Smoky Four lovingly known as ‘Gus’ around the barn is sadly offered for sale due to no fault of his own. Gus has been owned by just two amateur owners since he retired from the track in 2015. He was purchased directly from his track connections and 100% produced by his amateur owner through Novice before being sold to his current junior rider to help her learn to event.
Gus is a been there, done that type of guy. He is a COMPETITIVE Novice level eventer but has also spent plenty of time going for fun trail rides and hacks around the property. He is level-headed, safe, and fun. No vices. Plenty of scope to continue up the levels and fancy on the flat to earn dressage scores in the 20s.
Gus is an honest type that aims to please. Can take a joke (or lots of jokes) if you miss a distance or don’t quite hold the line. Uncomplicated and the same horse both on and off property. Trailers great, alone or with a buddy. Stands for the farrier and vet. Clips, ties, good for mane pulling too.
Currently schooling 3’3″. Confirmed leg yields, counter canter, trot and canter mediums, shoulder-in and haunches-in. Easy to get round.
Not a hard keeper. Happy to eat what you give him and easy to keep weight on. Has 4 shoes and good feet. Lives mostly inside. PPE welcome at buyer's expense.
Priced to sell. Price will increase as competition record becomes up to date. Gap in record simply due to owner’s lack of time to ride and compete, which forces sale.
Jockey Club, USEA