Although often advised to look for a sturdier mount, she listened to her heart and in November 2011 took a chance on an off-track Thoroughbred named Captain Jack Sparrow, who raced under the name Well Ack Ack.
OffTrackThoroughbreds.com featured the pair in a story back in April 2012 and recently caught up with Galbari to learn their progress. Galbari reports having a “wonderful year” with Capt. Jack.
A spring spent taking light local trail rides on a 12-acre farm melded into some serious English lessons in August, and the start of schooling over cavalettis, and working with jump poles.
Galbari says she couldn’t have asked for a better horse to fulfill her lifelong dream of horse ownership.
“Captain Jack is showing promise as a light pleasure hunter,” she says.
“My trainer notes that he will be ready to show in green classes this coming season, and we are hoping to try for a few Equitation and English Pleasure classes, with my trainer taking him to the first two shows.
“He has also proven himself calm out on the trails, and when hacking around the farm. He’s calm around barking dogs, vehicles, peacocks, chickens and other animals, highly sociable and loves lots of attention.
“While I continue to strengthen my own riding skills, Captain Jack is way ahead of me and teaching me quite a few things. We will learn a little jumping together— my special friend and I —he is my heart’s desire, this OTTB.”
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