It’s becoming a bit of an OTTB Wishlist tradition for us to remind you each year that the not only is the Kentucky Horse Park home to our sport’s pinnacle competition in the U.S, but also a heck of a great organization in the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC). The MMSC makes their home base right on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park (though they did open recently open a satellite facility in Illinois) and are open to tour Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
While you’re in town for the LRK3DE, make sure you go check out this great organization and give them some love! Here are three currently adoptable OTTBs that you might see there:
“With his espresso-colored coat and classically compact build, Brewer, a 16h, 3-year-old gelding by Orb out of Dance Craze, is sure to perk up your day. Precocious in all the right ways, he has the eagle eye of an eventer and the smarts and athleticism to back it up. He’s bold to jumps and undaunted by new questions. He knows what he wants, and he’s not afraid to share his opinions. What Brewer needs is the right person, someone who can be his guide rails as he grows up and learns the rules of the road; someone who can channel his sizable sense of self into confidence in a show ring or on a cross country course; someone who can forge a true partnership with him and bring out his best. So if you like your daily coffee dark, bold, and exciting, this handsome gelding is sure to be your brew of choice!”
“Brewer came to the MMSC with a chip in his knee. He’s sound, but he’s so talented that it makes sense to set him up for success at the highest levels and have the chip removed. Donations to help us pay for the surgery and layup are very welcome (DONATE HERE) and he will remain available for adoption (at a reduced adoption fee) pre-surgery if you are willing to commit to removing the knee chip. Radiographs are available to an approved adopter.”
“Somekindawonderful, a 16.1h, 2016 gelding, truly lives up to his name. With a royal pedigree featuring Scat Daddy, sire of Triple Crown winner Justify, as well as Unbridled’s Song, Fappiano, and Buckpasser, names prized in sport horse pedigrees, “Wonderful” could go far in any discipline. He possesses a gleeful and boyish inquisitive nature, and his innate athleticism shines through with each training ride and romp in his pasture. At just 3-years-old, he is still learning to use all that he was blessed with – his suspension that effortlessly carries him forward, his short back and uphill build that will make jumping a breeze, and his charming attitude that wins him friends every day.”
“Give this youngster time to grow physically and mentally and the right training program where he can continue to express himself while building confidence in his handler and his own body, and that charm will morph into a star-power charisma in the show ring, his jump will power him over any obstacle, and he’ll float with grace in a dressage or show hunter ring. We can’t say it enough – Wonderful is a wonderful prospect, sure to shine in his second career!”
“A 16.3h, 2016 filly by Graydar out of Curious Cat, “Cece” stood out as a youngster with her stunning good looks, her large stature, and her kind nature. Her breeder, Christian Black of Blackstone Farm in PA, knew she would be happier and would shine brighter in a sport horse career, so he reached out to us. And we are so thankful that he did!”
“Cece has been an absolute joy and a pleasure in the barn. We can’t say enough good things about this filly. She displays rhythmic gaits and a graceful turn of foot at liberty. She engages easily and willingly with humans. She learns quickly and is always curious to explore new questions. Her jump is balanced, effortless, and full of promise. In short, Cece was born to be a show horse. Can you picture her a year or two down the road, taller and filled out, braided to perfection, with a knowledge of the bit and the developed musculature to lift and power from behind? The image is breath-taking. This filly is truly special and she’s sure to be a winner wherever she goes!”