He was delivering red thoroughbreds. SURPRISE!!!
Yes, the best picture I have so far is a crappy one I took with the farmhouse growing out of his back. He minored in architecture...
Ok, jokes aside, THIS IS MY NEW PONY!!!
What?? How??? Ehhhh??? You ask -- rightfully so. My amazing, wonderful mum stepped forward during my abysmal grief over Solo's lingering injury & offered to help find a Solo-understudy. Yes, I do know how awesome she is.
I started poking around, rifled through my backfiles of all the fantasy shopping I had done over at CANTER's website & snuck down to Southern Pines last weekend to meet this guy.
6 year old Thoroughbred gelding by an AP Indy stallion named Crowd Pleaser, out of an Allen's Prospect mare. He's about 16.1ish feeling to me right now, might gain another inch with groceries & fitness.
At present he is barefoot & very athletic, despite his pinfire scars from the track. He ran about 26 races, breaking his maiden at Pimlico as a 3 year old & finished his career at Delaware Park, retiring sound after winning his owners about $80,000.
His Jockey Club name is Joyous Jester, however, that just doesn't do anything for me, so he is now wearing his new moniker: Away Again. In the barn, we'll call him Encore, a tip of the hat to his sire (who has a race at Delaware Park named after him!), as well as to his role in following in the giant hoofprints of the one & only Solo.
He is quiet, impeccably mannered, kind, honest, & brave. Hacks out on a loose rein with a lovely, marching walk & hops over Novice sized logs without batting an eye. He has jumped all of 3 times so far & is very green but has a heart of gold. AND HE HAS A FORELOCK. Don't tell Solo, he might get jealous.
He was picked up from Delaware Park in December of 2010 by Jessica Morthole up at CANTER's Delaware Branch. He was tired & ready to be done with the racing game & his trainers were kind enough to donate him into a retraining pipeline before he was run into the ground. He quickly found his way down to NC, where Allie Conrad & Suzanne Konefal did a FANTASTIC job turning his mind & body towards a new career. He is gaining weight after a hard post-track crash & he is muscling up in all the right places.
I have to sign off for the moment -- I am now going to run laps of my living room yelling "PONYPONYPONYPONYPONYPONYPONYPONY!!!!!!!"
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