Skys Blue Star and Lyndsey Tait
When I first saw Skys
Blue Star a.k.a. “Sky” he was just a hairy yearling that resembled a
mule. But I was only thirteen and thought he was the most gorgeous
thing I had ever seen. My trainers, Anne and Mitch Leonarski, had
been looking for a young hunt seat prospect to take me into the
14-18. They thought he had a lot of potential so I had found my new
horse. My only concern was that he was big enough so before we got
him we measured his legs to my legs and they ended up exactly the
Sky is the most reliable horse I have ever shown, I know exactly
what to expect and he always stays consistent. I have earned a
Superior in Youth Showmanship and HUS, and we are nearing our
superior in open HUS. In 2006 we started the show season late, my
first show was in the middle of May. We have already accumulated
numerous circuit champions in 14-18 Showmanship, HUS, Equitation,
and Senior HUS. And he also qualified for the World Show in Senior
HUS in only four circuits. This year we are heading to the Youth
World to show in Showmanship, Equitation, and HUS where I feel like
he is more ready than ever. I am very grateful to own Skys Blue Star
with all he has helped me to accomplish. He is truly a horse I could
Wandering In The Blue and Do The Blue Written by Elizabeth Steffens
Christmas of 2000 was a very good one for me. That was the year that
I received the best present ever, my horse "Madison", also known as
“Wandering In The Blue”. She was a dream come true. As a yearling,
she was not very pretty. She was ugly reddish brown with flecks of
gray. She had warts and a fat belly. Who would have known that this
ugly duckling would turn into a beautiful swan.
As the years go by Madison and I have alot of fun together. We made it to the semi-finals at the Congress. We earned our Youth Superior in HUS. We currently are working on our Open Superior in HUS (we’re almost there). I also have watched Madison carry my sister, Emily thru Walk Trot. They pointed out of Novice Youth HUS in the first few months of showing. As a threesome, we have accumulated too many circuit awards to list. Our special accomplishments include qualifying nationally for the Youth World in HUS for 2005 and 2006. We’re going to make it to the Finals this year!
Today at 7 years old, she is the most beautiful white gray mare I have ever seen. She has a big beautiful sweepy trot and a nice comfy canter. Madison is a horse that I will never ever sell. When I am done showing, she can just relax in a nice big field with lots of grass. She has been my best friend and a great partner. Madison has taught my sister, Emily, and I how to have the competitive edge in the show pen. You can pull into the horse show grounds, unload her, go show and do well. She loves to go to horse shows and doesn’t spook while in the pen. When we line up at the end of the class, she patiently waits to hear her number called. I think she has it memorized. We normally use the same one for good luck. I can feel her get ready to go for her prize when she hears 785 being called!
A few years ago my family was lucky enough to purchase another “Blue”. His name is “Do The Blue” or “Harley”. Harley is like a big puppy dog and all he wants to do is please us. I don't think there’s a mean bone in his body. Harley is 5 years old this year. He is just as handsome as Madison is beautiful. He is just as kind and gentle. It’s funny how they seem to have the same expressions. They both love to show off. He has the most awesome trot, and he just hangs his head. Harley was supposed to be my 14-18 youth horse and Madison was supposed to be passed down to my younger sister, Emily. But, I was too attached to Madison. So now Emily and I share our horses. Harley has been my Junior HUS and Hunter Hack horse, while Madison is my Senior and Youth HUS horse.
We owe a great deal of thanks to one of our trainers, Jeff Elthorp of Mohawk, NY. He helped get Harley ready for my sister Emily to show in 13 under HUS and Equitation last year. Jeff only had Harley a few months and by June, he thought that it was time for Emily to step up to the plate and started showing. Jeff also taught Harley how to jump. So of course, I added Hunter Hack to my showing schedule. Harley really loves to jump and so do I.
Emily and Harley did really good together right from the start. The won just about every class they showed. They accumulated circuit awards everywhere they went. Emily earned her youth ROM in a couple of weeks. In October 2005, Harley's attended his first Congress. We were excited when they place 6th in 11 and Under Equitation class. We raced down to Schneiders and bought the Top Ten Jacket. To our surprise, Harley and Emily had bigger and better plans. They came home with 2 blues from the Congress. They won the 11 and Under HUS and the NSBA. These wins were very special for me, because I was the one that prepared Harley for my sister. We went to the Congress without a trainer in 2005. We rode at the wee hours of the morning and night and did it together as a family. I must admit that Emily was gracious enough to hand me down the top ten jacket, but she kept the win jacket for herself.
Skys Code Blue and Erin Lubeshkoff
I sometimes think I might be the luckiest girl in the world. I have been in constant pursuit of the Youth World Show since I first began riding Quarter Horses. I almost had my chance to go last year, but my horse at the time tripped and injured his hind leg at East Coast Championship Show. My dreams came crashing down as he remained lame through the summer, and it became clear that we wouldn't be able to compete in August. After this happened I was discouraged and a bit depressed. I thought there was no hope of reaching my goal. My parents wouldn't let my dreams escape me and so we began the hunt for another horse. When I first saw Skys Code Blue ("Codie") on video, I couldn't believe how beautiful she was and how well she moved. She had the most awesome canter; it was without a doubt the nicest I had ever seen. My trainer Connie Christopher and I flew up to Ohio to try her out. From the moment we got there, I had a great feeling about her and couldn't wait to hear her story.
