My primary riding horse is Surprise
Surprise is a ten-year-old Appaloosa/Trakehner cross mare. She's a bright copper chestnut and white, with roaning. Her mane and tail are spun gold - she'd have been a flaxen and gold chestnut if not for the roaning.
She's about training level in dressage, and she jumps (though I don't). She's also had quite a bit of experience as a trail horse. A very versatile girl is our Surprise, and that's not surprising considering her breeding. Her sire is a son of the great Trakehner Olympic Gold Medal show-jumper, Abdullah, called Diamonds And Denim.. Her dam was a Mighty Tim daughter named Cherry Lea Lark, out of a thoroughbred mare..
We're having a good time with each other.
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We are owned by the lovely Fable Bint Ylla, a purebred Arabian mare born April 17, 1993, bred at Fable Arabians, here in Tucson.
Although we bought her for dressage, Ylla is happier as a trail horse and for the time being we've decided to give her the choice. My husband Tappan is every much enjoying riding her, and she is loving being his horse. She's been bred to a lipizzan stallion, Pluto Gloria II-1 (known as Knight) for a 2001 foal, but as of this writing we haven't confirmed that she's in foal. Keep your fingers crossed.
Taking Ylla for a walk in the wash
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My first horse, Nada, was a purebred Lipizzan mare. Nada taught me a great deal over the years, and was one of the best friends I ever had. She was humanely put down on Oct. 9, 1998, after a long battle with an inoperable tumor that was slowly destroying her hindquarter function. I will always miss her, but a part of her will always be with me.
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And here's Tappan's quarter horse gelding, Cobre (AQHA Bandera