Stephanie wrote me about the honor of having Hadji receive the Arabian Horse Association Distance Horse of the Year Award. Since it’s inception, they have chosen some really nice horses to receive this award, including my Cheefy.
I think it’s a great award that has been given to horses that really go the distance and I’m happy that several of these horses have belonged to friends of mine. It’s also kind of cool that Chief won it the first year I pulled his shoes, and now here is Hadji showing that multiple horses can really go the distance without the need for nailed on shoes.
From Stephanie: “Hadji has competed in Endurance consecutively for 11 seasons now. At 18 years young he has accumulated 5810 endurance miles and is still going strong. Over the years Hadji has won many regional, national, breed awards and the XP gold medal award in 2006. Stephanie and Hadji are a decade team. Hadji has a impressive endurance record with 116 finishes out of 119 starts with 90 finishes in the top 20. Half of Hadji’s endurance rides he has finished in the top ten. Hadji is a testament to the Arabian horse breed’s athleticism, consistency, stamina, and durability. Impressively 5300 of Hadji’s endurance miles were completed after he was 12 years old. Stephanie believes what has extended Hadji’s career and also the main reason he is still competing today is because he is barefoot and competes with boots. Stephanie transitioned Hadji barefoot in 2007 and is not looking back. Stephanie explains how Hadji’s movement, stride, attitude and recovery has improved dramatically since being barefoot. Stephanie wants to thank the Arabian Horse Association for this special award and looks forward to continueing with Hadji’s endurance career as long as he still shows his enthusiastic and forward attitude of going down the trail.”