Farm Talk

Equine

March 3, 2009

Mother, daughter high on Shires

Mothers and daughters often have pet projects they do together, but not too many revolve around animals that weigh a ton with feet the size of dinner plates.

Brenda and Michele Moore of Inola, Okla., have an interest that fits that description; Shire horses.

Since 1999, the two have operated Dapplewood Shires and are actively involved in both showing and raising the huge horses.

“Michele got her first Shire, a gelding, when she was eight,” Brenda said.

“His name is Tango. I got him for Christmas,” Michele said.

While the business focuses on the Shires, Michele also shows and trains other breeds, does cutting, jumps and rides sidesaddle.

“I train for other people, mostly light horses,” Michele said.

Michele, who was home schooled, finish when she was 16. She has since lived and worked in Texas, Missouri and Stillwater, Okla. She moved to Stillwater to train for a farm that imports, breeds and exhibits Frederiksborg horses. She plans to enroll in college this spring, but continue training and jumping on her own as well as showing their Shires.

“I love the shows, all the show prep, all except the actual spotlight in the show ring. That is certainly Michele’s venue. Her strength, not mine,” Brenda said.

Their show circuit in the U.S. includes Ohio, Colorado, California, Oklahoma and Kansas. There has been a Clydesdale show in Oklahoma for some time and while Shires have always been allowed as well as other draft breeds, it will be a regional show for the Shires this year. The National Western Livestock Show in Denver includes Shires.

Their horses are shown to a cart and at halter.

“They can be shown up to six horses in a hitch, in tandem or a unicorn,” Michele said. “My favorite is either a single or a unicorn. I don’t show the Shires under saddle but do ride them around here. We show pairs and then separate the babies and show them. In 2005, we had the champion get of sire at the National Show.”

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