"JR" (not Junior, J.R.) - (Granado x Race Day) - 1979 Dark Bay AQHA gelding. His sire earned is ROM in racing, and AAA status. The majority (I'm talking like 90%) of Granado's immediate pedigree was AAA horses. JR's a great-grandson of Three Bars. His paternal grandsire is Jet Deck, by Moon Deck out of Miss Night Bar. JR's paternal granddam, Shady Lena, is by Sugar Bars out of Lena Leo (x Leo).
I do not think JR was ever raced, but he knows what that final turn means... pump up the gas, buddy! He's a jumper at heart, and that's his life. It's what he loves. Though at age 21 and with a mild case of navicular, he's heading for semi-retirement in about a year. Thanks to supportive boots, good care, and good management, JR is still able to jump (no higher than 2 feet - don't want to risk him), and to be competing in a monthly show.
JR's 1999 Show Record
JR's 2000 Show Record
"Jo" - (Spooksrobinbarnoah x Roanoak Celarta) - 1999 Bay Tobiano PtHA mare. Both of Jo's parents live at the ranch where we board, so I knew both of them before she was even bred! Her sire, "Noah" is an athletic brown/black tobiano stallion. Spooks Trophy Boy (by Scootin Spook out of Quick Chick) appears twice in his pedigree. He's a grandson of Robins Feature, by Mr Robin Boy.
Jo's dam, "Sally", is a bay Polish Arabian. She is a producer of multiple Class A champions & three Regional Top 5 and better winners. Jo is her first foal by Noah. She's my favorite broodmare on the ranch, and I always wanted one of her foals.
Jo has been on a limited showing status. I competed with her last year in the Interstate Fair where she won the Pinto - Foals of 1999 class. This year, she was in the same class, and we were be entered in Herdsmanship. We were one point from placing! :( (placings are 1 - 3, so we did really good!) :) I love Herdsmanship, because it encourages competitors to care for their animals (aka Partners) and keep their area tidy, so everyone can enjoy it.
This spring, Joey and I will learn ground manners, and I'm setting my goal on showing her by summer at local schooling shows in halter. I wish she was older and broke! I feel so much more in control on the horse than on the ground! lol!
Joey is growing WAY TOO FAST! (I'll get a current picture up when I find one that's decent... that means it may be a while, like maybe till, um, April... *grin*) She's just below 15 Hands (!) and is already wearing a Full Size Arab Halter (!). And she's just 19 months old!! Kriminy! She's quite the diva, and I love her to pieces; though sometimes I have to be reminded why I bought her! :) But she's turning out just the way I want her to, and I cannot wait until we get this manners thing fixed up and start with the mounted work... That'll happen in late 2001 or early 2002. *whew!*
Jo's 1999 Show Record (Limited Showing)
Jo's 2000 Show Record (Limited Showing)
I also ride a Crabbet bred Arabian mare from the ranch. "Shadie" is a frisky, challenging (but talented) mare, and I love to compete with her in English and halter. She won our halter class at the schooling show this summer! Can't wait for 2001 show season!! GO SHADIE! (pic coming soon!)