Author Archive | Karin Wagner

Summer 2021 Update

There have been many happenings going on at Neigh Savers.  Most of them are extremely positive and thanks to you, we have been able to forge ahead on our mission & many of our goals.
Currently we are trying to retire a 12 year old still racing in Oregon at Grant’s Pass.  He is #1 on my list at this point.  If you would like to make any donations to his retirement, please use the link at the bottom of this email.  Also, on the list is a horse I have been chasing all over the US trying to retire.  I do have a photo of this guy….please don’t hate me for trying to retire a gorgeous roan, almost white.  His name is Lifeline & he’s currently in Minnesota but I’m hoping he’ll return to Golden Gate Fields in the autumn.  I have no idea what the 12 year old looks like.  I usually don’t see a photo until I’m making an offer.
As stated in an earlier update, Kylemore was sent to us for some rehab and recently was shipped to Las Vegas where he will continue his rehab and then be trained by Fire & Ice Horses.  Sadly, Kyle was not in good shape when we retired him off track.  He has substantial body soreness, some arthritis and very bruised feet and thin soles in addition to being underweight.  We hope Jennifer can turn him around and hope to post some positive news at a later point.  She does wonders with horses so we are optimistic with good farrier work & nutrition we will soon see a turnaround.

Hallie – Stem Cell Treatment

As you know, we support Horses in Baja for their excellent therapy program for disabled children.  Recently one of the therapy horses named Halley suffered an injury to the superficial digital flexor tendon.  This now requires stem cell therapy treatments (photo shown of treatment #1) and she won’t be back to work for a year or so.  If you know anything about horses you know they are among the most fragile of creatures and usually any injury is from a year to 18 months of rehab.  This is one of the factors that makes rescue-rehab so expensive unlike a cat/dog rescue for instance.

 

Miz Paradis

 

We are also supporting a horse named Miz Paradis for life in Arizona as we rescued her many years ago when Neigh Savers was in its infancy and thus have stepped up for her as she has no sponsors.  This mare is always grumpy and Ruth reports is “a do not bother mare” and yet Miz Paradis is and has always been one of Ruth’s favorite horses.  It’s sometimes the challenging and difficult ones that somehow take our heart.  For some unknown reason you love them despite all their best efforts.  You can see in photo 1 Miz Paradis has adopted her most grumpy face and in photo 2 she looks the regal and beautiful liver chestnut mare she is.

Flicka and Lily

I have also had an update on A Flicker of Light in Oregon.  Flicka was content to be the sole horse with just her companion dog Lily and human caregiver Diane and sometimes her husband Mitchell.  However, recently a large gelding named Aris arrived and now the two are truly inseparable.  Aris doesn’t know quite what hit him over the head with the infatuated Flicka.  They make a very cute couple.

Legend with Addie

Lastly, we have three horses at Horse & Rider Connection in Martinez, CA .  One is the 13 year old warrior On the Key (Legend) and the other is the youngster Finally Got a Red (River).  Addie & Camryn have been working with both and these photos show them on their first trail ride together after months of very hard work and persistence.  I am always hopeful when I see young people face up to challenges, put in the time, are not afraid to overcome setbacks and learn to work together in a respectful manner.  These are the young people Kim Bredehoft is mentoring and training.  And all the many skills they are learning in her barn can be transferred to real life.  A huge shout out and neighs of deep appreciation to Kim, Laurel & Kris who are guiding these youngsters and to the students themselves.  You are all doing a magnificent job and I am very proud of you and our longtime association!!
Thank you again for your ongoing support!  Only your donations make any of this possible!!
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Update November 2020

On The Key

Dear Neigh Savers donors, friends & volunteers:

We wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving during a holiday season unlike any we’ve ever experienced.   It’s been quite a year, hasn’t it?  We pray we make what we can of what we have, share our gratitude & look forward to a new year with hopefully some resolutions on the horizon.

I wanted to update you on developments here at Neigh Savers.  If you have not given this year, please do consider a donation.  We are not actively participating in Giving Tuesday, this December 1st because all money from Facebook is gone after a few minutes midnight, eastern time.  However, you can contribute through our own link here on December 1st or before then for your holiday giving.

