Chapter One


2007 ISR/Oldenburg NA mare named Rose (barn name), purchased in 2009 as a 2.5 year old. She was adorable, sweet, halter broke, and easy to catch. A blank slate and a diamond in the rough, she was a fun project and great learning experience. She was the first "baby" that I've started. Due to having my own baby in 2012 and struggling to find the time needed to keep Rose in training, I made the tough decision to sell her. In August of 2013 I sold her and she moved to her new home in Colorado.

Rose's history:
July 2007
Rose was foaled May 25, 2007 at Oak Leaf Farm Sport Horses in Yamhill, Oregon. She is black bay and stands 16.2hh. Her sire is Gatsby and her dam is Piper. She has a certificate of birth with the ISR and is an approved mare with ISR/Oldenburg NA with a premium score of 105. Click here to view Rose's pedigree

During the summer of 2007, Piper and Rose were purchased by TDS Sporthorses and moved to their farm in Gaston, Oregon. Rose spent the following two years at TDS. On September 30th, 2009 I decided to purchase her and transported her from TDS to a quiet little barn in rural Oregon City, where she enjoyed the rest of her two year old year out on pasture with a buddy during the day and cozied up in a nice dry stall at night. We spent that winter working on ground manners and preparing her to get started under saddle in the spring.

When Rose turned three, May 1st, 2010 she moved to Green Meadow Farm and was started by Tracie Bjugan, who put 45 days on her. She continued her training with me from that point on with regular lessons. The following spring in 2011 she successfully competed in three dressage shows, taking home second  place and reserve champion ribbons in Intro Level and Mare Performance classes. In 2011 we moved to Bozeman Montana. Rose's dressage training continued and she was started over fences. She was successfully completing 2' line work and started schooling flying changes. Unfortunately, the EHV1 outbreak in the area cancelled the show season in 2011. Rose had much of her four/five year old year off serious training due to my pregnancy/new baby. In January 2013 her training started back up in full force and we are looking forward to showing training level/first level this summer and continuing to dabble with jumping. Despite my best efforts, keeping a show horse in condition while being a full time stay at home mom and working part time simply was not working out, and I decided it would be best for everyone if I sold her. In August of 2013 she was sold to a wonderful eventing home in Colorado. I look forward to seeing where she goes in the eventing world with her new owner!

 About Gatsby:
"Gatsby is a 17.1h, 1999, homozygous black Oldenburg Stallion by the elite Hanoverian stallion, Gonzo I. Gatsby stamps his foals with great bone, size, conformation, athleticism, refinement, and consistently amazing temperaments, making him an excellent choice for amateurs or professionals in any sport-horse discipline. Gatsby not only turns heads with his beauty and presence, but he steals hearts wherever he goes, whether in training, grooming, or just working around him in the barn.  He is a perfect gentleman when he is around people and horses alike.  Most riders want a horse that is not only talented, but fun and safe too.  The story remains consistent - people love their Gatsby babies and are hailing them as the most beautiful, talented, trainable, and sweet horses they've ever had." - Fox Dale Farm

About Piper:
Piper is a 15.0h, 1990, dark bay, non-papered Quarter Horse/Percheron cross. She has produced several nice Red Preferred American Warmblood foals including "All About" in 2006 (by of Walkabout), "Foxy" in 2005 (out of Walkabout), and "Hot Rod" in 2004 (by of Major Rocket Imprint). In addition, she produced "Montana TDS" a rare silver dapple filly in 2008 (by of Champs Guthrie). 

Training Accomplishments

May 25, 2007 -  Rose is born at Oak Leaf Farm in Yamhill, Oregon.
August, 2007 - Rose and Piper move to TDS Sporthorses (now Sundragon Sporthorses) in Gaston, Oregon.

