Tamie Smith and Danito Splash to Wet Fresno County Horse Park CCI3*-S Win
Tamie Smith and Danito. Photograph by MGO Images.
It was a soggy weekend at Fresno County Horse Park CCI & H.T. over the weekend, with no trademark California sunshine in sight. However the rain, wind and chilly couldn’t cease Tamie Smith and Danito from posting a wire-to-wire win within the CCI3*-S — the fourth consecutive win for this pair and the horse’s debut on the stage.
Tamie and the 10-year-old Anglo Arab/Hanoverian gelding (Dancier x Wie Musik, by Wolkenstein II), owned by Ruth Bley, have been on fireplace since they joined forces final 12 months.
“Danito got here to me in June as a gross sales horse and I knew there was one thing particular about him,” Tamie says. “I hadn’t competed him but however did a number of floor work and spent final 12 months attending to know him. Round August someday, I known as Ruth and stated, ‘Are you positive you wish to promote this one?’”
Ruth gave them the go-ahead and after ending 4th of their first competitors collectively, the 2018 American Eventing Championships Open Prelim division, the pair received the Secure View CIC1* in September, the Open Prelim division at Chattahoochee Hills in October, and the Ocala Jockey Membership CCI1* in November. Every time they received the pair completed on their dressage rating, which dipped as little as a 22.zero on the AEC.
“He has a really real soul. There’s simply one thing about him that I’ve actually liked from the start,” Tamie says of the brilliant chestnut gelding, higher often known as “Cheeto” and/or “Burrito” across the barn. “He form of jogs my memory of me. Arduous shell on the surface and it takes rather a lot to let somebody in however whenever you can we offer you all the pieces.”
Regardless of being on the small facet — he stands simply 16 fingers — Danito has a giant leap and no scarcity of coronary heart. “A lot of the horses I experience are very self-confident and suppose they’re the most effective on the planet,” Tamie says. “Danito doesn’t know the way good he’s, which makes it much more fantastic. He tries day-after-day to be higher.”
Danito is a one-person horse, and has clearly picked Tamie as his individual. “He’ll check Heather (Morris) each time she sits on him for me if I’m away. It’s form of humorous,” she says. “He’s a brilliant candy boy on the bottom and tremendous simple to be round.”
Tamie and Danito posted the second quickest time of their 15-horse CCI3*-S area at Fresno, gathering 6 time faults. Tamie credit Jay Hambley and Bert Wooden for prepping the tracks in order that, regardless of the rain, they’d nice footing to run on.
Of Danito, she says, “I really feel actually fortunate to have him a part of my string of horses now. It’s been actually enjoyable constructing our partnership and after this weekend I feel it’s there!”
Video from their Fresno County Horse Park win:
Ruth Bley’s “Danito” received his first CCI3s wire to wire this weekend! Class horse and so pleased to be using such nice horses!! So pleased with the Cheeto!! My hat goes off to John Marshall & the crew at Fresno County Horse Park, however particularly to Jay Hambley & Bert Wooden for prepping the tracks in order that we had nice footing to run on!! #cheetopuff #angloarab #germanunicorn thanks Tommy for the video clip ❤️
Posted by Tamie Smith on Saturday, February 16, 2019
Ruth Bley’s Danito is presently successful the CCI3S after a brilliant dressage and clear present leaping. Onto XC tomorrow.
Posted by Tamie Smith on Friday, February 15, 2019
Amber Levine and Carry On Win Superior Division
Superior winner Amber Levine additionally had phrases of reward for the occasion’s administration. “The Fresno County Horse Park did a beautiful job pulling off a really moist and muddy weekend,” she says. “They constructed a unbelievable course for the Superior, and the footing actually held up very properly.”
Amber and Carry On, her personal 12-year-old Dutch gelding (Vittorio x Jaraica, by Bredero), didn’t have an excessive amount of competitors on the early season occasion, however Amber says she was happy together with her longtime companion’s return to the extent.
“It simply felt nice to be on the market with ‘Cory’ as this was his first Superior run in nearly two years,” she says. “Our plan is to gear up for the CCI4*-S at Twin Rivers in April adopted by the CCI4-L at Rebecca Farm in July.”
View full Fresno County Horse Park outcomes right here.
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