OTTBs are among the most prominently represented breed in the eventing world. Each day, hundreds of ex-racehorses find themselves at the end of their racing career and in need of a new home. Luckily, organizations such as CANTER, New Vocations, Recycled Racehorses, and many more are always on alert for new horses that are ready for second careers. Each week, we'll be bringing you a few OTTB ads that caught our eye. Keep an eye out here for your next eventing superstar!
Spring is finally in the air, at least here in the Midwest. This winter didn’t seem quite as terrible as last, although I know many other areas got hit harder than we did here in Missouri. Regardless, the temperatures are warming up and the hot summer temperatures will be here before we know it.
Spring always carries a hint of promise with it. Everything seems to be beginning anew, and it’s great to see the horses and riders out knocking the rust off in preparation for the season. If you’re hunting for a fresh start with a new OTTB, we’ve got three featured horses to get you started this week.
Don’t forget to let us know if you take home one of our wishlist horses! We’d love to follow your progress if you do. Email [email protected] and we’ll get you set up to blog about your new horse!
First up this week is an adorable looking 3-year-old gelding by the name of Villalobos, or Wolfie around the barn. Villalobos (Desert Party – Rokeby Rosie, by Prized) raced just once at Saratoga due to a bowed left front tendon. The bow is said to be mild and fully rehabbed, which means he is ready to take on his second career in a responsible home.
Wolfie is 16.3hh and is currently available for rehoming through Black Oak Farm in Egg Harbor, Nj. Visit Wolfie’s listing on the Retired Racehorse Project’s classifieds site here.
The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center in Lexington, Ky. is gearing up for a big season this year with several new arrivals. We don’t have much other information on this handsome man, Pain Giver or Rondo, except for the fact that he’s an eye-catcher! Pain Giver (El Corredor – John’s Kinda Girl, by Lost Soldier) is a 2009 gelding who raced just two times in his 3-year-old year.
The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center goes through a thorough screening for all incoming horses, ensuring that their staff has a good bead on what each horse would excel at. Please check Rondo’s listing for more information as it becomes available — he just may be the right fit for you!
Our final featured horse this week is Dawn’s Mistake, a 7-year-old dark bay mare available through CANTER Illinois. Standing 16hh tall, Dawn’s Mistake (Animo de Valeroso – Lasting Charm, by Home At Last) is said to have handled wind and track chaos very well on the day CANTER volunteers took her listing.
Dawn’s Mistake raced a total of 36 times with career earnings of $22,532. Her last race was at Fairmount Park in May of 2014. Check out her listing on CANTER Illinois for more photos and videos.