First Mustang to Compete at Dressage at Devon
Born wild in Nevada, the beautiful dun Mustang stallion named Padré was gathered and adopted through the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). He bears a unique BLM freeze brand on his neck, which is used to identify the wild horses that have been gathered from public rangelands.
When his owner Patti Gruber took him to his first show in-hand, Padré qualified for Dressage at Devon, which is one of the highest-rated international dressage competitions. Padré was the first mustang to ever compete at Devon, and he took home first place in the Four Year Old and Older Stallions (in hand) class, as well as winning Reserve Grand Champion Stallion Overall. To top off the year, Padré was also ranked #14 USDF Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Horse of the Year for 4 Year Old and Older Stallions. Padré has truly shown what great horses domesticated Mustangs can be!
I went to a clinic by the judge who gave him reserve champion. She said the other judges were quite horrified at her for placing him in front of a warmblood. Also, they couldn’t understand why his owners even bothered to bring him. :P She said he totally deserved his placings, though. Way to go, Padré!
I would like to say before my rant is that I love any and all kinds of horses. But what the judges said that warmbloods with mutli million dollar pedigrees should place over a horse that fought of wolves and pumas only a couple of years ago is so sad. A horse should be judged on how well he does at the event, be it racing, rodeo, or dressage, not by the breed. Yes some breeds are better than others in certain things, I don’t want to race a shire with a bunch of thoughbreds. But if that shire is faster than those thoughbreds that shire needs that blue ribbon. Watching the show at the Olympic games I noticed that every single horse was a warmblood or thoughbred, exepct for one dressage horse which was a Andalusian. The andy did not even place even though he did a beautiful routine with almost no misakes, my horse sport of choice is not dressage far warning.
I love warmbloods but I think that the horse world, in some sports, is becoming to attached to them. Mostly dressage, any horse can do dressage well. The word means ‘to train’ but if I want to compete in the upper levels, devon and Olympics levels, I cannot use a quarter horse, paint, shire or any other breed that is not a warmblood.
Reblogging again because additional comment is relevant to my earlier thoughts and I just love that additional comment you don’t even understand.