By Alexandra Kokka
Little Latin Lulu ran three times, never breaking her maiden, before being retired to TAA-accredited Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center by her connections. The small dark bay didn’t immediately stand out to Kara Hertz, a volunteer for MMSC, but her personality and heart caught Hertz’s attention.
Not thinking initially “Lulu” was a good match for her, Hertz was pleasantly surprised when she hopped aboard the mare.
“I ended up really enjoying riding her, she feels like a pony jumper and is a lot of fun,” she said.
Hertz continued to spend time with the Kentucky-bred and little by little gained her trust. “Lulu’s” personality really began to shine through, making the choice to adopt her an easy one.
“(Lulu) has a lot of heart and really wants to please,” Hertz said. “She is very sweet and laid back. I have now learned that she loves horse shows.”
The pair competed in the 2019 Thoroughbred Incentive Program Championships where they earned scores of 70% and 68% in the Intro test A adult amateur and Intro test B adult amateur. These scores secured Hertz and the daughter of Discreet Cat the TAA Dressage High Point Award.
“Currently we are at a bit of a stand still,” Hertz said. “(Lulu) needs to back up a little in her training to build more top line before moving up. We have some growing pains right now.”
In preparation for the 2020 show season, Hertz intends to continue training Lulu in dressage and jumpers. Lulu’s has potential in both disciplines, but Hertz acknowledges that the mare still has a lot to learn.
“My goal is to get my USDF bronze medal with her,” Hertz said. “For 2020, I hope to qualify for regionals and maybe even nationals at training level dressage. I also hope to eventually be able to compete in Thoroughbred jumpers with (Lulu).”