2012 PRE Andalusian Colt by Fiero LFA out of Melosa
For most of you, you would remember the journal I wrote several months ago.
If not, here's a briefing:
So, as most of you know, I work for Mary.
For those of you who don't know, Mary Claeys has her USDF gold medal and trains/rides horses in all sorts of levels of Dressage. She also breeds PRE Andalusians and Dutch Warmbloods.
Well, back in..May or so, Melosa, one of Mary's broodmares, was in foal to
Fiero. She passed away six hours after giving birth to a bay colt,
having foaled three fillies in the previous years. This colt was named
Matador, a.k.a. Matty, and was bottle fed for three days until the nurse
mare came in. Around that time was when I was asked to start doing more
work with the foals in my spare time, to get them socialized and
whatnot. The more time I spent with Matty, the more I fell in love with
him, but as you know, horses are expensive, especially well-bred
Andalusians. So I was content to just spend time with them, and never
really got any hopes up about taking any of the four babies home.
Lately, I hadn't been able to spend just a ton of time with them, due
to a busy schedule with classes and family issues and just little things
overall, not to mention I still have my horse Fred that I'm currently
training with and competing on. Recently, I revisited Matty and the
others, and was offered a deal by Mary. Generally, most of her babies
run around fifteen/twenty-grand. If I was able to scramble the money
together, she would be willing to shave the price down on Matty to
something manageable for me. Still expensive, of course, but much
cheaper than the original price. And honestly, having nearly watched
this guy grow up, and be with him from the near beginning, I can't say
And then it was quite a while before you ever heard the tales and woes of Bratador Matador and the update on the situation. I am going back to work -- my time management is starting to get better, and this means more time with Matty and art and finishing things. The offer is still standing. I am still earning money for him. I am not close to my goal, but I'm getting there; I have connections with more IRL people who are in the horse merchandise world and who are willing to sell both my art and my Tees. In the meantime, Matty is growing into a nice young man and he has absolutely no vices whatsoever. He does not let me leave his sight if I am visible, and even hollers at me if I don't pay attention to him. He is only with Nero now since his hormones are nearly about to hit, so this leaves me more time with just the boys (Matty mostly) and both of us are enjoying every minute of it. We are attached at the hip and I can't really say that I'm getting any luckier in finding my perfect horse. An old friend of my father's is trying to encourage me to hit up his company to sponsor us, as long as we start competing in USDF when we are eligible. I have several hotlines and connections that I have at my hand, but I still need help -- Rome wasn't built in a day, neither is the money amount for Matty.
Fred is retired.
I am now without a horse to train.
Now due to these two things, I am really trying to push getting Matty. I have everything worked out in regards to upkeep and the generic things of owning a horse (especially a stud) and now all that's left is to get the money. I have three venues: Taking commissions, Double Bits and Deep Saddles, and my GoFundMe page. He has made a pretty big impression on the Tumblr community, so I thought I might turn here and see if he does the same. Please, guys -- there are quite a few people who know that this colt means the world to me. It would make my life if I ever got to continue my training and my showing career with a character like himself.
Project Matador 2013 is a go.