Jamaica

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Gender: Gelding

Year of Birth: 2010

Height: 15.1h

Colour and Markings: Leopard appaloosa

Breed: Appaloosa-ish?

Discipline: Showjumping

Jamaica belongs to one of the yard kids. He arrived in January 2016, one of our very first official liveries, and promptly broke his scapula trying to leap out of his new digs. After a long rehab, he made a miraculous recovery and is now as sound as a brass bell.

Unfortunately, he ruined this victory by misbehaving with his child, finishing by bucking her off onto her arm, breaking it in the process. The child’s recovery was far quicker and also miraculous, but I’d had enough. Jamaica was grounded from being ridden by his child and put into boot camp with mean Auntie Firn.

After getting over his delinquency, Jamaica proved to be a thoroughly nice chap, a real honest point-and-shoot kind of jumper. I was in search of something to develop my confidence and eventually jump Module 5 (1.00m) on, and he fit the bill, so his owner and I came to the agreement that I would lease him to jump on and eventually pass him back to her once she was going juniors and strong enough to handle him.

I rode his first class on him in February 2017. That winter, we jumped our first 80cm, and moved up to 90cm in the spring.

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Jamaica is an attractive, loveable idiot who loves all people and all forms of food. He’s never really bothered by anything very much – even breaking his shoulder wasn’t much of an ordeal for him – and does whatever I say with a slightly bemused air, knowing full well I need him. We have managed to curb his brain’s habit of evaporating completely, which has made him dependable and one of the easiest horses at the yard. He doesn’t hold weight, doesn’t have a pedigree, and doesn’t stop, and God knows exactly what He’s doing with His rollercoaster plan for this horse.

2017 Goals:

  • Hack reliably in company. 
  • School Novice dressage. 
  • Jump 90cm graded. 

2018 Goals:

First and second quarter:

  • Showjump 90cm at available training shows.
  • Compete at equitation 90cm at SANESA. Score 70% (that’s a 28) or more, if not at the first qualifier, then at least at the last two.
  • Introduce all the flatwork required at Module 5: leg-yield, turn on the forehand, turn on the haunches, a little shoulder-in, a little travers.

Second and third quarter:

  • In May/June, jump a 1.00m showjumping round.
  • Jump at least one more clear 1.00m round at an appropriate pace.
  • Jump Module 5 in September.
  • If we do fail it, jump it again in December.

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