Standardbred Showcase: Dribbles and Deb Thomson

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!

Standardbred Showcase

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!

Standardbred Showcase

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

Standardbred Showcase

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.

Standardbred Showcase
Photo Credit: Belinda Richardson

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!

Standardbred Showcase

Dribbles is a fantastic example on how versatile the breed really is. What a talented jumper he is!

 

If you would like to have your standardbred featured #transformationtuesday please click here for the information and email info@dressagedreamers.com.au 

 

Standardbred Showcase

Standardbred Showcase

Standardbred Showcase

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!

#transformationtuesday

 

I’m keen to hear all the amazing stories, if you could please email all details (and photos!) to info@dressagedreamers.com.au

Arnie and I can’t wait to read everyone’s stories!

Standardbred SHowcase