On a beautiful spring day about two months ago I stood in the field looking at this beautiful colt and wondered, would I get to the moment where he would actually go back east to be fit for the Breeders Halter Futurity?
I can't tell you the number of times I have debated and played out the scenarios. Who would be the best trainer, would they take care of him, was he good enough, would he stay together, how much could I afford...? See I haven't been to a major event since 2005-nearly a decade, so it is really hard to know if I just have my head in the clouds and if I should spend the money it will take to go show this little colt. The deliberation is over! Today in about an hour he will be in the trailer and headed to Texas. Last night I went to visit him for the last time in his stall. He stuck his little nose though the stall begging for attention. I petted and kissed his sweet nose (I know breeding this level of horse, I should be all business...but) and appreciated how sweet he is; makes me weepy to know he will be gone and off to be treated like a "horse" and he will begin a journey of becoming a fit beautiful show colt. Let the journey begin...
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.