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Valentine, My Friesian Event Horse

Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Valentine, a Friesian mare with more personality than she knows what to do with, was my first horse. She gave me confidence as a rider that I didn’t know I could have, and made me love her more than I knew I could. She​ ​kept me safe over countless jumps, challenged me when I needed it, won ribbons that made me so proud, and is the reason that I was capable enough to buy a second horse. ​

As a Friesian, she’s not really built to jump and she would point out that she’s certainly not built to do dressage. Why put your head down when you can tiptoe around the arena with it straight in the air? But we worked hard and pulled off a PR of 32.8, jumped clean rounds and ribboned in all except one of ​our competitions together. Val took me from Intro to Beginner Novice and would have happily taken me Novice if her ​ankles had allowed it. I know Intro to Novice doesn’t sound big, but for a nervous rider who missed the first year of college because of a bad fall, it’s huge. Before Val, I was a “rider”; after Val I can confidently say that I am an eventer.

Photo by Sherry Stewart.

After college, I spent a couple of years looking for a new barn while saying with conviction that I would only ever flat and only ever ride geldings. Famous last words. That lasted maybe three months after finding myself at an eventing barn where not only do all the people love to jump, the horses do, too. When one of my trainers went to the Kentucky Three-Day Event in 2015, I cautiously asked to go over a cross rail, caveating it with, “but I don’t want to really jump….”

Next thing I knew, I was in group lessons, going cross country schooling, and offered the chance by Val’s then-owner to take her Intro at Shepherd — my first show ever. When I came off the cross country course breathless, elated, hopeful that I hadn’t done anything to get myself accidentally eliminated, our trainer said, “Val’s perfect for you, you just bought a horse.” We came in 7th at that event and it was love at first ribbon!

Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Val and I spent the next year really learning how to ride together. She taught me how to jump again and I taught her that an unsolicited piaffe across the arena is not an alternative to bending around a circle. I finished more lessons huffing for breath and practically seeing stars than I care to admit. But I walked away from every day with her loving everything she’d given me and feeling just a little more confident in myself.​

Photo by Sherry Stewart.

A 15.3-hand Friesian mare made me find the ability to get the job done and offered me the opportunity to fall in love with a sport I wouldn’t have thought myself capable of. The hard work, the hours of lessons (“Get her head down.” “You’re running, why are you running?” “Is she coming through her back? That wasn’t a rhetorical question”), they all made our personal wins that much sweeter. Val gave me the experience, trust and belief in my own riding that enabled me to buy a 9-year-old mare to move me up when she needed to step down. When challenged to be the trainer, it was really exciting to realize that I could be.

Val is now happily giving other riders confidence over smaller fences by day and keeping the barn safe by eating down all the grass by night.​ If you had told me five years ago that I would be in love with eventing and two mares, a tack sale junkie, and writing in to get a sassy little Friesian recognized for making me a confident jumper, I would have said you’re crazy. But here we are, and all thanks to a very special Valentine.

Photo by Natalie Kavaler.

Is a Booth in the 2018 WEG Vendor Village Worth $9,000+?

The Trade Village at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

One of the best parts of big events, IMO, is the vendor village. I love to wander around and buy/lust over/eat/drink all the things. For exhibitors, it’s a win-win. They have the opportunity to get their product in front of its target horse-loving audience, who may or may not have had one too many Bloody Marys and be susceptible to expensive lapses in judgement.

The golden ticket destination for equestrian vendors in 2018 is, of course, the World Equestrian Games at Tryon International Equestrian Center in September. With an estimated attendance of 500,000 over the course of two weeks, the vendor village will be prime shopping real estate.

It’s also rather expensive.

A Breakdown of Cost

Here’s what you’re looking at for a booth in the World Equine EXPO Vendor Village throughout the 13-day duration of the event:

9′x10′: $8,118.34
10′x10′: $9,020.38
18′x10′: $16,236.68
20′x10′: $18,040.75

Additional fees apply for prime location: $533.75 for a corner, $1,067.50 for an end, and $2,135 for an island. A 48’x10′ bulk trailer space will run you $26,644.80. RV parking spots are $1,868.13 for the duration.

