Some of you know this from my Bridle Horse journal, but decided to make a separate journal for Tiger Lilly.
As you may know, Protect the Harvest started at the 2017 Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity a sale of 2 yo spayed BLM mustangs which included entry to a separate Wild Spayed Filly Futurity
starting in 2018.
I was in Reno this year, so got to see the fillies sold in 2018 compete in this years
Wild Spayed Filly Futurity. The best broke horses were two who were trained by open trainers who compete in my local association (I know both of them a little bit). The trainer who won, Andrew Stieger, had a paint filly who did an awesome job. The other filly who was the most broke probably would have won, but Tyler, the trainer, FORGOT to do his last spin on both sides. He should have gotten a zero, but the judges actually gave him a score.
My trainer, Matt, has had a long history of starting & training mustangs and competed in the 2009 Western States Mustang Make Over, coming in 3rd place on his cute little mare, Luna. He was at Reno this year to ride my filly, Scarlett in the regular Futurity, but they did not make the finals so he took her home before the horse sale. Before he left, he gave me a list of mustang fillies he liked from the sale catalog and a LOW $1200 budget to bid on a horse. He initially wanted Andrew's mustang for his son, but with the win, she was definitely more than $1200, LOL. She actually went for $6000. Tyler's filly went for $2600. Someone got a REAL steal there!
So I sat in the sale and the horses were generally going for $3k+. Then Matt's first pick came up. I actually bid $1600, but was outbid so let it go. It went for $1700. The next horse in was not one of his pix; then they announced that the horse that was listed in the catalog as next was NOT being sold and they substituted another horse in its place. A few people who were with me said they like her better than the one before, so I decided to bid. Her name is Warm Springs Tiger Lilly. I won at $1400.
I think she went so low because she was not in the catalog and there was no video of her moving, so people were not ready to take a chance. But I did; LOL, without Matt's approval!
I texted him that he just bought a horse at $1400 & I would make up the difference if he only wanted to pay $1200. He was a bit stunned, LOL and asked for pix of the horse. I went to get pix and sent him pix and some video. I think he was a bit surprised, but after a bit he seemed OK with it although it was not a horse he had picked.
Then my next task was to find her a ride home. I had no luck. So Matt had to drive back (7 hrs one way) to pick her up. He came on Sunday, spent a little time with her getting her a little more relaxed, loaded her up, grabbed a burrito and was gone within 2 hrs of getting there. Took him 7.5 hours to get home. At one point he called and said he spend a hour or more on the phone with Tom Hagwood (google him - he's pretty well known in the mustang circles) getting some input on the Warm Springs horses.
He put the filly in the round pen and was able to get her roped and to get a hand on her. He sent pix and her eye looked so much more relaxed and soft than at Reno.
He spent some time with her last night and sent some pix which shows she is getting really comfortable & curious with him.
His plan is to spend the week just spending time with her and petting on her and gaining her trust. I can't wait for the first ride!
So this journal will document the best I can, Matt & Tiger Lilly's road to the 2020 Wild Spayed Filly Futurity in Reno next year.
I'll post pix later ... gotta get back to work.