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Team #553 Evelyn Bunnell and Obviously Set

Team #553: Evelyn Bunnell and Obviously Set
From: Belmont, New York
Ages: 75 & 26
Combined Age: 101
Test: Introductory Level Test B
Date: May 7, 2022

I cannot remember a time I did not love horses. I would often ask my parents for a horse but was told they were too expensive. Plus, I was too young to care for one. When I got my first job right after graduating from high school, I obtained my first horse and another soon after. The second one, Stormy, was a great horse and was the first horse I was in a show with. He was 19 at the time and a real trooper. Then came Ruler’s Jewel, Bingo, Tawny, and finally Obviously Set (aka Sid). Each has taught me to be a better rider and how to better care for horses

Obviously Set has been with me since the beginning of his ninth year. I purchased him from a lady who had rescued him from an abusive situation. It took eight months for anyone to be able to walk in front of him without being bit. When he discovered he was not going to be hurt any longer, he became the sweet fellow he is today. Riding him has always been fun though, and he has also had a very successful career as a hunter in numerous shows. Due to some injuries, I had to stop riding. Four years later, some of the injuries have been rectified. Sid had not been ridden during that time either. As I missed riding, a friend suggested I try dressage. She even let me ride her horse until the weather became better and I could travel with Sid to the facility to work with him twice a week. My friend also suggested I consider the Century Club. I have never done a dressage test before, but my trainer and friend encouraged me to do this. I was very happy to see that there were walk/trot classes for adults in dressage tests.

I look forward to continuing riding and learning more about dressage.