My journey to the FEI World Breeding Jumping Championships for Young Horses in Lanaken, Belgium, with Catania Saflo Z (Minnie) and Carrasca Z (Hank) began at 3:30 a.m., on Saturday, Sept. 12. The horses were to be picked up at 5 a.m., to go to quarantine before flying out and I wanted to make sure they got a mash before leaving.
Everyone starts their young horses differently. Some start them as 2-year-olds and some wait until they are 4. Some start them through long-lining and some start them through lunging. Who is to say what the “correct way” is. In my opinion there are multiple correct ways, and every person must find what works for them and the horse.
Many people have heard of Tommie Turvey before, usually with the reference of being a trick rider/trainer. There is a tongue twister for you; Tommie Turvey Trick Trainer (say it four times fast). Yes, Tommie is a trick rider, but he is so much more than that, because in order to be a trick rider or trainer (he is both) you have to be a horseman first.
I have seen him at different events and horse shows and have always thought what he does is incredible. How does he get his horse to focus solely on him in an arena with a crowd numbering in the thousands?
The other week as my sister and I were packing up from a two-week show at Showplace Spring Spectacular (Lamplight, Ill.) to come home, it hit me again how lucky I am.
Beyond the obvious reasons of that I get to show so many nice horses and I have amazing parents and clients who support me, I was thinking that I felt lucky to know how to pack up from a show and how to haul the horses home ourselves.