prix Freestyle Horse of the Year - Oyentè
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