This is Alohomora … affectionally known as Akira … our “unicorn”.
Akira is a Japanese name meaning bright, intelligent, clear, anchored, and gentle strength … all of which he embodies.
I knew when I was driving to the breeders that I would rely heavily on my intuition when meeting Akira for the first time. I knew that his eye would have to jump out and speak to me before all else. I was quite certain that my next horse was going to serve a much bigger purpose than that of the show ring and being competitive.
When I first met the breeder, she gave me a bunch of information that meant nothing to me as I was exploring a breed and equestrian discipline that i knew nothing about … I was raised with quarter horses and the riding that i did in my youth was of the western style. Akira’s bloodlines and purpose were that of European warmbloods bred to jump and hunt. His mother, SPS Wellina, a beautiful “state premium” mare imported from Germany is a statuesque 17.1h Hanoverian who is also German Oldenburg approved. His dad, Aloha, a Mecklenberg Hunter stallion imported from Germany is also Oldenburg and CSHA approved. So on paper I knew he had the credentials. Akira, himself is registered as a German Oldenburg Verband (GOV).
As we walked toward his paddock, I promised myself that I would be logical and intuitive all at the same time. I was immediately taken by the size, alertness and compassion in his eye … I knew immediately, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that I had found my equestrian soul mate. Even at two months he was bold and bossy, inquisitive and engaging and a real pain in the ass to his very tolerant mom.
Flash forward … Akira at two years old is a solid 16h and sports a beautiful blood bay coat with full blaze and four matching white socks … he is loaded with chrome! Akira is extremely gentle, exudes genuine compassion, and is an abundance of curiosity manifest. To this day, he is still incredibly bold and it is striking how his eye is so loving, filled with compassion and affection … it is easy to get lost in his gaze.
His bigger purpose in this life is unfolding beautifully as he not only inspires both Lisa and I, just by being, but also manifests the magic and energy of freedom and holistic health that we hope to bring to the world through The Akira Concept.