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Virtuoso – UPDATED!

American Saddlebred Sport HorseI found Virtuoso on Equine.com in August of 2004.  He was only four years old then, broke to be ridden.  Today, we are great partners, and he is a favorite horse of both the vet and the farrier.

Virtuoso is a very busy horse as we ride together almost daily.  I take dressage lessons, and we often participate in dressage schooling shows within 100 miles of our barn.  Virtuoso is a good student, and he always tries very hard to do his best.  Sometimes we bring a ribbon home from the show, and sometimes we don’t.  But we always have fun and get a lot of compliments; he is a gorgeous horse !

We also do a lot trail riding.  We have completed many timed trail rides with the Yadkin Valley Hunt Club in Advance, NC, where we’ve earned blue ribbons.  Virtuoso is a great horse with a good brain and a big heart.
He will be my partner for the rest of life – – his or mine :-) !

Radka H.
North Carolina

Photos above: Virtuoso and Radka competing at the Yadkin Vally Hunt club.  Both photos were taken by Christie Snyder of High Time Photography.

UPDATE Photos below: Virtuoso and Radka at a September 11, 2010, dressage show.   They earned 63% on both tests – Training 3 and 4!

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Photos below: In February, 2010, Virtuoso and Radka scored in the low 60’s at Training Tests 1 and 2.  By July, they were showing Training Tests 3 and 4, with scores in the low 60’s.

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Spotlight — Pamina and Gabrielle

At recent trail riding clinic we attended, where we're both snoozing in the sun waiting for other clinic participants to get done working in the round pen!

I have owned an ASB mare for the past year and a half.  She’s very smart, confident, high-energy (without spooky), curious and and awesome – a solid, big-boned, 16 hh, gaited, old-style saddlebred – click here to view pedigree – I called her Pamina.

I bought her last May at the age of 7, had 60 days training put on her (she was just green broke, came from a breeder here in Alberta that had wonderful bloodlines in his herd when he gave up breeding and sold all his ASBs) and have used her in the Rocky Mountains since.  We’re going to spend the next few years up in the hills.   She really seems to enjoy it, and is such a lovely ride, with beautiful, elastic, expressive movement and a forward manner.  I just enjoy her a lot, and am currently looking for a trainer locally that works with gaited horses to help me work with her more this winter.

Buying her and having her registration papers transferred to me meant becoming a member of the ASHA, and boy was that an eye opener!  The breed seems to really struggle to diversify this great horse, which can do anything!  (I’m going to have a local trainer teach both of us to drive one of these winters.   I’d love to have a sleigh – LOL.)

I’d love to be involved a little more, but Saddlebreds are nearly unknown in my area – there aren’t more than a handful of breeders, and I’ve only ever met two three other people in person that own one.  One of them (ironically) is my friend and neighbour, whom I’ve known for a few years now, and from whom I’ve since purchased a foal in uetro. She breeds warmbloods and ASB-warmblood cross sporthorses for amateur riders.   I’m looking forward to the new foal next summer, an ASB/Consul baby I hope will be my jumper in 5 or so years!

Gorge Creek, Kananaskis Country, Alberta Rocky Mountains, where we're resting at the top of a ridge enjoying the view.

Gabrielle K.
Alberta, Canada

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