Not included is pricing for power, which starts at $170.80 for 500watts / STD 110v svc through $2,401.88 for 24-hour heavy duty motor/machinery needs. Additional fees for lighting, wifi, flooring, walls, build outs etc. is not yet available.

Advertising is another add-on. If you want your business listed in the printed program, that will cost $213.50 extra, or $320.25 with your logo. Full-color ads in the program are $2,688.75 for a half-page or $4,803.75 for a full page.

Entrance tickets are also extra — a 13-day discounted employee pass costs $249.80 — although one parking pass is included.

Find more WEG vendor information and an application here.

Bottom line:

To get your foot in the door as a WEG vendor, with the smallest available spot ($8,118.34), minimal power ($170.80), a basic program listing ($213.50), and a couple employee tickets ($499.60), you’re looking at $9,002.24 … plus travel expenses and the cost of lodging for two weeks.

Is It Worth It? 

To recall, there was quite an uproar about trade fair pricing in advance of the 2010 WEG in Lexington. Despite fees ranging from $10,000 to $17,500, all 300 spaces sold out. Once WEG was underway, vendors complained that there was very little traffic into the trade fair due to inadequate signage, upon which games officials rerouted the main gate exit through the trade fair. 2018 WEG organizers have already clarified that the vendor village will be located between the two entry and exit points to the venue, through which all attendees must enter and exit.

2010 WEG vendors expressed a mixed bag of reviews. “Their success varies widely,” an article in the Lexington Herald-Reader, “Vendors Take a Big Risk at WEG,” reported. “Booths selling equestrian gear and souvenirs seemed to be doing well; high-end jewelry and other expensive items not directly related to riding or caring for horses — not so well.”

Bottom line:

With half a million spectators coming through, you’re going to get traffic, but will you do enough sales to balance out the hefty vendor village price tag? That’s the $9,000+ gamble.

Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event Trade Fair. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

In Comparison

Vendors have plenty of options when it comes to where and how they market their products to the equestrian world. Start-ups and vendors on a budget may find that setting up a tent at a local horse trial is a great way to get their feet wet, and many bigger events have been working hard to draw both horsey and non-horsey spectators.

Looking at spring events: Last week’s Red Hills International Horse Trials, which expected to draw about 20,000 spectators over the course of the event, made 10’x20′ spaces available for $400-$450 including power and a lighted tent. Jersey Fresh International (May 9-13), another community-minded event, offers options ranging from a $150 for a 10’x10′ bring-your-own-tent setup to $510 for a 20’x20′ four-sided tent, or vendor/sponsor packages for $1,250 . Electric is $55 extra. Carolina International (March 21-15) ranges from $350 for a 10’x10′ bring-your-own-tent space to $800 for a premium 20’x20′ space with four-sided tent. A bit further into the calendar year, Great Meadow International (July 6-8) has some affordable options, ranging from $500 for a 10’x10’ to $1,600 for a 20’x20′ space; tents are included, electric and program ads are extra. Many other opportunities abound — visit event websites for details.

The Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event (April 26-29) is another price point up:

Indoor Booth Space Rental
10’x15′: $1,750
20’x20′: $3,875
20’x30′: $4,950
30’x30′: $6,450

Individual Tented Space Rental
10’x10′: $1,450
20’x20′: $4,400

Outdoor Exhibition Space
20’x20′: $2,200

The rentals include: space for four days, two parking passes, four worker passes, one 20-amp electrical circuit, link on event website, listing in program, discount on program advertising. Tables, chairs, pipe and drape, wifi and telephone lines are extra. Find more information and an application here.

Bottom line:

From start-ups on a shoestring budget to established retailers, there’s a perfect trade fair fit for everyone somewhere. Find your place in the world and go get ’em!

Thursday News & Notes from SmartPak

Leslie Law & Tre de Kernet. Photo by Christine Quinn.

It’s never too early to think about the fall season! Stable View’s Oktoberfest 2018 is forecast to be one of the East Coast’s major contributions to rider’s preparations for Fair Hill. The combination of over $75,000 in prize money including Land Rover/Jaguar leases for the winners of Stable View’s first CIC3*, 2* and 1*,  with world renowned course designers and elegant setting, will set the stage for Stable View’s first FEI level Horse Trials.

