“Why not sponsor a competitor in Germany? Her story will knock your socks off,” said Sox For Horses, Inc. president and founder, Raymond Petterson, about his Tallahassee, Florida-based company's decision to sponsor its first international competitor, 2011 Aachen Appaloosa European Championships Freestyle Reining Silver medalist, Cecilia Schoof of Elmenhorst, Germany.
The Peruvian-born Schoof has been living in Germany since 1983 and competes as a German citizen. The kung fu self defense trainer had wanted her own horse since age nine but, “My parents were afraid about it.” Eight years ago, with a big '5-Oh!' birthday impending, she stopped dreaming and started doing. Having never ridden before, she started lessons.
Two years later, and with the celebration of that 50th milestone, Schoof gave herself the gift she had always wanted but could never have: An Appaloosa gelding named Ha Dar Silver Shadow, that she began competing in all-around and reining. They made the Top 10 in their Open Senior Reining division in 2010 and qualified in 2011 in Showmanship for the Appaloosa World Show.
Ha Dar Silver Shadow has been blind since birth.
“He teaches me to just be calm and ride,” said Schoof, who is also an holistic and natural medicines healer. “(NRHA Hall of Fame trainer) Doug Millholland told me my horse is incredibly trusting and forgiving. He's right. I know he'll do anything for me.”
Two years ago Schoof added a Great Resolve-bred Quarter Horse reining gelding, Little Red Wizard (aka Einstein) to her string, leading to several national titles in her home area of Hamburg/Schleswig-Holstein in Junior Reining at the EWU, and Amateur Reining under the German Quarter Horse Association. “At the DQHA German Championship last October, we won the Bronze medal in Select Amateur Horsemanship and were third for All-Around Champion Select Amateur. We have twice won the Amateur Area Championship and Open in Ranch Riding at the Norden of Germany (Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein).”
Last November, Schoof bought the US-bred Quarter Horse mare Hey Remember Me (AdreamRemembered/Invitation Only x Girls Got it Goin/Zippo Amegio). “She's going to be a Pleasure, Western Riding horse, but has a ways to go with training. I am going very softly with her because she is sensitive and needs time. We've taken her to one show and she was very nice, but we still need more work.”
As a woman who has waited a lifetime to finally realize her dream of owning horses, Schoof also knows that the legs of each of her German champion partners will stay cool, comfortable and taken care of thanks to Sox For Horses, Inc. products.
Sox For Horses, Inc. helps owners better help their equines, supports rescue organizations and adds jobs to American manufacturing. Silver Whinnys and winter line, Whinny Warmers are Made In America. Learn more at www.soxforhorses.com or call 850-907-5724.