What's in a name? There are some theories out there that say whatever you name something or someone be careful how you choose it - as they will live up to it. (Erhm - the little boy named Rowdy, who was, well, Rowdy...) AQHA lost Izzy's paperwork when her breeders sent it in when she was a foal. The breeders have spent a considerable amount of time on the phone with AQHA trying to sort it out. As time passes and the end of the year nears, they've given up. Instead, they have sent me out the registration forms to complete (along with the money to pay for it) and send in.
This is a mixed blessing. Fabulous because I get to pick her registered name and rotten because I have to figure out her markings! Plus her color has changed to be significantly darker - darker even then the color on her hocks. I do plan to get some fresh pictures of her (if the impending blizzard does not hit the area like its forecasted) to show everyone. Gray horse + white background = not so fabulous pictures.
Genetically, horses of her line have luscious long and thick manes and tails, plus she has really lovely movement. But what's in a name? I chose to call her Izzy because Bella was already taken by one of my animals and I do think of her as an Isabelle type creature. Look at Roxy, I tried so hard to call her Stella and it just didn't stick. (She really is a Roxy!)
But a registered name is pressure. This is the one that counts. The one that she will be known as for the rest of her life and the one that will go on record for any of her progeny. So what precisely should I call her. She is Quarter Horse and they tend to have some wacky (in my opinion) names. But I want her to have both a cool and classy name. After all, I do have dreams of competing on this horse. Wouldn't it be nice to hear and the Grand Champion is *fill in the blank here*?
AQHA has rules around names. The name can be no longer than 20 characters including spaces and cannot contain any punctuation marks. It cannot sound the same as any other previously registered name, unless you put initials in front of it. So... within those parameters what are some of your ideas? For those bloodline junkies out there - her sire is Fintry Hollywood Jac and her dam is Hooks Jewel. Some of the famous names in her pedigree would be Hollywood Jac 86, Topsail Cody, Easter King, King, Grey Badger II, so there will be many variations on those names already in use. (I'm not one of those people who needs to have "pedigree" names.)
Some ideas just off the top of my head: Hollywood Jewel (I know not very original!), Canadian Cowgirl, Ciao Bella, Imahand, Luscious Lady, Salsa Dancer. Not sure if any "fit" her though, haven't really tried them out.
I need 6 to short list to AQHA.