Uncle Dickie

Horse Stats
New Name: Bluegrass Baron
Age: 2012
Gender: gelding
Date Adopted: August 2015
Current Discipline: Eventing
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    "Uncle Dickie (or Bluegrass Baron) as I call him, is approaching his one year adopt-iversary. As he quietly grazes following a cross country schooling trip to Flying Cross in Louisville, KY, I am filled with awe for this horse. I chose Blue, under the expert guidance of Melissa King from the Lexington facility, for his phenomenal brain and disposition, athletic potential, and sturdy build. Over the last year I have worked deliberately to build his confidence in me with ground work and flat work before moving forward with jumping. In the last 6 months, I have really added the jumping component to my blossoming eventing mount.This spring, Blue and I spent 2 months hacking endless acres around a beautiful cattle farm and jumping a home-made cross country course with best friend and fellow New Vocations grad, Senator Ray ridden by Maggie Canning. In April, they joined a 3 rd New Vocations grad, Just Jeeves and Chelsea Smith for all three horse’s first Hunter Pace to benefit the UK Dressage and Eventing Team. Chelsea and I were excited to support our prior college team and the OTTBs were perfect!A few months later, Blue competed in his first combined test at our farm, Black Horse Stables in Simpsonville, KY. He did not bat an eyelash for dressage, was a consummate professional in stadium, and we finished on our Dressage score of 27 to earn second place in the Beginner Novice division. At the end of the summer, we competed in the farm mini-trial and finished on our Dressage score of 28 (even with one small spook in the scary indoor)!Blue has been cross country schooling at Masterson Station and Flying Cross and we plan to enter our first recognized horse trial in spring of 2016. There is no greater joy than tearing up a cross country course with this horse! He has never stopped despite many trips and training through novice questions. Our first attempt at banks, ditches, and water was all met with professional and willing excitement. We certainly learn and improve our approach, but he is endlessly game to try anything. When he is nervous, his reaction is to jump higher, showing off incredible scope and heart. I have to constantly remind myself of his age and experience to make sure we don’t move too quickly and hurt his confidence.At the mini trial this summer, my grandparents (in their 80s) came to watch me ride for the first time in 15+ years. They had not spent time around horses during this time but were so impressed with Blue they were excited to pet him and get their picture made. As a veterinarian, my life is centered about nurturing the human-animal bond and watching them glow from this interaction made my weekend. Amidst the excitement of a show atmosphere, a young horse, and people uncomfortable with horses, Blue was an advocate for all horses and the ever-versatile OTTB.Wherever he goes, Blue receives compliments for his disposition and ability. When people discover he is only 4 years old, they are blown away. What kind of 4 year old horse can jump 3 feet one moment and quietly walk around with my husband on board (who has minimal horse experience) the next? Each time my response is the same, OTTBs are endlessly capable for any discipline, obtain unparalleled handling and world-experience at an early age, and overwhelmingly strive to please. Occasionally I hear stories about less than ideal experiences with OTTBs. I would argue that the New Vocations difference ensures that these athletes and future family members are ideally matched for their intended purpose and environment. As a young adult amateur it can feel daunting to search for an affordable and talented equine partner. I never felt this way working with New Vocations and have lost count of the number of times I have referred friends and acquaintances. I will be forever grateful to New Vocations and Melissa for matching me with my perfect partner. Blue’s maturity and ability have only begun to be tapped. More importantly, this horse will be part of my family for years to come." - Emily Tincher, KY