Catching up: Margaret Dinan a long time horsey friend of Cynthia Brewster- Keating has found her way to Aiken thru the website www.aikenhorsesonline.com and is buying a small property in Windsor. Cynthia says it’s been a very nice reunion – they hadn’t seen each other since Cynthia rode at Dana Hall in Wellesley Massachusetts as a kid! Do people have more fun in Aiken? WE THINK SO! …. for instance, there’s Lisa Law, who has a pig in Fox Chase. Lucky for her, all of her neighbors approve of Penelope, no matter what the covenants say.
Horses: We were sad to learn that Gretchen and Louis Heffner had to put down their horse Louie (acquired from Aiken Equine Rescue just two years ago) due to an abscess in his abdomen, which was inoperable. They replaced him with a new paint named Hoax from Heather Carlson who is from New Milford CT.
Start Box: 2012 will bring some big changes to governance of eventing: David O’Conner has just been named Chef of the USEF Eventing Team, and will not run for re-election next year as USEF President. George Morris will finish out his current contract as Jumping Chef, and his replacement is being searched for. 2012 will be very interesting indeed.
Talk about bragging rights! Anna Ford, Program Director at New Vocations tells us that former Kentucky Derby contender Z Fortune is officially up for adoption at the New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program in Lexington, KY. “I believe this is first time a Kentucky Derby contender has been made available for adoption publicly, which could make it a once in a lifetime experience to the lucky chosen adopter,” she says.
In 2008, Z Fortune was well on his way to be a major contender in the Kentucky Derby. He won the LeComte Stakes and came second in the Risen Star Stakes and Arkansas Derby. In the Kentucky Derby he ran 10th to Big Brown. Following the Derby he went on to race eight more times and it should be noted that he never ran for a tag. With earnings of $432,000 in 15 starts Z Fortune was retired late in 2010. He was owned by Ahmed Zayat and trained by Steve Rasmussen, the same owner trainer as this year’s derby contender Nehro. The Zayat Stable connections contacted New Vocations in early spring to see if they would be interested in taking the newly gelded Z Fortune. “We were absolutely thrilled to get a horse in the program with such a prestigious resume,” Anna said. “This is a perfect example of an owner doing right by their horse once its racing career is over. Z Fortune is a horse who still has a lot to offer. He didn’t need a retirement home he simply needed an opportunity to excel in a second career.”
Z Fortune is currently receiving transitional training for a second career as a riding horse. His information can be seen on the New Vocations website at www.horseadoption.com . Interested individuals are required to fill out an application online.
Want to win a pair of DSB Dressage Sport Boots? Love a contest? Check out Custom Saddlery’s website (www.mysaddle.com) and try your hand at the “Find Ravel” contest. Photos of Steffen Peters and Ravel can be found the site, and each person who correctly emails in the page names where Ravel’s photos can be found will be entered to win a pair of dressage sport boots.
Mark your calendars for Dressage at Devon September 27-October 2, 2011 at the Devon Horse Show Grounds, located on US Route 30, in Devon, PA. Check out the website (www.dressageatdevon.org <http://www.dressageatdevon.org/>), for news regarding new footing, sponsors, ticket information and more.
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