Virgil is 17!! Seems incredible! I remember him when he was a gawky, lanky 16hh boy who looked way more TB than DWB...and while he jumped like an angel even then, he couldn't canter a 20 metre circle!
I first looked at him Jan 10, bought him Feb 6, then he came to the barn Feb 28...he is arriving into my life in 2000
Skinny little 4 yr old. He wouldn't eat in the isolation paddock (he was all by his lonesome self which he hated and still does), so he got moved into a different one where he had neighbours:
Virgil in his baby green line up with my trainer - he's super alert chestnut (how shocking) on the far left.
Our first 3' course, right after we broke our maiden the division before...got our first first place ribbon! (I think he was 6 in this pic)
Winning our first Eq A championship:
Then he was 9 and had grown 2.5 inches since he was 4 and muscled up. NOW he looked like a warmblood and we found out crazy spooky boy LOVED the jumped ring!
Definitely no longer a skinny TB looking guy!
Our first 3'9 jumper course - which is why my position is all crazy! Virgil blew my mind...we went in, I forgot how to ride, and he saved my butt!
Getting our mini prix ribbon...no big deal, but see the guy in the whites behind us? Spruce meadows trainer...we placed above him on our first mini prix! He then asked if Virgil was for sale.
sadly, that was our last show before Virgil had to be retired. Later we were at Spruce Meadows for the harvest classic and he spooked in the air when we were warming up, landed funny and was lame. That was the end for not only his jumping career, but his riding career.
Until yesterday! When I pulled him out of the field and we began to work again! just ten minutes handwalking but he loved it!!
Virgil shows his happiness!