We are very happy to bring you a very detailed update on Mo Mischief!
Mo has been living his best life for the past year, training and competing in 3-Day Eventing with his owner Leigh Ann in Virginia.
“Mo started the year making new friends and learning to ‘horse’ under saddle in a completely different way than he was used to,” Leigh Ann reported to us. “Our initial goals were straight forward. Mo internalizes his stress so it’s been very important to go slowly with his training. He is so agreeable on the outside, it would be very easy to push him too quickly.”
3-Day Eventing, as some of you may already know, is an equestrian event where a single horse and rider combine and compete against other competitors across the three disciplines of dressage, cross-country, and show jumping. This event has its roots in a comprehensive cavalry test that required mastery of several types of riding. Often called “the ultimate test of horse and rider,” it tests the resolve of the partnership between horse and rider across the three phases, usually taking place over the course of a weekend.
According to Leigh Ann, Mo is an amazing student, quickly retaining everything he learns.
“We attended our first jumper schooling show in May where Mo trotted around an 18in course, and at the beginning of this month we attended our first recognized starter horse trial – Virginia Horse Trials – at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Virginia. Mo placed 6th in a large division,” she told us. “He couldn’t have handled the huge atmosphere any better, truly! He was confident and brave – he tackled our cross country course like he’s done this 100 times. He IS my borrowed wings.”
The duo’s goal for next year is to be competing at Beginner Novice by early summer, with their first show of next season being at the Carolina Horse Park.
Leigh Ann is overjoyed with Mo and is forever grateful to all those who helped connect them.
“I could not have picked a better partner,” she said. “Mo is everything I hoped he’d be and so much more! I don’t know what I did to get so lucky but I am grateful every day for my amazing boy. He has a home for life with me. He will never know a bad day in the wrong hands. Mo has more than earned his happy retirement, whenever that time comes. I will forever be thankful to High Hoof for making the call to tell me about Mo Mischief. And the icing on the cake are all the MRH friends that have become family through the best boy ever!”
Now that his season is over, Mo will be enjoying a well-deserved winter break. Enjoy these images of Mo from the last few months!