I love how putting something out in the universe can reap big payoffs. The longer I am in the horse industry, the more people I meet, and then the more I can make things happen when the time is right. This time, I expressed my interest in participating in the Thoroughbred Makeover, and now I have other people in my network helping me find horses.
A couple of years ago, my sister, Kim, decided to breed her TB show hunter mare, Lilly – not to get another hunter, but to get a racehorse. She has always been a huge racing fan, and she decided that this was a way that someone outside the racing biz could partake in it. Although from a trainer’s perspective, I was sad to see such a lovely and honest mare removed from the show circuit, I was equally excited for Kim’s new endeavor.
Fast forward to now, and I am friendly with the barn owner at Lilly’s breeding farm. She has sent me a few horses who have been retired from the track to see how they fare in the world of show hunters (one of whom I just sold to a customer, who is so kind and talented). I told her that I was looking for some horses for the TB Makeover, and she has spread the word for me.
Last week, she got me in touch with a trainer, who has horses at Pimlico and Laurel. One of his horses wasn’t performing well on the track and he was looking to get him a new job. So Joanna and I drove up to Baltimore on a dreary day with the trailer and had a look.
Meet G. His JC name is Gig Em by Rockport Harbor (we’ll have to change that name for shows…), and he’s a 16.1 hand five year old. He’s very sweet. I have to say, it was so nice working with his trainer – all his horses looked happy and healthy and it was a pleasant process in obtaining G. Funny thing, his breeder owns a hunter I sold two years ago. Strange what a small world it is…