Snitzel's trans-Tasman stakes double day

Melbourne 3YO Farson and New Zealand-based juvenile Summer Passage gave the sensational Snitzel his ninth same-day stakes double on Saturday, taking his tally of stakeswinners to 52.

Farson started favourite in the $200,000 MRC Autumn Classic 1800m G2 after consecutive wins at Caulfield and Moonee Valley.He kept punters happy when he took control of the race round the turn and kicked clear to score by almost two lengths from Cliff Hanger with Captain Rhett third.

Watch Farson win the MRC Autumn Classic G2.

Jockey Stephen Baster was impressed, saying afterwards, “He’s a beauty – he’s still learning and improving every time he goes around. Today we got there a little bit too soon, I didn’t want to be getting there at the top of the straight but I had no choice and to his credit he just kept hitting the line.”

Farson was a $180,000 Gai Waterhouse buy from the draft of breeder Stuart Ramsey’s Turangga Farm at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. His stakes-winning dam Clear View is a daughter of Gallo Di Ferro (by Deputy Minister), from a family that produced New Zealand Group 1 winners So Casual & Zola almost 20 years ago.

Farson is the third stakeswinner by Snitzel for the new Waterhouse & Bott partnership after Thronum (ATC The Rosebud LR) and Sweet Redemption (ATC Festival S. G3).

Inglis Easter graduate Summer Passage extended Snitzel’s record on several fronts with a stylish defeat of Summer Monsoon & Hanger in Saturday’s $50,000 Matamata Slipper 1200m LR in New Zealand.

It was a fine effort by the colt who was second to Aim Smart (by Smart Missile) on debut on 28 January and may now cross the Tasman to see if a rather bigger Slipper fits on 18 March.

Watch Summer Passage win the Matamata Slipper LR.

Bred and offered by Ron & Deb Gilbert’s Highgrove Stud, Summer Passage was bought for $800,000 by owner Hermitage Thoroughbreds and is trained by Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott. He’s the second foal out of Subsequent (by Encosta De Lago), a winning sibling of Listed winners Get To Work and Order Of The Sun, from the family of current smart 3YOs Northwest Passage and Man From Uncle.

Subsequent foaled a Snitzel filly last Spring and is in foal to him again.

Summer Passage is both Snitzel’s 23rd juvenile winner this season and his 23rd lifetime 2YO stakeswinner, as well as his first black type winner in New Zealand. He and Farson take Snitzel’s 2016/17 record to 17 stakeswinners – his best-ever season total, and it’s only February.

The next opportuity to buy a Snitzel yearling comes up on Sunday, when the first of eight colts and five fillies by the boom son of Redoute’s Choice enters the ring at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Arrowfield graduates quinella The Vanity

A pair of fillies from Arrowfield’s graduate Class of 2015 quinella-ed last Saturday’s $150,000 VRC The Vanity S. 1400m G3, giving Not A Single Doubt his 36th stakeswinner, and Redoute’s Choice a new Group performer.

It was Extra Olives (Redoute’s Choice-Line Honours) who began best, taking up the early lead from Cassadee and Legless Veuve, while Kenedna (Not A Single Doubt-Miss Dodwell), in blinkers for the first time, settled a little worse than midfield.

Extra Olives gave no sign of surrender round the turn and for a few moments it looked like Kenedna had a little too much to do as she launched her finishing run. However, she had plenty to give and drove past Extra Olives in the final 200 metres to win by 1.25 lengths, with VRC Oaks G1 runner-up Harlow Gold third.

Watch Kenedna win the VRC The Vanity G3.

Trainer Darren Weir indicated after the race that the 2000-metre Australasian Oaks G1 in May was a likely target  for Kenedna.

“She needs a mile. She will run further than that, she has a very relaxed attitude. The Oaks in Adelaide is definitely on the radar for sure. You have to be able to run 10 furlongs, but she gives us every indication she will.”

Not A Single Doubt’s five Group 1 winners already include Single Gaze, who won last year’s ATC Storm Queen Stakes over that distance.

Kenedna has now won three of her nine starts since her debut as a 2YO last May, easily covering the $80,000 Weir paid for her at the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and increasing her future broodmare value. Mind you, that was already significant because she’s a three-quarter sister to Group 2 winner Spill The Beans (by Snitzel), from the family of Group 1 winners Speak Fondly and Bounding Away.

