I might be saying this often of late. But I have LOVED reading all the stories! None of them are the same and the passion for their horse is undeniable,
I would love to share the wonderful story of Indiana Go & Dimittee Walker for the second installment of Standardbred Showcase.#transformationtuesday. A new segment through Dressage Dreamers.
Indiana Go & Dimittee Walker
Indiana Go is a beautiful 6-year-old mare by Gotta Go Cullect who has had numerous trials with one race start at Gloucester Park in March 2016. But, deeming to be too slow it was soon after this that Dimittee and Indiana Go found each other back in August 2016.
However, it wasn’t long after the new partnership was formed that they stepped out to their first breed show in February 2017. They kicked off their competition career with much success! Being awarded Champion Standardbred Mare and Reserve Champion Off The Track Standardbred. This is definitely a positive sign of many future successes for the pair in their career ahead of them.
Both Dimittee and Indiana are both learning together with only a handful of rides under their belt and enjoying every step of the way. Dimittee is busy working hard training for dressage and showing, with her main goal over the next 12 months is to progress with their ridden career and to compete in a few hack shows and dressage events.
Dimittee is certainly a girl out of my own heart with having Charlotte Dujardin at the top of her list to have a lesson with. She is one of the most influential dressage riders of this time. Dimittee admits her biggest inspiration is Laura Bechtolsheimer with Mistral Hojris, another Olympic Great Britain dressage rider.
I wish Dimittee and Indiana Go all the success with their promising future ahead. I’ll be keen to check in with a follow up story when the pair have been to their first competition under saddle.
Here are a few beautiful photos of Indiana Go and Dimittee Walker.
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!
Every time I share a photo, post or video on Facebook I hear more and more people out there with their own Standardbreds. I’m always completely blown away with amazement on how many horses out there doing well under saddle. I know we often fly under the radar collectively as a breed, so I would love to showcase a story of all the special Standardbreds out there.
Starting from Tuesday 17th April, I would love to share a story a week. Showcasing a Standardbred that has made the transformation into a ridden horse. I’m not just looking at showcasing horses who have won countless titles! This is open to all Standardbred’s that have turned into a ridden horse.
A few details I will need to showcase:
Your name and location (which state)
Horse Name (including race and competition name)
Horses Background (if raced or trialed, when did he/she come into your life etc)
What level your horse is currently at (how long under saddle, what discipline you are training in etc)
Your achievements to date (I’m looking at mainly training achievements but also let me know what competition achievements you have!)
Your goals for the next 12 months (training and competition etc)
Photos, lots of photos!
Your biggest inspirations
Who you would LOVE to have a lesson with OR who you would LOVE to have dinner with to pick their brains!
Anyone special mentions
Did I mention photos?
I will write up a story for each horse that their story has been submitted, please ensure you haven’t sent enough information for a good size write up!