Imagine That

Digging around in Gina’s files at work this week led me to the joyous discovery of her lifetime registration with the USEF! Good news, for sure, because that nonsense costs $200 and is definitely out of my budget. Better news: USEF has a super online record database for all horses registered with them! Best news: show name problem is taken care of. She’s registered as “Imagine That” and since it costs $60 to change it, big mare is staying “Imagine That” because I’m broke and there are better things on which to spend $60. (Thanks to everyone who suggested names. There was Kimberlina from my friend Becky, Princess Jinglebottom from Trainer Anne, Amareican G from the Blue Whale of Catoosa [no really, he Tweeted at me], and The Divine Miss G from my mother.) 

Interesting tidbits from her show record: she was shown mostly hunters (under saddle and over fences) and records indicate she was mediocre at best. Lots of middling places (4th of 6, 5th of 10, etc.) in there. Also notable: a whole slew of last places and did not places in every jumper class she was entered in! This doesn’t really bode well for her future in eventing, but I’m willing to place most of the blame on her rider. I think she’ll do better with someone who isn’t prone to laying on her neck. 
I also found a certificate proclaiming her as part of the Oklahoma-bred Thoroughbred program. So all of her magical, imaginary little Thoroughbred racehorse babies will be eligible for special stakes races. Woo.
I suppose it’s true you learn something new every day. We’re off to practice dressage tomorrow morning; here’s to more learning!

Good Breeding

The program added a couple of new horses this week, and one is a super-cute chestnut Thoroughbred gelding. I took the liberty of searching for him on Pedigree Query, as I am wont to do with all TBs I encounter. His parentage is nothing spectacular; it’s better than sweet, inbred Moe, but not as impressive as Gina’s. Take a look:
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That’s Mr. Prospector on top and Affirmed on bottom. In my limited research, it appears that neither of these lines are known for producing anything but astonishingly competent racehorses. Which brings me back to my original mystery: why was G sold to a sporthorse breeder in Oklahoma as a two year old? 
Both G’s sire and dam were decent racers. Her sire, Look See won over $100,000 on the track and sired numerous stakes winners. Her dam, True Brilliance, earned a respectable $23,000. Gina has two full siblings, both mares, with no race record. Some of her half-siblings on her dam’s side have been fairly successful racehorses. The half-siblings on her sire’s side are too numerous to list (but you can see them here, if you want), but believe me when I say many of them are very good. 
Gina isn’t much of a lean, leggy Thoroughbred; she’s of the stout variety. Did her breeders see this in her as a two year old? Did they ever get her out on the track? Was she a giant, horrible brat they wanted to unload ASAP? How did I end up with such a mysterious horse?

Gina Has Babies!

G’s former owners finally mailed her Jockey Club papers to the equestrian center last week; I received them Thursday and spent the remainder of the week puzzling over them. The papers certainly shed a bit of light on G’s past- she came to Oklahoma as a two year old in 1999. Over the next ten years she went through four owners before winding up at the program. 

The most curious thing to me about the papers was a stamp on the front bearing the words “International Sporthorse Registry/Oldenburg Registry NA”. A quick Google search turned up the official website of the organization, which maintains stallion and mare books and coordinates inspections and performance tests for sporthorses (like Oldenburgs, Hanoverians, Holsteiners, etc.). Apparently, G is registered in the ISR’s main mare book. Hmm. I figured this meant she definitely had some foals out there- why else take the time and money to register her?
I found an outdated website (we’re talking 2006) of the sporthorse ranch G had been sold to as a two year old; lo and behold, there’s my horse listed on the “Our Broodmares” page (she’s Kimberly K). And just look at that wittle bitty baby pony pony at her side! Awwww. 
ADORABLE.
After a little more clicking around, I found some pictures of G’s foals as four-year-olds. There’s Kassandra (the foal pictured above), a pretty chestnut mare with a big floaty trot (just like G!):
Just like mama!
I also found Koko, who is the spitting image of Gina. 
Exactly like mama.

Both of G’s daughters are by a gorgeous Oldenburg, Wradar. Weirdly, he lives about 5 miles away from me. 

It’s my belief that the sporthorse place was breeding G and Wradar to produce dressage horses. G has beautiful movement, and Wradar is some kind of super-champion who holds about a zillion titles. (Seriously…go check his page out.) I’d be curious to breed her to another Thoroughbred and see what comes out- maybe a super eventer!
It’s been fascinating looking into G’s past. I hope to uncover some more pieces to her puzzling life by researching information on subsequent owners, but this is a pretty rad start.