We purchased Shadow in March 1999 as a four year old
stallion. We kept him entire until September 2001. We are glad of the
experience but very glad that we now have a nice quiet gelding.
Shadow is very affectionate and loves to be with us, not as much as
eating mind you. He often comes on holidays with us. He travels in the
back of our ute, where he can see the world go by.
Shadow was broken into harness by Natalie during the first year that we
owned him. This was a huge experience with lots of much appreciate
advice from many people. Natalie didn't even know how a bridle went
together let alone an entire harness. By the time Christmas came along,
we had managed to purchase a complete harness and small jogger. After
months of long reigning, finally we were mobile. We now go to lots of
shows and club days, normally competiting against much larger horses.
We have lots of fun. Shadow's favourite events are precision driving or
cones. We also compete in show driving, dressage and mini marathons
(although he only really loves the obstacles). We have even made a
little webbing harness to take to the beach and Shadow pulls the Boogie
board in the shallow water for us to ride on. In 2002 we tried our hand
at tandems (2 horses one after each other) and loved it. So we set
about finding ourselves a matching Mini to put with Shadow. That's when
Willow came into our lives. Shadow can't wait 'till she is up and
going, because then he only has to do half the pulling.
Shadow also likes to jump hurdles, with his highest jump being 42.5
inches. He is not very good at doing in hand trail though, he is too
stubborn for that.
Due to Natalie studying at Uni and moving house, 2003 was a quite year
for Shadow. Just a few shows. We tried our hand at Indoor Derbies and
loved it. Flying around in harness in the sand arenas is great fun. It
is a timed event where the driver has to negotiate obstacles around a
set course. It is best done with a pair of horses, so now we are in the
process of training Shadow and Willow up for Pairs. All we have so far
is our harness and a training jig that the horses drag along.
2005 has been a lot of fun with the horses going as a pair. They love
it, so much better when you have company. Our first show was at
Greenbank and they went really well. Probably won't get to too many
Visit Shadow and Willow's page about
harness driving together
Highlights of his career include: 2001: AMHA Nationals - 1st Novice Harness Horse, 1st Open
Harness Horse, 1st Novice Obstacle Horse, 2nd Open Obstacle Horse,
Champion Harness Horse.
Qld Driving Society State Championships - 1st Cones NE 11hh.
MHAA Qld State Championships - 1st Stallion in Harness, 1st Obstacle
Harness, 2nd Touch Of Class Harness, Champion Harness Horse.
Redcliffe Show - Reserve Champion Harness Horse.
Ekka - 2nd Sulky Turnout NE 14hh, 1st Tradesman Turnout NE 14hh. 2002: Qld Driving Society State Championships - 1st Novice Pony
Ne 9.2hh, 2nd Dressage NE 9.2hh, 1st Cones NE 9.2hh.
Australian Carriage Driving Society National Show - Champion Driven
Multiples (with Sovereign).
Ekka - 2nd Sulky Turnout NE 14hh, 1st Tradesman Turnout NE 14hh. 1st
Novice Pony NE 12.2hh.
MHAA Qld State Championships - Reserve Champion Harness Horse, Champion
Precision Driving, Reserve Champion Touch of Class Harness.
MHI Qld State Championships - 2nd Gelding in Harness, 2nd Show Jumping,
3rd Fault & Out Jumping.
Equitana/MHI - 1st Gelding in Harness, 2nd Cones, 3rd Points Game,
Champion Harness Horse 2003: This was a quite year for us, but we did have some success
at Indoor Derby racing. Shadow won the overall pointscore for singles
on the Multi Day. 2004: Again a fairly quite year, however we got ourselves a
pairs harness and have started to break Shadow and Willow in to go
together in a new vehicle. Shadow came 2nd overall in the Indoor Derby
series (3 rounds).
2005: Shadow won the State
titles Cones driving - singles against all size horses. 2007: Taught little Bourbon a
few things about manners and ettiquite in the paddock that his mum was
not going to do.
After a few years resting in the paddock whilst Natalie finished off
her uni and got settled in new jobs, Shadow's life came to a sudden and
tragic end. Sadly he was taken from us too early, but at least we had
the opportunity to let him go quickly and as painfree as possible.
Shadow died from toxic poisoning, but he will be remembered for all
that he brought to our family. We had many happy kms together and lots
of fun. Sadly not enough, he was gutsy to the end. What a sweet, dear
little man. We miss him dearly.