Of all the horses I've ridden and shown through
the years, Paraabba is still my favorite. I began
showing this horse when I was 11 years old, and
at that time, there were rules in the IAHA handbook
that prohibited children from showing stallions
in the junior rider classes. So, Paraabba and
I showed against professionals -- and beat them.
At our first show, in five classes, we brought
home three trophies, a second, and a reserve champion
Parraabba was the consummate gentleman--even
though we kept him as a stallion, we never needed
to put a stud chain on him. He had a heart of
gold, and he was a competitor to the fullest degree,
even performing when he was injured. On one occasion,
he pulled a hamstring at some point during a class.
He didn't let on until we were cooling him off.
Even though he'd won his class, we couldn't show
in the championship, nor for the next six weeks,
until his leg healed.