Rescued Thoroughbred ‘Jack’ Moves Up to Prelim

Remember Jack and Jill? When 52 Thoroughbreds founds themselves needing new homes back in 2011 after their elderly owner died, friend of EN Jackie Smith took two as eventing prospects. She’s tracked their progress ever since via her blog, and Jackie sent us her son Kyle’s helmet cam from Fair Hill this past weekend, when Jack, also known as Colinwood Super, successfully moved up to Prelim.

“There was a time this spring when Kyle almost gave up on Jack as an event horse because he was telling Kyle in Aiken this spring that he just wasn’t comfortable going cross country anymore,” Jackie said. “Well, what he was really telling Kyle is that even in the sandy footing of Aiken, he wanted the security of some serious studs to run and jump cross country.

“After that discovery, they got their mojo back and have made a successful move up to Prelim, with Fair Hill being his fourth cross country with no jumping penalties. Who would have thought that scraggly, cautious, coming 3-year-old who stepped off the trailer on that snowy January day would have turned into a Prelim horse just 3 1/2 years later?

“I may have picked him out of the herd, but Kyle has put all the time and training into this guy, who wasn’t always sure he wanted to be an event horse. I couldn’t be more proud of them.” Kyle and Jack finished seventh in the Open Preliminary C division at Fair Hill, scoring 44.4 in dressage, pulling two rails in show jumping and going clear on cross country with 3.6 time penalties for a final score of 56. Go Jack!

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