Owned by Cathy McIntyre, Spruce
Dover is a 1998 gelding by
Donius W. from the thoroughbred mare Knocking on Dinah.
Dover and I were the Reserve
Champion 3rd level AA t the Alberta Provincial Dressage
I was so proud of him; for a
horse that hasn't been in the show ring for 5 years, and had
never shown at this facility he was fantastic. The weather
was absolutely horrible. Rain and cold turned the warm up
area into a sea of mud and Dover is afraid of bad footing (he walks around mud puddles LOL). He was also very worried
about the indoor arena. With more show experience where he
can learn to relax a little our marks will improve a lot. (his average was about 61.5%).
I received very positive
comments from the judges on his quality. I was sitting next
to a brilliant GP rider who has to sell
the horse she has put 4 or 5 years into because he just
doesn't "own the ring" and she can't get the big scores.
It brought home to me, in a big way, how lucky I am to have
a horse who DOES own the ring. It is not something you can
train into them, they either have it or they don't.
We are going for PSG next year,
although my coach thinks we should just skip it altogether
and go straight to Grand Prix. Dover's piaffe is
absolutely solid, his canter pirouettes exceptional and we
are working on passage which is not hard for him either. The
only glitch is in the tempi's because our indoor is so
small, I can't get very many in a row.
He is an exceptional horse,
charming and sweet who is, at 12, still as sound as a bell.
Just a few minutes old
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