Happy New Year!
I just wanted to send you an update for last year.
We began working with a trainer last April and we have made huge improvements! This year, I plan to begin working on my USDF Bronze medal! My trainer feels that earning that medal will be easy for us. Who knows, we might even be able to silver in a few years!
We competed in three shows this past fall, rode in several clinics, and have trained regularly with my trainer. She is absolutely in love with Aragorn and feels that he has unlimited potential! He puts 100% into all of his work. He truly was bred for dressage and absolutely LOVES it! In fact, lateral work is his favorite so far! He instantly softens, collects, and tries harder as soon as I began asking for any lateral work.
Aragorn and I always score above 60% at the shows. We generally have scores above 65% and several in the 70s. Judges love his presence and always comment on how perfect we are for one another. Comments often say that he is elegant, beautiful and such a super horse!
Thank you for breeding this lovely boy- I don't know what I'd do without him! He is my true love!
Please find some photos from this past fall- look at how much Aragorn has changed and grown over the years! Jen
Sent: Thursday, October
Subject: Flying W Farms Prince Aragorn, IGGHR #438
I purchased Aragorn (Koning (Friesian) X Sultan's Super Blue (saddlebred)
last December, when he was a bit over 2 1/2 years old, and he has
begun to mature into the most beautiful, affectionate, and intelligent
horse I have had the pleasure to know! He has changed so much: when I
got him he was shaggy in his winter coat with a baby's body and face,
now he is maturing into a big, masculine, gorgeous Georgian Grande!
The moment he arrived at my barn, we began building a strong
relationship: within days he was following me around and trying to be
with me rather than his pasture mates when I put him out to pasture.
I have been taking Aragorn's training very slowly (which I am mostly
doing myself). He lunges, ground drives, leads and rides through and
over obstacles (including mattresses!), walks with me at liberty, and
saddle walk and trot. I have taken Aragorn to a Sport Horse
Versatility Clinic, on trail rides, and to his first horse show! I
included a picture from the clinic (June 2009) that shows him halted
with just his forefeet on
a bridge; I was so proud of him because I was able to have him halt
with just his forefeet on the bridge, step fully onto the bridge and
halt, and then step off with just his forefeet and halt with his hind
feet on the bridge (and this was only about the 8th time I had EVER
ridden him and his first time at an unknown stable with unknown
I also included some pictures from his first horse show: October 3,
2009. We did two in-hand classes: one hunter in-hand, the other hunter
showmanship. We also did a costume class! Aragorn began his first show
experience with a 1st place in the hunter in-hand and a 2nd place in
the hunter showmanship! You should have seen him: in his first class
(hunter in-hand) a group of supporters began clapping and cheering
when it was our turn to enter the ring and the cheers must have made
him feel good because he stretched his neck up into a high, long arch
and trotted with so much expression and joy! I was literally running
next to him shouting "Good boy! Good boy!!!" He certainly was born to
show off! I was so proud! The costume class was a bunch of fun, we got
2nd place in that class as well (we were hippies picketing for going
green by riding a horse!)!
I have included some other photos for you of him from around the barn
and getting ready for his first trail ride. And yes, while he was
black when I got him, and he is back to black again now, daily turnout
in our excessively sunny and hot coastal summer had turned him to bay
for the summer!
Anyway, he is just so lovely in looks, presence, and personality! I
love him to pieces and I know he loves me just as much. He is the best
friend I could have ever asked for and I can't wait to begin bumping
up the pressure and working towards our first competitive season
beginning next spring! I think he will be absolutely amazing in the
dressage ring! I wouldn't hesitate to purchase another Georgian Grande
from you on the future! Keep in touch!