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Malarky13.3 Heinz 57. Pony
You would think that Chris had learned her lesson with Jackie (see "The Funnies") but then she started pining away for a pinto or a paint. Chris has this thing about wanting all the different colors represented in the stable (something about advanced color lectures). Usually I ignored her, as I do about the palomino and the buckskin, but just by chance, I purchased not one but 2 pintos in the same year and surprisingly had another one foaled. Malarkey was one of the purchases. I am amazed he made it through the first summer. Nick named "Bad Boy Malarkey" or "Full of Malarkey" He is known by all as the real character in the barn.
With some dedication of advanced year around Cedar Lodge riders, Malarkey came back the second summer as a star performer. He started the spring out with several horse shows where he placed well and was well loved by all (even when he stuck his head in the garbage can to see if there were any treats). He worked hard all summer in advanced flat, beginner and intermediate jump classes and finished the fall with another horse show where he ended as the best placed Cedar Lodge horse! We have big plans for Malarkey......but don't let him know. He would be bound to get a swelled head!
Several years have passed now since (still) " bad boy Malarky" has come to Cedar Lodge and I must say that he has certainly eared his place in the herd. Though he still can be opinionated and strong minded, has turned into quite a pitch hitter and is used heavily in beginner and intermediate jump and novice show team as well. Several of our Cedar Lodge Show Team riders that are more advanced started their showing career on Malarky.
At our annual Labor Day Horse Show, another stable came to Chris on Friday and asked if they could borrow a pony. It seems that the pony that one of their students was leasing had just come up lame the day of the show, leaving them with one broken hearted little 8 year old! Chris laughed and said, "One pony? I have a half a dozen!" Chris gave them Malarky and the little girl had just Friday night to get use to her new ride before showing him in his divisions the next day. Malarky was a super star. Not only did he come out as champion in several divisions that day and help the little girl qualify for her medal finals, but he ended up winning the medal finals in her division 2 weeks later at the final LMHJA horse show! Way to fill in Malarky!
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