Owned by Kathy Mathers of Manassass, Virginia

Elfe

Elfe is a 2001 Friesian-Warmblood filly sired by Donius W. Her dam is Welli's Lady Victory, a Canadian Warmblood mare.

2007 update:
Elfe is turning out to be a very cool dressage horse. She is a real blast to ride, a little like driving a sports car. I took her to a handful of schooling shows last fall and she was high score her first time out. We are now schooling all the first level movements and introducing a little shoulder-in work. Her canter work is getting so nice that in my lesson today, my trainer said she thinks Elfe will have wonderful flying changes and canter pirouettes. But, that's several years in the future - we'll show training level this year and let her tell us when she's ready to move to First Level.
 
Not only is she talented, but she is a pleasure to work around. Her ground manners are impeccable. She will stand in the aisle untied, even when someone is rattling around in the feed room. In fact, I had her in the barn aisle in the crossties this fall when my trainer was knocked unconscious when kicked while grooming a horse. I forgot that Elfe was still in the aisle until the ambulance came roaring down the driveway - at which point she was still standing still where I had left her.
 
We are at a small barn, where she lives with 6 other horses, including her pasture pal, Icy, an aged TB mare. Her stall opens up to her pasture and many times when I am on weekend barn duty, she will stick her head into her stall and bang on the door to demand a treat or another few flakes of hay. I understand she does the same to my trainer during the week....
 
2008 update:
This is just a quick note to let you know that our little Elfe was a superstar at the USDF/GAIG Region 1 Championships this past weekend. We were third (tied for reserve but we lost the tiebreaker) out of 38 horses in our Training level championship class with a 68.8 %. What a great way to end the show season! This was a huge show (at least by Region 1 standards) with 9 rings and about 1,300 horses and she was very good about all the commotion. Neither of the attached photos are wonderful, but I thought I would share them nonetheless.
 
As for next year, who knows? I would love to do a freestyle and she is still enjoying the occasional opportunities to jump, so we’ll just wait and see how things progress.


Photo taken 2008


Photo taken 2003


Photo taken 2003


Photo taken 2003


Photo taken 2002


Photo taken 2001

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