This blog will chronicle the life and training of Heavymetal Thunder (aka Saxon), a 2009 chestnut Standardbred gelding who didn't have the makings of a racehorse and so will be retrained as a show and pleasure horse. Stay tuned, as we're sure to have lots of great adventures together!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

We Did It! Double National Champions!

This post is a short one, but sweet indeed.  The points were tallied, the final results tabulated, and our come from behind stretch run for the 2014 SPHO National High Point Awards hosted by the SPHO-NJ was a rousing success!  

Heavymetalthunder (Saxon) once again captured top honors at the SPHO National Awards for the 2014 show season. Saxon was National High Point Champion in the General Division, Reserve National High Point Champion in Showmanship, Pleasure Horse, Hunter, Equitation, and Versatility. He was the National Champion High Point Senior Horse, and the overall 2014 National Grand Champion High Point Standardbred! With this win at age 5, Saxon backs up the overall National High Point Rookie, Green Horse, and Overall High Point Standardbred titles he won during his first year under saddle in 2012. Go Saxon! 

Saxon began his under saddle training at the age of 3. Originally bred as a pacer, he currently shows in halter, showmanship, hunt seat, western, driving, trail, contest, and games classes at the walk, jog/trot, and lope/canter. Saxon has recently started schooling over fences and hopes to add jumping, dressage, and ranch horse to his repertoire very soon. Standardbreds really can do it all if you give them a chance!  But that's not all.  We have some more big news brewing, so stay tuned!