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PROFILE: SAGACIOUS HF
with Sagacious HF
By Kim Beaudoin
Horses of a lifetime usually aren't the easy ones . They
challenge you, they make you question your ability, your
knowledge, your level of confidence . They know how
to put you through many tests, and they are usually
professional humblers . For Chase Hicock, that description
fits her dancing partner, Sagacious HF, to a tee .
Born in the Netherlands in 1999, the Dutch Warmblood
gelding, bred by G . Van de Boogaard (Welt Hit II x
Judith x Olympic Cocktail), was purchased by Al Guden,
Toine Hoefs, and Kathy Connelly and re-located to the
United States in 2004 . The gelding, now owned by just
Guden and his Hyperion Farm Inc ., has had an impressive
career over the past eighteen years and has taken many
riders up the levels and into the international limelight .
Some of his most notable rides include his qualification
for Gladstone in 2007 with Lauren Sammis, where he
won the Prix St . Georges, was reserve champion in the
Intermediaire I test, and was welcomed onto the Pan-Am
Games Team . The pair went on to represent the United
States at the 2007 Rio De Janeiro Pan-Am Games,
earning a Team Gold medal, and Individual Silver medal .
In 2013, the gelding took Caroline Roffman to Aachen,
where the duo became the first American pair to ride
in a U-25 competition at the venue, earning a reserve
champion finish in the U-25 Grand Prix and U-25 Grand
Prix Freestyle . In 2014, Sagacious was leased to Chase
Hicock, where they began their partnership in the
U-25 division . From there, the two went on to win an
impressive 10 CDI U-25 Classes in a row, in 2014 alone .
"It wasn't the easiest relationship to begin with,"
explained Hicock . "He really put me through my paces .
It took a while to build his trust and for us to form a
bond . That has been the most rewarding part of these
four years, is having that experience, taking a horse that
can be tricky and creating that relationship . For me, the
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biggest compliment that I receive is when people tell
me that he really does seem happy and seems to be
enjoying his job ."
A talented horse no doubt, Hicock's relationship with
"Kitty" thrived after she passed all of his tests . She
continued, "He's taught me so many lessons . He's such
a good example of a horse that has been around the
block so many times and is so well known, that I think a
lot of people anticipate that a horse like that is just sort
of point and shoot, and he's really not . Like all horses,
he has his own opinions, and for me that was humbling .
To get on and have those challenges, it taught me the
value of a relationship built on respect that has been
earned . He rewards you because he is so generous and
is such an amazing teacher . He's gotten five people
their gold medals, but he didn't have to . His willingness
knows no bounds . He makes you work for it and want it,
and hold yourself to a higher standard ."
After a successful U-25 campaign, the two entered the
arena in the Open division together for the first time