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This is my first Saddlebred, Sutton's Jean-Pierre, from the Gallant Guy O'Goshen line of prepotent stallions, imported by Ron Besaw to Australia in the 1970s. I purchased him as a yearling colt and he bred until he was gelded at age 7. He was the kindest of horses, very easy to manage at stud, and very keen and willing to learn anything new. He showed in hand and in riding classes and exercised and trialled in harness. When he was 17 years old (and I was 47!)I had the opportunity to learn to jump and we started eventing. When I retired he took on a young rider and they had great fun and success at dressage and eventing.
A very hardy horse, as are all his line, he was willing to do anything one had the time and knowledge to ask of him.
I started one of his daughters in saddle and harness. Currently one grandson is excelling in harness and I have a 4 yeaar-old grandson about to start his career.
03-14-2010, 07:06 AM
Thank you for sharing your memorable horse with us!
I hope you see glimpses of him in each of his descendants.
Welcome to TROT, Marg!
03-14-2010, 09:16 AM
Love that first picture...the 3 yr old in-hand. Lovely horse!
03-14-2010, 09:30 AM
How absolutely lovely! Thank you for sharing!!
03-14-2010, 09:56 AM
gorgeous! I love the jumping picture, it looks like he was bred for it. What a beautiful horse- you should submit your photos and story to ASB Stars' website for ASB sport horses (see the thread in the general equine topics thread).
03-14-2010, 05:06 PM
What a nice horse. Definitely send your pics and story to ASB STARS.
Thanks for your appreciations, people! He was a super horse and made me into a "rider" and a Saddlebred fan. JP was very forgiving; I made lots of mistakes along the way but he never got stuck in a resistance and just kept adjusting to my requests. Fortunately I worked my way past a couple of non-progressive trainers to find some excellent horsemen and women who enjoyed his responsiveness along with me. A Danish trainer critiqued that he wasn't a 'generous' horse; by which she meant that you couldn't just ask for a canter and then take off the aids and expect him to maintain it. He was always asking questions, anticipating, "what's next" so I learnt to apply half halts. He probably developed that strategy due to my early riding mistakes!! On the other hand, cross-country he was super safe. You knew he wasn't going to get hurt; he was going to look after himself..and you. I'll look for some paddock photos to show his manners at home.
03-16-2010, 05:13 AM
He looks great Marg!
These show stallion JP with his number 1 mare, Kalarama Penny receiving guests in his paddock; JP loved to park and show off; in his final competition, eventing Pre-Novice at age 22 years with young 17 year-old rider, Matt Haines.
03-17-2010, 12:24 PM
The bay is out of Bloomsbury's Petra Kelly, a daughter of JP and Kalarama Penny.
The palomino eventer is out of another daughter of Kalarama Penny, by Peppermint Valley Commander.
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