Hopeforroyalty is a 1992 Kentucky bred TB mare. She ran in 4 races (with no placings), had some TB and QH babies, and who knows what else. She was found starved in a pasture in late 2008 by a fellow COTHer (the wonderful City Ponies). I found Hope through the giveaway forum and she came to live with me in May.
After lots of TLC and groceries, I decided to take the old gal to an Oldenburg NA/ISR approval. Hope is booked to Cunningham for 2010 and I had hoped the resulting foal could be registered/branded.
For a 17 year old hunterish TB broodmare I wasn't really sure how we would do. Of course I LOVE this mare and think she is fabulous and will produce fabulous foals, but I am well aware of "barn blindness".
Well, my big, old rescue mare scored 101 points for (to quote the inspector) "an easy entry into the Main Mare Book...very nice for a thoroughbred"!
What a lovely and heartwarming post (a little bit of tear welling up). She looks like a wonderful mare, so deserving of a loving home. I have a special place in my heart for these TB gals, especially those tossed around a bit. Thank you for sharing this bright bit of news with us and best wishes to you both.
What a happy ending!! SO happy that you were able to give her the loving home she so deserved!! I just LOVE hearing stories like that!! All the best with her foal next year!! I look forward to those pictures as well
Congratulations on your lovely mare and stallion choice. You shall, will, absolutely must post oodles of baby pics !!!!
P.S. "very nice FOR A TB [emphasis mine]"!!!!????!!! It's remarks like that one that keep me away from inspections. If anyone should know "a good horse is a good horse"-- AND that many of the best are TB's-- it ought to be WB breeders! Seems to me they've spent most of the last 50+ years breeding for WB's who look and move like the ideal TB-- outcrossing like crazy to TB's in order to do it, too!
What a great story... It is so nice to see someone stepping up to the plate and providing such a wonderful home for these retired TB's. Your mare looks amazing! Cannot wait to see the Cunningham foal~ he is an amazing stallion! Best wishes!