Miss Dodwell has a Smart Missile filly in Arrowfield’s 2017 Inglis Easter draft and a weanling sister to Spill The Beans.

Extra Olives has won four races for trainers Lee & Anthony Freedman and owner Jon Kelly who paid $500,000 for her at the 2015 Magic Millions Sale. She is the second foal of Line Honours (by Hussonet), a winning daughter of champion filly Alinghi and also the dam of Group-placed Regatta Rebel (by Redoute’s Choice), the unraced 2YO colt Roar (by Animal Kingdom) and two more Redoute’s Choice fillies, the first of which will be offered by Arrowfield at Inglis Easter.

Kenedna is the fifth Arrowfield stakes-winning graduate from the 2015 yearling sales, after Group winners Scarlet Rain & Honesty Prevails, and Listed winners Detective & Sassy ‘N’ Smart.

Arrowfield will offer 48 yearlings at the Inglis Easter Sale, including seven fillies & four colts by Redoute’s Choice, and a colt by Not A Single Doubt.

A New Career for Cataract King aka Magic Mike

Cataract King’s story began on a high note: he was conceived in his sire Flying Spur’s Premiership year, born in the Spring of 2008 and sold as a yearling for $250,000 at the 2010 Inglis Easter Sale by Kulani Park on behalf of his breeder Mark Ruff.  Handsome as it was, the price was only $30,000 above that year’s sale average.

The buyer was former Arrowfielder Byron Rogers, now of TrueNicks, Performance Genetics & Matchem Racing, bidding for his father Dr Chris Rogers and Dr Paul Hughes who raced Cataract King throughout his 10-start, 16-month racing career.  His yearling photo shows what appealed to Byron who remembers the bright chestnut colt as “a very good -looking yearling, a good-sized horse with good length and scope.”

Cataract King’s New Zealand-bred mother Bruges (by Groom Dancer) won seven races, three of them in Melbourne for trainer Colin Little, and her family has produced many stakeswinners over the past three or four decades.

Cataract King won only one race, a maiden at Wyong in March 2012, but it’s fair to say that he possessed more ability than his record shows, as Byron explains.

“We sent him to Kris Lees at Newcastle and he was a horse that continued to grow over his two-year-old year, so we gave him the time he needed and he didn’t get to a trial until early in his three year old year, and to the races until mid-February.

“Kris was very patient with him, and he ran a good fourth at his first start behind the stakes performer Upshot, before winning his second start well.” 

So far, so good, but that hopeful beginning was quickly undone by a throat infection.

“Not long after that win Cataract King was unwell and had a temperature and mucus in the throat. He was treated and remained in training but it took him a few weeks to get over it.

“He then trialled well and, thinking he was a horse of some talent, Kris got him ready for a campaign in Queensland. We thought he could get a mile and might be a Queensland Guineas horse, so we started him at Scone where he was very disappointing.

“After the race his jockey Christian Reith said he wouldn’t stretch out and he made a noise when pulling up. That was unfortunately an indication of the start of the issues we had with him that ultimately compromised his racing career.” 

Byron, Chris & Paul didn’t give up easily though, and sent him to Joe Pride’s Sydney stable which is where Brooke Somers first met him.

Brooke recalls, ”I rode most of his work and thought he was a great character with oodles of personality.”

Cataract King changed stables again, and was prepared by Mark de Montfort for his last two raceday appearances, but his racing career ended in July 2013. As Byron notes, “We never saw the talent he showed at his second start. It was a shame as he was always a nice horse to be around, very genuine, but unfortunately his career wasn’t what it could have been.”

However, as racing’s door closed, a new door was about to open for Cataract King. Mark knew that Brooke loved the horse and so he was gifted to her.

Brooke says, “I got straight into retraining and he was a natural jumper from his very first try.”

Registered with Equestrian Australia as Magic Mike, the now 8YO gelding has made a fine start to his new career, despite a setback followed by a busy new life for Brooke, as she explains.

“I had a car accident, broke my leg and took up full-time training at Hawkesbury with 20 horses in work so Mikey’s show career has been hot and cold, as he has to wait for when I have time.”

