California member Jim Groesbeck and his Quarter Horse mare Shesaluckyleo (barn name “Lucky”) finished the 2017 competition season in 8th place in their region (which includes California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Hawaii, and U.S. territories in the Pacific). In addition to Working Equitation, Jim and Lucky work cattle, rope, and trail ride.
Jim has owned Lucky (Shesaluckyfortyfive x Shiners War Leo) for four years. He explains how she came into his life and why he feels her name is so appropriate. “Lucky is aptly named. At four years old she had fallen through the cracks. Barely halter broke, and not very friendly, she got traded around, and no one wanted her. I found her on Craigslist. The fellow just gave her to me and was happy to see her go. So she was a special project for me. I saw she had so much athletic talent right away. I trained her in the traditional California Vaquero stock horse style.”
Jim explains that he heard about Working Equitation from others. “A friend told me about Working Equitation. Then a client brought me two Aztecas, and she wanted to steer in that direction. I had never heard of it before.”
He quickly became a fan, however. “It improves the training I was all ready doing,” Jim explains, “And it makes me concentrate on my riding skills. Besides, the speed phase is too much fun!”
When asked if there were anyone in particular he wanted to thank for helping him along his journey in Working Equitation, Jim replied, “The first person to educate me about WE was Sue Watkins. Another was a client, Sue Thompson, who encouraged me. Both enabled me to ride with Jose Manuel Correia Lopes from Portugal.”
We’re glad you found us, Jim, and look forward to seeing more of you in the future!