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Scarlet: A Dressage Star in the Making


I just got an email from Patti in New Mexico. Recently, she bought a horse from the trainer listings on the LOPE website:

“I wanted to give you an update on ‘Scarlet,’ who I purchased from a Texas race trainer about 3 months ago.

scarlet“Based on a single photo and a phone conversation, I immediately knew Scarlet was ‘the one.’ My husband and I packed up the trailer and our three dogs in Albuquerque, NM two weeks after seeing Scarlet’s photo. We road tripped 12 hours to the south of Dallas to pick up Scarlet. It was obvious from the second I met Scarlet that she had been well-cared for. She was easy to work around and absolutely a doll as just a 4-year old.

“‘Scarlet’ is a dream in every sense. She had a minor suspensory tear from racing when her race trainer decided to list her on the LOPE website. He told me he felt she had too much potential in other areas to ruin her future. He was absolutely correct! After just three months, Scarlet is doing basic dressage: turn on the forehands and leg yielding. She takes away most peoples’ breath as they watch her floaty trot.

“I have no doubt that by early Spring, Scarlet (show name: Ma Petite Chere) will be making a splashy debut in the baby green hunters of New Mexico. Thank you, Cliff Dodson, for giving Scarlet such a great beginning and recognizing her other potential outside of racing!”

– Patti

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