Bacchus Competes at 2011 HITS Thermal

in Alumni Horses,Caletino Offspring,Offspring,Quailhurst Alumni

Bacchus and owner Jennifer Boyce explore the Grand Prix ring at Thermal.

Owner Jennifer Boyce tells us that her Quailhurst-bred gelding Bacchus (Caletino x Tiaraella) was a superstar on his first out of state trip to the 2011 HITS Thermal winter circuit shows. A coming five year-old, Bacchus competed in the baby green divisions with trainer Karianne Boyce Lockhart of Poseidon Stables and with owner Jennifer in the under saddle classes, receiving ribbons in every class entered.

Both Jennifer and Karianne take a wonderful approach to supporting the learning of this young horse and made Bacchus’ first winter circuit a positive experience beyond the ribbons.

Jennifer tells us:


“It was great to see Bacchus learn so much in such a short period of time. He quickly went from not being comfortable in the ring by himself to getting his lead changes and hanging out at the back gate like he had been doing it for years- not a week! For his first time showing over fences, he learned so much and had a really good experience. He also quickly became the grooms’ favorite because he was so easy to handle. It was the best possible experience I could have had with a young horse who didn’t care that everything was new and supposed to be ‘scary!'”

Jennifer sent us lots of video from the show, including Bacchus walking right up to a spooky fence in the schooling area, showing a more seasoned but nervous horse that everything was “OK.” We’ve put together a short clip of Bacchus at Thermal below.

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