Friday, October 21, 2011

Quest Wins September PSO Best Turned Out Prize

The September Absorbine sponsored Best Turned Out Class was as competitive as ever.  Our worthy winner was Kerry Dawson with her two year old Welsh X Arab Trebinshawn Casino, known as Quest.

Kerry has owned the 14.1 hh Quest for the last two years, she said "I was bough Quest for Christmas in 2009 by friends who I had helped get back on track in their personal lives.  My first meeting with Quest was when I walked into his stable and was asked what I though of him, I said "he's cute!" I was then given his passport!"

Quest was very wild when Kerry first owned him, but the pair have been to lots of shows to compete in in-hand classes, this year the pair have been competing at county level.  Quest has won and been placed at county shows and was Reserve Coloured Champion at the Trailblazers finals. Kerry went on to say, "most of the time I groom and then hand him over to my friend Lisa to show for me  - I get a real kick out of watching my hard work shine and sparkle in the show ring!"

Kerry plans to get Quest licensed as a stallion next year, she said "you wouldn't think he is a colt, he has always been easy to train and handle, he is great on the road and good around my 8 year old daughter and my 12 year old son.  I have had people ask if he is a mare or gelding!"  

This was the first tine Kerry has entered PSO, she also has an entry in the November show which will hopefully be as successful.  Kerry also enjoys banger racing, last season she was competing on the racetrack and this year she has concentrated on showing Quest.


Monday, October 3, 2011

A Worthy Winner

Eleanor Warren and her ex-racehorse Kyle of Lochalsh have won the August Absorbine sponsored best turned out class at the first time of entering PSO.

Kyle as he is know has been owned by Eleanor for the past four years after an injury ended his racing career.  He won five times on the flat whilst he was racing, but the 11 year old now has a home for life with Eleanor.  He is very well bred and his maternal grand dam was a sister of the famous racehorse Shergar.

Eleanor said "Kyle goes otu showing every now and then as he is technically lame owing to his racing injury.  Its a shame as he would have made a good Show Hack.  He hates jumping these days so any form of that is out of the question.  Other than that he bums around the field nannying the youngsters and stealing their food!"

Eleanor came across Kyle through her job as a work rider, she rode him out every day when he was in training.  During the winter Eleanor also goes to the races with the horses and she said "our racehorses get turnedout with plaited manes and tails, quarter markers, the works, it was a very quick learning curve for me - to pull plait and trim a thoroughbred. (Eleanor had previously shown native ponies) Its an amazing job to do and I don't really consider it as a job, its more of a paid hobby".

Kyle is the first horse Eleanor has owned, although her family have always been into horses and breeding.  Eleanor is quite a fan of Absorbine products, she said "spending my summers out on the show scene with mainly black ponies with the odd bay or chestnut thrown in I get through a lot of ShowSheen.  Having tried pretty much every version of show shine on the market I think its safe to say I will always stick with Absorbine as it really does make my wee beasties gleam from head to toe."