Merlin is owned by Hannah Rawlings. He lives at Harmony In Hooves, the therapeutic riding stable that Shana Rawlings, Hannah’s mother, runs.
He’s an Appendix Quarter Horse gelding and was foaled in 2010.
His show name is Dark Chocolate.
I started taking lessons on Merlin in December 2015 because I wanted to take lessons on a calmer, more consistent jumper than Bunny.
I rode him once a week in a lesson with my trainer, Misty from December 2015 until November 2016.
His good manners, tendency to be a slug, and evenness to jumps did wonders for my confidence.
In 2016, I started competing in our local Arkansas Hunter Jumper Association shows with Merlin in the Beginner Rider (18″) Division. We finished out the year as Division Champions and won the Equitation Mini Medal as well.
I am eternally grateful to Hannah and Shana for letting me ride and show Merlin. I wouldn’t be where I am today if I didn’t get to build my confidence on him!