Post by Laura Quest on Feb 14, 2020 20:10:57 GMT -6
Welcome to Quest Stables
The QST motto is Set The Standard and that is just what we aim to do. We strive to be leaders not only in competition, but in breeding and equine well-being as well. Quest Stables' main breed is the Standardbred, but our stables are home to Mustangs, Thoroughbreds, Canadian Sport Horses, and Irish Draughts as well!
Post by Laura Quest on Feb 16, 2020 0:08:33 GMT -6
QST Who's Who - Meet The Herd
QST Edelweiss (aka Edelweiss and Edel)
2017 Black-based Grey Standardbred stallion
Competes in Dressage
Tack Colour: Deep Crimson
Most likely to put up with “artistic” grooming (hair chalk, glittery hoof polish, wacky braids, etc)
Edel is the least stallion-like stallion I’ve ever met, to the point where people have FIRMLY believed that he was a gelding. Cannot showjump to save his life. His role-model in life is a stuffed giraffe named Gerald who has been his constant companion since foalhood. Very much the “dad” of the herd and a friend to all
QST BayBee (aka BayBee, Bee, and Queen Bee)
2018 Bay Standardbred mare
Competes in Show Jumping
Tack Colour: Yellow w/Black Stripes
Most likely to give me a heart attack by being a drama queen
Bee is both the smartest member and the Queen of the herd and she knows it. Was bought off the track for $50 and has since earned over 50 times that amount in winnings. The most photogenic member of the herd. Makes a STRONG first impression (very…fiery and…iron-willed) but is very sweet if given time to get to know her
QST Odd Eye (aka Oddball and Oddy)
2019 Palomino Tobiano Standardbred stallion
Competes in Dressage
Tack Colour: Royal Blue
Most likely to roll while mounted
Oddball is the jokester of the herd with a personality as colourful as his coat! He’s very brave and will do pretty much anything for a treat. There isn’t much in that big head of his besides love and hot air, but he’s a gentle boy who always tries his best
QST Diamond Sky (aka Sky and Miss Sky)
2019 Grulla Snowflake Mustang mare
Tack Colour: Aqua Green
Most likely to survive in the wild
Sky joined the herd as an impulse adoption after a friend brought me to a Mustang adoption event. Not the biggest fan of stallions or geldings, but LOVES other mares. Seems to be part seahorse as she absolutely adores water and swimming. She’s a friendly, loyal girl who is very protective of those she has bonded with
QST Black On Black (aka Noire)
2019 Black Canadian Sport Horse mare
Competes in Eventing
Tack Colour: Dark Purple
Most likely to try to jump an ocean
Twin of QST Back Suit. She’s the older twin and boy does it show. Fairly assertive and perhaps a little impulsive, but still a rather nice mare. Noire is definitely the most difficult horse to photograph out of the group, mainly due to the fact that she doesn’t have any white markings to break up and define her coat and thus winds up looking like a vaguely horse-shaped black blob half the time
QST Black Suit (aka Joker)
2019 Black Canadian Sport Horse stallion
Competes in Eventing
Tack Colour: Dark Green
Most likely to try and befriend an animal that he probably shouldn’t
Twin of QST Black On Black. The complete opposite of his sister, he’s more reserved but he’s also much calmer and more thoughtful with his actions. Don’t mistake his calmness for laziness though, this boy loves to compete and becomes a whole different horse during shows. A not-actually-old old man and certified Good Boy™
QST Biscotti (aka Biscotti and Bisco)
2019 Cremello Thoroughbred stallion
Competes in Eventing and Show Jumping
Tack Colour: Amethyst
Most likely to commit feed room robbery
Biscotti came to us as a 3 year old and our treat budget hasn’t been the same since. This sweet boy loves his treats, especially horse biscotti, which I find kind of amusing. He’s a talented boy and is a gem under saddle, but he’d also probably be quite happy to live out his life as a pasture pet and spend his days receiving affection. Sorry Bisco, you still have quite a few years left before you get to live that dream
