Competing at Foxcroft
Out Hunting with the Piedmont Foxhounds
| I have to attribute the idea of starting Kilkelly Farm to my
beloved "Ozzie". Oz was a big bay Irish horse, probably a ¾ bred and was
enormously talented. When I retired him in 1997, I decided I wanted to breed horses that
had his great athletic ability and enormous courage.
If we are to believe the stories,, "Ozzie" reputedly won the prestigious
Punchestown Three-Day as a six year old and represented Ireland in their
eventing team. He was then sold for quite a lot of money to the
United States. He promptly ran off with his new rider at Radnor
(allegedly it took four miles to stop him), put several people in the
hospital (one fell off when Ozzie jumped a 5 bar gate from a
standstill), did a year long stint with Rodney Jenkins as an Open
Jumper, and finally was send to the Piedmont Foxhound kennel as either a
staff horse if they could use him, or as hound food. It is there
that I met Ozzie.
I was working at the kennels at the time, exercising the hunt horses and
hunting the green horses. Thankfully, no one told me of Ozzie¡¯s history
and I just loved riding that horse. Yes, he pulled so hard my arms
ached but there wasn¡¯t anything he couldn¡¯t jump. Initially, I had my
share of scares¡Ozzie once thought I wanted to jump a car, but he knew
so much I just always tried to leave him alone and let him do his thing.
I suppose that¡¯s why we got along so well. He might have been a bear
before and after a fence, but when it was a big fence, you never, ever
worried about him getting over it.