By Ranch Horse Journal editor Andrea Caudill
Getting to see a foal you raised compete at a show as big as the Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships has to be a particularly special experience.
At least, that’s what I said to Sandie Hall of Fort Collins, Colorado, as she watched her homebred mare, HH Cool Cashmere, preparing for the open junior ranch riding at the Zoetis VRH World under the guiding hand of trainer Denny May.
“It’s awesome,” she says. “I’m just excited to be here. To watch her. All of these horses are just so wonderful. There are just some really nice horses. And I’m proud that my horse is here.”
Sandie has owned, showed and bred horses for many years, but this is the first time a homebred has competed at the VRH World.
“Cool” was foaled in 2013, and is out of the Smart Whittle Play mare Smart In Cashmere, who was a cutter.
“I purchased her with the intent of breeding her, but she was also for my granddaughter to ride,” Sandie says of Cool’s dam. “She had this baby, but after 3 1/2 months, she colicked and we lost her. So (Cool) became an orphan, but she’s my baby now.”
Sandie chose the stallion Cool Wimp as a cross for her mare. The son of Wimpys Little Step and grandson of Hollywood Dun It was a good reiner.
“I just saw him, watched him, and liked the way he moved, I liked his looks,” she says. “I thought he was a cool horse.”
The proud “mama” has as her phone wallpaper a picture of baby Cool taking her very first step from the foaling stall out into the daylight, and fondly remembers her growing up.
“Baby Cool was cool – she’d lope around, jump over things. Just a happy-go-lucky foal,” she says.
And that fun-loving filly has grown into a beautiful mare.
“She’s a real sweet mare,” Sandie says. “Whatever (Danny) tells her, she does it. She’s very compliant.”
Sandie isn’t totally sure what Cool’s future looks like.
“My husband tells me I’m too old to have more babies, but I’d really like to have a foal out of her,” Sandie says with a smile. “But we’ll cross that bridge when we get done showing.”