AIM Saoirse (aka Saoirse and ShaSha)
2019 Bay Irish Draught mare
Competes in Eventing and Dressage
Tack Colour: Pink
Most likely to let a rider know when they’ve done something stupid
Saoirse came to QST as a 4 year old all the way from Ireland, making her the most travelled member of the herd. She’s a rather sassy, yet sensitive mare who doesn’t suffer fools gladly and this, coupled with her strength, make it so that she should only be handled with a firm but gentle approach by somebody experienced
QST I Can’t Stand The Rain (aka Rain)
2018 Blue Roan Mustang mare
Tack Colour: Blue-grey
Most likely to be full of surprises
Rain joined the herd after it was discovered that she was a full sister to Sky. She settled in rather nicely and would, just a few weeks after her arrival, later surprise everybody by delivering a little filly. Rain is a tough little mare with a bit of a mischievous side who seems to have a personal vendetta against one specific pair of riding boots. She’s still a bit shy with her new herd, but she’s rather fond of Sky, Oddball, and her new filly
QST Winter Wonderland (aka Winter, Wonder, and Winnie)
2020 White Mustang Mare In Training
Tack Colour: Silver
Most likely to get lost in the snow
Winter was a little Christmas surprise, suddenly appearing in her mother’s stall one day without any indication on Rain’s part that she was expecting. Winnie immediately captured the hearts of everybody at QST (human and equine) and I look forward to getting to know her better.
Dawn's Spirit Of Valor (aka Valor)
2017 Bay Sabino Thoroughbred Stallion
Tack Colour:Space Cadet Competes in Eventing & Show Jumping Most likely to run a course on his own WRITE-UP COMING SOON
Dawn's Sweet Revenge(aka Sweet)
2019 Bay-based Grey Thoroughbred Mare Tack Colour: Chocolate
Competes in Show Jumping Most likely to do a jump multiple times WRITE-UP COMING SOON
RLEC Carolina's Wildflower (aka Flower)
2020 Black-based Grey Thoroughbred mare In Training Tack Colour:Cornflower Blue FULL PROFILE COMING SOON
SUHJA Spring Circuit Entries March 7th, 2020 So the Sims United Hunter Jumper Association is hosting their first circuit show and, obviously, I took two of my girls down to join in on the fun. First went Bee, who floated like...well...a bee.
And who's the second mare, you may ask? Is it Saoirse? No. Is it Sky? Nope. Is it Noire? Also no. Rain or Wonder? Not them either. We have a new off-track friend (well, actually, TWO new off-track friends since apparently I've been bitten by the Thoroughbred bug) at the barn: Everybody, meet Sweet!
[Psst, if we could all agree to just not mention my horrid rein/stirrup drawing skills, that'd be great] This show was her first actual event since coming off the track and she performed so well! I don't think I could be any prouder!
Post by Laura Quest on Mar 8, 2020 18:24:09 GMT -6
Bee and Sweet aren't the only ones who have gotten to show off lately, Saoirse and Joker also had some fun at the Blair Hill 3 Day Event hosted by the Eventing Association!
Here's Saoirse on Day 1 in the Dressage Arena: I don't know why I look so surprised. Also, pretty much the exact second this picture was taken, I heard this little kid in the audience say "Look, that horse is making a big step" and I think that may be what I call all extended gaits from now on.
And here's Joker on Day 3 in the Jumping Ring: He definitely isn't a show-hunter, but he enjoys jumping and gets over fences just fine so that's all that matters!
Post by Laura Quest on Mar 13, 2020 10:44:56 GMT -6
You've all met Sweet, now I'd like to introduce you to my other new OTTB. Meet Dawn's Spirit Of Valor (just Valor to his friends) He was a bit nervous upon first arriving, new place and all, but he showed great improvement once I started ponying him with Saoirse (he's absolutely smitten, it's kind of adorable.) In fact, he improved so much that...
HE GOT SECOND PLACE AT HIS VERY FIRST SHOW!!! GOOD JOB VAL!!!