While we love following horses at the height of their eventing careers, what we love even more is seeing them thrive as they continue to move through life thanks to the understanding of caretakers that sometimes one job isn’t the best fit. Event horses have found ongoing success in many aspects of equestrian sport, and today we’re catching up with former Heather Morris ride, Get Rowdy (Baltic VDL – Z. Unellie), a 12-year-old KWPN gelding who competed through the Intermediate 3* level until about 2017.
Get Rowdy was named the 2016 USEA Preliminary Horse of the Year, never finishing lower than fifth in ten starts at the level or then-CCI1* that year. But speed would prove to be the limiting factor as Heather eyed the upper levels of eventing; this eventually prompted her to send the gelding to well-respected hunter/jumper trainer Archie Cox in the Los Angeles area.
“Rowdy” would eventually make his home in the hunter ring, owned by Teton Farms LLC and moving up the ranks to eventually be named USEF High Performance Hunter Grand Champion in 2019 with rider Karli Postel. He’s also played professor to up and coming riders such as Kyra Russell and most recently was cleaning up at Thermal with pro rider Jamie Sailor.
A well-deserved honor for a perfect stamp of a horse of a lifetime. The Get Rowdy Breyer will be ready to ship in July, and you can keep an eye out for stock updates here.
A long career (and, more importantly, a long and healthy life) is always a goal for our horses. Ask your veterinarian about Zoetis’ line-up of health support options that can help support your horse for a long-lasting and comfortable career and life.