Posted by Nightingale | 12:05 PM | Andalusian horses, Bonito, Camelot Act II, Dressage, Linda Nightingale, Lusitano horses, musical freestyle, Phantom of the Opera, Warhorse | 14 comments »
Then I discovered the Andalusian, those fairytale horses with crested necks and long flowing manes and tails. I saw an Andalusian at a show in Atlanta and fell in love. I proceeded to sell my Arabians and bought a 4-year-old stallion that had been imported from Costa Rica named Bonito. Bonito lived up to his name. He was a beautiful dappled gray with black mane and tale. His trot was high and airy, and people flocked to him. We had some rough times in those first years. I needed to be a lot better rider to manage a horse that knew more than I did about the finer points of equestrianism. But we made it and I showed him to two National Championships and a Reserve National Championship plus countless other wins for Camelot Act II (the fanciful name we gave our new breeding program).
A couple of years after I moved to Miami, I realized I wasn’t spending the time with Bonito that a horse of his calibre deserved, and I sold my best friend. My heart still aches when I remember that day and when I look at my scores of show pictures.
I haven’t ridden in about 7 years, but I still go to Ebay and look at dressage saddles for sale and riding clothes. My favorite Google search is for a palomino Lusitano stallion. I can get lost in YouTube videos of these spectacular horses. The Lusitano is a Porgugese breed founded on the Spanish Andalusian.
I’m a city girl now, but my heart still yearns for the feel of a horse beneath me. I saw Warhorse last night, and I guess that is the inspiration for this personal little blog. I highly recommend this movie to horselovers and to everyone.