Her owner, Theresa Logan told us all about how Codie came into her life. She saw Codie's father Skys Blue Boy being ridden during the middle of the night one year at Congress. She said "he knocked my socks off" and decided right then that if she couldn't buy him, she would make her own horse just like him. Codie is the result of Theresa's 3:00am Congress decision to own a horse as nice as Skys Blue Boy. "I can remember the first time I chased Codie around in the round pen. She took my breath away! I thought I was crazy, but I had never before seen such a good loper." At their first horse show, Theresa and Codie won a Championship in the Lunge Line class at the Ohio Futurity and placed first under all three judges. Theresa knew then what a great horse she had. During the next few years Theresa was busy with other priorities and Codie was not shown but given time to grow. Codie began her JR HUS show career as a 4 year old with Heidi Piper. They accumulated 36 HUS points, earned Multiple Circuit Championships and qualified for the 2005 World Show with limited showing. In May of the next year, Theresa sent Codie to Kenny Lakins and Ashley Taylor to finish her superior HUS. While being shown by Ashley, she won the Limited Maturity HUS at the Tom Powers Futurity and Reserve Champion at the Southern Belle Futurity. At the 2005 Congress they place third in the Limited HUS Maturity and sixth in the Open HUS Maturity. Codie and Ashley ended 2005 by placing 7th in Jr. HUS at the AQHA World Championship show. Over the years Codie has won or placed well in numerous futurities earning over $15,000.00. For the year 2005 she was awarded the NSBA Reserve Champion Maturity Limited HUS Champion.
I feel so fortunate that we made that trip to Ohio that day - I just knew that Codie and I would make a great team. Theresa said deciding to sell her was the hardest decision she has ever made, and I'm not surprised. In just the two months that I've owned her, Codie has proven herself over and over again. So far we have been to three show circuits and have earned a total of 34 points in 14-18 HUS, Senior HUS and 14-18 HSE. As an added surprise, we recently found out that we are currently the AQHA National Leaders in the Limited Youth Rider Skill Set G. I'm just blown away at how well Codie is doing and so excited about what's to come. She is so athletic -- I believe she can do almost anything we ask of her. Just the other day I was lunging her in a ring that still had the cone and pole set up from a western riding class. Instead of avoiding the cone, she chose to jump it. I was awed by how beautifully she rounded and lifted her body over the cone. She definitely convinced me that Hunter Hack is in her future! This year I plan to concentrate on showing HUS, HSE, and Horsemanship. Next year I hope to achieve Codie's Superior in Youth HUS and nationally qualify for the Youth World Show in HUS. I'm looking forward to our trip to the Youth World Show later this year where I will be representing the Virginia Youth Team in HUS and HSE. Thanks to my parents, lots of hard work and an amazing horse, I will finally get to realize my dream. Making dreams come true seems to be a specialty of this wonderful mare, and I feel so privileged to be able to own and show Skys Code Blue.
Royality In Blue
In Blue AKA "Bentley" and what a ride he has been, big, black, and
shiny. I knew as soon as I saw him he was more than just a horse. He
was the partner that I looking for to help me conquer the fence
classes, as well as the HUS and equitation classes.
This year we have been successful at finishing our fifth Superior
and also received our Supreme Championship. I hate to say it, but my
mom borrows my horse for Pleasure Driving and they both love it.
They have had much success including a 3rd place in the Amateur
Pleasure Driving at the World Show in 2005, Bentley was also 3rd in
the Open Sr. Pleasure Driving. At the Youth World we were Reserve
Champion in the Hunter Hack.
A Star In The Sky
After taking a year off of showing due to my horse falling very ill, I NEEDED to get back into the saddle. Spring was approaching and I had not even started my horse hunt. I received a phone call from my trainer, Lisa Mathews that said she had heard of a mare that she wanted me to look at. We drove up to Pennsylvania and there stood a little bay mare just as out of shape as me. I had the chance to play around with her and I realized then that I had a lot of hard work in front of me especially because I was not a youth anymore. My parents, trainer and I talked about me getting back to showing and how the past year where I did not show was terribly depressing and I could not go through another year like that. During that depressing year with my other horse I did not ride, I gained a lot of weight and almost said that I didn’t want to do it anymore. But when I had the chance to ride this mare, Daisy, she gave me that encouragement and hope that I had been looking for to get myself back in the saddle.