Nevertheless, from limited outings he’s compiled an impressive record, including:
1st 1.05m at Showcase Of Showjumping
2nd 1.10m at Showcase Of Showjumping
3rd introductory Berrima One Day Event
4th preliminary Wingham Horse Trials
Double Clear 1.20m at Sydney International 3DE showjumping classes

Mike keeps a connection with the racing world, moonlighting occasionally as a lead pony at Hawkesbury, and attending race meetings as buddy for nervous travellers.

Brooke sums up what makes him special. “Mike’s best attributes are his phenomenal athleticism, he can jump like an imported warmblood, careful as a cat, and dance around a dressage arena.

“He is so brave and honest, he loves to jump cross country and tows me into the water and charges down drop fences. His inquiring and trainable attitude makes him the perfect sport horse, and best friend.”

There have been updates to the story for Mike’s breeder and dam too.  A year after Cataract King was born, Mark Ruff sent another mare, Irish Nova, to Flying Spur, and the result was dual Group 1 winner and Champion New Zealand Sprinter Sacred Star.

Last Spring Bruges returned to Arrowfield for the first time since 2007, and she’s now safely in foal to gorgeous young stallion Scissor Kick.

 

Ducimus brings up 50 for Snitzel

In a perfect demonstration of synchronicity, it was 2YO colt Ducimus who brought up Snitzel’s milestone 50th stakeswinner in Saturday’s $120,000 VRC Talindert S.1100m LR.

“Ducimus” is Latin for “We lead” and that’s exactly what Snitzel is doing on almost every Australian stallion premiership for which he’s eligible.

Watch Ducimus win the VRC Talindert S. LR.

Ducimus takes his name seriously too, and after settling just off the lead, took control and galloped well within himself until 300 metres out, when he was asked to quicken by jockey Noel Callow. He pulled clear, but laid in on Sanadaat (by Not A Single Doubt), who eventually finished third, 1.7 lengths behind Ducimus, who found enough to withstand the strong late finish of Taking Aim by 0.2 lengths and win in a time of 1:03.72.

Unbeaten in his two starts, and nominated for the Golden Slipper & Inglis Sires’, the Hawkes-trained Ducimus has already returned the prospect of a stallion career to his Hong Kong owner Little Hung, who paid a sale-topping $700,000 for him at last year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Mr Hung’s bloodstock agent Justin Bahen spoke last week to G1X Racing and recalled Ducimus as a yearling. “We loved his temperament, that’s a big thing for me, thinking about them moving forward and keeping them as a colt. He was to my eye the best colt at the sale with a great pedigree and a valuable prospect if it all worked out, which so far it has.”

Bred by Oakland Park Stud, and offered by Blue Gum Farm, Ducimus is the 8th foal and fourth stakeswinner, after Hi World, Lite’N In My Veins & Loveyamadly, out of the wonderful broodmare Beauty World, a winning daughter of Danehill Dancer.

He is also the 15th stakeswinner this season for Snitzel, who currently heads the General, 3YO & 2YO Sires’ Premierships in Australia, and joins Group 3 winner Teaspoon and Listed winners Azazel & Jukebox as the best of Snitzel’s 22 juvenile winners this term. It’s a tally that puts the sensational son of Redoute’s Choice on target for sole ownership of Without Fear’s 30-winner record, which he equalled in 2015/16.

Ducimus is one of Snitzel’s three sale-topping colts from last year, along with the $1.8 million Chauffeur, a winner on debut in Sydney and second in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic (R) LR, and the $2.3 million half-brother to Winx, as yet un-named and in training with Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott.

Snitzel has eight colts and five fillies in the 2017 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale which begins on Sunday 26 February. Before that though, he has the colts Azazel & Jukebox and the filly Spoils lining up in Saturday’s $1.5 million MRC Blue Diamond S. G1.

Zestful takes the Triscay Stakes G3

Arrowfield graduate Zestful lived up to her name and then some when she overcame a difficult run in a dramatic race to win her first stakes race, the $150,000 ATC Triscay S. 1200m G3, at Randwick on Monday.

A fall by the Godolphin filly Pearls marred the early stages of the race and ended the chances of Shillelagh. Pearls suffered a suspected seasmoid injury and was taken to Randwick Equine Centre for treatment, while her jockey James Doyle thankfully escaped serious injury.

Watch Zestful win the ATC Triscay S. G3

“I thought a cracking second or third was as good as it was going to get,” he said. “We were behind a wall of them.

“I dragged her back to the inside, I wasn’t balanced so she couldn’t have been balanced but as soon as she saw clear running she really dug in.

