Riley was born April 2006. It took me a few days to give him a barn name because I wanted it to match his personality. A lot of people thought I was crazy for waiting so long time but it had to be perfect! He was injury prone from the beginning. He cast himself in a stall, he ripped his eyelid inside out and had stitches before he turned a year. He even fractured his pelvis early on. No one knows how he does the things he does!
I took him to his first show at 17 months. It was the state fair and I remember just about having a nervous breakdown when we got there. To the left of the ring was a demolition derby and to the right was the Tundra truck challenge. The stalls were up against a fence across the street. I just wanted to turn around and go back home! I was glad I didn't. He won Grand Champion in halter that weekend.
As a two year old he earned a third place ribbon in a walk jog class out of twenty three exhibitors. We were off to a great start! He got stuck in a tree that year too. Riley has some special qualities!
He won the end of year division for junior horse as a three year old at a local level show and as a four year old he won points in a couple divisions at AQHA shows.
Our up streak slowed after that. We had a bout of cellulitis and then we had some back pain, abscess after abscess after abscess and so on and so forth... This year is hopefully going to be our come back year....
So let's let our saga begin!