“I wouldn’t sell this horse for a million dollars,” said Lainey Ashker after stripping the saddle from Call Him Paddy, having just ridden double clear across country in the horse’s first CCI1*.
Lainey’s mom, Valerie, found “Patrick” for her as a Thoroughbred Makeover project for the 2015 competition. Since then, he’s moved up the levels with Lainey and just finished 8th in the CCI1*-B division at the Virginia Horse Trials this weekend after adding just 3 time penalties from show jumping onto their dressage score.
The little 15.3-hand gelding has scope to spare and cockiness to match his athleticism. Lainey has dubbed him her “Five-Star Hamster” given his ‘I’ve got this’ attitude and small stature. She has said previously that Patrick very much reminds her of her now-retired Advanced and CCI4* partner, Anthony Patch (better known as “Al”).
We hope to see Lainey and Patrick up at the top levels someday! In the meantime, enjoy their helmet cam from this weekend: