OTTB MVP Lives Up To His Name At National Horse Show

Tess Fortune wasn’t looking for a Thoroughbred when she came across MVP, a flashy red horse that had aced under the name Kit’s Captain (Orientate—Abby Girl, Meadowlake). Though Tess typically rode Warmbloods, her interest was piqued when a flyer about the gelding was dropped off at a tack shop where she worked.

MVP had finished last in his two career starts at Oaklawn Park, but his look screamed hunter, Tess said. He was quiet and slow; when Tess tried him the first time, the 3-year-old was in his race tack and she popped him over a barrel to see what he would do. He didn’t miss a beat and has enjoyed jumping ever since, reports the Chronicle of the Horse.

Tess gave “Captain” the winter off to grow and brought him to Gulfport, MS, the following spring. In Mississippi for a working student position, Tess would hack the gelding around the showgrounds at the end of the day. Never intending to keep the flashy gelding, she had hoped to sell him and buy another horse that she could compete herself.

Captain started showing in 2015 and came back Reserve and Champion in his first two shows. To be marketable, he needed more miles, so Tess kept showing him—and Captain kept stepping up. A force to be reckoned with in the show ring, Tess said the gelding is still developing both mentally and physically.

Now 8, Captain is showing in the amateur-owner 18-35 division and holding his own against some of the nicest horses in the country. Competing at the National Horse Show in the end of October in Kentucky, the gelding brought home two eighth place ribbons in the under-saddle and the stake.

Very chill about everything, Captain is very opinionated, but is still silly in the barn Tess says. Tess, 27, balances showing Captain with working as a lawyer in Louisville, KY.

Read more at Chronicle of the Horse.

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