Yep, we went to Australia! And on top of that I agreed to do a freestyle on a horse I had only met…the day before the performance. This just goes to prove there are great horses all over the place. Meet Blaze, in his owners words:
About Blaze “Tell Me A Story” is currently ranked the 8th highest money earning horse ever in Australia (see attached list) with life time earnings of $30,458.80. This makes him the third highest earning gelding ever.
This is a great achievement given the prize money on feature classes in his derby and futurity years has increased substantially from 1999 to the present. Out of the top 10 horses, Blaze is the 5th highest still competing at the top level, being the 3rd highest gelding. Notably, these figures do not include his international winnings when he competed in NZ for a number of years, and hence is the only top horse that has competed in international competition.
Perhaps his greatest achievement is that 10 years after his 2nd place in the Australian open futurity he went on to win the 2009 Australian open non pro, and just recently placed 1st in 2011 Australian prime time non pro. This shows that at the age of 16 he is still competing and winning at the top non pro level and shows no signs of slowing down. This is exemplified in Blaze being the oldest top earning money horse in Australia still competing.
Blaze is the only horse in the top 8 which has allowed the ability of a beginner rider and open non pro rider to compete on the horse in the same show years with great success, showing not only his versatility, but his true honestly and ability to not only compete with the very best but to be quiet and well trained enough to allow a novice rider to compete.
From these statistics above, he would arguably be one of the best horses ever in Australia if measured by his talent, consistency and longevity, and overall open and non pro levels.
Thanks again Shelly for allowing Blaze to work with me while I was in Australia. Thanks Greg for all of your help, and thanks to Rob and Lisa for showing us the ‘real’ Australia.
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im so glad i stumbled upon another horse lover!
what an enthralling picture of an exciting performance i believe! I wish i could watch this live or maybe youtube it.
Looking forward to many more beautiful horse pictures 🙂
Watching Stacey and Blaze at Equitana was an amazing experience . I am so inspired .
Thanks for a great Article Stacy it was a pleasure to have you ride our Horse.
For anyone who would like to check out videos or photos from the event see this page..
It was a great experience to have met you in person and learnt alot from yr clinic , It would be awesome if you came back to Australia to do a weeks clinic as you would booked out . You are truely blessed with the gift of comunicating with horses as i will hope to share that talent also. Can’t wait for you to come back. Truely amazing Stacey.
Was awesome to watch, you did a fantastic job, also loved watching your clinic!!
wow. a job well done – again – !!!!
Thanks for sharing this story…. amazing!
Here’s a link to a video of it on youtube, just amazing Stacy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XqHPUo4LpM
Also see below a video link on YouTube to the run their are a few versions but this is the beat so far http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?desktop_uri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Drg7zPcZS4BQ&v=rg7zPcZS4BQ&gl=AU.
Thank you for this amazing article about Blaze. It was such a privledge and honour to have you ride him. Thank you so much. Xx
This was amazing to watch live and I was gob smacked. This is truely a talanted woman and horse team. Wonderful show can’t wait to see you back here again.
HOLY MOTHER OF PEARL! first of all, what an honor for you to ride him! he is just gorgeous; i love his facial expression in that photo. you can see that he just loves his job and pleasing his riders. just phenomenal. i love this. congratulations!
Thanks for r such kind words about Blaze. Stacy did such an amazing job with him
That is an awesome picture!!! And what a great opportunity, you must have had a blast, I know I would have!
What fun! Thanx for sharing Stacy… Blaze’s owners have a lot to be proud of.
Thanks Dawn we are very proud.
Great hearing from you. Do you have a video of Australia for us to watch. Thanks for you.
check out the video below or YouTube blaze and stacy westfall at equitana
Whoooowhooot girl, The Lord is giving you and your family to experence some pretty awesome stuff. Enjoy, oh yeh and we need you to also share that experence of Australia. .
It’d be great if you’d come to the netherlands, I would love to see this live!! you are amazing.