Positioned three weeks before the Fair Hill CCI3*, Stable View’s Oktoberfest is the ideal event for horse and rider combinations to test their preparedness for Fair Hill. Captain Mark Phillips cross country courses are always challenging, asking technical questions for the upper levels. International show jumping course designer Mark Donovan will be designing the show jumping courses for all levels.

Intended to be run over three days, and depending on entries, possibly four, Stable View will also run all of the national levels, BN through Advanced. All divisions will receive prize money to third place.

National Holiday: National Everything You Think Is Wrong Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Pine Top Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

Ocala Winter II H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

MeadowCreek Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

Copper Meadows Winter H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

The YEH seminar is coming to the west coast! The USEA announced that Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, California will be hosting a Young Event Horse seminar to instruct judges, competitors, owners, breeders, and anyone else involved or interested in the program in the new judging and scoring system that was introduced at the beginning of 2018. [YEH Meets West Coast]

For your weekly educational video, we bring you Buck Davidson coaching a group of riders in California over jumps. Buck coached the riders through a course containing a series of exercises designed to build confidence and sharpen fundamental skills prior to competing at an event. He emphasized the importance of riding forward, having a good canter, riding a proper line, and moving the horse’s shoulders to maintain straightness and a true connection through the outside rein. [Eventing Training Online]

A lot of times, when you’re buying an OTTB, a conformation photo is all you get before you make the decision. Therefore, the ability to have a little knowledge of what you’re looking for before you buy is a great skill for every horse man and woman. This OTTB Critique from the USEA features Another Gulch, and he is reviewed by John Michael and Kimmy Durr of Durr Eventing. [OTTB Critique: Another Gulch]

Jumper Nation Jamz: Greys For Days

TBT 2017 Oktoberfest with the OG Joanie Morris:


Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Riot On Course at Red Hills

Of course we don’t mean an actual riot, but a riotous band of slightly insane, horse-obsessed, adrenaline junkies wouldn’t be an inaccurate description of eventers.

Take a guided tour of Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park with Elisa Wallace and Steve and Vicki Sukup’s 9-year-old Oldenburg, Riot Gear (affectionally known as Rye Bread), as they cruise between the tendrils of Spanish moss to finish eighth in the gelding’s first CIC2* at the Red Hills International Horse Trials.

Check out Elisa Wallace Eventing on YouTube for more helmet cam action!


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When Trust Fails Cross Country: An Excerpt from ‘Ride Better with Christoph Hess’

In this excerpt from his new book Ride Better with Christoph Hess, FEI “I” Judge in dressage and eventing Christoph Hess helps one rider overcome the lack of trust that is interfering with her cross country schooling.

Photo by Jacques Toffi.

I have a five-year-old horse that I would love to regularly jump cross-country. My goal is to someday take part in a schooling trial or small event. But, my horse lacks experience and I lack courage. What can we both do in order to reach my goal?

Trust between horse and rider is the key to future success. Therefore, the first goal must be to develop this trust—and it must be mutual. The horse must trust the rider and the rider must be able to rely on the horse. Your horse must accept you as a person he trusts and respects. This gives him security—security that you can develop when grooming, saddling and bridling, loading in a trailer, and through groundwork. When your horse trusts you, he’ll demonstrate the reactions you want him to—meaning, he’ll do what you expect from him. The horse that trusts his rider “on the ground” will also do so more readily under saddle.

Regularly hacking outside the arena (together with an experienced horse and an experienced rider) is the prerequisite for being able to start training your horse to jump cross-country. You must endeavor to develop good balance and supple relaxation while in a light seat, both on “solid ground” and over jumps. You will only be able to give your young horse the necessary trust if you yourself are already able to execute the tasks that you’re planning to ask of him when riding an experienced horse. Therefore, it’s important that you regularly have the opportunity to jump cross-country on an experienced horse. The experienced horse will give you the security and confidence that you’ll need in order to later train your own young horse.

When your horse trusts you, which is the key to success, then and only then, will he be able to solve the unfamiliar and, later, also tricky challenges put to him when going cross-country. The first steps must be executed with a very sensitive touch. It’s important that the training begins with small, inviting jumps that are wide from side to side and framed at the ends. Water should be clear and the ditches “friendly” and enclosed.

