My Heart Horse Zelda Started It All
If you have read much of the blog, you probably have read about Zelda. She was my heart horse. I got her when I was in high school. We had our highest highs, and our lowest lows together. We were always there for each other though, and we sure did go through a lot!
Zelda passed away years ago now.
But Here Is The Catch
Before she died she was a broodmare for three years. She had two fillies, Salute the Truce and True Class. She also had a stillborn colt which we were all heartbroken about.
Salute the Truce and Truce Class, were both sired by the stallion I took care of for many years, Salute the Truth. Known to his friends as Willy.
Willy definitely falls into the category of heart horse for me because I was his groom and spent countless hours with him. Both on the farm and traveling for eventing competitions. At one point in time, he was the only thoroughbred stallion in American competing at the advanced level of eventing.
Once the two fillies were broken to ride they were sold on to new homes. As far as I knew I had lost track of them forever.
Always Looking For A Willy Baby
Being the horse-crazy that I’m, I’m constantly online looking at horses for sale. Just for fun, even when I’m not in the market. I would always search by sire, hoping I could at least find a horse that was Willy’s baby. I always figured the likelihood of me tracking down one of Zelda’s two fillies was pretty much next to nothing.
It Was The Blog That Found Her!
I received a comment on one of my posts about Zelda, it was from someone who said they thought they owned her daughter, True Class.
My mind was blown. She had been researching bloodlines for her breeding program and when she typed into search, Zelda’s registered name, Detente, she found this blog. Really, it was a one in a million chance that connection would ever be made!
Of course, we started texting back and forth. I wanted to know all about what my mare’s baby had grown up to be!
One day her owner texted me and said she had decided she was going to sell the mare. They were downsizing at the moment, and they offered me her because she knew through our conversations that I felt a strong connection to her. Of course, I said yes!
She was in Iowa and I’m in Maryland. That’s a long trip! I tried and tried to find a professional shipper to haul her here, but couldn’t find anyone who would return my calls and emails.
So, Tycen and I hooked up the trailer and drove to Iowa to get her. And oh what a trip it was, freezing rain Indiana on the way out, and snowy interstate in West Virginia on the way back.
We made it home safely and now I have Zelda’s baby, well 14-year-old baby. She is home and she is mine.
Wishes Really Do Come True
If you would have told me that I would own Zelda’s daughter a few months ago. I would have said, yea right, and laughed it off.
I have decided some things must really happen for a reason and what is meant to be will be.
I couldn’t be happier, and I still can’t believe it actually happened. She is really here!
I look forward to sharing our journey together here on the blog.