Ikon - Almost three years of Success Stories!
Ikon and his mom Beth Macintire during a visit to Bits & Bytes Farm.
December 22, 2006
Dear Liz and Barry,
Thanks so much for letting us have a mini vacation at your beautiful farm. I know Smokey and Ikon were sad to leave!!! It was so much fun showing off our boys and getting to ride some of your TBs.
Amy/Smokey, Beth/Ikon and Tammy/Knight each check out the antlers on the others.
I remember when my dad first called me up and told me he had bought two ex-race horses right off the track. I thought he was going through a mid-life crisis and was going to kill himself!!
Ikon and his mom Beth Macintire during a visit to Bits & Bytes Farm over the Christmas holidays. December 18, 2006
My view has totally changed. In the three years I have had Ikon (I sort of "borrowed" him from dad) he has turned out to be such a wonderful boy. After all his time at the track he is literally "bomb proof."
Our farrier came out last week and shod ike and Smokey. It was a really windy day and in the middle of ikon's shoeing one of the barn doors slammed shut. It was so loud that even I jumped but Ike didn't even move a muscle. The farrier then turned to me and said "Yep...he sure is broke". It was a great moment.
I will never get another horse that hasn't raced because it makes them so non-spooky!!
Contrary to popular belief, OTTBs are not wild or crazy. Ikon and Got Um Smoke Um are typical of the kind of Thoroughbreds we get off-the-track.
I hope you and all your animals have a wonderful christmas. Amy, Smokey, Ikon, and I look forward to seeing you next month when we head back up to college.
December 1, 2006
Still in love after almost three years! Ikon has become a real part of the Macintire family with dad Jeff, sister Amy and even mom getting to ride Beth's horse.
Greetings from Cookeville! Amy said you would love to hear from Ikon and me so here we go!!
Ike and I have had another successful semester at college. Just this past week we both had an intense jump clinic from Michael Tokaruk and my BAY-by did wonderful. He was the youngest horse there but also the most talented!!
Thoroughbreds are just so great!! His jumping is coming along so well and so is his dressage. We plan to kick-butt in a few dressage shows in the next year, he really has such potential. Though we haven't had time this semester for many shows I hope to go to a few events this Christmas break.
Amy and Smokey are chaperoning Ikon and I at our first event in Poplar Place this winter. I have a few candid shots of Ikon and me attached to this letter.
Beth and Ikon Macintire
Amy and Smokey have done so well...some of the jumps they go over are really
big. The Monroe, NC cross country jumps for open Novice where not only big
but so wide....like jumping a picnic table. We schooled at Pine Top to see
how the training level jumps would be at the up coming events....he did all
that they tried. They really are amazing (T'breds and the girls that jump
Beth has Ikon so well trained....he will jump anything and is now off his
front end while cantering....he is still so eager to please and always wants
to go go go! They all plan to go to several H-J shows and Amy to events in
Franklina as well as River Glen in Knoxville and perhaps Pine Top this Fall.
Hi, this is Beth and Ike from Tennessee. The BAYby is all grown up
but he is still as playful as he was as a three year-old. He has
the whole herd cantering up to the barn for breakfast in the morning
and my ex-racer is always in the lead. Ike enjoys being in college
and due to his wonderful and sweet personality he is a barn favorite.
We have been working hard on Dressage lately and Ikon is a natural.
He is so willing to please and fast to pick up on new ideas and moves.
He is such a wonderful boy!!! We have been to a few shows and Ike
always cleans up in the ribbon department.
I sent you a picture from
our first show last year in Knoxville. Look at all Ikon's ribbons!!!
He was such a champ!!! Ikon and Smokey are still best friends and
hang out in the pasture together. I will send you so more photos
as soon as i can.
Beth Macintire and Ikon
Got Um Smoke Um
and Ikon with Jeff's other daughter Amy who owns
Got Um Smoke Um.