We brought her to my trainer’s house in April 2005 where I would drive from school as often as I could to ride and work her. I was so excited that I had something to work towards and set goals with. As Daisy and I were both out of shape, we worked very hard together and got to know each other day in and day out. After our first horse show, we brought her back home to our barn, in Perry, Ohio, where we got to know this cute little mare a little better. This little cute mare made herself at home and showed us her real true personality. She became such a diva and such a riot to work around! She had a personality that had everyone laughing all of the time, which by then we had given her the nickname ‘Shedaisy’.
I fell in love with her and my trainer, parents and friends would laugh and say that Shedaisy and I were like two peas in a pod, identical and unstoppable. I had found my true match and we understood each other and worked so well together. Almost every ride I had and still have on her she has me laughing. She is such a unique individual that I am so glad and proud to say that she is mine. Throughout our working together, not only did this horse become such a close part of me and my horse family, she gave me something that I couldn’t even give myself, or my friends or family. Shedaisy gave me the hope, courage and support to bring me out of my depressed state and I ended up loosing the weight that I had put on plus some more. Shedaisy gave me a new look on myself and my life. I seriously could not have done it with out her and the support I received from my trainer, parents and friends. I have Shedaisy to thank for bringing back the fun into my life and putting me back into the saddle.
That summer we had an extremely exciting adventure. We love to execute patterns in the showmanship and you can always see us practicing our equitation and horsemanship patterns. I love to float around the ring during the Hunter Under Saddle and we even throw in a couple of pleasure classes for fun last year! At our Region 4 Show in Columbus we received the Champion belt buckle for the Novice Amateur Equitation, Reserve Champion Amateur Equitation and Top Ten in the Novice Amateur Hunter Under Saddle. We received 4 All Arounds, our Amateur Performance Register of Merit and other great accomplishments that we reached together.
Today Shedaisy and I are still setting goals for our future and having a great time. She makes me laugh and she is definitely one of a kind.
Robyn Adams and Im Blue Pepperanne
I actually consider myself lucky to have ended up with Pepper. I was just getting back into AQHA after riding the hunter circuit for many years and did not know a lot about quarter horses…my husband, John and I had stopped at the Memorial Day show in May 2002, on our way to pick up a broodmare in Vero, Florida. It was there that I saw an ad for a nice black HUS mare so I called and made arrangements to see her. That mare was stabled at Bob and Betsy McDonalds in Tampa along with some of their babies. They showed us the black mare, but in another paddock I saw this beautiful grey (yes she actually was grey once) filly trotting around and asked about her. Well by the time it was over, I owned an unbroken almost 2 yr. old named Pepperanne and not the black horse.
I broke Pepper myself but her wonderful HUS foundation came from Terry Angelo and David Alenik. It was under their guidance that we won our first circuit champion, our first time out at Memorial Day show exactly one year later. They took us to our first congress and David says he still has scars on his behind from all the time he spent getting her ready for me. We still joke about me being the only one brave enough (or stupid) to ride a 3 yr. old in novice HUS their first time at congress. I will have to say it is one of my best memories. my first congress, my only class, a 3year old, three splits later and I walked out with a finalists ribbon…to that I say thank –you Terry and David…
Pepper's jumping began while I had her home for her down time between show seasons. I like to see what talent the young ones have before shipping them off, so I lunge them over jumps and video them over small cossrails…well Pepper was amazing she would use her shoulder and knees and be a perfect lady to the jumps and after. I didn’t waste any time I made arrangements with sandy Vaughn and off she went…during her stay with sandy she continued to be everything I dreamed…we were rewarded with 2 reserve champions at congress and at our first world show she walked away with 2 bronze trophies. Sandy also ended up 9 and 10 in the year-end standings and I did not even know it until I received the certificates in the mail! Once again, I brought her home after world for her vacation and to plan the next year. During this time, I began to realize how special this horse was to me, and I knew if anything happened to her, I could not replace her. There was only one answer…it was time to breed her. John and I talked about it and decided we could not stop showing her so we decided to try embryo transfer. Pepper always gives me her all and this was no different…she caught on the first try and I now have not 1 but 2 "little Peppers".
We went back to Terry
and David for a tune up and while I was there, they were talking
about going to Horseheads, NY.
I’ve always heard that your lucky if you own one great horse in a lifetime and I've been blessed with two. The first was my quarter gelding which until this past week I had owned for 27 years. Many years and horses later came IM BLUE PEPPERANNE and although I have had many offers for her, my love for this mare is stronger than money. I am a strong advocate for Skys Blue Boy and his offspring. I currently have 4 yearlings with his bloodline and I can't wait 'til they're ready to show!
Kyle Kellogg and Whats New in Blue
Kyle thoroughly enjoys people coming up to him at the shows and recognizing Wilbur as a Skys Blue Boy baby. He bears a strong resemblance to his sire. Kyle’s biggest complaint about Wilbur is that whenever they make a mistake, his trainer Cindy Reddish, immediately shouts out, “Don’t get mad at him, it’s not his fault.” His response, “I know, it’s never his fault.” So far it hasn’t been. Kyle, his family and Cindy Reddish are thrilled to have Wilbur.