“As I said I didn’t think I’d get them but then the last 50 metres I thought we’re a chance.

“That was impressive.”

Smart Missile filly Oaks-bound after third win

Plans by Gold Coast trainer Toby Edmonds for an Oaks campaign with Smart Missile filly Ahndras firmed up considerably after her gritty win over 1630 metres at Doomben on Saturday.

She settled third behind the pace-setting, last-start winner Don’t Doubt Da Wife (by Snitzel) but came under pressure around the home turn and at the 200-metre mark racecaller Josh Fleming doubted she could win. However, Ahndras had other ideas, picked herself up and finished the race in the style of a genuine Classic contender, scoring by almost a length from Don’t Doubt Da Wife and Up The Tempo, and anchoring the first leg of a treble for the stable.

Ahndras began her career as a late 2YO in Sydney, ran second at Coffs Harbour in December and has now won three races in a month for almost $100,000 prizemoney.

Watch Ahndras win Race 4 at Doomben.

Stable foreman Trent Edmonds said Ahndras would now spend a few days at his father’s Gold Coast hinterland property before a decision was made on a trip to Sydney for the $1 million Australian Oaks G1 on 8 April.

“She’s a big strong filly and we think she will get a middle distance,” Edmonds said.
“We were worried at the 600 metres but she responded like she did when she won a maiden here and just kept coming. The winner got a cheap first 1000 metres and not many get run down over a mile when they can lead out in 64 seconds.”

Ahndras was a $190,000 buy for owner Kevin Pitstock from the Vinery Stud draft at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. She is the third foal of Brothers Dream (by Redoute’s Choice), a half-sister to brilliant sprinter and Group 1 sire Charge Forward.

Across the Tasman, another 3YO by Smart Missile encouraged his owners’ hopes of Classic success. Trained by Mike Breslin, Stephenstihls did his best work late at Woodville over 2100 metres against older horses, finishing fourth, just over a length from the winner. The two-time winner is nominated for the $1 million New Zealand Derby G1 on 4 March.

Smart Missile remains on top of the Australian Second Season Sires’ list with 32 winners and $1.3 million in stakes.

Syndicators and trainers have been active bidders for his yearlings at this week’s Ingis Classic Sale, with Blueblood Thoroughbreds, Darby Racing and Triple Crown Syndications and his own trainer Anthony Cummings each signing for two of his progeny. His top price of $130,000 was paid by Hong Kong buyer Upper Bloodstock for Yarraman Park’s colt out of multiple Group winner Skyerush.

Star Thoroughbreds buys $160,000 Dundeel colt

A highlight of the second record-breaking day at the Inglis Classic Sale was the $160,000 purchase of a Dundeel colt by leading syndicator Star Thoroughbreds & champion trainer Chris Waller.

Arrowfield presented the good-looking son of city winner Sport Chic with the silvery tail also seen on Dundeel’s $900,000 Magic Millions colt out of champion Miss Finland – both mares being daughters of Redoute’s Choice.

Dundeel’s second-highest price of the Sale so far is the $110,000 paid by David Pfieffer for Widden Stud’s strongly built filly out of Group-placed juvenile Can’t Hackit (by Fasliyev).

Six of the 7 Dundeel yearlings offered during the first two days have sold, averaging $86,250, almost 3.5 times his service fee, and above the sale-to-date average of $75,469 – itself 31% up on last year’s final Sale average. 

Arrowfield will offer his final two Classic Sale yearlings tomorrow:  Lot 514, the daughter of Golden Sunshine, and Lot 565, the colt out of Lady Annaliese.

$400,000 for Not A Single Doubt colt

A colt by Not A Single Doubt has topped Saturday evening’s buoyant opening session of the Inglis ClassicSale.

Tyreel Stud presented the grey colt out of Pinocchio (by Encosta de Lago), a full sister to multiple Group1 winner Racing To Win, and he was knocked down to Carmel Size for $400,000. That’s the second-highest price in the history of the Inglis Classic Sale.

Carmel Size said, “He’s a really athletic colt, very neat, I liked the way he got around, he’s a really great mover. He’s still got a lot of improvement in him physically so he won’t be rushed.’’

Not A Single Doubt now claims a total of ten yearlings sold for $400,000 or more, all of them offered in 2016 or 2017. His current top price of $850,000 was paid by James Harrison for Arrowfield’s Colorado Claire colt at last year’s Inglis Easter Sale. Named Gunnison, he has won two trials, most recently at Gosford on 6 February.

