Pie and Drifter got a pedigree post, so Dawn deserves one too. Jean was certainly right in her comments on my last post - you can't ride a pedigree. But that doesn't matter too much when geeky fun is in order. I was one of those children who, even before I had a horse, would obsessively read every book on horses I could get my hands on, including most of the classic horse stories. But I always especially loved books on the different horse breeds and on famous horses from the past. This fun with pedigrees is continuing on in that vein.
Here's Dawn's pedigree. She doesn't have a "fashionable" TB race horse pedigree, but more of an old-fashioned one, I think. She did race several times as a three year old - she had a June birthday and was very small - only about 14.3 hands when we got her at 4 - but was a bleeder (knowing her, probably because she tried so hard) and was retired from racing. She eventually matured to about 15.1 hands.
Her sire is American Standard - Dawn looks just like him (although he's racing thin and she certainly isn't):
Nasrullah's sire was Nearco:
Nasrullah also appears in the dam's side of the pedigree, in this case through Nashua:
Too Bald's dam Hidden Talent won the Kentucky Oaks, and Hidden Talent's sire was Dark Star, who won the Kentucky Derby and in the process was the only horse to ever beat Native Dancer. Here's Dark Star:
Dawn's paternal grandsire goes straight back to Man O'War twice through War Relic and War Admiral. Here's Man O'War:
And War Admiral:
Dawn's dam has Native Dancer twice:
Farther back in her pedigree there's a couple of instances of Display, through Discovery, and there's quite a bit of Bull Dog in there too. Here's Discovery:
We only know about half of Lily's pedigree. Her dam was a QH, and we know nothing about her, not even her name. Lily's sire was an Oldenburg called Fascination - Lily looked in her younger days quite a bit like him, particularly in the head, neck and shoulder:
Fascination's sire was Furioso II, a very famous sire of show jumpers:
Lily is know for her ability to put her head up in just that manner when she's excited. Fascination's dam goes back to the stallion Absatz:
One of Lily's more famous relatives is her half-uncle Voltaire - here's a video clip showcasing his jumping ability. When we got Lily she had barely jumped and we didn't know what we had, but we quickly discovered her jumping prowess - and she loved, loved, loved to jump. She and my daughter were just getting going when Lily had to be retired from competition due to heaves - this is a photo from their last jumping class - Lily's saying "ho, hum, this fence is really small":
We don't know anything about Norman's pedigree - but then who needs a pedigree if you're Norman?
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Pie and I got in a nice 45 minute trail ride with Scout this morning - it was about 20F with almost no wind. Pie had to do lots of trotting to keep up with Scout's long stride at the walk. He was feeling pretty good - I got a bit of head-shaking early on in the ride and one small attempt at a crow-hop when we were doing a stretch of trotting in the lead - but he settled down pretty well by the end of the ride. I figure if he's this good in the middle of the winter at age 4 1/2, he's only going to get better!