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A Wind in the Woods
Geauga County, Northeast
are delighhted to share this letter and pictures we receive from
Patricia McCullagh Dixie's owner. Be sure to check out all the baby
pictures at the bottom of this page.
|Dear Tom and Diane Jones,
know it's been a little over 8 years since you sold Dixie to my
family, but I thought you may like an update on how she's been
since leaving you. I can tell you she has taught me almost
everything I know about riding (including how to stay on). She
became my perfect jumping horse and has always been a babysitter
from day 1.
We've had our ups and downs, as any pair
does. Our highs have been placing in jumper classes, mostly
locally at Chagrin Valley Farms in the past couple of years. She
hears that buzzer and thinks, "Time to go to work!" If we had
attended the final jumper show last winter, we could potentially
have become reserve champion of the season.
Last year we
went to a jumper derby in NY. It was our first show in several
months, and our first show outside since March 2009 when we went
to Ocala, so my expectations were very low. I just hoped we
would get around as far as we could. We came 6th out of about
33, and I even took a longer turn for 1 jump because she landed
more balanced on the right lead so I just went with my gut and
went that way, losing several seconds. We had never jumped a
bank before and there was the option of a small bank up, which
would use up more time, or a double bank. We practiced both in
warmup and found that as long as I keep my shoulders back, she
was perfectly capable of the double bank and in the moment
that's what we went for and she loved it! She finds questions
like that which test her ability the most fun.
since tried our luck at eventing. Our dressage isn't quite up to
the standards of eventing yet, so we haven't placed more than
once. At our first mini trial last year, neither of us had done
a dressage test before, and the cross country was going right
next to us during our test and it was like Dixie was saying, "I
want to do that over there! This is boring!" Funnily enough,
that day was one of the closest we've come to placing, but out
dressage score was tied with somebody else and that pair won the
tie as they were closer to the time set for cross country... We
flew around that course.
The day before we were able to
practice the cross country since neither of us had ever done it
before. We entered the Starter level and in the practice we
could jump any level. Dixie didn't understand why I kept slowing
her down after each jump to turn around and go back to our
group, like "We're jumping aren't we? That means we go. Silly
human... She never learns." By the end of that session, we had
jumped Starter, Beginner Novice, Novice, and even a couple of
Training level cross country fences. The highest we've shown at
is beginner novice since we don't do a whole lot of eventing or
showing and it is a dangerous sport, so I don't want to take
The best thing about Dixie is that she
is so sturdy and balanced she rarely ever trips or stumbles. Her
favorite cross country
courses are the ones with changing terrain. The bigger the
hills, the better. She doesn't like tree lines or water though,
and at this level water is an option so we usually take the
funny looking jump option instead. One mini trial we got to this
year was Stonegate and that has the hills she loves and the tree
lines she's not fond of. The hills won her favor, so we had very
few issues on course. I felt our dressage was far better than
before but the score didn't prove it. The cross country was
great though at beginner novice. The other rider I was with, and
even my trainer aren't keen on that kind of terrain, but Dixie
loves it and that makes me love it too! We have some pictures
from that show, but they're in Indiana right now because we're
in the process of moving there and bringing Dixie and her 17.2hh
chestnut Hanoverian friend, Henry, home. When I find the
pictures I can send you copies of them if you would like.
Dixie also stands out at the shows since she hangs her
tongue out and it flaps around while she jumps. Passerby's
always mention her tongue. Plus her TWH gait shows itself
occasionally, and many of our competitors use solid colored
horses. I feel like at first glance other trainers think,
"There's no competition there." But then they see her jump and
they leave with their tails between their legs, especially at
the jumper shows.
I know we had a rocky start in owning
her, which is partly why I wanted to give you an update on her
progress. Today me and Dixie can basically read each other's
mind, so it may have been an unexpected journey, but when she
comes home to live with us in Indiana, you can be at peace
knowing she's happy and well loved and cared for.
Zippity Doo Dah, Zippity-Ee! Look at 2002 full sister
to WIW RYTHM QUEEN. This one is WIW DIXIE MELODY. She is 50% Arabian and
50% Spotted Saddle Horse (TWH). She is "gaited,." that is, she has a gait
other than a trot. Long strided AND high stepping, she is an own daughter
of our beloved ROYAL PRIDE RYTHM (AHR 520585)
and SD's APRIL FOOL, a black/white tobiano Spotted Saddle Horse mare. APRIL
is homozygous for black so she can only throw black or bay babies (no chestnuts),
but in addition, she has produced two pinto fillies for us. WIW DIXIE
MELODY is named for her purebred Arabian great great grand dam, the grand
dame, FASCINATING MELODY. Look for pictures of FASCINATING MELODY, who is
still hale and hearty at age 25, in the pedigree of ROYAL PRIDE RYTHM.
