Sydney came to Sleepy Hollow Farm in the fall of 1999. He had been given to the Mn Hooved Animal Rescue Foundation because he was not wanted. Still a stallion and full of attitude, little did I know that he would be where he is today.
Because he had such a bad attitude (and that the MHARF has a policy about breeding), Sydney was castrated. He began his training in 2000. Since he had such a busy, quick mind it was hard to put him to task so his handler (Carol Lindeman) taught him tricks. This worked and Sydney took to it like a duck to water. His harness training was really a breeze. Carol and I showed him in 2001 and really had a fun season with the MPtHA. He received year end MPtHA awards of:
Champion Color Mini A; Res Champion Halter; Res Champion Driving.
Ruby Kennedy came on board to show Sydney in the Open classes in 2002. And what a splendid year we had – even holding our own at the Pinto World Show in Tulsa, where Sydney placed in every class entered.
Our 2002 year ended with:
Champion Color Mini A; Res Champion Halter Mini A; Res Champion Pleasure Driving Mini A; Hi-Point Overall Mini A, and – standing 3rd in the Nation for Halter Mini A for the 2002 show season.
Now coming 8 yrs of age Sydney hasn’t slowed down a bit and neither have Ruby and I. Sydney will again compete on the MN Pinto show circuit – and, will travel to the Pinto World show!