Edited Press Release
Jenny Karazissis has been working with Big Spender for the past year building his confidence and getting him more comfortable with the idea of showing at the highest level. As a top professional hunter, Karazissis has high hopes for every horse she sits on, and Gaby Morgerman’s 9-year-old Warmblood gelding is no exception.
Thursday morning of Desert Circuit I at Desert International Horse Park (DIHP), the duo claimed championship honors in the 3’6” Green Hunter division.
“I’m so proud of this horse,” said Karazissis, of Westlake Village, CA. “He has been dealing with a little bit of stage fright. We had tried everything until recently we decided to ask Allen Clarke [of Horsemanship Unlimited] to help us. I can’t even tell you the difference in his behavior and how he just marched into the ring, both yesterday and today. It was all about business and he was not at all concerned. I want to give a huge thank-you to Allen Clarke. I’m just so thrilled with the way it turned out.”
Their partnership is only about one year in the making, but if Karazissis knows anything, it’s how to ride a nice hunter to the very top.
“He’s just lovely; he’s quality all the way,” she continued. “He’s a lovely mover, he’s attractive, he’s got the scope to jump the 3’6” in stride, and he’s really lovely to ride. The only thing that was holding us back was his fear when he first entered the ring and his concern. But I feel like we’ve conquered that and I’m really excited for the year.”
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