Also among the top ten prices paid at the Classic Sale’s first session were $310,000 for the Snitzel-Lovemelikearock colt (Rosemont/Bryan Guy), $220,000 for the Not A Single Doubt-Lago Joy colt (Middlebrook Valley Lodge/Sun Bloodstock) and $210,000 for Karuta Queen’s full brother (Tyreel Stud/Mauro Poletti).

All were offered during the Sale’s new Gold Riband Session,which exceeded expectations with an average of $130,200 and a clearance rate of 88 per cent. The overall average for the night’s selling was $90,845, well up on last year’s figure of $57,053.

The Sale continues on Sunday and concludes on Monday with a shorter session, to accommodate the re-scheduled race meeting at Royal Randwick.

Performance & value offered at Inglis Classic

It’s a given that every vendor wants to sell yearlings as profitably as possible, but for most buyers the big question is “Where is value to be found?”

The Inglis Classic Sale has been supplying the right answers to that question for some time now. For example, the seven Group 1 winners that have so far emerged from the 2012-16 Classic Sales were bought for an average of less than $55,000.

The price range of those star graduates is bracketed by the sensational Arrowfield-sired pair Extreme Choice (by Not A Single Doubt; bought for $100,000) and Yankee Rose (All American; $10,000). They’ve since returned $3.7 million prizemoney and hefty residual values for their owners’ investments.

Ditto Arrowfield’s contribution to the Classic Sale honour roll, Group 1-winning sprinter-miler Contentment (Hussonet-Jemison), bought for $65,000 by John Foote from the 2012 auction.

The now 6YO gelding has fashioned a superb record in Hong Kong for owner Benson Lo Tak Wing and trainer John Size, winning nine of his 25 starts, including the 2016 Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup G1, and around $4 million.

Contentment’s quality is underlined by a slew of excellent placings, among them a second to international champion and new Arrowfield stallion Maurice in the 2016 Champions Mile G1m and a very game fourth in December’s Hong Kong Mile G1.

Other recent Arrowfield graduates encourage Classic Sale buyers to consider yearlings by an emerging sire that has the backing of a major stud.

Back in 2012, when Snitzel was on the cusp of “hot sire” status, Ross & Clint Price spotted his daughter out of Deputy Lil in the Arrowfield draft and bought her for $80,000 on behalf of Perth owners Frank & Josie Fiore.

She notched up a Listed success at three and has since added four more victories and a Group placing for earnings of more than $250,000.

My Sister Lil’s younger sister Ygritte proved an even better investment for owner Carl Holt who gave $135,000 for her at the 2013 Inglis Classic Sale. A Listed win, multiple Group placings and more than $300,000 prizemoney later, she was re-sold for $800,000.

Those results are matched by a pair of Snitzel colts from Arrowfield’s 2014 Inglis Classic consignment: Spill The Beans, passed in & raced to Group 2-winning, $500,000-earning success and a stud career; and $25,000 buy Odyssey Moon, a arecent Group 3winner and Group 1-placed at two with more than $600,000 on his record.

Snitzel, along with champion sire Redoute’s Choice and Group 1 sires Not A Single Doubt and Charge Forward are all represented among Arrowfield’s 39-lot offering for this year’s Classic Sale, which begins onSaturday evening. So are All American, sire of Yankee Rose, and popular Hong Kong sire Starcraft.

Firmly in the emerging sire category is 2015/16 Champion First Season Sire Smart Missile, now leading the Second Season list by winners and earnings.

Hard on their heels come Dubai World Cup champion Animal Kingdom, represented by three colts and two fillies from his second crop,  and six-time Group 1 winner Dundeel, with five first-crop yearlings on offer under the Arrowfield banner.

Buyers keen on yearlings out of young mares will find 10 first foals in Arrowfield’s Classic draft, including the only Redoute’s Choice in the Sale, a filly out of Group 3 winner Pretty Pins. That makes her a three-quarter sister to Group 1 winner Allez Wonder and a relative of dual Group winner Tivaci.

