Here is some more video and photos from the Retired Racehorse Training Challenge.
Kerry Blackmer (center) said that she had a lightbulb moment with Tempyst the second day under saddle. She hacked him across the street – she trains out of Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, MD., home of the Maryland Horse Trials, and hacks on the hilly acreage – and he walked calmly, put his head down to eat grass, and showed her “clearly that he did not want to be a race horse.”
Allie Conrad, below, is the director of CANTER Mid Atlantic, and has successfully placed hundreds of thoroughbreds in new homes off the track. She’s a sought-after authority on the management of ex-race horses post racing, has testified before Congress, attended many industry conferences and has generally been considered a fantastic standardbearer of the Thoroughbred colors in the past 10 years. It was an honor to have her judge these beautiful horses.
Bev of Mid Atlantic Horse Rescue provided Solidify to the RRTP for Tiffany to ride. While he was a bit tense, Bev said she thought he would make someone a lovely horse in the future and she was happy with the Challenge outcome. She gave credit to Steuart Pittman, creator of the Retired Racehorse Training Challenge. “He gave it legs, and we are grateful to see it take off so successfully,” she said.
And more video!
Kerry Blackmer and Tempyst
Tiffany Catledge and High Level
Tiffany Catledge and Solidify