When I grow up I want to ride like Pam Paulk, seen here on her OTTB gelding With A Vengeance a.k.a “Eddie.” Pam is 64 years old and purchased Eddie as a lightly-restarted eventing prospect a few months ago from Trillium Sport Horses in Anthony, Florida.
“Hard to believe I’m taking on another OTTB at my age, as I can’t afford regular lessons so I’m doing my best on my own farm and meet up with trainers when able. We have so many fortunate to have many wonderful venues in Central Florida to school,” says Pam.
“I rode hunters for decades and jumpers for a year, but I started eventing when I was 56 and wish I’d started sooner. I have never had so much fun in my life and have made many wonderful friends.”
Here are three available OTTBs who could be your next eventing partner:
Nicely balanced and athletically inclined with Storm Cat and Fappiano sire lines, Scientist Kat is ready to rocket himself into a new career. He’s lightly raced and has minimal wear-and-tear with only eight career starts. Kat last raced at the end of April and has since been turned out on his owner’s farm so he’s already had some letdown time away from the track. From his jog video, Kat looks like a nice springy mover who’ll be really eye-catching when he learns to carry himself.
Located in Grantville, PA.
Don’t count Flying Bird out just because he’s not a total youngster — he’s the same age as Pam’s horse above and might have just enough gusto for his new job! “Bird” came to Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC) with some dressage training already put on him and the MMSC staff are thrilled to report that he’s already enthusiastically taken to jumping as well. Bird is a forward-thinking mount, but also a kind-hearted partner and could be a really fun prospect for an young rider or amateur.
Located in Lexington, KY.
If you have a thing for athletic chestnuts with chrome then Forest breeze is for you. This war horse earned over $166,000 and has plenty left in the tank for a second career. He’s actually still racing and just made his 71st start on Memorial Day this week! Forest Breeze loves to have a job and is a been-there-done that type who’d love to be your faithful partner.
Located in Ohio.