SNOOPY (AKA PAGES RIVER) & CORRIE

It may seem a long way from Arrowfield Stud to the Swan Hill Riding for the Disabled, but it’s not far at all. It’s the journey one horse, carrying not only the Arrowfield brand but also the name of the river that runs through the farm, has made over the past decade. And thanks to his devoted new owner, he’s now enjoying a new life that suits him much better than the racing world.  

The bay colt with three white socks born on 15 September 2005 was the result of a mating between Falbrav, a Group 1 winner in five countries, and Amaranth, a mare imported from the United States in 1997. The team at Arrowfield gave the Falbrav colt a great start and for the first year or so he grazed happily alongside the Stud’s other foals born in 2005, among them a pair of future top-class performers, Reaan and Master of Design.

At the end of 2006 the colt began his preparation for the 2007 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale where he was sold for the relatively modest price of $35,000 to the Victorian-based family of Arrowfield’s Stud Office administrator Jess Hood. That explains his registered racing name, Pages River, one of the landmark features of Arrowfield, close to where Jess works every day.

Jess remembers the colt very well. “He was such a lovely, kind horse but unfortunately, he just couldn’t run very fast. He had four starts as a late three-year-old gelding at Victorian country meetings but couldn’t finish closer than ninth.”

The decision to retire Pages River was easily made and the Hoods were happy to let him go to the good home his trainer found for him. (New rules introduced by Racing Australia this year now require formal notification of all transfers of ownership, even when a thoroughbred horse is given away, so that it’s clear who is responsible for the welfare of each animal.) 

It was at that first good home that Corrie Potter of Swan Hill met Pages River, now re-named Snoopy, and she picks up the story. 

“I first met Snoopy through a friend, Kasey Hair who had gotten him off the track as a four-year-old from Horsham. She planned to re-train him and sell him on as an eventer for pony club or adult riding club. However, Kasey became pregnant and was unable to work with Snoopy, so she asked me to take over his training and we would go halves in whatever we could sell him for.

“He needed lots of ground work, TLC, spending time with him, teaching social skills and riding aids, but eight months later when his training was finished, I’d fallen hopelessly in love with him and his personality, so I ended up buying him!

“I taught him dressage, and we came first in our first dressage test, then we did a few shows, although he didn’t really enjoy them so I didn’t persist with them. I taught him six different tricks and if I’m out bareback riding and have to get off to open a gate, I ask him to put his head down and I lean over his neck, then he lifts me up onto his back.

“We’ve done a couple of stockman’s challenges, and many trail rides. We’ve done jumping, barrel racing, novelty events, and can harness him up and he will pull a gate around the paddocks to break up the horse poo. 

“One of the scariest moments I had with him was when we were riding along a road next to a train line. The train was early and my sister and I were stuck on a road with our horses between a 100 kmph train and a barbed wire fence paddock. With no driveways or dirt roads to escape down, we dismounted and held on tight, expecting a massive reaction from Snoopy. But he just stood there and watched the train speed past. Right then I knew this horse could put up with a lot.

“I then began training him for RDA (Riding for the Disabled) which allows adults and children with disabilities to learn to ride horses. He didn’t start off well, because first RDA session was at the Warracknabeal Racecourse and it took Snoopy a while to realise that walking around this mounting yard with other horses would never lead him back out onto the race track.

“At his fourth rally he met all the kids and the coach agreed that he was ready for a child with a disability. He did brilliantly and three months later he passed all his tests which included someone yelling and clapping while riding around. They threw balls at him, they pulled on his mane and tail, they smacked him on his rump and pretended to fall off him while trotting. Snoopy didn’t react to any of it so he was assessed as a safe and reliable horse for adults and kids with disabilities. 

“Snoopy now lives with me in Swan Hill and attends the RDA here. He has a girlfriend called Gypsy who my lovely friend, Kirsty brings to RDA, and joins us on trail rides and training days. 

“One of his riders, Steph, is prone to having seizures and everyone swears that Snoopy can sense it when she’s about to have one. He becomes really soft and will start to step very slowly, and Steph will jump off Snoopy and sit by his front legs until she feels okay again.

“He has other riders who are capable of turning and stopping, playing games and doing novelty events on and off the lead. Snoopy is also trained to be a vaulting horse (gymnastics and dance on horseback) and has even have taken a few kids to local agricultural shows to compete in a few RDA events.

“People that meet Snoopy always comment about how kind and sensitive he is to the kids with disabilities. He’s really given me a passion for re-training ex-racehorses and helping them to have a great life after racing.”