One non-negotiable requirement: the trainer, who must always guide you, should have lots of experience so that he can correctly estimate what you and your horse can handle. As a less experienced rider, you’re not able to accurately assess what you can ask from your horse and how you can move him forward methodically in order to always give him a good feeling about his work.

It’s an important requirement that you always approach new cross-country obstacles with a secure lead horse to help introduce them. The lead horse gives your horse security, as horses are herd animals and like to jump obstacles following after another horse. This applies especially to cross-country type obstacles, such as ditches and water. These will be much easier to jump or cross through when you’re following a lead horse, rather than trying to approach them alone with your horse.

Training horses—and this includes developing trust between you and your horse—takes a lot of time. Your horse needs time to process and understand what you want from him. Here, the wise old saying applies: “Less is often more!” Jumping should always take place in such a way that you are presenting your horse with only small challenges.

For the horse’s sake, a training session should never introduce too much that is new at one time. The horse must understand what is required from him, and he should also be having fun with it. Therefore, building trust with a horse is closely tied to building his motivation. Under no circumstances should the horse jump out of fear!

Regardless of level or discipline, every rider must convey confidence to her horse. The rider must never “let her horse down.” This is an important requirement for your horse to trust you. Therefore, you should only ride to jumps that you really want to jump—this means, you must first throw your own heart over the fence!

If you have doubts about riding over certain jumps, it is advisable for you to first practice on an experienced horse to gain confidence. Further, your young horse should be ridden back and forth over special jumps by an experienced rider. This secures your horse’s confidence and helps you to jump these fences with your horse later without a problem.

This excerpt from Ride Better with Christoph Hess by Christoph Hess is reprinted with permission from Trafalgar Square Books (

#EventerProblems Vol. 134 from Ecovet: Adventures in Self-Medication

Earlier this week I finally went to the doctor about an infection that wouldn’t clear up, despite putting myself on a course of expired SMZs my friend found in her tack truck and was about to throw away. “Hey, can I have the rest of those?” I asked just before they hit the trash can. Score!

When my doctor asked where I’d gotten antibiotics, I stuttered that I had a few left over from something else, and she raised an eyebrow but said nothing. But I know I’m not the first horse person who has self-medicated via some variation on this theme — I mean, we’re used to treating our horses for every ailment under the sun, and so it’s not a huge leap to doctor ourselves, right?

I don’t recommend borrowing your horse’s meds; I think those SMZs gave me a stomachache more than anything. But there are other ways to treat what ails us, both physically and emotionally. From caffeine, ice cream and wine to borrowed ice wraps and assorted therapeutic goops, we do what we must to make it through the day — ditto for our horses, except hopefully sans the booze bit. Exhibit A:

When you find a beer hidden in your tall boot… #eventerproblems #ridersofinstagram

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Go Eventing.

My Chilli Morning Stallion: A Breeding Dream Come True

Andrea Baxter and Say Grace. Photo by Connie Baxter.

It all started when my mom, Connie, sent in a bid to a stallion service auction for the Olympic silver medalist Starman, by Calypso. We figured there was no way we’d win and had long since forgotten we even sent it in. Then we got a call saying, “Congratulations, you are the lucky winners of breeding a future star!”

Say Grace was a big, beautiful chestnut mare that my mom got at the Barretts Thoroughbred Sale for $750. She came pregnant, ready to foal any day, with a free breeding back to the stallion. She turned out to be a great horse but battled a few injuries, which slowed down her otherwise promising career. So when we won the auction, she was our broodmare candidate.

The resulting foal was Estrella, who I immediately claimed ownership of — not exactly what my mom had in mind. Estrella and I were like sisters. I did everything with her from the minute she was born — made her carrot pies for every holiday, slept in her stall, led her all over hill ‘n dale … you know … the usual horse crazy kid stuff. When it came time to break her, I was of course the first one on and quickly, the first one off … usually resulting in a few war wounds.

While Estrella was still growing up, I got twitchy and wanted to go to the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships. So I busted her mother Say Grace out of the field and at 19 years old I competed her in several one-stars, Intermediates and a successful trip at NAJYRC.

