Sadie and I at a Pony Club function, 1997 or 1998. I have no real recollection of what’s going on here; so many of my early PC events bleed together as one hazy memory. The best I can figure is that this was some sort of mock-Rally or the club’s annual horse trial. I’d guess I’m going into the show jumping phase here, though why I have a standing martingale and a ghetto flash noseband on my horse is beyond me.
Sadie was a very sweet Quarter Horse mare my parents bought for me when I got serious about riding. She was well-broke and quiet and a perfect first horse for a youngster- she definitely didn’t live up to the chestnut mare reputation! Sadie carried me through my first years of eventing, along with many hunter classes at 4H and Bridle & Saddle Club shows. She even won me a high-point dressage award!
Sadie was short, only about 14.3 hands, and I quickly outgrew her. We sold her to a nice family with several children who rode; they loved her so much that when they moved from Tennessee to Colorado, they took her with them. I think they even bred her a couple of times, though what became of her offspring, I don’t know.
I always think of Sadie fondly; while Thoroughbreds get all the glory for their athleticism and work ethic, I believe Quarter Horses are right up there with them (with a lot less crazy)!