2013 15.3 Hand Dark Bay Gelding
By Harlan’s Holiday out of That Voodoo Youdo by Speightstown)
Bred in KY by Naveed Chowhan
Auction Price: $14,000
Auction: Ocala Breeders Sales
Last raced: 8 / 14 / 2016 at Gulfstream Park
Trained by: Leo G. Gabriel, Jr.
Adopted: 11/3/16 by Kaylee Oliver from the Lexington, KY facility
Home state: MD
RRP Makeover Trainer: Kaylee Oliver
Primary Discipline: Show Hunter
Secondary Discipline: Dressage
Did you go see your horse before you adopted him or did you adopt him sight unseen?
I did not see Guacanagari before I adopted him. I saw his ad on New Vocations Facebook page and instantly fell in love. He was everything I had been looking for and more!
What discipline(s) do you plan to show your horse in at the Makeover?
I had planned on showing him in both Dressage and show hunter, but his hooves aren’t ready to begin training over fences. I have decided to focus on Dressage for now and we will see what happens as far as training goes for show hunter.
What is your training routine like?
We have had a few bumps in the road already, but I usually work with him about 4 times a week. We are working on giving to the bit and moving off of the leg right now. He shows a little bit of progress each ride. He is a very willing and sweet boy. We are taking dressage lessons a couple times a month.
What is your greatest accomplishment (to date) with your horse?
My greatest accomplishment so far was our first dressage lesson. It was his first time off of the farm since he was adopted in October, and he did really well all things considered. I was very pleased with the experience.
What are your goals with your horse?
My goal is to compete at a local dressage show on June 4th. This will be our first horse show together. I am excited to start showing again and am extremely excited for what the future will hold for us. We make a great team already and I just know he will blow the judges away with his handsome charm!
What is your favorite thing about your horse?
My favorite thing about Guacanagari is his personality. He is very sweet. He enjoys giving kisses and hugs after every ride. He also has the cutest neigh ever!!
What quirks does your horse have?
He loves to go over ground poles and gets very excited after he goes over them as if he is proud of himself. He also picks up his hooves for me before I get to them and once stood on two legs because he wasn’t sure which one I would want next! He also loves to look at himself in the mirror while at riding lessons! He has quite the personality. So glad that I chose to adopt him. I couldn’t of picked a better horse. We just click!