Although we had 4 horses entered in the Fresno County Horse Park Horse Trials event, this dedication and article goes entirely to TF Kriesler aka Brad. Oh Brad. Never in my life have I ever met a horse quite like Brad. He is large in size and personality; and his ability to passively get whatever he wants in the end is truly amazing.
He can sometimes drive me crazy on the ground. He loves all his horse friends and really does not want to go anywhere without them. He doesn't see anything wrong with a few ripped out braids 15 mins before dressage. Or a nap on a "poo pillow" the night before an 8 am trot up.
Although Brad has a quiet look about him, his mind is always working. He can pick up any sort of trick or habit incredibly fast. Tonight's feat was escaping out of his stall - THREE TIMES... yes, that was me in my socks and pj's out of my bed in a flash all night long. However, there isn't a mean bone in his body, and he has a heart of gold. He has moved from Training to Advanced in just a few short years and he is proving to all that he loves the sport and is only getting started.
The Advanced level of eventing has always been something foreign to me. I have only been involved in this sport a few years now, and as I watched Brad and Sara racing across the countryside and flying over huge obstacles, I have to remind myself what a huge deal this is. They made it look so easy!
There is no other horse like that big grey gelding. Exasperating as he can be, anyone who has the privilege to know him personally can't help but feel lucky and blessed. Without even trying, this big boy has us all brimming with excitement about this year's show schedule . The upcoming trip back down to Californis; a trip across Canada to Quebec for Bromont in June (www.bromontcci.com) and our declaration for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
This show was not only Brad's first Advanced start, but Saras as well. A lifelong dream for any eventer that only a few have the honour to acheive. Not only does it take time and money. It takes that special horse that are few and far between. Against all odds they tackled it will all the gumption and grit only true Canadians possess!
We are so proud of our a 2nd place finish and thank you to everyone for all their ongoing support! We can't do this without you!...#GoBradGo