Trail Legend: Blueboy Dreamer
Trail Legend: Blueboy Dreamer
By Jessica Carr for The American Quarter Horse Journal
Blueboy Dreamer’s trail legacy includes 728.5 youth trail points and 1,471.5 open trail points.
“Blue” was a 1998 bay roan gelding by Blueboy Quincy and out of Dreamer Tyree by Watch Tyree. He was bred by Dennis Stiles of Brandon, Manitoba, and was owned by Christopher Luba of Saint Charles, Missouri.
Blue was an all-around horse that the entire Luba family of Louisville, Kentucky, enjoyed. Everyone competed on him at least once: Dad Norm, Mom Lorraine and both sons, Colin and Christopher.
He earned eight Superiors and competed in classes from halter to horsemanship, but the event where he shined was trail. He was athletic, intelligent and built for the event.
“He was an extremely handy horse, therefore he was able to maneuver in really tight spaces,” says Colin, now living in Dallas. “He responded to the most subtle of cues and was a real tactician of the poles, which enabled me to focus on presenting him with as much style as possible over each obstacle.”
Blue was Colin’s main mount in youth competition until his younger brother, Christopher, eventually took over the reins. Colin and Blue accumulated 616 trail points, but his fondest memory of Blue is from 2005.
On December 30, 2005, Colin and Blue had been battling for the high-point all-around spot at the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Show in Tampa, Florida. It was the last show of the year, and the race had come down to two competitors.
As Colin was warming up Blue for his last trail class of the year, Blue threw a front shoe and had to be shown before it could be replaced. Colin was nervous, given the circumstances, but it didn’t have any effect on Blue’s performance.
“All year, I had been competing for the top spot, and when it came down to the wire, I was fortunate enough to come out the winner,” Colin says.
Colin and Blue clinched the 2005 youth year-end high-point trail title.
Once Colin moved up to the 15-to-18 division, Christopher began riding Blue in youth.
In their years together, Christopher and Blue accumulated 112.5 trail points and earned many circuit trail championships while also showing.
Blue was the 2003 reserve world champion in junior trail and was the year-end high-point winner in open trail from 2003 to 2006. He was consistently in the top 10 in both year-end standings and at the AQHA World Championship Show.
The Lubas credit Blue’s longevity in the show ring to the care he received with AQHA Professional Horseman Tommy Sheets of New Albany, Indiana, and Blue’s dedicated farrier, Jerry Mills. Blue’s last year of showing was 2009, when he and Norm were second in the Select Justin Intermediate of the Year standings.
Blueboy Dreamer was retired in January 2010 and was euthanized March 3, 2015, at age 17 after sustaining a hind leg injury in his paddock at the Lubas’ farm.
“He is certainly a legend in my memory, and given his accomplishments, I think he would be considered a legend in other people’s minds, as well,” Christopher says.