Andrea Baxter and Estrella at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event in 2010. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Once Estrella finally decided to stop teaching me how to properly sit a huge buck, I found her to be growing up to be quite the superstar. She was blessed with her mom and dad’s fabulous jump and desire to attack the jumps. I was able to travel all over the U.S. with her, competing in all the big three-stars and jumper shows. She never had a rail, and we always won our money back in the jumper classics.

We went to our first Rolex together and dreamed of getting back there to finish unsettled business, but injuries kept us from giving it another try. Ultimately I decided that it was time to try to breed another eventing superstar. With Estrella’s bloodlines and competition record, I knew it was destined to be.

I joked the last time I entered Kentucky that we were going to “let her loose” with Chilli Morning while he was there, but as funny as I thought it was, apparently that’s not something you joke about at an international CCI4*.  I had to pick a different stallion while I figured out how to get the Chilli Morning semen into the USA the legal way.

Chilli Morning needs no introduction after his multiple major FEI wins, top placings and vital membership of the British team success. Not only that, but helped William Fox-Pitt step back into international competition after his major head injury by nearly winning the gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games.


Putting the Chilli Morning breeding on hold, Estrella’s first foal, Carrera (Romantic Star-Ramiro) was born, a spicy chestnut mare just like her but moves 100 times better and jumps like the same freak that she was. Carrera possessed similar qualities to Estrella but seemed even better. So when she was 3, I bred her to Jaguar Mail to produce Cayman, a fancy chestnut colt — see the chestnut theme here? Cayman marks the fourth generation in my amateur chestnut breeding program.

Cayman, the fourth generation! Photo by Andrea Baxter.

Finally the Chilli Morning project was coming to fruition. Some similar-minded crazy breeder friends and I all chipped in to privately purchase and ship the precious goods to the U.S. We got 30 doses and used almost all of it, but somehow only managed to get one foal to be born. Coronado was the result, and beautiful he was from day 1.

I cried my eyes out when he was born a “he.” What was I going to do with “a boy” in my breeding program!? Was that it, the end of the line? Geld him and all theceffort I put into producing him would just go away? It cost me a fortune to get Estrella pregnant to Chilli, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to gamble with that again.

Andrea Baxter and Coronado. Photo by Connie Baxter.

I took him to the Oldenburg inspection as a foal and he was marked with star status, and I was given hope that he could one day be a stallion. I never wanted a stallion, but I decided he could keep his package as long as it didn’t annoy me … so here we are.

Coronado is a coming 4-year-old and still hasn’t done anything to deserve the claimed “ball removal ceremony.” He’s been well socialized, lives with neighbors, trailers with friends, and has done lots of in-hand shows as a youngster. He’s broke to ride and has wonderful, big, floating gaits and a seriously impressive jump.

Coronado, Andrea Baxter’s stallion by Chilli Morning out of her Advanced mare Estrella. Photo by Callan Weiss.

He luckily hasn’t tested his buck out on me under saddle yet, but I’m fearful for the day he does, as it’s a million times more serious than his mother’s ever was! Hopefully she trained me well and I still have access to my sticky monkey legs!

Coronado has Olympic blood from both parents and has a great amount of Thoroughbred blood at 63.5% from both sides. On top of all that, he is beautifully balanced, correctly built, big-boned, and sound-minded. He will be standing for stud in the USA with fresh-cooled semen this season only.

I’m honored to already have a line up of quality mares waiting for “their shipment.” For questions, contact [email protected] or catch me on Facebook Messenger.

Wednesday News & Notes from SmartPak

Etsy is a great place for accessorizing your eventing gear. Photo by Maggie Deatrick.

There’s absolutely nothing more satisfying than cruising Etsy and finding the most amazing stock-tie pin to go with your squid of a horse. Forty dollars later and I’m now not only the proud owner of a steampunk stocktie pin but also some amazing Cthulhu patches for bonnets and saddle pads and a single pin for my collar. Because what else do I have to do while waiting for the southern crowd to migrate their way north again?

National Holiday: National Pi Day (3.14159….)

