When Hard Work Pays Off With a Young Horse

I was thrown into the deep end last year when my parents came home with a youngster from the 2018 Capital Stud Auction. Although I was extremely grateful and beaming with excitement, I was still very anxious as this was one project that I had not mentally prepared for. Many people in the industry have produced extraordinary young horses and it is said that producing young horses need a different level of talent, and patience, in order to truly excel. With this in the back of my mind, I wasn’t quite sure if I was ready to produce a youngster. 

I first started building a bond with my young horse Capital Harvey on the ground before having my first sit on him. I figured that if he liked me and trusted me, he might not pull any stunts. Surprisingly, my first few rides on him were very calm and nothing too far out of my comfort zone. This feeling didn’t last very long as he very quickly started bucking me off. He hates knocking poles and so every time he knocked poles, I would go flying. With this, I had many bruises and even a broken helmet. I honestly thought that this project was a complete disaster and that I would soon call it quits on Harvey. Luckily for me, I have a very patient coach, we slowly started getting Harvey through all his bucks and spins.

As time has gone by, Harvey has started maturing into a calm yet quirky little guy. He has an incredible jump which is most probably the only thing that kept me going when times got rough. He has now gone to his first show and absolutely took us all by surprise when he jumped clear rounds and didn’t look at anything! Although the road has been difficult (it most probably still will be) the results that we are getting have been worth all the blood, sweat and tears (no exaggeration). We are technically still at the start of the road yet I feel like the road is getting a little less challenging. 

This experience has been one of the best and it really has improved my riding and my appreciation for the sport as it is so humbling. I was thrown into the deep end but I feel like I really am learning to swim.
– Kristi Fourie