Enthusiastic TB Jumper
January 1983 - July 21, 2009
1983 16.0 hh Bay Thoroughbred gelding
Registered with the Jockey Club as
Elm Running Bear
"Gator" was a successful Children's Jumper mount for the latter half of his life. He used to love going into the jumper ring and flying around the course with Michelle on board. They successfully competed in the Children's Jumpers and the 'Big Eq' classes. The first half of his life was unknown (he came from Louisiana with his papers) but we were happy to own him ever since then! After retiring from the show ring, Gator enjoyed life at the farm overseeing all the activity. He became dad's trail horse and a pasture pet that loved being the companion for both Emmitt and Zach.
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Gator all prepped and ready for the jumper ring.
Michelle and Gator at Lamplight in Wayne, IL.
Cruising in the jump-off at Memphis in May.
Jumping in style in the Childrens Jumper class.
Michelle, Erin and Gator after winning the Pro/Am.
Michelle and Gator in the Pro/Am Jumper Classic.
Gator liked to go, here he did one stride instead of two!
Gator and Michelle in the USET class - STLNCHS.
Gator and Michelle enjoying a bareback ride at home.
Cantering completely free in the pasture.
Michelle and Gator at Bridlespur - Wentzville, MO.
Childrens Jumpers at the Kentucky Classic.
Jumping around the ring at Springtime in Dixie.
Michelle and Gator enjoying the day at Queeny Park.
Gator at breakfast, 23 years of age - November 2006.