I was so excited to see my new foals. After waiting nearly a year from contemplation on which stallions to breed to, to the foals actually being born, I finally got to see my foals that represented a huge investment of time, emotion and money. I'd always wanted to have fillies. But these two colts have been so amazing since the day they were born that I have changed my mind on the filly thing. Right away I made a commitment to make sure they had barn names, since I'd been know to call foals things like, "the baby or Lilly's colt" after the mare's name far too long. My favorite reality show is Gold Rush, so my boys got the names of my two favorite miners the hottie Dustin Hurt and the hardest working kid ever Parker Schnabel! They were easier to work with than most fillies we've (mom and I) ever raised (we have raised mainly fillies over the years) plus they were just really nice foals. Both have grown well, sound, injury free, weaned pretty easy, and since this little two day old photo collection, have become colts nearly ready to compete at the major futurities.
I haven't laid eyes on them since they were each about four months old when they left our place in California to make a 1700 and 1900 mile one way trailer ride to their respective trainers to get ready to show. Thanks to my mom and dad for hauling them safely. My mom and I will get to see them in less than two weeks and I'm sure we will be shocked at how they have changed and amazed to see them as show ready horses. Dustin my Palomino colt by The Home Run Kid will be about 7.5 months old and Parker the Ikon colt will be about 5.5 months old at the Breeders Halter Futurity. I'm overwhelmed with excitment that I am this close to realizing my goal to compete at the Breeders Halter Futurity. Not only am I headed there in less than 14 days, but both my mom and I have colts to show. I just think about the odds of anyone from CA, breeding, raising, and actually getting two babies to the BHF and that a mom and daughter get to be in the show pen together with home grown colts- it is just simply hard to do-I'm dizzy! Wake me up before it's over!
Christine Miller (Zoppi)
I love halter horses and have had a dream for as long as I can remember to have a World Champion horse that I raised from my own breeding program. I am a working person. I have had my ups and downs though life and have lived through some heart breaking moments with my horses and also times where I couldn't believe how lucky I was. I took a seven year break from the horses and in late fall of 2012 decided to get back into the game. I decided to begin this blog because I know Im not alone in this dream and journey. Im not a great writer, but I want to challenge myself to do something different, and be more open about the struggles, heartbreak, joy and utter heart pounding excitement that makes me want to successfully breed, show and sell horses, even though the bar is high and some would say only for those who have a lot of money.