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Honor Jean, who is now named Swiss Miss, bravely tackled water and ditches with "no drama."

Something royal was just waiting in a field

Ashleigh Rauen plotted a path to a field in Washington where her dream horse grazed, unnoticed. A treasure hunter seeking hidden gems, she sped toward her destiny. Following bloodlines as guideposts, she had done her research, and knew by heart which great Thoroughbreds had produced talented sport horses. And through word-of-mouth clues, eventually made her way to a scraggly looking mare whose heart beat, she says, with the blood of past champions: Damascus, Honor Grades, Danzig and even Secretariat’s mom, Somethingroyal. “I bought my mare for two reasons: good bloodlines and a gut feeling,” says the 29-year-old professional rider from […]