Today’s OTTB Spotlight might have the most personality of any blog famous horse that I’ve read about. If you haven’t ever checked out Poor Woman Showing, it’s definitely worth a read! Carly’s hilarious commentary about Bobby’s trials and tribulations with eventing make me laugh constantly.
What is his/her registered name?
Mightybobbymagee. But there is nothing mighty about him except his attitude. And his ears.
Bobby is a “home bred”–a product of the breeding program at my alma mater. His sire is the now- deceased Mighty Magee, and his dam is the also now-deceased Nobody’s Angel who is by Miswaki.
Did your OTTB race?
He raced 6 times at Aqueduct and once at Fingerlakes and yet still didn’t manage to break his maiden. He did get a second and a third, but his erratic racing down the stretch and eventually becoming a heavy bleeder led to his retirement after only a year on the track.
What do you do now with them?
Theoretically, Bobby is my event horse. In all actuality though, he’s really just a major pain in my ass. We’re currently going Novice, but plans are up in the air for the rest of the season. He’s a great trail horse though, always willing to try new things, and he’s also a very fancy dressage horse when in the confines of his favorite arena. Not so much elsewhere.
If your OTTB was a musician, who would they be?
Hmm, I think he’d be Ozzy Osbourne. Loud, slightly unintelligible, and liable to kill small animals. Also has long black hair?
Your OTTB is on a desert horsey island. He/she can bring three items – what are they?
Probably his farrier…. and maybe an infinite supply of carrots. But let’s face it. If Bobby was on a horsey island, you’d most likely find him playing in the surf.
Your OTTB is deathly afraid of…
Parked horse trailers. Load onto the trailer? Fine. Walk by the trailer on your way to another activity? Not fine.
Your OTTB is really brave about…
Everything else. Not much rattles Bobby. He’s more of a “Do now. Think later.” sort of dude.
If your OTTB could change one thing about his environment or training,
what would it be?
He would live in a land where there were cross country jumps in a shallow (but not too shallow) pond and he could frolic about jumping them while splashing himself in the face. And I could be there, but only to serve him cookies, and not to ride him.
How would your OTTB introduce themselves to a new herd of horses?
“Hey, BFFs! Heyyy! Wait, why are you biting me? Oh, well. Still BFFs!”
And finally, your OTTB makes you proud every day because…
Despite our many differences, our never ending arguments, and our inability to transfer our pure awesomeness to multiple expensive shows, every day Bobby let’s me try to get it right again. He doesn’t hold a grudge from one ride to the next, and he’s always willing to try–at least until I make him mad at me. Again.
Want to submit your OTTB to be featured on this blog? e-mail me answers to this set of interview questions and some pictures to be featured, and maybe next time you check She Moved to Texas your horse will be featured as the OTTB Spotlight of the week!