Absolutely.. I am pretty dedicated to promoting the breed. I have several paints I show with. Ember became my biggest prospect. Aside from being very excited when she foaled, I was extatic with what I got. As she started growing it became more appearant that there was a bunch of potential on four legs.
She got to go to her first Futurity this last summer. This was a huge accomplishment because we went up against a lot of large high end ranch prospects, along with the fact she was the youngest by two months (many weanling shows the foals are at 6 months, while Ember was only 4 months). She was supposed to be in a seperate class with the younger ones, but there were none to compete against, so she was lined up with the older ones. Another competing factor was that her competition were "january" babies, which in many cases are paints that were actually foaled in december, and registered in january. This places an 07 foal in the 08 class, and gives a size advantage.
Ember has a busy season ahead of her this year. I am excited to see how she does! She will be competing in Halter, as well as Lounge Line classes. She has loads of energy, so she wont have any issues there, once she pays attention to whats being asked instead of wanting to go 100mph! LOL! I havent determined what is to come for her in the riding classes. It will have to be something that she has an interest in and does well at. I have my guesses, but we will see! LOL! Right now I am working on her halter and performance points, and as she ages, we will go from there.
When I bought mom, it was with the intention to promote her bloodlines. Mom is heavy on the Skip foundation, and dad is on the Mardell Dixon lines. Ember is double breed Mardell. With such lineage I couldnt see letting it fade off, so its been my goal to bring the lines back into the show world!
Dixon's Red Hot Ember