GDHA Member of the Month / April 2013 / Brooke Daly

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My name is Brooke Daly, I am 17 years old and I live in Chapel Hill, Tennesse.  I attend Forrest High School in Chapel Hill as a Junior and plan to pursue a career in the equine veterinary field. This has been my dream for as long as I can remember.

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I have been showing horses since I was 3 years old.  I show Tennessee Walking Horses, Spotted Saddle Horses, Barrel Race quarter horses and my favorite, Percheron Horses.  My family and I raise the Tennessee Walking, Spotted Saddle and quarter horses, but our friends the Mitchells from Shelbyville TN own the Percherons.  They introduced me and my family to these wonderful animals 6 years ago.

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I started out showing Percherons in halter, showmanship and youth cart classes.  Last year,  I added the youth team class and the draft under saddle class to the list!  We decided last year to break one of the cart mares to ride so I could compete in the under saddle class.  It was an experience, but it worked out great!  We won the youth under saddle class at the North American Livestock Show in Louisville Ky last year!

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My most favorite class is the youth team class.  I love the feeling you get sitting on the wagon looking down on the horses and watching them work together!  We have plans to hook a four horse hitch this coming year!  I can’t wait for the opportunity to drive four!  One day, I want to drive a six horse hitch in the shows!

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We show the Percherons at fairs and Draft association shows from Georgia to Kentucky.  One of my favorite things to do at these shows, is to bring one of the mares out of the stalls and let the kids come up and pet her.  Seeing their eyes light up and hearing them all say WOW LOOK HOW BIG SHE IS! Just makes my day!  Also, the parents like to come up and ask questions.  The most common one we get is, “Is that a Clydesdale?”  Now, we like to have a little fun with this one before we answer it truthfully because we have friends that are usually stabled next to us with Clydesdales and they love to hear that question.  Other favorites are, how much do they eat, how much do they weigh and how tall are they.  But, honestly educating people about the Percheron breed and about exactly why they are called the “Gentle Giants” is something I really enjoy.  When we have the mares out rolling manes and getting them ready for the show, there is always a crowd gathered.  We can hardly get them to the cart or wagon for the crowd wanting to take pictures of them all dressed up.  But, honestly, can you blame them!

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In 2012, I was asked to be a member of the Georgia Draft Horse youth group.    I always enjoy being around kids that share the same passion about horses as I do and this youth group does just that!  The Draft Horse association is like one big family.  We all help each other from unloading horses and helping set up, to loaning harness parts, to helping get them ready and even showing for each other.  We all work hard together and we play hard together.  Trust me when I say the other breeds are nothing like the draft horse family.

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Thanks for reading!

Brooke

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