Meet the Ponies: Liatris

Lee warming up at clinic with Greg Best, July 2010
Lee warming up at clinic with Greg Best, July 2010

Lee is a 1999 Throughbred/Holsteiner cross (Loyal Pal (TB)x Lakshmi), bred by Suzy Wong of Atkinson, NH.  I started riding Lee in the winter of 2005, when she came to stay at 4.0 Farm in Stratham, NH,  where I worked at the time.  Lee came with me when I began working at UNH full time, and in spite of living at the university for ten years , she never managed to complete her undergraduate degree.

Lee and Izzy
Lee (left) and her friend Izzy at a dressage clinic at UNH.

Lee has done a bit of everything — she has competed in jumpers to 3′,  through First Level at USDF sanctioned dressage shows, and has completed two 100 mile distance rides at GMHA’s Distance Days in 2015 and 2016, winning the Perkion Award for Best Thoroughbred or TB cross both years and the Spinner Award for best non-registered trail horse in 2016.  She is also a favorite of the UNH IHSA team, for whom she is a prime flat draw at practices and home shows.

LeeBeach2008
Enjoying the beach.

Lee has been my mount at clinics with such varied luminaries as Nona Garson, Greg Best, Linda Allen, Pauline Alberts, Joe Forest, Verne Batchelder, Amy Barrington and Cindi Rose Wylie.

Lee at a dressage clinic, 2011
Lee at a dressage clinic, 2011

Lee has proved to be a challenging ride at many points, but overall she has come a long way.  Our relationship has become quite intense, and I don’t think she will ever leave the herd.  She has the distinction of being the first full time equine resident at my own Cold Moon Farm.

Jumping at a clinic with Joe Forest in 2010
Jumping at a clinic with Joe Forest in 2010

My personal goal for Lee is to help her to complete 1000 miles at Eastern Competitive Trail Ride Association sanctioned rides before she retires.  We currently have finished 425 miles towards this goal.

Lee and I on Cookie Hill, Day 3 of the 79th annual 100 mile ride at Green Mountain Horse Association in VT.
Lee and I on Cookie Hill, Day 3 of the 79th annual 100 mile ride at Green Mountain Horse Association in VT.

“Liatris” is a flower; Lee’s dam, Lakshmi, went by the barn name of Petunia.  Therefore, her name honors both the flower theme and the tradition of naming Holsteiner foals with names that start with the first letter of their dam’s name.

Lee’s Pedigree

 

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