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Teen Public Transportation Commuter (to the Barn)
When the high school bell rang signaling the end of the day, a young Barb Crabo, backpack in tow, bolted from the classroom and sprinted across the sports field where a bus driver was keeping an eye out for her. If he saw her running, he’d wait for the budding equestrian whose dash across the green field was perhaps a foreshadowing of her future career as a three-day eventer. . . After changing bus lines and traveling a total of about 25 miles, the final destination for the Northern California teenager was a horse farm.
Barb’s first eventer was a 15.1-hand leopard Appaloosa with the show name Modern Art. ‘He was such a fancy mover so people thought he was a Warmblood.’ The onlookers would never have guessed that he was a Quarter Horse/Appy cross.
From Cross Country Runaway to Galway Downs International 3* Winner
The dark bay gelding out of a Thoroughbred dam and Swedish Warmblood sire was born challenging. ‘He has always been exhilarating and fun, but he’d charge around the course as fast as he possibly could — he used to be quite the runaway on cross-country.’ Only in the last three to four years has Barb felt like the now 16-year-old Eveready has been a pleasure to ride.
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