Success with Horses of All Backgrounds

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Jules speaks with great proud of the current horses in her barn. "We are very proud of Narobi, our 'little horse that could.' Narobi was a rescue of sorts, having spectacularly failed as a driving horse at ten years of age. He was so fearful, feral and complicated that it took perseverance and bravery for him to learn to steer and an even longer time to gain his trust. I am still dealing with ‘confidence issues' in and out of the ring, although he has become an expressive and beautiful Grand Prix horse with a serious future."

Another ‘rescue’ in the barn at Teamwork Dressage is Brendan Braveheart. "He had shut down in a really dangerous way and at seven years of age had not yet cantered on the right lead. Within a year, he has become a top-scoring Prix St. Georges/Intermediare I competitor and he is happily showing a talent for the piaffe/passage tour," Jules said. Although Narobi and Brendan Braveheart both came from difficult backgrounds, that is not the case with all the horses with which Jules works. Her current string of horses also includes some that have shown tremendous talent from day one.

One such horse is Vivaldi-V. "We imported Vivaldi at three years of age from Burt Rutten, a famous breeder and trainer in the Nederlands. Vivaldi has been a  FEI young horse star at four, five and six years of age and in June this year, he tied for reserve champion for the FEI Young Horse East Coast selection trial at the Raleigh CDI," Jules said. Vivaldi is just one of a number of super young horses that Jules is bringing up the levels that will be visible on the show circuit in the coming years. Among these future stars is a stallion named Clocktower Odyssey, sired by the famous, deceased Roemer, that is owned by Select Media and is competing at Fourth Level.