Super Stalker Weekend

Alyssa recently told me that my horse stalking skills, especially when it comes to stallions or young horses, are really impressive. She asked me how in the world I remember all the different horses, bloodlines, what they’ve done, etc. The answer is pretty simple: I spend a ridiculous amount of time obsessively watching and looking. Also I have nothing else of particularly important use taking up space in my brain, so it’s totally possible for me to dedicate like 98% of my brain cells to the cause. Everyone’s gotta be good at something, right?

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The weekend of stalking really kicked off on Friday morning. Mundial du Lion (which hosts the world championships for 6 and 7yo event horses, with a CCI* and CCI** respectively) was live streaming from France, and there were a few horses in particular that I really wanted to watch in the dressage. One of course being a Mighty Magic in the 2*, who’s ride time just happened to fall in the middle of my morning commute. No big deal… I just pulled over to watch on my phone. Technology is amazing.

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would not be sad if Presto is this nice when he’s 7

On Saturday I was volunteering at a horse trial, running dressage scores in the morning and XC jump judging in the afternoon. While running dressage scores is not my favorite job (why was it 90 degrees? why was my ring so far from the office? why was I so sweaty?) it did give me enough free time for one horse in particular to catch my eye in warmup. I finally got close enough to see his number, looked him up on the sheet, found his name, and looked him up. Ah, he’s a 6yo by Diarado out of a Sandro Hit mare. No wonder I liked him (Sadie is in foal to Diarado for 2018!). I made sure to come up and see his showjumping round and then of course I got to see him come through my fence on cross country. He won the Prelim.

looks so much like Diarado!

On Sunday morning I was up before to sun to watch the live stream of showjumping from Mondial du Lion. And when I say “watch” I mean with 3 windows open on my computer – the actual live stream, the order of go, and horsetelex – a European pedigree site. The order of go had the sire and the dam listed, but I want to see the whole pedigree and the blood percentage, and horsetelex is great for that. Sit there long enough, look at enough horses, and you start to see commonalities.

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my idea of a good time at 6am on a Sunday

These championships have a fantastic record for producing future stars – fischerRocana, Horseware’s Hale Bob, fischerTakinou, Upsilon, Quimbo, Annie Clover, La Biosthetique Sam… I mean really, MANY of the best horses in the world competed at Mondial du Lion while they were up and comers. Oh, and someone we all know named Mighty Magic, who was 2nd his 6yo year and won his 7yo year. It’s fun to watch them all and try to pick out which ones will be the next Sam or Rocana.

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Your new 7yo World Champion,ย Alertamalib’or, by 4* horse Summer Song out of a French Anglo Arab mare

Then last night I found myself clicking through the videos of theย Goresbridge auction horses. Goresbridge is a big auction for young event horses in Ireland – lots of big ones have come through there, including Copper Beach and both the East and West Coast 2017 YEH 5yo Championship winners. It’s fun to click through for like half an hour, fantasizing about buying one, and then it’s less fun when you’re like “yeah this is never going to happen ever in my life”. I picked out my favorites though, so now it’s kind of a game to see how much they all end up selling for and to who.

I did pry myself away from the computer and volunteering long enough to ride my own naughty creature. On Sunday morning he waited to roll until I was literally parking my truck (I swear to god he made eye contact with me before he went down) and then after about 15 minutes decided he was done with letting me curry all the mud off.

There is so much sass in our relationship.

10 thoughts on “Super Stalker Weekend

  1. yes you would be dangerous if you put your mind to the dark side. So much info can be held in there ๐Ÿ™‚ LOL I do think you are the best stalker around. Glad you had a productive weekend and glad Henry gave you the middle finger in mud ๐Ÿ™‚ HA HA HA what a jerk. that made me laugh over and over ๐Ÿ™‚ HA!

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  2. I have been doing the same thing, but lately with TB bloodlines. Have you ever been a TB bloodline stalker? My 3yo is by Ghostzapper so I’m obsessed with all things Ghostzapper. As a kid I would read the QH Journal cover to cover every month. If you need to know anything about QH bloodlines I can pretty much tell you about most horses up until roughly 2000 when my focus shifted to sporthorses. IT’S SO FUN!

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  3. Hey, I’m a wee stalker in the making. For now, I’m going to use Go Go Stalker Amanda for my needs for the big stuff, because she probably already has the answer stored in her brain.

    And one reason I might be a MM fan is because he got to jump all of those awesome xc jumps. They are probably the coolest ever. THE SPIDER!

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    1. MdL totally has the best jumps. I told Michelle we should go next year. Fly into Paris, head up to Normandy to see the pony jumper phenom, then down to Lion d’Angers for MdL…. seems like a reasonable business trip to me.

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