the horse

Charlie Murray

Charlie is the horse I've been dreaming of since I was a little girl. He is a 2009 model OTTB by First Samurai out of Shahalo (by Halo). 

Charlie enjoyed a long, if only somewhat prosperous, turf racing career, after which he retired sound in August 2016. And promptly came home to me in September 2016. 

I have high hopes for this sweet and quiet guy - with every intention of building him into my long term eventing partner. 

His first season competing showed a lot of promise as he casually made the rounds through all the local starter courses and dabbled handily at BN. All the while, showing steady progress in his flat work and general technique. The 2017 season ended early so Charlie could have surgery on a nagging splint injury - but he feels poised for a big 2018!


Isabel's Charm

Isabel is a 2002 chestnut Arabian mare. In a word: she is GAME. 

She and I spent four transformative years together (for both of us) from Oct 2012 - Oct 2016 under a lease agreement. Complete with transforming Isabel from primarily a pasture puff trail horse to a winning novice event horse. 

Izzy taught me so much about riding - from what contact really means, how to ride ditch and bank combinations, and the fact that horses love brush fences (even if they are fucking giant). She introduced me to 3' show jumping and 1st/2nd level dressage, despite having never done either previously in her life. 

She's a very special mare and holds a dear place in my heart.