“There’s nothing like running cross-country on an OTTB,” said Maya Black of Mowgli, with whom she won the Preliminary Horse division at the 2016 American Eventing Championships over the weekend.
Maya thinks a lot of the 6-year-old Thoroughbred (Our New Recruit x Night Siren), who steadily moved up the 55-competitor scoreboard from eighth after dressage on a score of 29.2 to the top spot thanks to double-clear jumping rounds. We can’t wait to watch this pair’s career develop, and after his big AEC victory Maya had an exciting announcement about his future:
Exciting Opportunity!!! I’m absolutely ecstatic with my young horse, Mowgli’s performance in the massive prelim division…
Congrats, Maya and Mowgli. Here are three more up-for-grabs OTTBs we think could have a bright future in the sport of eventing:
Rockin Boogie (Rockport Harbor – Only Seventeen, by Exploit) is a 16.1-hand 2009 gelding.
A winner of $159,000 on the track, “Elvis” has a lot to offer in a second career. In the free jumping pen, he has dazzled his trainers with his innate athleticism. In the ring, he shows his work ethic. He is full of try even though the requests made of him are new. He’s eye catching too, with natural self carriage and a rear end that bodes well for jumping. Located in Lexington, Kentucky.
Pioneer of Wifi (Pioneerof the Nile – Apparrella, by Aptitude) is a 2012 17-hand Thoroughbred gelding.
This boy is HUGE, and he still has a lot of filling out to do! He is by the same sire as American Pharoah — Pioneer of the Nile — so here is your chance to own a close relative of the great Triple Crown winner. Wifi is looking for a new career because with only one win in 19 starts, his trainer would like to see him move to a new discipline where he can excel. The trainer says he is very sound, good to ride, and good to handle, with no vices. His legs are clean. Once Wifi finishes growing into his huge frame, fills out, and gets remuscled, his connections at Finger Lakes Finest think he will be an outstanding sport horse prospect. Everyone says they want a big, young, sound gelding with a good temperament, and the chrome and pedigree on this guy are plus factors!
Santa Fe Dancer (Dance Master – Santa Fe Queen, by Exchange Rate) is a 2009 16.1-hand Thoroughbred gelding with chrome!
These photos don’t quite show how lovable and playful “Finn” is mostly because photos involve standing still! CANTER took him off the track after three races in 2012 (he won all of $340) and removed a knee chip which he was never actually lame on. They did the rehab and then adopted him out. Unfortunately life got in the way for his new owner; he was never officially restarted and was just given back to CANTER due to unexpected job loss. He is now 7 year old but has the training of a 3 year old. That being said he is the biggest trier and is always trying to please you no matter what you ask of him, and his trainers say he is becoming more and more confident by the day.
This guy really just wants a job and his very own person to bond and play with. He will need someone with experience to bring him along as he is not completely balanced in all gaits yet, but could eventually become a nice youth horse after some good training. Finn is sound for any discipline and has great feet, though his caretakers do recommend shoes in the summer due to harder ground and rocks, but has been mostly barefoot since his track life. He has a good jump in him and could easily make an eventer or hunter jumper or dressage horse. Located in Prior Lake, Minnesota.