“A horse is a thing of such beauty…none will tire of looking at her as long as she displays herself in her splendor.” --Xenophon
2005 Oldenburg Mare
Raven was bred and raised by a dressage trainer in New York State. As a baby she sustained an eye injury, which severely limits the vision in her right eye. Because of this, Raven was given in good faith to another trainer- but unbeknownst to her breeder she ended up at an auction. This high-headed, super-sensitive mare ended up in an entirely unsuitable home as a western pleasure mount, and from there, Raven sold to the Hemphills sale yard in Maine, where we found her in 2010. After spending a winter in training at a hunter/jumper barn in Massachusetts, she settled into a new life at Horses With Hope.
Raven is gorgeous, strong-willed and talented. Like many mares, she has very clear likes and dislikes, but once she knows and trusts a rider she will give her whole heart towards success. Raven has come a long way in her training, and has become more relaxed and confident through exposure to a variety of activities. She has lovely movement on the flat and is currently schooling Training and First Level dressage. Raven loves hacking out and enjoys excursions to the beach and Acadia National Park. Like all of our horses, she has also been exposed to a wide array of obstacles in the arena.
Raven had done some jumping before she came to us, and we’ve recently begun schooling her more regularly over fences. She loves it, and with her natural boldness and athleticism we think she could excel as an eventer. Because we are taking this opportunity to further her training as a competition horse, Raven is not currently available to adopt but will instead serve as an ambassador for our program. In 2014 Raven participated in several eventing clinics and schooling shows, and completed her first recognized 3-phase event. Our goal for this year is to successfully complete several more events at the beginner novice level, with a move up to novice by the end of the season if all goes well.