The Excellent Equine series is bought to you by The History & Theory of Modern Riding class Fall 2015. “Teddy – Excellent Equines” was researched and written by Nina Jurac class of 2016.
Once upon a time in 1997 there was an adorable little foal named Teddy. Teddy was a bay Warmblood with a star and three white socks. Teddy loved to run around and play in the fields with all the other horses. One day, Teddy was bought and broke. Teddy learned how to do everything from walk, trot, canter along with jumping, all the way up to Adult Amateur. Teddy is a down to earth cuddly horse that anyone can hop on and have a great time on-he is sweet, reliable and consistent.
Although Teddy was good with most things, he never really did like the pressure of a show ring. Teddy would refuse to walk into the ring and would have to be led in with his favorite treats, peppermints. Once Teddy was through with showing and ready to ease his way into retirement, Daniel Geitner was kind enough to donate him to St. Andrews in 2007. During the fall semester, barn managers and advanced students worked with Teddy, getting him use to the school program, surroundings, and helping him find his new niche. During the school year of 2008 and 2009 Teddy was leased out to Courtney Branscome. Courtney took Teddy all over- showing him in pre-adult and even ANRC. Once Courtney graduated, Kelsi Peterson stepped in and was Teddy’s next lease in 2010. Teddy had and still has a special place in Kelsi’s heart. Kelsi showed Teddy in everything from Amateur Hunters to Equitation. During Kelsi’s senior year she was supposed to show Teddy in ANRC. Due to some lameness issues that he was having, this was not possible. Once Kelsi graduated and Teddy was no longer having lameness issues, he officially entered the lesson program.
When Teddy started getting used for the lesson program he taught many different riders everything that they needed to know in order to advance. Teddy is capable of taking a beginner rider over their first cross-rail or even a more advance rider over a two foot oxer. “Teddy was one of the first horses I rode when I came to St. Andrews, he helped me with my release’s when doing gymnastic exercises. He has definitely saved my butt a few times!-Nina 16’. Teddy is a big asset to the Riding program here at St. Andrews. Teddy has participated in many different horseshows including Showing Under the Stars, mock fox hunts, IHSA and IDA shows.
Now, in the year 2015, Teddy continues to live his happy life at St. Andrews. Moving his way down the line and relaxing a lot more. Teddy now participates in flat classes during horse shows, with peppermints leading him into the ring of course along with participating in mostly beginner lessons and small jumping courses. With his pals Bill and Scot by his side, he will continue to reside at St. Andrews Riding Center. Continuing to live a long, happy, and cuddle filled life.