From: Jen CTRP Schooling Team Director
Date: Mon, Jan 12, 2015
Subject: FWF Prince Aragorn update
To: Flying W Farms
Happy New Year!
I just wanted to send you an update for last year.
We began working with a trainer last April and we have made huge improvements! This year, I plan to begin working on my USDF Bronze medal! My trainer feels that earning that medal will be easy for us. Who knows, we might even be able to silver in a few years!
We competed in three shows this past fall, rode in several clinics, and have trained regularly with my trainer. She is absolutely in love with Aragorn and feels that he has unlimited potential! He puts 100% into all of his work. He truly was bred for dressage and absolutely LOVES it! In fact, lateral work is his favorite so far! He instantly softens, collects, and tries harder as soon as I began asking for any lateral work.
Aragorn and I always score above 60% at the shows. We generally have scores above 65% and several in the 70s. Judges love his presence and always comment on how perfect we are for one another. Comments often say that he is elegant, beautiful and such a super horse!
Thank you for breeding this lovely boy- I don't know what I'd do without him! He is my true love!
Please find some photos from this past fall- look at how much Aragorn has changed and grown over the years! Jen
Subject: FWF Prince Aragorn Update
Date: Tue, 7 May 2013
I was so excited to see the gorgeous ribbon we received from your farm for HOY Grand Champion in Dressage Intro. level for 2012. Thank you!
I have taken things very slowly with Aragorn, and it has certainly paid off. We competed in a local dressage show series in 3 shows this past fall. We did very well and won reserve champion for the series in Intro. level. Here are the scores we received throughout the series:
USDF Intro. A: 63.75%, 72%, and 83.75%
USDF Intro. B: 63.75%, 71%, and 79.69%
USDF Intro. C: 58.5%, 67%, and 77.25%
As you can see, we made incredible improvements throughout the series!
Additionally, we won first place in each show in the dressage equitation class and finished the season with 5 blues, 3 reds, a yellow, a white and a pink ribbon. I am so excited to participate in more shows this year. We are working hard on perfecting our training level tests at home and schooling first level, as well.
The judges had many wonderful things to say such as: "fun to judge," talented pair," and "a lovely team with potential for great things." Additionally, one judge stopped us at the end of a dressage equitation class to check out my "beautiful horse with his beautiful rider." Not only do the judges love us, but spectators are constantly keeping their eyes on Aragorn and stopping me to compliment his way of going and to tell me how gorgeous he is. He has such presence; he seeks the attention!
I have attached a few photos from this past fall. Please feel free to add them to your website!
I hope all is well at the farm.
|Sent: Thursday, October 29, 2009
Subject: Flying W Farms Prince Aragorn, IGGHR #438
Hi Fredericka and Robin,
I purchased Aragorn (Koning (Friesian) X Sultan's Super Blue (saddlebred)
from you last December, when he was a bit over 2 1/2 years old, and he
has begun to mature into the most beautiful, affectionate, and
intelligent horse I have had the pleasure to know! He has changed so
much: when I got him he was shaggy in his winter coat with a baby's
body and face, now he is maturing into a big, masculine, gorgeous
Georgian Grande! The moment he arrived at my barn, we began building
a strong relationship: within days he was following me around and
trying to be with me rather than his pasture mates when I put him out
I have been taking Aragorn's training very slowly (which I am mostly
doing myself). He lunges, ground drives, leads and rides through and
over obstacles (including mattresses!), walks with me at liberty, and
saddle walk and trot. I have taken Aragorn to a Sport Horse
Versatility Clinic, on trail rides, and to his first horse show! I
included a picture from the clinic (June 2009) that shows him halted
with just his forefeet on
a bridge; I was so proud of him because I was able to have him halt
with just his forefeet on the bridge, step fully onto the bridge and
halt, and then step off with just his forefeet and halt with his hind
feet on the bridge (and this was only about the 8th time I had EVER
ridden him and his first time at an unknown stable with unknown
I also included some pictures from his first horse show: October 3,
2009. We did two in-hand classes: one hunter in-hand, the other hunter
showmanship. We also did a costume class! Aragorn began his first
experience with a 1st place in the hunter in-hand and a 2nd place in
the hunter showmanship! You should have seen him: in his first class
(hunter in-hand) a group of supporters began clapping and cheering
when it was our turn to enter the ring and the cheers must have made
him feel good because he stretched his neck up into a high, long arch
and trotted with so much expression and joy! I was literally running
next to him shouting "Good boy! Good boy!!!" He certainly was born to
show off! I was so proud! The costume class was a bunch of fun, we
got 2nd place in that class as well (we were hippies picketing for
going green by riding a horse!)!
Otherwise, I have included some other photos for you of him from
around the barn and getting ready for his first trail ride. And yes,
while he was black when I got him, and he is back to black again now,
daily turnout in our excessively sunny and hot coastal summer had
turned him to bay for the summer!
Anyway, he is just so lovely in looks, presence, and personality! I
love him to pieces and I know he loves me just as much. He is the
best friend I could have ever asked for and I can't wait to begin
bumping up the pressure and working towards our first competitive
season beginning next spring! I think he will be absolutely amazing
in the dressage ring! I wouldn't hesitate to purchase another
Georgian Grande from you on the future! Keep in touch!