Owner: Pam Fisher, California
Standing at: Ruffian Stables
Sea Lion with "the look of eagles."
Whether he has “the look of eagles” or the look of a circus clown, Pam Fisher loves her stallion, Sea Lion. The first happens “when he sees or hears something of interest, and he has the most beautiful intent look.” The second happened after he finished the cross country part of the Jersey Fresh international three-day event. Pam describes how Sea Lion wore white poultice below his knees for leg protection. After the course, the black stallion “managed to rub his face below his knees, and found white poultice to encircle his eyes on his black face.”
The look of clowns: Sea Lion
has applied poultice to his face.
Sea Lion is a Thoroughbred stallion who was 6 when Pam got him. "My friend, Jobeth, owned race horses. She had sent me his brother to sell after he was retired. His name was Out to Sea, aka Sailor. I loved him, and Jobeth said, 'if you love Sailor you will really like his brother.' She sent him to me with the understanding that I would never geld him, that he would always remain in my care and if I did not want him I would send him back.”
The first time Pam saw him was the day he stepped off the transport from New York to Colorado. Her earliest inkling she had of their future together was “how eager he was to learn a new trade, other than racing." She knew he was really special “the first time I jumped him. I introduced him to jumping with gymnastics and he loved it.” The two “went on to compete at the Rolex 4* event, winning many championships along the way in eventing and jumping. Once [he] retired I had Kristin Hardin ride him in the hunter ring and he won there also.”
Sea Lion with Pam for the Rolex jog.
Shannon Brinkmann photo.
Pam and Sea Lion have had so many opportunities to depend on each other, and their bond is strong. They competed to the 4* level, and they’ve ridden trails in the Rocky Mountains. “He is always a gentleman when I ride him. I can hack out with mares, I can ride him bareback. We have had fawns come up very close to us and other wildlife that we both marvel at. He has nursed me back to health and I him.” He always comes at a run from his pasture, “excited to do something together.”
When asked to describe her best rides on Sea Lion, Pam describes two very different ones. “The Galway downs CCI 3* in 2011, because I had not competed at that level in more than 8 years.” And “I ride him every day I am home. He is my therapy, my source of peace. He’s dependable, consistent, affectionate, playful.
Greetings from Sea Lion to
others on the farm.
The two on the left are his daughters.
“He loves to look over the farm and say hello with a whinny to the various pasture horses, he loves carrots,” conversing with his stall neighbor, and getting in a good roll. “He loves to go for a roll in the sand whenever he is coming in from his pasture” and he also likes to roll first thing at a show. “The groom didn’t think it too funny, but when first unloading at a show he loves to throw himself down on the first soft spot he sees and totally get himself dirty.”
Sea Lion has another less usual habit, which is to stretch when being groomed. “He stretches like a cat with rump high and puts his head down between his knees, with his front feet way out in front of him.” It’s not only adorable, but practical for Pam. “This helps me to put the saddle on his back easily.”
Sea Lion in 2018.
Sea Lion is retired from competition, but, as his qualities as a sire have become recognized, he has become in demand at stud. He has just finished his best breeding season yet, and has foals in several countries. Breeders are recognizing the qualities in his foals that have made Sea Lion Pam’s heart horse for almost 15 years.
Still the look of eagles at 20.
“He is trustworthy. He loves to learn and he is an intent listener. He has awesome conformation and feet. He has been barefoot since retiring from eventing and went on to compete barefoot in the hunter ring. He is extremely fertile at the age of 20. He is serious and professional about breeding or riding.”