Patti’s Herd

Friday, June 19, 2009

Patti continues to enjoy showing and bringing along Sandor and Wish.  She competed Sandor, who is co-owned by Anne Ramsay, in the USEF Developing Horse Championship in 2007 where the pair finished in fifth place.   He moved up to I2 and Grand Prix in 2008, and although he qualified for the I1 Championship in 2008, they decided the trip to California wasn’t worth the expense.  Wish is one of Carole Allgauer’s horses that Patti competes.  The pair competed at the five-year-old class at the Markel/USEF Young Horse Championships in 2008 with a strong fifth place finish.

Carole’s husband Frank bought Wish as a three-year-old in 2006 from Hugh DeKoning in Holland, and they’re very excited about.  “He has a super mind and is really athletic and really talented.”

Tuesday through Saturday Patti works at Fireside Farm.  If she clinics she does it on Sundays and Mondays.  “I really am anal,” she says.  “I don’t take days off.  I want my horses at home to get five days a week minimum.  In Florida they get six, and if I have a Sunday here where I am not really going anywhere, then they get worked.”  The staff at Fireside is top notch, and Patti says she relies heavily on her long-time groom.

“He knows them all inside and out,” she says.  “I can ask him any question when he brings them in to me, and he can answer it.  He’ll tell me if they’re stiff or crabby before I even ask.  But I do spend a little bit of time with each of them every night before I leave.  I give them a carrot, and I talk to them so I do feel like I have a relationship with all of them.”