Bijoux was a young mare that I had in training a few years back. She was beautiful, a black and white paint warmblood, by the famous stallion, Sempatico, who is by Art Deco. She was a very well bred, good-natured horse.
I only had Bijoux for a few months. I was to get her broke to ride and prepare her for her breed inspection. Basically by getting her fit, and handling well on the ground.
Her owner had spent a lot of time with her as a foal. This made teaching her basic ground manners and getting her broke to ride was pretty easy. I remember most of the time I had working with her was in June and rained almost
I got her going nicely, and she was signed up to go to her breed inspection at Iron Spring Farm. Where they would judge whether or not she was of high enough quality to become registered in their “mare book”. Meaning, her foals could be registered as warmbloods if by an approved stallion.
My job on the day of the inspection was basically to get her groomed and ready. There was a handler from the farm that was hosting the inspection that would actually take her through the inspection process.
Unfortunately, Bijoux did not make it into the mare book that day. The standards are super high, and they were not satisfied with how mature she was for her age. Her free jumping also showed room for improvement. They were encouraging and said we should have her presented again in a few years. When she would be fully mature and could do the under saddle test as well.
Unfortunately, that was Bijoux’s one and only inspection. She ended up getting very sick and went to greener pastures at much too young of an age. She was a sweet horse that went to horsey heaven before she had a chance to reach her full potential.
Significant Step on My Horsemanship Journey
I still consider that day with Bijoux one of my best days with horses even though she did not achieve the goal. Being immersed in that side of the horse world was truly an experience.
I have been lucky enough to work with some very nice horses. To be at a place like Iron Spring Farm, on an inspection day like that, was for me probably a once in a lifetime experience and I will never forget it.
I never forget a horse that touched my life, and I will never forget sweet Bijoux. I’m very grateful for the opportunities she gave me to participate in such a big event, and everything I learned there.
That was one of my best days with horses!