horses > success stories > Missilery
September 29, 2006
I haven't checked my email in the longest time which is why I am just now
responding to you. I am in Tallahassee, Florida visiting my sister right now so I
can't send any pictures but, when I get home, I will.
Missilery is doing fabulous! We
moved him this summer after being at the other barn for a year. We moved him
out to Loganville at Kilkenny Farm.
I don't know if you know about Kilkenny,
but it is the nicest farm I have ever been at. He stays in for about half
the day and is turned out with a buddy. His weight has improved tremendously
since we moved, also his feet look great too! The farrier here, Steve
Schmidt, absolutely adores him!
We have done beginner novice so far. His
dressage is great. We're training with Pam Schwartz/Kimble ( I can't remember
what she goes by now!) once a week and he's really progressing with dressage
because of the constant lessons.
We've been jumping with a few different
trainers but nothing consistent so stadium/xc isn't as good as it could be
I think we're going to start training with Mary Bess Horton because
she comes out once a week to Kilkenny for lessons.
I will dig up some pictures when we get home! He
is so happy where he is now and hopefully we won't have to move him next
year when I go off to college. I am thinking about either Auburn or UGA
because I want to be a large animal vet! But I'll probably go to UGA so Orry
will be able to stay right where he's at!
August 31, 2005
Missilery is doing great! We decided to name him Orry.. it suits
him but I
have no clue why! I love him so much.
He's putting on weight and is
starting to get muscle and he is looking really handsome! The
always says how sweet he is. . .. because that's the perfect
way to describe
The horses in our pasture were kind of ganging up on him
for a while,
and even though he is still at the bottom of the herd, he has
found a best
friend in Future! (Editors Note: Backinthefuture
was one of the first horses we brought home from the racetrack
in 2001) We
took Orry to Tribble Mill two weekends ago and he did awesome!
He crossed little wooden bridges, creeks, went past people
and even raced Cazzie across the dam. He was a perfect gentleman
the entire time,
even getting on/off the trailer!
My goodness I just can't say
things about him, I am loving every minute of it though!
I will send some
pictures.. we've been lazy and haven't taken any recent ones
except for the
ones we sent you a while ago.. oops! Anyways, we are hoping
to go to a show
in the fall.. probably just a walk-trot and maybe cross rails!
It'll be so
Shannon and Orry
July 7, 2005
Missilery is doing fabulous! I can't tell you how
much I love
July 2, 2005
We jumped our first "real" cross rail today!! He was awesome, it
me giggle because he had no clue what we were doing it for but did it
anyways! His canter on the left lead is really nice, but his canter on the
right lead is a bit more unbalanced :) but that's to be expected. I just
love him so much he's great! I will send pictures when I figure out how to
upload them onto the computer. Have a good 4th!
Missilery and mom Shannon - June 30, 2005
June 27, 2005
I stayed out at the barn all day. Missilery is doing great. I
walked him around this morning to stretch his legs and I let him
out in a paddock. He's doing great. I just love him!
When we got back tonight we tacked him up and bridled him and
lunged him in the round pen. He was awesome! He knew exactly what
to do which totally surprised Jennie and me.
I don't have a single complaint or worry. He seems to be settling
in a lot better than we expected. I got on him and walked him around
the ring and he was perfect! Then we trotted. He has a very smooth
comfortable trot and amazing movement. Jennie even got on him and
loved him too! He was great! Thanks so much for finding him for
me, we all love him and so does everybody else at our
Well thanks again. :)
- Shannon and Missilery
June 22, 2005 - Shannon's Trip
to the Track to get Missilery
Sorry about the procrastinating of the story.. I've just been so
Missilery, its 10:20 and I just got home! I'm having a blast and he is doing
I was fortunate enough to experience the trip of a lifetime with my mom,
Elizabeth, and Barry: going up to the track!
We had the best time on the way
up to Kentucky, where we stopped to look at a few horses at a private
and then continuing on to Ohio. I was so excited
to finally see
this horse that I had only seen pictures of.
After reading a fortune
that said "you will take a chance on something in the near future" we
decided to take this leap of faith and not look back. We reached
about 10:30 and checked into our hotels and tried to get sleep
for the short
night. But none of us could sleep, and it seemed as though once
did go to sleep our alarm woke us up at 4:45 in the morning! Time
to get up
and go to the track, we had wanted to be there at 6:00.
to the track and
immediately went to see Missilery. He was everything I had imagined
more, he nuzzled with us and wanted to be loved on constantly!
It was love
at first sight!
We eventually had to tear ourselves away from him
to look at
other horses for Elizabeth's prospects. We talked to trainers about
and even got to watch some of them work out on the track that we
standing right next to! It was the neatest thing ever!
We ate breakfast
the track cafeteria and then went right back out to taking pictures,
to trainers, and watching the horses' movement. I had decided since
first time I saw Missilery that he was the one I definately wanted,
the paperwork had been done we got the farrier to take his racing
and we were ready to go.
After loading Missilery up at first, he became very nervous
because there wasn't another horse on with him yet. So we
had to take him off and put Snowdance Kid on first, who was
just as calm as he was cute and sweet! Then Missilery went
on at the back where they both had huge stalls since Elizabeth
and Barry were able to open up space since there were only
two on board! So off we went, we stopped a lot to eat, check
the horses and get gas and both horses were amazing for the
11 hour trip!
The entire experience
that I will never forget and I am very greatful to both Elizabeth
for all of their help and expertise in helping me find Missilery!
I love him
so much and enjoy every minute I am around him.
Thanks so much
again for all
of ya'lls help, I will never forget what a great adventure
this was for me!
Missilery was a Prospect Horse for sale in June. These were his