What a year for Seven! He began 2015 as a very green off the track Thoroughbred. We attended DHPC rallys learning a very wide range of activities from Polo Cross, mounted games, jumping and dressage. You name it, he had a crack at it this year: Pony Club, Hacking, Show Jumping, Dressage and Cross Country.
With each event we entered he grew more and more confident. He has a strong work ethic and focus in the ring. He had a very big fan club as a race horse and has proved to have the same in the hack ring. It's not just his height that makes him stand out in a crowd: he always gets comments on his very kind eye and striking presence. I'm so proud that in his first year as a show horse, he has placed in every class he entered.
His biggest achievements this year were 3rd place in the Scarvila Class at the Darwin Royal and Large Hack Horse of the Year 2015.
The Horse of the Year competition in particular was an amazing experience, I was just buzzing the entire day. Each work out got better and better. I remember one class I actually couldn't stop smiling: he got 3rd and I got the most stunning ribbon, I was so proud I wanted to cry. Then it was the last class of the day and I was just exhausted and I thought I had nothing left, but I thought to myself 'lets just leave all here' and dug deep. I think he felt it too - our work out was stunning and I couldn't have asked for better. Were lined up and they called out his name out over the loud speaker and I was so shocked and the crowd was yelling and cheering. I was the proudest Mum ever!
Seven has the sweetest nature and the quirkiest temperament. Don't tell him I told you this but he squeaks when he is excited. He plays chasings for food. Sometimes he has been known to - and I admit this is not very elegant - lick dirt.
I love him so much he can't do anything seriously wrong in my eyes. And after such a great year, I can't wait to see what the future brings for me and my mate Seven.