My name is Blaine Hendrickson and this is my 3rd time competing in the RAC. My involvement with Curly's has changed from when I first joined and it's great to look back and see how far we've come.
When I first started I had two wonderful Curly's which I still have today.
Abigail or YS Kawai is now going on 8 (can't believe it). She is a gaited grey and all around awesome horse. She will do anything you ask and has done just about everything. This year I did put her up for sale because my riding has changed but until she is sold I'll be finishing her driving training and use her to exercise my baby. She normally represents the breed at the Midwest Horse Fair but with my busy eventing schedule we just don't have time this year.
Theodorable or Theodore Obi is my main guy. Him and I have been through so much together which has created a very trusting bond. Theo was 2014 Horse of the Year for the CSI Beginner Novice combined training and I'm hoping this year he will do it again for Novice. My goal for us this year is to qualify for area IV championships or nationals (heck why not). I'd also like to do one training level event before the end of the year but that all depends on Theo.
Last spring my friend Amy and I took a long trip from WI to Vermont to pick up a very special yearling that will someday replace Theo in competitions. Before we left I thought it would be neat to stop by Betsy Lirakis's place and see all her Curly's since we were so close. I also had my eye on a mare she had for sale but thought my husband would never go for it. Doesn't hurt to look right?
Well long story short I came home with two horses and my friend came home with a pony. I'm not divorced and my husband is quite fond of both of them.
I'm very excited for 2015, so much I don't even care that it's winter! Have fun everybody and can't wait to hear what everybody is up too!