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Big Money and Gertjan van Roekel give Imti a great big cheer!

Big Money and Gertjan van Roekel give Imti a great big cheer at the GDCTA Kudzu Klinic.

 

Big Money and Gertjan van Roekel were pirate twins at our Halloween Costume Party. October 29, 2005

Big Money and Gertjan van Roekel were pirate twins at our Halloween Costume Party. October 29, 2005

 

SOLD! - Marie, Big Money and Gertjan.

SOLD! - Marie, Big Money and Gertjan. May 2003

Big Money and mom Marie finished second at a combined training competition at Oxer Farm. - October 7, 2005

Big Money and mom Marie finished second at a combined training competition at Oxer Farm. - October 7, 2005

 

Big Money and Gerjand go for a swim.

Big Money and Gertjan go for a swim. March 2004.

 

 

 

Big Money and Gertjan along with Marie and Era of Chanago take second place at the Shakerag Hunter Pace in October 2003.

Big Money and Gertjan along with Marie and Brewster take second place at the Shakerag Hunter Pace in October 2003.

 

 

Getting on is not so easy bareback. July 2004

 

 

 

Big Money and Gertjan bareback.

Big Money and Gertjan bareback - July 2004

 

 

 

Musical ride in the arena.

March 2004

 

 

Thoroughbreds birthday party - January 1, 2005

Thoroughbreds birthday party - January 1, 2005

 

 

 

 

June 2004

June 2004

 

Big Money and Gertjan Van Roekel - September 2004

Big Money and Gertjan Van Roekel - September 2004

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Big Money - Three Years of Success Stories!

September 10, 2006

Gertjan van Roekel riding Big Money at the GDCTA Kudzu Klinic
Gertjan van Roekel riding Big Money at the GDCTA Kudzu Klinic

Gertjan van Roekel riding Big Money
Gertjan van Roekel riding Big Money at the GDCTA Kudzu Klinic with Imtiaz Anees - September 10, 2006

February 2006

Big Money and Gertjan. February 5, 2006

October 29, 2005

Big Money and Gertjan van Roekel were pirate twins at our Halloween Costume Party. October 29, 2005
Big Money and Gertjan van Roekel were pirate twins at our Halloween Costume Party. October 29, 2005

Big Money and Gertjan enjoy galloping and jumping at the poker ride. - October 8, 2005
Big Money and Gertjan enjoy galloping and jumping at the poker ride.

October 1, 2005

Big Money and mom Marie finished second at a combined training competition. October 7, 2005

Big Money and mom Marie finished second at a combined training competition. October 7, 2005
Big Money and mom Marie finished second at a combined training competition. October 7, 2005

September 2005

Big Money and Gertjan in a grid lesson at the farm. September 2005
Big Money and Gertjan in a grid lesson at the farm. September 2005

June 19, 2005

Trail riding at Dawson Forest - June 19, 2005.
Trail riding at Dawson Forest - June 19, 2005.

May 2003

It's a classic situation - I grew up with horses and dreamed of having horses again, maybe even a farm if I played my cards right. I shared this dream with Gertjan and he liked it. There was one problem though - he'd never ridden horse before. Gertjan agreed to take a few lessons to make sure he liked it enough to consider one day buying a farm populated with several horses.

Gertjan had his first riding lesson in January of 2003. To say he is a natural is a bit of an understatement. He never really liked posting, or trotting for that matter, but he toughed it out to learn the basics. There was only one "little" problem - Gertjan is 6'6" and the lesson horses weren't really his size. After a couple of months we had agreed that for him to really improve, he needed his own horse.

He started researching the different breeds, mostly to find which breeds would be large enough for him, but also to find the breeds with the temperament and abilities more in line with the style of riding he wanted to do - cross country, fox hunting, jumping - and the type of relationship he wanted with his horse - a pet and partner that would bond with him. He concluded that the Thoroughbred was probably the best fit for him in personality, ability, and size if it was at least 17 hands. So we started looking around.

We had our trainer start looking through her contacts while we went to the Internet. We came across the Bits & Bytes farm Web site with their mission, their dobermans, and the pictures of Irish Morning Mist. Gertjan was in love. It turned out that Irish was beyond of our skill set (and budget), but there was Big Money - Barry's hunt horse - who they just might consider selling to the right match. It was a match made in heaven.

Big Money and Gertjan - both with grins on their faces.
November 2004

It became clear at the Shakerag Hunter Pace in October of 2003 just how well the two were matched. At one of the stops along the way, Gertjan tried a Jello shooter. We continued walking along into a pasture with a long rolling hill. Gertjan gave me a mischievous grin and took off with Money - his first time to gallop and his first time riding outside the arena in the open. As they disappeared over the hill, Elizabeth more than a little concerned asked, "Should one of us go make sure they're alright?" I knew the look Gertjan had given me though.

Gertjan and Big Money try galloping in the open.
Gertjan and Big Money try galloping in the open for the first time. October 2003

A few moments later Big Money and Gertjan returned, both with huge grins on their faces.We couldn't stop them after that. You can tell "Money" loves Gertjan. He follows Gertjan around like a puppy, on the lead rope or off. Gertjan rides him bareback in the pastures, on the trails, and even in the arena for Bareback Challenges. I've seen Money's confidence grow as he gets to go out with Gertjan and "play." They've been to hunter paces, poker rides, foxhunts, trail rides, jumper shows, and cross country schooling. As long as they have a chance to gallop off and jump,they're both happy. All the while I know just how lucky I am to have a husband who has bonded with his very own Thoroughbred.

-- Marie Van Roekel

Marie and Big Money
Marie and Big Money - August 2003

January 2005

Thoroughbreds birthday party - January 1, 2005

November 2004

"Look Ma, No Hands".
"Look Ma, No Hands".

July 2004

Big Money and Gertjan in the Backback Challenge.
Big Money and Gertjan in the Backback Challenge.

June 2004

Marie and Big Money - June 2004
Sometime Gertjan lets Marie show Big Money. June 2004. Now she has her own horse Two Thumbs Up.

October 2003

Marie and Gertjan at the Shakerag Hunter Pace. - October 2003
Marie on Brew This (aka Brewster) and Gertjan on Big Money at the Shakerag Hunter Pace in October 2003.

 


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