Meet Carmen's Horses. . . aka Teachers!
In 2010 I had been looking for my next dream horse for several months and with not much luck. I knew in my mind what I wanted and I must say was getting a bit frustrated that I hadn't found him yet. My list (which I still have in my phone!) went like this; Grey, Gelding, 3 - 5 yrs old, Australian Stock Horse or Quarter Horse, 15.3hh, Confident nature, nice looker, has had some riding/education, Purpose - for Level 5 & beyond for demo's etc.
In October I met Flash, he was 4 years old, had been started by fellow Parelli Professional Berin McFarlane and was bred by Neil Pye. He's by Neil's QH mare and by a TB Stallion Cool Cat. He met all of my 'list' and I love him to bits! He's now 7 years old and has been a wonderful teacher for me.
I was looking but not really looking for a friend for Flash, whether we're traveling or at home, he was starting to spend alot of time on his own. Fellow Parelli Professional Rob McAuliffe had Beau in his herd, not doing much, so I could 'borrow' him for my travels.
Well its been nearly 3 years and he's still in our herd! He's the coolest little guy, playing Online & Liberty along with little kids riding him - he's perfect! We're getting ready for some demo's this year so watch out!
Much like his name, Chance and I found each other by 'Chance'. Bred for racing, he had a few barrier trials but it wasn't working out for him. I've known him since he was a 2yr, he's now 4 and with my love of 'greys' I was instantly drawn to him. Its always wise to purchase a horse based on colour isn't it?!?! Chance just joined my herd in September 2013.
I do love his personality too, he's quite mild and pretty easy going, he catches onto things really quick and is proving to be more and more confident and very playful. if you leave ropes or sticks around they are soon in his mouth! I look forward to progressing him through the levels and seeing where we choose to go together!
King is my very first horse! I was 12 years old and he was perfect, he had 4 legs and a tail. While he came along before I began my Parelli journey, he's the one that got me started, many laughs and picnic's with friends, trail rides through the rainforest, beach and cane fields and helped many dreams of my child hood years come true.
He's a Standard bred & is now 34 years old, still running a muck in Cairns, bossy pants & keeping the herd all in line with his requests.
Here's just a few of my Previous 'Teachers'
I had Ms Lukie for my time on Faculty at the Parelli Campus in Florida and Colorado. She is a Quarter Horse, and was around 8yrs old.
We were together for about 3 years, riding with Pat & Linda, performing at local demo's or sharing a message teaching classes at the Parelli Campus'. I loved her sensitivity and I think our liberty was our most enjoyable savvy, she would stick with me in wide open spaces easily and had the best spins and flying lead changes.
She's still in the USA - wouldn't fit in my suitcase to come home....
This is where my fascination of grey's began in real life. I have always loved grey's - but never owned one. Then Brooke came along....I first met Brooke in Colorado USA when Rob McAuliffe was starting her, I had a few online play sessions. Then a few years later, Brooke made her way over to our UK Parelli Campus where I had her to play with for about 12 months.
She is by Pat's stallion Casper and his mare River. We had a few demo's together and primarily took part in teaching the courses at our UK Campus. She's now returned to the USA, and is with fellow Parelli Professional Cezanne DeCristoforo.
What a super teacher Raz is! Like Brooke, he too came over from USA, we had two UK summer's together and he helped me pass my Level 4 Finesse. He was as solid as a rock and got fat on the smell of an oily rag. A great demo horse and really taught me the power of those confident introverted horses to cause it to be their idea. He's a Morgan and is now residing with fellow Parelli Professional Jody Ruysen in the UK.
My Thoroughbred off the Track, I had Syd and his brother Jook off the track and started my Parelli journey with these two. Jook got me to Level 2, then I had to change to Syd for a variety of reasons. Syd was a handful for me, I had previously had a few horse incidents so lost alot of confidence and Syd wasn't too confident either and was fast - not a good combination. I sure did learn a lot and took the scenic route (long version) doing it! We completed about three quarters of my level 3 together and could ride bridle-less walk trot and canter before I headed over to Colorado to complete my 10 week Parelli School Module. What a great teacher he is!
Syd's now 19 & enjoying retirement in Brisbane at a friends place - enjoying lots of TLC