Palomine & Kim Scott
II first met "Pal" back in 2009 while I was working as a groom for Jamie Gray. Pal was one of the yearlings purchased from the ASHA sale that year and stayed under my care while he was training down. When it became apparent that Pal was not going to make it to the races (spring of 2011), I decided to take him on as my next riding horse.
We started out showing Open shows, mostly on the North Country Circuit. Classes included Halter, Showmanship, English and Western Equitation and Pleasure, Trail, even tried some reining and gymkhana events. In 2015 we had a brief pause from showing in August as we competed in the first ever Pacing Under Saddle event in Western Canada at Century Downs. We broke stride in the turn, but had an absolute blast that day, especially coming off the gate! About 4 years ago we attended our first dressage schooling show, and have primarily only shown dressage since. In 2017 we attended the Sparkle & Spurs Gold Show at Amberlea Meadows, showing both English and Western Dressage. Where we ended up Reserve Champion in the English Walk/Trot Adult Amateur division & Western Dressage He may have paced down centerline in our one test but it was a great learning experience! We have opted to focus on Western Dressage as of late, as your horse is not required to have the big warmblood movements as expected in English Dressage, instead Western Dressage focuses more on the harmony between horse and rider.
Currently we are showing Basic Level and Level 1 Western Dressage. Scoring as high as 66%. We just completed our first online show a few weeks ago where we won Champion (Basic Test 4), Reserve Champion (Basic Test 3), as well as a 3rd and a 4th against some very nice horse rider combinations from the US. We have really enjoyed our Western Dressage journey thus far as it focuses on the fundamentals and allows you to progress at your own speed. We like the challenge each test within each level presents and the technicality of each movement. For the upcoming Western Dressage World Championship Online Show we have opted to only show Basic Level. It is going to be some very stiff competition from around the globe, but I am confident that Pal and I can hold our own, and am hoping for some personal best scores.
Palomine is a 12 year old Gelding by Cambest out of the Artsplace mare PopArt.
I went through the Olds College Groom School back in 2008 and worked as a groom for Jamie Gray until 2012. I had been catch paddocking sporadically after leaving the track full time, but haven't for a few years now