#MYHORSE Heather Sterling and Daisy

Our October #MYHORSE is the wonderful Daisy (also known as Flower Girl) submitted by owner, Heather Sterling. We loved the journey this OTTB has been on — that’s her on the track, below! — from racing to Equitation and joining Heather as she committed to being back in the saddle, Daisy has done Hunters, Equitation, and has taken Heather’s daughter to the Jumper ring. With year-end awards for both HDHJA and OHJA, Daisy now teaches young riders as a lesson horse. Heather writes: “Nothing makes me happier than walking into the barn and seeing a little girl grooming, petting, and hugging on Daisy. Her Jockey Club name is Daisy’s a Gem, and that couldn’t be more true.” Check out the full text below and see Daisy and Heather in our October Issue!

Heather and Daisy
Daisy on the track
Daisy in the jumper ring with Heather’s daughter, Arwen Clemens

Show Name: Flower Girl

Age: 14

Breed: Thoroughbred 

Owner: Heather Sterling 

Discipline: Hunter / Jumper

Favorite Accomplishment: At her first show (Rose City Opener) Daisy was Reserve Champion in both the Baby Green and the Pre-Adult Equitation. But, I’m just as proud of her for so sweetly teaching beginning riders in her new role as school horse.

Fun Fact: Daisy was a racehorse, and even won a race. I have a photo of her in the winner’s circle!

My Horse Is Special Because: My horse is special because: I started with Daisy after taking a twenty year hiatus from riding. She was four years old and recently off-the-track. I was forty years old with two small children, trying to find balance in my life. Daisy couldn’t really pick up her right lead, and was just learning to jump. But she was kind, and honest, and had the sweetest disposition. I did a few shows in the equitation and hunters on her, but we mostly just enjoyed the day to day together. Later, my daughter Lily took over the ride and showed her in the jumpers, and she received year-end-awards in both HDHJA and OHJA. Now, she has become a beloved school horse at Some Day Farm, where she teaches beginning riders. Nothing makes me happier than walking into the barn and seeing a little girl grooming, petting, and hugging on Daisy. Her Jockey Club name is Daisy’s a Gem, and that couldn’t be more true.


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