||Five years old|
||Paint, Thoroughbred cross|
||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA|
got Apache as a three-year-old. He was only jumping crossrails when I got
him. I have trained him to where we are practicing 3'9" jumper courses
and showing at 3'6". We have won circuit champion down at Tucson for the
Fall Series and the Winter Circuit, estimated as the second best
series/circuit on the west coast. My trainer doesn't ride him, I've done
all his training. He is definitely one of the hardest horses out there
to ride, but he is the perfect jumper. He has the strongest head, and
will yank your arm out over 4' jumps if you're not paying attention!
Apache is fast, sometimes too fast, can make quick turns, and doesn't
hit the jumps. Jumpers in horse showing are judged by speed, and he is
just the best there is.
As you can see in the picture, he has no problem clearing the jumps.
That jump is only 2'6". Although he is so headstrong, you have to admit
he is a cute jumper! The highest I've jumped him is 4'3", but only my
best friend was there to see it besides Apache and me! He is a great
horse, and my friend, and we have learned a lot together.