As mentioned yesterday, for the purposes of my research I was pretty much only interested in Simon’s siblings from the same dam. It’s not that his sire isn’t up to snuff, but we all know that most stallions will have gazillions of foals and it’s more common for the foal to have more characteristics of the mother.
To find out this info, I pulled Simon’s dam’s pedigree up on pedigrequery.com. It turned up 4 results (including Simon), so I had 3 siblings to track down.
Usually my next step is googling the dam name, but since “Derby Diva” is super common I ended up googling “Derby Diva” Thoroughbred and see what came up. Ooo, a sale ad for a horse in San Marcos, TX. Bingo!
Red Derby is a 5 yr old, registered Thoroughbred. Son to American Champ and Derby Diva. He was broke with a Western saddle and is also Track broke. He stands at approximately 15. 5 hands. Although he has been off the track for over a year now, it’s believed that Red has many prospectives; from rodeo; BARRELL RACING, to the track, to just a leisure riding horse. He’s kind and gentle, very quick on his feet, easily loads, picks up all feet without any problem, and is sound; no vices. He is a truly amazing horse! He just couldn’t go the distance on the track. So don’t accidently pass him up! $5, 000 or best offer!!
That took care of sibling #1, the 2002 gelding “Red Derby”. There were just these few pictures and this sale ad I found was from 2007, so I imagine he was bought by someone and became a pleasure horse of some degree. Who knows!
Sibling number two, the 2004 “Little Big Red” was much more interesting. With such a unique name, I googled this horse and immediately found… a blog! Naturally I did what any sane person would do, and read the entire thing over the course of several days.
I discovered some things. Little Big Red, or “Red” was local to me in Austin. His owners were training him with some professional help to be a hunter/jumper, and he showed on our local show circuit as “Ting ‘Em”. At the next show I went to, I kept an eye out for this big red creature.
And found him really easily! I introduced myself to the owners, who were super friendly and happy to hear from me, and kept an eye on his progress at shows. He turned into a pretty handy jumper, and it gave me hope for Simon’s future. Every show I went to, I’d snap a few pictures of Red.
This is usually where the story would end, but we can just start singing It’s a Small World together now. When I decided to move barns earlier this spring, my new barn owner/trainer asked me to add her on Facebook. Looking through pictures she was tagged in, I noticed that a lot of them were of Little Big Red! So I texted her something dorky, asking if she trained my horse’s brother… which she did!
So of the four foals Simon’s dam has had, I know something about 2 of them and own one. On top of that, 50% of her offspring board at the exact same barn. Such a small world after all!