Duchess is a kind natured, uncomplicated, bombproof mare suitable for a beginner or a family/guest horse. She has a lovely sitting trot. She hacks out alone or in company and goest w,t,c in the arena for any level rider. Duchess was a star this year at the Annual Model Railway Exhibit of the Science Museum of Virginia where she patiently and graciously allowed herself to be groped and pawed by hundreds of children...actually falling asleep at one point. An excellent breed ambassador!
9/23/17 Duchess just finished up a week long refresher with Jessie Clise at Swift Creek School of Equitation. There she lived as a boarded horse in a bustling stable, was clipped, bathed, groomed and in work each day either refining her arena skills or hacking out on busy roads (Millers Lane and Manakin Rd Rt 623) and all over Deep Run Hunt Country through creeks, mud, bridges etc. She gets the Swift Creek and Virginia Sport Horses seal of approval as a safe trail riding horse. She has a wonderful sitting and posting trot and trots along willingly, she has a lovely little canter that is rare in a draft horse but it take skill to get the canter in the arena. She picks up the correct lead every time and to our experienced eyes seems amazingly sound for a 2004 model. Duchess is really a lovely, lovely mare. Come and see her on Friday, Saturday and Sunday Novemer 24, 25. and 26th at the Science Museum of Virginia where she heads up the Clydesdale Exhibit at the 39th Annual Model Railway Exhibit.
5/12/17: Dutchess unfortunately lost her foal and is now on loan as a nursemare to a Lexington KY Thoroughbred Race Farm, she will return in foal to a TB Stallion in October.
9/16/17 pastured late in the season with VSH Totality.