ZEROMONIE NICKNAME: Moose OCCUPATION: Jumper HOMETOWNS: Wellington, Florida, and Alcester, England BASIC STATS: 10-year-old, 16.3-hand Holsteiner mare SIRE: Cero II DAM: Toulouse ZEREMONIE’S PEOPLE OWNER: Old Willow Farms RIDER: Laura Kraut BARN MANAGER
also ridden out once or twice a week on a 3-mile loop following local roads into the neighboring hills. She also enjoys grazing in her grassy paddock for several hours each day. “She never picks her head up,” says Mary Elizabeth.
In the barn, Moose spends her time either watching out her stall windows—one looks out toward the ring and the other opens into the barn aisle—or sleeping. “She takes a lot of naps, even at horse shows,” says Mary Elizabeth. “She doesn’t care what’s going on around her stall. She’s always covered with shavings in the morning—and other times of the day, too.”
Friendly and easygoing with both people and other horses, Moose adores attention. Most importantly, “she is ruled by food,” says Mary Elizabeth. “She loves cookies, treats and peppermints.”
Moose’s healthy appetite serves her well in her worldly travels,
which have included frequent trips between Europe and the U.S. as well as more remote destinations, such as China and Brazil. Many countries don’t allow riders to bring along the grains that their horses are accustomed to eating at home, so they often have to switch feeds. That’s no problem for this happy globetrotter, says Mary Elizabeth. “She’s not one to go off her feed.”
Despite her “steel stomach,” Moose receives GastroGard when she competes as a preventive measure to protect her from gastric ulcers, which are unfortunately extremely common among show horses.
Her two daily meals of low-energy pellets are supplemented with RemardTM Total Joint Care Performance and Total Blood Fluids Muscle. In the States, she also eats three meals of timothy hay. In England, she eats haylage, a traditional British forage consisting of grasses sealed in plastic wrap immediately after cutting and preserved by the fermentation process resulting from the air-tight, high-moisture conditions.
Before traveling, Moose always receives a bran mash. Although she isn’t especially mare-ish, she is also kept on a routine oral dose of Regu-mate during the show season. “She just becomes a little moodier when she’s in heat,” says Mary Elizabeth. The synthetic hormones ensure that her heat symptoms don’t distract her—or any nearby stallions—at competitions.
OTHER CARE: Moose wears normal shoes, routinely replaced every five weeks. At home, she wears regular stable bandages in her stall. After jump schools and competitions, she stands in ice boots. Ramard ReliefGelTM is then applied to her legs underneath her stable wraps.
At shows, bodywork specialists stretch and massage her before classes—and sometimes in between rounds. She also enjoys acupuncture and massage blankets. “We believe that any physical therapy is beneficial,” says Mary Elizabeth.
Laura and Zeremonie put in a double-clear round at the 2016 Barcelona CSI***** Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final, which helped the U.S. team secure bronze.
Laura and Zeremonie went double clear in rounds 1 and 2 at the 2017 Mercedes-Benz Nations Cup CSIO***** at CHIO Aachen, earning team silver, and Zeremonie was awarded the Halla Challenge Trophy for being the leading jumper of the show.