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Elisa Wallace and Reloaded Are Crowned America's Most Wanted Thoroughbred


Elisa Wallace and Reloaded in show jumping. (Photo by GRC Photo)

Elisa Wallace and Reloaded (Photo by GRC Photo)

Elisa Wallace and Reloaded also placed 17th in Freestyle, where their routine incorporated one of Wallace's mustangs, Fledge. (Photo by GRC Photo)
Several times, Elisa Wallace has come tantalizingly close to winning the top prize at the $100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover, presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America, but things have never quite gone her way in the Finale.

This year, she doubled her chances by finishing first and third in the initial round of the Eventing competition and qualifying two horses for the Finale. In the end, it was her third-placed mount, Reloaded, who rose to the occasion and topped the division.

Then it was up to the audience, and Wallace mobilized her many fans on social media to cast their votes for the 2013 gelding (Magna Graduate—Curious Cat, Tale Of The Cat) who earned $20,177 in 19 starts on the track.

As the results were announced, she pumped her fist and took off on solo victory lap.

“I have been pretty good at winning on the preliminary day, but I’ve lost on the Finale day,” Wallace said. “I knew I had some class horses coming and I thought I had a shot.”

Wallace, of Jasper, Georgia, has already earned plenty of accolades—she and her off-track Thoroughbred four-star event horse, Simply Priceless, have completed the Kentucky Three-Day Event three times, with their best finish being eighth in 2016. They've also competed at Badminton and Burghley in England.

But Wallace, a professional event rider and trainer, who also competes in Mustang training competitions, has made time in her schedule to come to the Thoroughbred Makeover every year since she was first asked to judge the Freestyle division in 2015.

Wallace competes Reloaded for owner Michelle Chisholm, who also owned her 2017 Makeover mount, Sir Teddy.

“He's a pretty special dude,” Wallace said of Reloaded, whom she competes under the show name Sniper. Kelly Lupton found the horse at the racetrack and Chisholm bought him in September 2017 via reseller Jessica Redman. He had a few months off and went to Wallace in December, and then did his first recognized beginner novice level event after just nine off-track rides.

“He's super talented, very athletic. He can be a handful at times, but you put him to work and he’s amazing,” Wallace said. “I have high hopes for him. I think he could be a four-star horse.”

“Thoroughbreds are amazing horses; my four-star horse will do anything for me. Give them something to go do, and they take that deep breath and they’ll do anything for you,” she continued. “People ask me why I deal with Mustangs and Thoroughbreds, and that’s why. And they’re very similar that way.”

Wallace and Reloaded also competed in the Freestyle division, where they finished 17th. Their routine included liberty work and incorporated one of Wallace’s Mustangs, Fledge.

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