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Pine Top Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

Ocala Winter II H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

MeadowCreek Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

Copper Meadows Winter H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

Wilton Fair and Rebecca Broussard grant recipient Madeline Backus has wasted no time in utilizing the grants. Already she has made the hop over to England with her two horses and journeyed to base herself at Attington Stud with Irish team member Austin O’Connor. With two Advanced runs on the docket with P.S. Arianna to prep for Badminton, Madeline has plans to make the most of her time across the pond. [Madeline Backus Arrives in the UK]

Gemma Tattersall is playing it safe after a nasty fall in the warmup of a show jumping competition. Although she initially felt she was fine, and in fact rode a full schedule at home for two days after, Gemma soon felt something wasn’t right. Despite an MRI scan that seems to indicate all is well, she’s taken the advice of her doctors’ and pushed back her season opener by a week. [Gemma Tattersall Injury]

Frangible fixes were the name of the day at Red Hills. The Chronicle has clarified scoring for Erin Pullen in the CIC3* division after photographs emerged of Tag breaking the frangible fence at 10A. Despite the protest period being closed, the ground jury felt that due to an inaccuracy on the jump judge report, she should be awarded the 11 penalties for breaking a frangible and the scoring was revised. [Frangible Pins Cause a Fracas]

SmartPak Product of the Day: After being gifted with a horse whose stomach was made of iron, I’ve now been gifted with one who wants to live on UlcerGard. Thank goodness SmartPak carries it, which makes it easy to re-order on a regular basis. [SmartPak]

Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: A Look Back Before We Forge Ahead

The group from Julie Wolfert Eventing is gearing up for their first event of the 2018 season this weekend, but first they take a look back on the awesomeness that they accomplished in 2017! This group of Area IV girls are pretty darn good at riding horses and having fun.

From Mallory Stiver, who created the video: “With Julie’s guidance a lot of us have been able to chase our eventing dreams and find lots of success along the way. Our first event of the year kicks off this coming weekend and we’re hoping to have an even better year than last!”

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Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: 2K10 Edition

2010 was a great year; I graduated from college, landed a job, and started leasing an OTTB of my own. It was just me living my best life, yo. In this week’s edition of our OTTB Wishlist we have three bay gelding prospects for you, all of whom started living their best lives in the great year twenty-ten. Check ’em out:

Photo via CANTER Maryland.

Sombrero De Copa (El Prado (IRE) – Moya, by Lear Fan): 2010 16.1-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

“Mr. Sombrero” as he is affectionately known around the barn was very successful at the track, finishing in the money in many of his 39 career starts and earning $187,149. His connections call him a brave, been-there-done-that kind of guy and think he would be as amateur-friendly as an off-the-track horse can get.  Mr. Sombrero is one of the last sons of leading international sire, El Prado, who has been hailed for passing on clean legs, athleticism, and trainability to his offspring. He’s retiring sound and without injury or vices and is sure to make whoever is lucky enough to snatch him up a very happy person!

View Sombrero De Copa on CANTER Maryland.

Photo ia CANTER California.

Councilman (Tannersmyman – For My Angel, by Phone Saga): 2010 16.1-hand California-bred gelding

This classy bay boy started racing as a four-year-old and then had most of the 2017 season off to recover from bone chip removal surgery in his knee. With that, Councilman only has 20 starts over the span of his racing career but he did pretty well for himself in that time; 12 out of those 20 starts were in-the-money finishes with 5 wins. After his surgery, he recovered well and made a few more starts (he won his first race back after surgery!) and has raced as recently as this February. He has no issues with the knee in question and is otherwise sound. His owner has free jumped him at her farm and says he has nice form, plus his jog video shows a lovely reaching trot.

View Councilman on CANTER California.

Photo via CANTER California.

Cinco de Mario (Candy Ride (ARG) – Sweet and Clever, by Mr. Greeley): 2010 16.0-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

At 70 starts, Cinco de Mario is ready to retire from his long racing career and start a new one one in a different discipline. He is by the very successful stud, Candy Ride, and sold for $150,000 is a yearling! Described by his connections as a horse with tons of heart and try in him, Mario certainly has plenty left to give to his new person. He is sound on an old osselet, but hat certainly hasn’t stopped him from being competitive at the track and shouldn’t keep him from finiding success in a second career.

View Cinco de Mario on CANTER California.