Cold Cash aka Cadence

I’m training full time with Marie Morgan and clinicing regularly with Debbie Bowman. As for my beloved OTTB, Cadence and I are on our journey to Third Level!!!!! He’s such a special horse. He’s been very successful with solid scores in Second Level at recognized shows and have qualified our Second Level Freestyle for USDF/GAIG Region 9 & SWDC Championships. In addition, we are focusing our schooling efforts on Third.

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“Cadence” aka Cold Cash – we qualified for the Southwest Dressage Championships last year (Oct 2008) and we placed 6th with 66.4% in Training Level. In addition, we placed in all classes we entered (First Level Test 1 (2nd pl 63%) and 4 (6th pl 58%) and First Level 4 (4th pl 63%)). We ended the year with two 66%s First Level 4 at a schooling show in which I was so proud of” Cadence” because it was the first time he really relaxed and gained confidence in the arena.

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We survived Hurricane Ike. Whew. I was able to get Cadence out of town and farther north before Ike hit. He has been enjoying being out in a pasture with several other horses. They’re grazing, relaxing, and enjoying the vacation – while we’ve been without power and water for a while. I was very fortunate and had my water restored on Sunday and power came back last night. Thankfully, I’ve heard from the barn and no one was injured and the horses that stayed are doing okay. Everyone is still without power, but all in good health.

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I am so proud of Cadence! He was a trooper…after a very rocky start. It took four people two hours to load him on the trailer, which is completely out of character for him because he usually walks right on. This was the first time he’s ever seriously challenged authority, but in the end he did get on. He just was in a very sour mood – charging, throwing his weight into people, even after lunging…finally had to have one of my trainer friends put him in his place and then he loaded. On the return home, he loaded on the second try, no problems.

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In December we competed in a schooling show, which was very good. We made our First level debut with scores in the 60’s. In March, we rode in another show. We rode Training Four and First One and Two. Scores were not the greatest because we were having an off day.

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