This is a list of the things that Rose and I have accomplished since I came to own her:

Sept. 30, 2009 - I purchased Rose from TDS and brought her to her new home. It was Rose's first time on a trailer since she was a foal (it took 2 hours to get her on it).
Oct. 3, 2009 - Rose got a sponge bath.
Oct. 4, 2009 - Rose's first time getting her mane "pulled" with Solo Comb & she wore a blanket for the night.
Oct. 7, 2009 - Rose stood tied to the hitching post with blocker tie ring.
Oct. 8, 2009 -  Rose stood for muzzle trim.
Oct. 14, 2009 - Rose finally allowed her back feet to be handled and picked-out.
Oct. 15, 2009 - Rose turned out with another horse for the first time since she was weaned (2-years).
Oct. 17, 2009 - Rose stood in blocker-tie ring cross ties.
Oct. 24, 2009 - Rose got her first (since I owned her) real bath with the hose.
Nov. 1, 2009 - Rose got her first trace clip.
Nov. 7, 2009 - Rose stood nice and quiet for the farrier and got all 4 feet trimmed without a single kick-out!
Nov. 25, 2009 - Rose loaded onto a trailer, with lots of treats and coaxing.
Dec. 9, 2009 - Rose had her wolf teeth removed, caps popped and a float.

Feb. 3, 2010- Rose wore a bridle for the first time.
Feb. 6, 2010 - Rose wore a saddle for the first time.
Feb. 27, 2010 - Rose started longeing and hand-walking fully tacked up with stirrups down.
March 7, 2010 - Rose properly loaded onto the trailer.
March 20, 2010 - Rose longed with saddle on, stirrups up.
March 21, 2010 - Rose's first haul-in and experience in an indoor arena.
April 19, 2010 - Rose's first haul-in to a State Park equestrian trail head.
May 1, 2010 - Rose moved to Green Meadow Farm to get started by Tracie Bjugan.
May 3, 2010 - Rose longed in a bridle and stirrups down and flapping for the first time.
May 6, 2010 - Rose was "backed" for the first time, and it went wonderfully!
May 7, 2010 - Rose walked out under saddle for the first time.
May 8, 2010 - Rose trotted under saddle for the first time.
May 11, 2010 - Rose worked under saddle off of the longeline for the first time.
May 17, 2010 - Rose cantered under saddle for the first time.
May 22, 2010 - I rode Rose for the first time. Walk, trot, and canter!
May 29, 2010 - Rose allowed her ears to be clipped for the first time.
June 12, 2010 - I had my first solo ride on Rose.
August 20, 2010 - Rose attended the ISR/Oldenburg NA inspection and got a premium score of 105! She is now officially ISR (due to the lack of pedigree on her dam's side) and in the pre-mare book (also due to Piper's lack of pedigree). The judge couldn't say enough complimentary things about her.
October 25, 2010 - Rose cantered in straight lines on the rail and responded to half-halts at the canter for the first time!
November 7th, 2010 - Rose got her feet trimmed while standing in the cross ties for the first time! No more holding her necessary.
January 30th, 2011 - I rode Rose bareback for the first time!
February 5th, 2011 - I took Rose for her first trail ride.
February 12th, 2011 - I took Rose to her first schooling show.
March 13th, 2011 - I took Rose to her first rated dressage show.

April 1st, 2011 - Rose cantered over single ground poles for the first time.
April 6th, 2011 - Rose cantered through a set of canter poles for the first time.
April 30th, 2011 - Rose jumped for the first time.
June 3rd, 2011 - Rose jumped a 2' vertical for the first time
June 13th, 2011 - Rose did a flying lead change for the first time
June 29th, 2011 - Rose jumped an oxer for the first time.

January 6th, 2012 - Rose let me pick out all four feet from one side of her body.
December 30th, 2012 - Rose rolled for the first time! 

February 16th, 2013 - Attended her first local western/english open schooling show, and showed English Pleasure. Brought home 2nd and 3rd place ribbons. Stood tied to the trailer all day for the first time. 
February 27th, 2013 - Hauled tied in the trailer.
June 1st, 2013 - Crossed a creek via a bridge for the first time.
June 27th, 2013 - Hauled and loaded Rose all alone for the first time.
September 2nd, 2013 - I said goodbye to my Rose and she was loaded up on a trailer headed south.
September 3rd, 2013 - Rose arrived at her new home in Colorado.


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