Meet Sabra

Sabra & Kat

Sabra Zay
2007 Jockey Club Registered Thoroughbred Mare
15.2 1/2 hands
Catniro x Sensational Cat

Born in Louisiana, Sabra was bred to race, but never made it to the track. She’d had at least four or five owners (by the age of six) before me, and to this day, we still can’t understand why — she’s the most willing, upbeat horse you’ll ever meet.

It’s one of the reasons why I love her to pieces and why I was completely lucky to come by her. I was going through a rough time in early 2013 — my dad had passed away in the spring and I was trying to sell Tess, my first horse who just wasn’t working out — when someone offered to trade Sabra for Tess. Sabra had been a trail horse, and her owner was looking for a horse with Tess’s build. We made the switch, and it’s been an amazing ride ever since; we’re one of my trainer’s favorite success stories.

Since then, I, along with A LOT of help from my trainer, have been training Sabra to be a hunter/jumper. She’s the perfect fit for me: amateur-friendly, very sensitive but forgiving, non-spooky, enthusiastic and personable with quite a bit of spunk. If she were a high school stereotype, she’d definitely be president of the booster club, and the girls at the barn have nicknamed her Snookie, thanks to her luscious forelock!

2014 marked our first year of showing, and it was a great learning experience. From falling into the turns and zigzagging through the lines to making our debut in the 2’3″ hunters, we made a ton of progress. Towards the end of 2015, we decided Sabra really wanted to be a jumper, so now we’re working our way through the jumper ranks. It’s a struggle to keep Sabra clean on show days (or any day, really), but she’s so much fun and truly my once-in-a-lifetime horse.