**Success Stories**

Stonebridge Talent and Jasmine Marie

This is my OTT Standardbred mare, Stonebridge Talent. I purchased her from Dare 2 Dream rescue in May of 2016. At the time, I was looking for another horse to put beginners on, & I was dead set on finding a standardbred gelding. After searching all over online, the cheapest standardbred I could find was her so I decided I could at least check her out!

Story of a Standardbred saddle horse …(by Chris Morrison)

Tuffy was recently named theTrail Riders Alberta Conference (TRAC) 2016 Provincial High Point Horse and Grand Champion!

 

Tuffy was abandoned at a vet clinic after being left for “hock fusion” surgery.  The owner never paid the bill, so he ended up in the hands of our friend Susan.  We looked at him shortly after, when he was not saddle broke, 5 or six years old, and didn’t buy him. By the following summer he’d had more training and we took another look.  On the test ride he shied when Rosalee’s shirt flapped and she came off, but the good impression had already been made.  Tuffy turned out to be a sensitive, somewhat reactive horse with a basic wish to please and cooperate.

FORWARD MOTION (OWNED BY MADISEN GROVES)

My name is Forward Motion, but I am more commonly known as Joey. I am a 19 year old Standardbred gelding. Born in Okotoks, AB I was raised to be a pacer, and that is exactly what I did for eight years. I am here today to tell you the story of how I met my closest friend, and how I found my forever home. It all started roughly nine years ago. I was involved in a track accident that hurt my back and ended my racing career. For eight years all I ever did was race, it was the only thing I knew, and I loved it, but now it was over.

MY VW JETTA (BY MICHELLE DESJARDINS)

I was a horse crazy lady with no pony to call my own up until about 2003. I rode whenever opportunity presented itself which might be two to three times a year. It was at this time when my eldest daughter was invited with her cub pack to a leaders’ farm to allow the cub pack some horse experience, primarily ride on one of their horses. The McLean’s also bred a few Standardbred mares to produce potential harness racers. They also owned Standardbreds for riding horses and here is exactly where my passion for the breed initiates.