May 1, 2005. At age 3 years
and 1 week, WIW DIXIE MELODY is working quietly in the middle
of a dog show at the Cleveland, Ohio, Metroparks Polo Fields at
Moreland Hills, Ohio. Lots of noise and confusion reigned supreme,
but Supreme Tsamaz, our seasoned 3/4 Arabian mare in the background
and Dixie just took it all in stride with no more than halter and
clip reins. Could you ask for more?
As you can see from the pictures, MELODY has an excellent rear quarter
and set of hocks as well as fabulous bone depth. Therefore, she should be
a very athletic sport horse-type as well as an attention-getter because
of her markings. If personality is important, MELODY gets an A+ for her
quiet, loving manner. She enjoys coming up to her humans for a kiss on the
MELODY's full sister is black/white tobiano filly,
WIW RYTHM QUEEN, who shares the same quiet,
affectionate personality and who is registered SSHBEA as well as IAHA, and
who is now the Endurance Trail mount of Linda Wainwright of Kirtland, Ohio.
Both fillies are eligible for APAR, ISH, and PtHA.
Zippity Doo Dah,
To make WIW
DIXIE MELODY part of your program please check our sales page by clicking
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24 months, one week old. Dixie certainly has grown taller
and a bit broader, and you can see how well developed
her knees and hocks are. She is ready to be broke to
saddle. She is blessed with nice withers, a good behind,
and "gait." Photo of 5/10/04 >
Dixie is taking a
break, while WIW Royal Windsong (left) and WIW Rythm
Queen (center) still pig out. Photo of 5/30/2004.
2003, has this girl grown or what? She is 13 hands 3
inches at 13 months.
This is Dixie at ease
on May 30, 2004, beautiful and quiet at 25 months. She
is a dark bay tobiano with roaning on her front right
Dixie at 14 Months
Dixie at 14 Months
Dixie at The
Great Geauga County Fair,
September 2, 2002
Dixie at The
Great Geauga County Fair,
September 2, 2002
Dixie at The Great Geauga
September 2, 2002
This photo shows Dixie's other side.
Again, note the loose rein, the relaxed body language,
the alert ears. This picture and the one above show
Dixie on a course that is brand new to her. She is going
on trust and has no fear of things (like the stacked
wood) that she has not seen or touched before. She is
the product of slow, patient training, and very frequent
sessions of desensitization to plastic, water, balloons,
and paper bags. She will be every bit as trusty a horse
as her older sibling, WIW RYTHM QUEEN, now owned by
Linda Wainwright of Kirtland, Ohio. Hey, Tom, heels
May 7,2005, at the
Second Annual FarmFest in Thompson, (Northern Geauga
County) Ohio. Dixie watches without any reaction as
Tom opens the orange umbrella right at her nose. Tom
also has a plastic bag attached to the end of a crop.
Dixie's reaction to the plastic bag rumpling in her
face is the same as the reaction you see in this picture--Ho
This picture is a
continuation of the sequence of events from the picture
above. Notice that Dixie's ears are alert and forward,
and that Tom has her attention--not her fear. She is
standing there willingly without ANY tie device.
Tom is starting to
fold up the umbrella as Dixie watches quietly, ears
forward, and totally unrestrained.
Tom opens the umbrella
again and grins at the crowd of admirers in Thompson,
Ohio, to explain that Dixie is not going to run from
the umbrella or the plastic bag out of panic or fear.
This is an example of mutual trust and devotion...May
7, 2005, at the Thompson FarmFest.
May 7, 2005.
Reins and lead line are totally loose and relaxed. The
young rider is having as good a time as Dixie, who is
tuning one ear toward her young admirer. Again, please
note that Dixie functions as a result of great trust
in humans and gentle, consistent handling. Even the
sun is shining down!! The following day, May 8,
Dixie is ridden in the midst of another dog show at
the Cleveland Polo Fields--oblivious to the sounds of
dogs yapping and people bustling! The more confusion,
Photo of WIW Dixie
Melody and Tom on May 1, 2005. It is a beautiful sunny
day (before the rains come down...) at the Cleveland
Polo Fields in Moreland Hills, Ohio. Note the LOOSE
rein and no bit and Dixie's total willingness to cooperate.
Dixie is 3years 1 week old.
This is another shot
of Dixie and Tom taken at the Cleveland Polo Fields,
May 1, 2005. There was a dog show going on less than
60 feet away with lots of yapping, loud speakers, cars,
and loose dogs. Dixie took it all in stride.
Look at Dixie now--April
15, 2005. She is working WITHOUT a bit or a bridle.
She takes her directions verbally and from body
cues without the rider's need to have his hands "in
her mouth." Note the LOOSE reins and the relaxed
body language of both Dixie and Tom Jones.
At Windt im Wald Farm we are
preservationist Arabian horse breeders.
specializing in Crabbet/CMK bloodlines. We also provide Arabian
horse training and riding lessons.
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February 12, 2014