Introducing Star (or Ballinamore - that's his flash race name). Star is a 4yr old Standardbred who's breeding is by Courage Under Fire out of Basoko. I've had him for about a year now and hes been lightly hacked out for that time and learnt all sort of wonderful things like how to open gates (and close them again without getting stuck in the gate), puddles can be walked through and not stag leaped over and chasing cows and sheep can be good fun.
On Sunday 18th of January he went to his first ever ribbonday at Papatoetoe PC. All very mind boggling for a young little fella to try and figure out. All these horses to talk to and all this stuff to sniff. For his first time out we was quite well behaved considering - only had a couple of semi bucks/kick outs. Not sure if it was excitement or he wasn't sure of the arena surface flicking up at him. Was a bit hyped up to start but within the hour had settled down and was most probably knowing him thinking 'ok I've done this now its getting boring - whats next'. He came home with a total of 3 ribbons - all of them 4ths. First one was for turnout, second one was for rider and horse combination and last was for pairs with his friend Jimmy (graze together in the same paddock).
Thought I better let you see the photo of him and his first ever ribbons. Hopefully he will get a lot more especially when he becomes a big horsey.