Breed: Quarter Horse
Registered Name: Trigger Red
Foaling Date: 7-27-1988
Height: 15.0 hands
Trigger came to us before JPF was even thought of. I had one horse (can you beleive that!) and my husband Brent wanted to have one. A friend of mine said she had one we could use. So we went to look at her. Her name was Cocoa. She was too small for Brent so we said no thank you. To change subjects for a moment, who would have known then but Cocoa did in later years end up a part of the herd at JPF. Cocoa was a super kind lesson horse and owned by a super kind person, Kristina, for many years. Kristina is the gal who started and created the JPF web site. What a small world!
Back to the Trigger story now. As we were leaving from looking at Cocoa, a guy pulled in and said he had a cool 4 year old AQHA gelding named Trigger he would like to sell. Brent said, “Let’s take a look” so we did. Brent fell in love with Trigger right away. I had my doubts cuz Trigger was in poor condition. He was thin and rather homely looking. We left without him.
For days after that, Brent couldn’t get this horse out of his mind. With persistance from my husband, a great friend of mine, Autumn (if you’ve been around JPF you know who I’m talking about) and I went back to give Trigger another looky-lou. Autumn tried him out. There in this field of junk cars she got on and with one cluck she was gone. I mean so fast, at a gallop, that horse and her were out of my sight. Boy was I worried about her! Would she come back safely? Well, she did, and I asked her what she thought. She said she felt he would be okay, just don’t cluck to him…. We found out that day that this fellow had raced Trigger a lot against his friends and their horses. So Trigger was somewhat of a go-aholic.
I bought him and we took him over to Autumn’s house to hide him from Brent. Brent and my first year wedding anniversary was coming up in about a month and I wanted to surprise him. Autumn rode him, bathed him, and fed him up for that month. On our anniversary date, a friend of mine hauled Trigger over to our house with the biggest bow around his neck. I surprised my husband with Trigger. He loved his gift and we’ve had Trigger for 16 years. Trigger did slow down and was an awesome trail horse with Brent aboard. Trigger now does all levels of lessons and carries our son Wyatt in the arena and on trails. Trigger has tons of fans. Once you get to know him, you’ll wish you could own him. I just tell ’em, get in line, you’re not the only one. He was a diamond in the rough and sure does shine in our family.
2016 update: Trigger Red passed on…but he will shine on in our hearts forever. WHAT A HORSE!!!!!!