I absolutely love hearing about other Standardbred’s out and about doing well for their owners. The more I post the more I hear, the more I hear the more I want to share all these stories!
The Standardbred Showcase #transformationtuesday is a new part of Dressage Dreamers, showcasing a Standardbred a week who has made the transformation from being a harness horse into a riding horse.
I would love to share our first Standardbred Showcase
Dribbles & Deb Thomson
Dribbles is his competition name too! I absolutely loved reading Deb’s email and seeing all her amazing pictures with her boy Dribbles!
Deb is based in Kyabram Victoria and is proud of her 9-year-old gelding named Dribbles, who is by Blissful Hall and stands at 15.1hh. Dribbles was bred by her Father in-law and was listed in the yearling sales but was passed in as he was on the small side!
It wasn’t until the unraced, unnamed 6-year-old Dribbles developed a suspensory injury he was retired to Deb, who started on their amazing journey together after her second child was born. While she admits he was super quiet, he did have a few quirks, noise sensitive, shying and scooting off with or without her! They soon joined the Northern Standardbred Riding Group and started getting a few competitions and shows under their belt. While Dribbles was showing a keenness for jumping, getting regular lessons from her old instructor David Quick was the help they needed to get back on track.
In just the three years they have had together and after an 8-year break for Deb away from the saddle, their list of amazing achievements:
- Established a 3-beat canter
- Top Ten in the Alabar HERO Series TWO YEARS running
- Won numerous Champions and Supreme Champions in BOTH Led and Ridden
- Learnt to lengthen and shorten the stride at the trot and canter.
- Starting lateral work
- Learnt to go over water jumps
- Best performed Standardbred at the TTT CT 2018
In this three-year period the lowest placing they have had was in the L4 in the last 18 months is 7th which was in the TTT CT this year.
But, Dribbles hasn’t made the complete switch to a competition horse just yet. He lives on a racing property and gets ridden on the track. He still goes on the jogger and in the cart! Deb admits how great it is to have an ‘old stager’ to work with the younger horses and even babysitting them. He truly is a very handy horse to have around the property and is also known as the ‘useful show horse’ on the farm!
Dribbles is a fantastic example on how versatile the breed really is. What a talented jumper he is!