My name is Jennifer and this is my first Derby thanks to an old Pony Club friend who mentioned this on Facebook. My family and I just moved to East Texas last summer and I signed up for the Derby to motivate me to get into the saddle, explore our 21 acres and the two National Forests we are sandwiched between. I have been riding for 27 years and can't imagine never having my own horse. My passion began 26 years ago when my parents bought me Quisto Quest, a beautiful 3 year old leopard Appaloosa. Growing up thru Pony Club we did a little bit of everything: Eventing, Jumpers, Dressage, Trails, Games, even Barrel Racing in an English saddle. Quisto is now 29 years old and is enjoying retirement life.
I will be riding my two Dressage horses in the Derby for fun this year. Woodruff Dancer is a Mahogany Bay, 16.1 hh English Shire X TB. I've had him since he was a yearly and broke him myself. We've done many a shows together. Can't wait to hit the trails with him this year.
I will also be riding Dancer's cousin, Woodruff Vivaldi, aka " Spanky". He is a Dapple Grey, 17.1 hh English Shire X TB. I've had him for about 1.5 years now. My husband bought him before he deployed to Qatar as a birthday present for me from a family friend. He and I have just started our relationship but I have already had to go out of my comfort zone with him. lol A very different personality than what I had been use to, but also very rewarding. This year out on the trails should be exciting.
Yes, I know... not the breed or discipline you typically see doing trails, but I firmly believe you have to keep things interesting for these guys to keep the relationship healthy. I am looking forward to the Derby.
See y'all on the virtual trails!!!
the picture with me in a wedding dress is Wooduff Dancer and the other pic is Woodurff Vivaldi