It is common for musicians, actors and other performers to make big comebacks…but horses?

Canabar Buttons and Bows is an 8-year old red chestnut Morgan mare raised by Vern Baron and Ann de st. Remy of Lacombe, Alberta, and trained by Darlene Brouwer of Clive, Alberta. At the age of four, Buttons competed at the Morgan US Grand National horse show in Oklahoma City -- the super bowl for Morgan horses. She and Vern won Reserve Champion in a section of the Master’s Western Pleasure, but were 8th in the final.

 

Not long after her time in Oklahoma, Buttons came up lame due to a cut in her front fetlock close to some ligaments, and her career changed from show horse to broodmare. She was bred in 2007 for a 2008 foal. Lame and having not seen a barn for a couple of years, Buttons was brought in for extra feed in March of 2008. Despite the fact that she kept getting bigger, in May, she was open.

To get her slimmed down enough to go out on pasture, Vern decided to try lunging her. Surprisingly, she was no longer lame, heavy, but moving well. He started to ride her to get her in shape – lots of hills and trails. Vern and Ann then took her to trainer Darlene Brouwer who thought that, with some work, she could be shown, and by late summer Buttons was placing very well in Alberta Morgan shows. She returned to Brouwers’ for an intense 6-week tune up and then shipped to Oklahoma City for the 2008 Morgan US Grand National horse show in October. Buttons came home with Morgan Canadian High Point Champion Western Pleasure Horse and overall Reserve Champion. Ridden by Vern Baron, she won Reserve Champion Amateur Gentleman Western Pleasure and was 3rd in Amateur Masters Western Pleasure.

In addition to the excellent placings, Buttons created a lot of interest from those in attendance at the show. Pretty Morgan mares with bright chestnut coats and flaxen manes and tails are unusual at the Morgan Grand National where bays are the norm. Her deadly jog and fluid western gaits created a soft picture and impressed the fans. A highlight was after Button’s first preliminary class when veteran ringmaster Juan Stuckey went up to Vern and said, “Unless I’m mistaken you’re going to do very well.”  She certainly did and, unless they’re mistaken, Vern and Ann believe she’s now ready to be a great broodmare.

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