As you might know, it’s been a terrible year for donations and we’ve not been able to fund-raise through any events or functions.  It has curtailed what we can do but we still have expenses and plans for rescue & sponsorship.

http://neighsavers.org/get-involved/donate-2/

If you have not signed up for Amazon Smile, it’s another seamless way to get involved.  It costs you nothing but we get a tiny portion of any money you spend with Amazon.

Here’s how to sign up for AmazonSmile:

Visit smile.amazon.com.

Sign in with your Amazon.com credentials.

Search for Neigh Savers Foundation Inc and select

You should automatically be in the Smile area of Amazon afterwards.  If not, click on the Smile icon and located in the top left bar and then you’ll be there for sure.

We just accepted a new warrior, On the Key.  Key is a 10 year old and won this year at Golden Gate Fields.   He’s raced 74 times, with 18 firsts, 10 seconds & 14 thirds.  He’s earned $215,835 as a sold blue collar horse.  Key will be going for some R&R to Clements, CA.  His female jockey Anne Sanguinetti says he’s one of her favorite horses and she would have taken had she not already had 2 private show horses of her own.

Curiously enough, we were following Zakaroff, another warrior we were asked to help by Golden Gate Fields.  He ended up in Oregon at Grant’s Pass and when the season closed last week, his female jockey Aislinn Finn adopted & retired him!

Knight

We also started sponsoring a neglected donkey named Knight, who suffers from a neck fat roll from a bad diet and was found at auction.  That led to us paying for one of the new donkey shelters built to house an additional 34 donkeys that were saved a few months after Knight.  Donkeys are so sweet and easy to fall in love with.  The shelter is dedicated to Alma Equine, our friends in Los Gatos who have a very fine program for young people and a number of Neigh Savers adoptees in it.

Jules (Cruz)

Recently, I visited with Julian P (Jules now Cruz) at his new home that we arranged at Horse & Rider Connection in Martinez, CA.  His new handler Addie is a very talented and focused young teenager.  It was fun seeing how well he’s doing and meeting Cherokee, a sweet former therapy mini that I had fun brushing and hanging out with.

Fritz Grau

Then, we received news of one of Neigh Savers’ first placements, Fritz Grau.  At the age of 16 Fritz just entered his first show after 6 months of training. His adopter no longer had much time for him and leased him out.  He’s doing great and proves that it’s never too old to learn something new (at least not for a OTTB).

Cherokee and Karin

Lastly, we will start fully sponsoring Miz Paradis, actually one of our very first horses, who we placed in 2008 after rescuing her with Harmony & Hope Horse Haven in Arizona.  It’s sort of a full circle thing, if you ask me and a good way to kick off 2021.

Be safe, be well & enjoy!

Always in gratitude, Karin
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Six Month Recap

We’ve been mostly off social media but we felt we needed to post the A Flicker of Light story (Flicka) so it made me think about the last six months in general. Doesn’t it seem like a lifetime ago?

Even though Covid essentially took us out, and we are certainly not alone in this, we still managed some small victories.

We are actively sponsoring horses at Baja Horses in a small town south of Mexicali, Mexico. They provide therapy to a disabled children’s school in town and are mostly rescues from different at risk situations, particularly old rental string horses that are cast off and/or injured. You know, the pretty horses you see in all the ads, where equally attractive people are riding along a serene beach enjoying themselves….but there’s always a downside and then Baja Horses steps in. I live in Mexico part of the year so am personally familiar with the facility and it’s operator. All programs and donations dried up with Covid but the horses still have to eat. Baja Horses hopes to be back on schedule come October.

We started off in January fully sponsoring two racetrack warriors that had been found in a feedlot, bound for slaughter. Both were still racing at 9 and 10 years old and had combined starts of 117 between the two of them. Pointsettia Park & Thames Valley.

We then went on to assist Peyton’s Path who came from an ill fated barn where his bills were no longer paid.

