This is my
beautiful boy Shadow! He is a 21 yr old bay Morgan gelding.
Shadow is a lovely blend of the old style compact versatile working
Morgan and the new leggy refined animated show horse. He's been
with me since summer '00. He didn't know anything when he got
here, I've had to take him from the ground up. It's been a fun
journey, and who knows where it will lead us next. Shadow has a
lot of personality and always gives us a good laugh. He also can
be quite a hanful and full of energy. I guess this is where my
interest in Basenjis grew? :)
It was my dream to own a horse, but that wasn't the end. The
chance to train him myself and then finally compete with him
successfully in a show brought everything full circle! I hope
there's a lot more for me in the horse world, but at least I've done
what I needed to do. I have a lot to learn yet, and so does my
horse. Shadow is far from being a finished show horse, and myself
far from an expert rider, but we like to dabble in lots of
things. Here are some highlights from our show in August
2004. He was 5th out of 10 in his stock horse dominated halter
class. Not bad for an out of shape aged gelding pulled out of the
pasture. Then he was honorable mention in our novice walk/trot
class. I was so proud of my boy for working hard.
We got to
go to another show in July 2006. This time it was a GLASS-ED show
and we did the walk/trot dressage tests. Got a ribbon in every
class, even a 1st! He managed to improve his score over 10%
throughout the day, even with the extreme heat. I would love it
if we could go to one of these shows again next year and try training
level. But we sure have some work ahead of us.
Shadow enjoys running around the fields and playing with all the other
boys out there. He also is great at entertaining the kids at work
with his circus acts and line dancing.
Due to some last minute illnesses and injuries with the horses at work,
got to come with me on an overnight campout! It was
amazing to have the whole family together for a night away from home,
as I brought the dogs along too. He was a pretty good boy,
although tough for him to sit still. He is quite the busy
body. He managed to keep his composure fairly well and the trip
was a success.
And where would Shadow be without his gorgeous daddy! This is
Charter...Chantwood Charterson...who had quite a successful show
career. As did shadow's full brother, Batton's Flashdance.
Shadow was a foal bred with star intentions, but quickly put on the
backburner when life and kids caught up with his breeder.