Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Minions Take Over the Makeover

Photo via Retired Racehorse Project.

Skye Liikanen had a banner weekend at the 2018 Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover, placing second after the first round of Dressage competition before going on to win in the Finale. They also won the preliminaries of Freestyle and placed fourth in the Freestyle finale.

This horse 😍😍😍😍TB Makeover Freestyle!!! I had soooo much fun!!!! I have the most most amazing friends and family!!! Dan James Elizabeth James Josh Knight Emma Sanchez Miranda Holaday-Lyon Mark Lyon Lindsey Weber Ariana Sakaris Sarah Bernknopf Sharon Liikanen Chip St Charles

Posted by Skye Liikanen on Friday, October 5, 2018

Skye, an Australian transplant working with Double Dan Horsemanship, has watched the Thoroughbred Makeover the past several years and was ready to give it a go herself this time. She initially acquired a horse to train last October, but after struggling with lameness issues through March she new she’d need to find a new Makeover partner. (Don’t worry though — the first horse is still happy at the farm and is back in light work after some time off!)

Enter Sacred Promise, a five-year-old gelding (Super Saver X Theregoesmsamerica, by Unbridled’s Song) bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm & M R Capital LLC who sold for $30,000 at the Keeneland mixed sale, and earned $15,546 in 14 starts. “Brumby” was last raced in February and Skye purchased him in April from David Thornton of Crumbaugh Lane. In the several short months since Skye and Brumby began their partnership, they’ve gone from racetrack to fancy-prancing Minion tamers. Check out their winning freestyle performance above and a little snippet of dressage schooling below!

Last ride before the dressage tomorrow, so excited to ride in the Rolex Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park!!! Thank you to Talina Wilson from Wilson Equestrian, all the way from from Australia for the beautiful breeches and long sleeve shirt!

Posted by Skye Liikanen on Wednesday, October 3, 2018