Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse
2015 Fall - International Issue
Don't Be Afraid to Dream Big
by Allison Thomson
As I look back on 2014, I have so many amazing memories! My last year as a youth trainer/exhibitor, my goal was to do my very best at each show. At the 2014 KMSHA International show in October I had not one, but two futurity winners! Sham, a 3 year old out of SDS Code Blue, and Envy, a weanling filly out of Sonny’s Silver Dollar. It was truly one of my proudest moments!
I started showing horses at one and a half years of age in a lead line class at the county fair, with my mother leading me in on a quarter horse named Smokie. It was my very first blue ribbon and I was hooked for life!
With some persuasion, my grandparents and I took a trip to Kentucky looking into adopting some retired thoroughbreds thru the Secretariat center at The Kentucky Horse Park. We went to look at one and came back with three amazing horses! Mikey, Jaguar, and Friendly Cop were gentle giants and wanted tons of love, which we were all ready to give. I quickly bonded with Friendly Cop, a gelding that stood 16 hands. I groomed him, picked his feet, and saddled him with the help of a ladder, and my papaw! Our bond progressed and I started to ride him in the arena. I gained more and more confidence with every lap we took together.
We then bought Bonny Bell, a Belgian that had spent many years working on an Amish Farm. She joined our thoroughbreds for a lifetime of pampering and enjoyed her life on the farm. We took many pictures of Bonnie Bell with all the kids that could fit onto her, she was truly a wonderful horse!
At that time, there were no gaited horses in my life. My papaw Ron ran an ad in the paper to sell hay and a man named Bob Musgrave called about that ad. Little did we know that phone call was about to change all our lives. When Bob came to our farm, he told us about his gaited horses and invited us to his farm to see what they were all about. So the rest is history!
We now have 18 gaited horses and three babies due this spring! I soon found out how versatile these awesome horses are. We have 220 acres with many wooded trails and open fields for us to enjoy these lovely animals at Three T Rockies. We’re impressed on how gentle and willing to learn they are, whether on the trail, the arena, or in the big show ring. Last year’s show season, to say the least, was very busy! Starting in April and running thru October we logged over 3500 miles on the road. We also did meet and greets at some of our local businesses so that the public could be a part of this wonderful breed up close and personal.
Our doors are always open at Three T Rockies in Springville, Indiana, for people to visit our farm.
We have had handicapped children take their first horseback ride on a Kentucky Mountain gaited horse, the smiles on their loving faces saying it all. We’ve even had a "baby shower" on the farm for the newly arrived foals, inviting everyone to attend. Over two hundred people attended the shower to see our new babies.
As a new show season approaches once again, I am busy to the max! I am currently working 6 horses for the new season. Three of our top mares are due to foal this spring, we can’t wait for the arrival of these babies that are out of Sonny’s Silver Dollar, J Lee’s Rock-it, and Classic Squirrel.
After the International last October, our show team took a well-deserved break and went to Shaker Village in Kentucky. I took Sham, my Futurity Champion, on his first trail ride away from home and he amazed me like always! Good luck from Three "T" Rockies to all of the fellow exhibitors/trainers.