Julie on Junior, in the Rocky Mountains where they lived for four years in Montana.It was here, living in the same National Park where the exterior shots for Jack Nicholson's The Shining (as well as Hidalgo, What Dreams May Come and The River Wild) were filmed, that Junior, Black Gold's last foal and as stubborn as both of his parents, decided to get loose and run across the highly tourist-populated golf course on Julie's FIRST day of teaching in the state. Julie couldn't catch him and finally had to ask a local 'wrangler' to do so while she went off to teach. When she returned home later that day, anxiously biting her nails, she discovered the 17.1 h.h. gelding tied to a hitching post with a lot of quarter horses half his height and hanging his head in shame.
It was also here, living and working and competing in the Rockies, that Julie bought her log cabin and had a visitation from a moose cow and her calf who befriended Junior, obviously thinking he had a head like a moose and must be a close relative!
In a self-adapted 1969 truck, Julie drove him back to Ontario where they were both born in 2003, evented him for a few more years and was forced to sell him in 2006. It was then, in 2007 that he was named Pre-Training Horse of the Year by the Ontario Horse Trials Association with Lindsey Mast as his rider. (see below)