Shadney is the newest member of the Havarah team joining us back in April.
Another California transplant (those seem to be common here at Havarah), Shadney moved out to be with boyfriend, Andrew Goodwin, Molly’s CWD rep.
Shadney started riding pretty much when she was born as her mom had always had horses. She started eventing when she was 13 or so and guess what? She caught the bug and has been doing it ever since!
Before taking the plunge into the East Coast lifestyle, Shadney trained with well-known California trainer, Robyn Fisher-Nash at Mill Creek right outside of LA.
Shadney and her 15.3 hand paint mare Ella are now in full training with Molly in hopes of moving up to training at their next show.
OK. So when one says a horse is a “paint” you’re thought process usually takes you back to old western movies or quarter horses barrel racing – not a bay, without a mark on her, who moves like a warmblood and jumps like a thoroughbred.
Nope. She’s not half dutch or whatever type of warmblood paints are being bred to these days. She’s 100 percent racing paint.
Shadney acquired this little ball of energy when she was two turning three. Ella or “Picture of Ellagance” was bred by Kings Corner Training Stables.
Shadney broke and trained this girl and when meeting the two of them it is immediately understood: this is her baby.
This pair’s claim to fame is right before moving out East they took 1st at Twin Rivers, finishing on their dressage score of 14. I mean…. how many paints can do that?
It has been great having this team around. Shadeny fits right in at the land of the little people standing at a whopping 5’4″. She is also a very good rider and all the horses seem to really like her – including little Zia who has become her second little mare in a way.
Shadney, at 24, has a long career ahead of her in the horse world. You will definitely be seeing her and Ella in the ribbons and moving up through the levels.
Plus, you may recognize Shadney and myself at horse shows rocking out to either Britney Spears or Steel Panther… feel free to stop on by and say hi!