9 years old, gelding
Owned by Kaitlyn Keegan of Newington, CT
DNA: Trakehner cross -AWSSR Red Preferred
WBF Timelord, or “Jack” as he’s known around the barn, is a goofball destined for the dressage arena. He was originally picked up from auction in Pennsylvania and from there, Kaitlyn has been working with her trainers to restart him and train him in dressage. So far he has traveled to numerous open and schooling shows where he has won ribbons in halter, showmanship, trail and green horse.
Kaitlyn’s trainer explained Jack perfectly when they chose him from auction. “He just didn’t belong there.” His floaty gaits and wonderful conformation show through, especially now that he’s happy and healthy. He was recently inspected by Douglas Christensen who awarded Jack a 72% and Red Preferred status, brand eligible.
Although jumping may eventually be in the future for the pair, Kaitlyn said dressage is their specialty. Kaitlyn loves the pattern work of dressage and the accuracy it requires. It’s been good for Jack, she said, because it puts his green mind to work and helps him focus. She hopes to eventually get his USDF card and compete in area recognized dressage shows.
Owning an American Warmblood, Kaitlyn said, has meant a whole new world of exploration for her. Her barn is primarily performance AQHA quarter horses and she has loved introducing people to Jack and showing what the pair can do. She hopes to help introduce more dressage to her barn and help others realize how universal the discipline is for all riders and their horses.
Kaitlyn said she loves being an advocate for AWSSR and what the registry stands for. “American Warmbloods are so versatile. A lot of people don’t realize horses don’t necessarily have to be European to be great jumpers or dressage horses,” she said. “AWSSR gives those breeders a chance to show what they’re doing here in America and also gives people with sporthorses who are otherwise not registered a home and a community to belong to and share ideas.”
Her advice to other American Warmblood owners is to get out there, enjoy the breed and help spread the news of the registry.
“There are some amazing American Warmbloods here in the U.S. and not all of them know about AWSSR and the resources and community it has,” Kaitlyn said. “The more AWSSR horses get into the rings and show off their stuff, the better and bigger the registry will be.”
So for now, Kaitlyn said she is going to take advantage of the New England winter along with her barn’s indoor and get to work with Jack to be ready for the dressage arena in 2018.
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