What a bunch of stunners! Can we all agree that the Finests continue to get more and more appealing?? Great job Buffalo Colleen, Rhymes w/Orange, Lisa and Red!
Mama Gina is indeed a lovely filly and, wowza, legs that go on forever!
Allow me, please, to relay a story about her Trainer, Bob Ubbink.
Several years ago I was showing a buyer around the racetrack backside. She had arrived with her truck and trailer and was ready to take a lucky horse or two home with her to Saratoga.
She selected a beautiful bay gelding who just happened to be in my care at the time (and he has since become a superstar!) and a tiny, forlorn 2 y.o. roan filly. Poor dear was not in a warm, fuzzy shedrow and looked and acted the part. Wary of people, she was about as sad a horse I've ever seen. The buyer saw a cute little filly who needed an angel to step up for her.
She had two angels that day.
We settled arrangements for both horses and started to load them. Of course it was the end of the meet, so brisk and windy, which just adds to the fun! Gelding loads fine and little filly just said NO! She absolutely would not load. The last thing I wanted to happen was watch this little girl get manhandled onto that trailer. We tried every trick we had in our arsenal and she just. would. not. load.
Buyer was getting antsy and we were all frustrated. She quietly said to me "This just isn't going to work. I'll have to leave her". Welllll, I knew that filly HAD to get on that trailer or there wouldn't be much hope for her. So I feigned deafness!
Right when things were about as far south as they could be, Bob Ubbink drove up, parked his truck and asked if we could use a hand. I could have kissed him! Bob is a gentle soul and a true horseman. He might have whispered in her ear or something, IDK, but he sweetly coaxed her onto that trailer and home she went to Saratoga, her new gelding buddy nestled in next to her. I will never forget what he did that day but it was all in a day's work for him.
Anyone who gets horses from him and his wife, Franny, can be assured that they have been well handled and well loved!