I am SO very proud of my boy.................
He made top three at Western Canadian Breeders (equivalent of a regional level show in the North American show system) this past Sunday out of a class of 6 yearlings. I was so thrilled with that result for his first ever show as quite frankly he was so small compared to the other colts that were in the class that it made him look like a weanling instead of a yearling! He was the youngest in his class (he was born at the very end of June) - the winner and reserve had close to 3 months on him.
I am so impressed with his behaviour. He took everything in stride like a real trooper. Cantered in the first time but his trainer circled him around and set him up the second time and he moved out in a gorgeous trot. Once in the ring he never lost it. He did everything the trainer asked of him - was a bit nervous the first time he stood up in front of the judge and forgot how to place his front legs but after a minute or two he figured it out. Gave his poll and his neck when asked. All in all I could not have been more pleased nor asked more of him than he gave.
I spent time afterwards in his stall hugging him, telling him how proud I was of him and then gave him a good brushing and scratch session which he loved.
He won a very nice halter and ribbon but more importantly he really won my heart (he had it before - this effort just put the lock on it and threw away the key) and showed the stuff he is made of. I couldn't be more thrilled. All the right pieces are there - they just need time to come together and mature. Since I am in no rush, he has all the time in the world as far as I'm concerned to just be a horse and grow-up. You should see his growth plates right now - phew! Knobby knees and big hocks so he is going to go through another growth spurt very shortly.
I had a great first show experience! It was fun, I felt the judge treated my colt very fairly given where he is at and it will probably take me another week or so to come down from Cloud 9! I will post some pictures from the show as soon as I get them. The picture I posted earlier was taken when he was six months old.
For the person who asked above his mum, ES Prominence is by AA Profile (Bask Flame (Bask) X Arabay Khemoleeta (Khemosabi)) out of the mare GF Providence + who is by Errostotle, a performance Champion, by National res. Champion Stallion *Erros, and out of the Gdansk+ daughter Etiffany. GF Providence+ is out of Poco Poco, a halter Champion who is by 6X National Champion (Park, Costume, Driving, Combination), *Meczet. Poco Poco is out of Gay Gorcy, a daughter of National Top Ten Stallion, Gay Polka. So though I believe she is termed "domestic" there's a lot of Polish breeding in there. Here's a picture of mum and Beau when he was one month old.
A very, very proud mum of Baalheem (Imperial Baarez x ES Prominence)