Cover Story - Vol. 49, No.2 - Issue #7
Roses Are Red, Ribbons Are Blue … A Story Of The Rose Family, Buds, Blossoms And A Terrific Grandma
by CHRISTY EGAN
Long before Madison and Justin Rose achieved national honors at the National Championship shows … long before they were even a twinkle in their father Hoyt’s eyes, their mother Pam was a youth rider from Rice Lake, Wisconsin, taking lessons at Eleanor’s Arabians with trainer, Rod Matthiesen.
“I was fifteen and I wanted to ride in reining seat equitation,” Pam recalls. “I had seen Rod ride and show reiners at our local and Regional shows and I knew that he was the coach I needed. Eleanor’s was a two and a half hour drive each way for me, but my parents helped and when I got my license, I drove myself. I spent a lot of weekends in training at Eleanor’s. In those days, before the Youth Nationals, I rode in youth classes at the U.S. Nationals.” With Rod as her coach, Pam won a top ten in Reining Seat Equitation and went on to major national success. Ever since those days, Pam has been part of the Eleanor’s Arabians family.
“Hoyt rode with Rod even before I did,” laughs Pam. “Before we even met.” Given this extensive history, the Rose children, Madison and Justin, were “grandmothered” into the Eleanor’s family at birth. Both Madison and Justin started showing Arabian horses aboard the multi-National Champion Hesa Zee+/ daughter, Zee The Gem+ (x Bru-Bet Gemfina) when they were just five. Justin actually appeared a few years earlier than that on “Gem” in lead line with proud father, Hoyt. The mare was a gift from Eleanor to Hoyt when he graduated college.
“It’s not hard to understand,” says Eleanor. “They’ve always been part of our family. When Madison needs a good horse to ride, we work it out. Sometimes the kids are riding horses I have in training with Pam and offered for sale. The horse sells and there is sadness. I tell them, ‘… Don’t worry, I have another horse coming.’ And I always do!” The current “Madison and Justin Rose show string” line-up includes: the Half-Arabian mare, CMS Super Chick (Crown Musc+ x Super Cindy Brick AQHA)—a multi-national top ten, Canadian national champion and reserve—who both Madison and Justin will show in a variety of classes at Youth this year, from showmanship to hunter pleasure, hunt seat equitation and side saddle; Heza Fire Walker (Hesa Zee+/ x Fire Musc,+ by Crown Musc+), an 11-year-old gelding superstar who has carried Eleanor, Madison and Justin to national honors, and this year will be shown with Justin in western walk/trot equitation and pleasure competition; and Hezas Sweet Dreams (Hesa Zee+/ x Sweet Red Glo AQHA), a Half-Arabian mare with national credentials at the U.S., Canadian and Youth Nationals, and who will see competition with both Madison and Justin. In 2017, Madison and Hezas Sweet Dreams took a National Championship in the Half-Arabian Reining JOTR 13 & Under and a reserve in the JTR. At Youth, Justin will show the mare in Short Stirrup Reining 10 & Under and Madison will ride in the Half-Arabian Reining JOTR/JTR 13 & Under. The latest addition to the show string is Sheza Melody Jac (Hesa Zee+/ x Surprisn Miss Melody AQHA), a very talented, U.S. National Half-Arabian top ten Non-Pro and multi-Regional Champion Reining horse, that Madison will be showing at Youth in Half-Arabian reining and horsemanship.
“Madison started out in 4-H,” says Pam, “a very good place to start. When she was eight and nine, she had the reserve champion Market Lamb at our local Country Fair. She bought and raised both those lambs. The last year Madison was in the walk-trot competition, we decided to go to Youth Nationals instead of our County Fair. Madison immediately loved Youth Nationals and that was that!” Her first year at the Championships in 2015, Madison Rose brought home nine top ten awards and three reserve national championships. Since 2015, Madison has won multiple national and reserve national championships in reining, showmanship, saddle seat, reining seat and hunt seat equitation; hunter, English and western pleasure; and side saddle, and western horsemanship, as well as walk-trot and walk-jog in 2015, her last year of 10 & Under.
“My mom is my coach for reining, side saddle … actually, everything,” says Madison. “She’s patient and kind; a great coach! Next fall I will be a Freshman and I’ve been enjoying my Advanced Mathematics classes, as well as basketball, where I’m hoping to make the Junior Varsity team. My brother and I frequently share our horses, most of them from Grandma Eleanor. We both started with Zee The Gem. There was this time when we were riding her together at home, that she went around a corner loping, and the bareback pad cinch slipped. Justin fell right on the ground and I was hanging down Gem’s side, holding onto her mane. She just stopped in her tracks and swung her head around and looked at us, like ‘… what the heck are you kids doing?’ I am very thankful for the endless opportunities my Grandma Eleanor has given me, but most of all, the love and kind words she always offers, make her the best grandma ever … I love you, Grandma Eleanor!”
Justin goes into the 6th grade this fall and, like his sister, enjoys Math, as well as baseball, basketball and football. Having an older sister who is well known at the shows can be daunting, but Justin takes it in stride. It helps that he has some great horses to ride. Last summer Justin had one of life’s defining moments when he and Heza Fire Walker won Canadian National Championships in both the Western Pleasure and Equitation W/T 10 & Under. It was the first roses for both rider and horse. “I’m riding Fire Walker at Youth this year,” says Justin, “and Sweet Dreams and Super Chick. They are all great horses. I’m hoping to go back to the Canadian Nationals with Fire Walker in August. I’m really honored to ride Grandma Eleanor’s horses because each of them builds my confidence to try new things. The opportunities I have to ride and show make me stronger in other parts of my life. I love you, Grandma Eleanor!”
For this story about Madison and Justin Rose (as in life), Grandma Eleanor gets the final word. “I know these are terrific kids,” Eleanor laughs. “You don’t have to tell me! I expect a great deal from them and they don’t let me down … not because they are the kids I mighthave had, but because theyaremykids! Don’t you doubt it! They have these good horses because they are the righthorses for them. I am just very, very happy that I’ve had the life and the opportunity to provide this win-win situation for everyone involved … including me, of course. The next Eleanor’s generation is coming along just fine!”