While she isn’t an OTTB, or even a full TB, I thought it would be fun to explore Georgie’s pedigree a bit deeper, thanks to an unofficial blog hop going around. Little did I know, this search would lead me to learn things about Georgie I wasn’t sure I wanted to know…
As some of you may already know, Georgie was bought as a foal from a PMU auction. Essentially, Georgie is a Premarin Mare Urine baby. She was bought at auction at about 4 months old and has lived with her current owner until I began leasing her.
Here’s a good link if you’re unfamiliar with these horses: Whats a PMU horse?
I didn’t know much about PMU babies, so one day decided to research it a bit. There is a great website dedicated to rehoming PMU babies, and they keep a record of all the babies they sell. Since Georgie’s owner never changed her name, it was super easy to find her records.
Georgie is officially an Appendix Quarter Horse.
But, who is this Ice Caper? I was unable to find anything on Gemma, her QH momma, but looking into the lineage of her TB sire, Ice Caper, opened a world I’ll never recover from.
Heres Ice Caper’s pedigree chart:
At first I was like booooring. I don’t know the grand parents and no names are jumping out at me. And then I took a second look….
GEORGIE’S GRAND PARENTS ON HER SIRE’S SIDE ARE GYPSY VANNER
What the what? Wait. What?
And perhaps what is even more amusing to me is some of the names:
Old White Mare.
Now that, folks, is a line EVERYONE wants their horse to be from.
Yeah, yeah, there are some names I’ve heard of like Native Dancer, but they are pretty far back there. What isn’t far back? Is the Gypsy Vanner. At least her great grand parent had a regal name. Pot of Gold. And Old White Mare is really just a distant relative.
I mean no disrespect to lovers of Gypsy Vanners. I really don’t. But finding out my horse, who I thought was a straightforward QH/TB cross is actually a QH/TB/GV cross was
kind of totally mind blowing.
My first thought, once I composed myself? Well, now we know where her fetlock feathers come from.
And this really doesn’t change very much. She’s still Georgie. She’s still this rock solid mare that I love with all my heart. She’s still a horse that was bought at auction and is ready to take me Prelim.
I was going to keep this information secret but then I thought, “Celebrate your amazing, eventing, Gypsy Vanner, cross!” And I am telling everyone and now blogging about it. So, thanks Emma for opening up this can of worms, I mean informative blog hop. I can’t wait to do some more research and see just how amazing Son of the Old Coal Horse was and how he came to such a noble name.