On top of that we sponsored Twirling Irish, who through no fault of his own with no actual legal racing starts, was injured through illegal match racing as he was spirited off the track and then returned again. We are happy to report that he has recovered and is now in training.

We then retired Batti Man, who was still racing at the age of 12 and had 59 starts. We retired him directly off track from Turf Paradise in Phoenix, AZ and shipped him to California. Batti Man became the ninth Racetrack Warrior we have retired in the last 18 months. All of these horses were racing at 10 years or older. These nine horses have combined starts of 632!! That means on average each horse left the starting gate 70 times!!!!!

Then we finally found a permanent retirement home for Spinelessstarfish (Star) who was in program and kicking around for over three years! Star was one of the most problematic horses we ever had and we shared that burden with another one of our sister rescues. We also featured her on Facebook. Our only two posts in 6 months.

Lastly, we found an amazing permanent retirement home for another off track with a long time supporter of Neigh Savers that had injuries that rendered him to pasture puff status only, Indy’s Dynamo (Indy).

And, of course, on the heels of Indy’s placement, we sent A Flicker of Light, another horse that is only serviceably sound, to a beautiful retirement in Oregon with another of our very long time supporters.

So, we are still active, on a smaller scale but then, it’s a tough time and donations are few and far between. We understand that and will try to hang in there as long as we can. There is no getting round it. Without funding we couldn’t have done any of the above. So, we are once again taking a break as the above mentioned saves and maintenance are expensive. We took 90% from our reserves with only 10% coming back in. We’ll just sit tight. We hope things turn around for us, for our valued donors and for the nation as a whole. It’s a bit like living in the matrix these days. I hope we all come out of it being better people and reassessing our values and what is actually important in our lives.

With peace & love, Karin & the Team at Neigh Savers

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Helping Moose

I promised you a little information about Moose and here it is.  As many of you know, I am spending a lot of time in Baja now.  And as many of you that know me personally can well imagine I had to get involved in the rescue of a former Mexican rental string horse while there last month.  All the Pretty Horses is a rescue outfit based on Rosarito, Baja that helps horses that are being abused or need retirement mostly in rental string outfits.  My new friends Lynn and Patrick (Paco) live on the same ranch as our home is located on and take a lot of these horses directly from All the Pretty Horses.
One of their rescues, Moose, an Appendix, needed to go to the University vet hospital in Mexicali and suffered a severe episode of colic upon arrival and needed immediate surgery.  He ended up spending 5 weeks there.  The University students used him as a case study and ended up being bonded to this very personable horse.  I connected with Lynn and Paco and then after approval from our Board we decided to help Moose to offset some of his medical expenses.  I was lucky enough to travel the two hours to Mexicali and pick him up.  Moose has returned to his home on the El Dorado Ranch and will be working as a therapy horse for the children’s therapy program Lynn runs that benefit the local kids in San Felipe.  I am very proud to be connected to this program and hope to do more in the future.

Please enjoy these photos of Moose with his veterinary school students at the Universidad Autonoma de Baja.

In closing, on behalf of Neigh Savers, I wish all of you a very blessed holiday season and Happy New Year!

 

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9th Annual Holiday Turf Club Party & Fundraiser Wrap Up

 

We’d like to thank all the donors and supporters that made our 9th Annual Holiday Turf Club Party & Fundraiser held on December 1, 2018 another success.

This year we partnered with Hope for Horses and it was loads of fun! We had a full house at 130 guests.

Most joyously, a lot of younger volunteers came on the day of and helped with volunteering. A contingent of Neigh Savers’ volunteers even baked horse cookies and they sold out during the event! Junior volunteers from Hope for Horses manned the Raffle.

Pictures say it all so please enjoy these photos showing Board Director Maureen Sowell and Executive Director Karin Wagner, a small taste of our Silent Auction (we had 53 donated items), Maddie and Annie displaying their horse cookies proudly along with their sales proceeds, the table setting complete with a signed poster by Russell Baze and the late William Morey, designer horse cookies in either a lucky holiday horseshoe or a horse head, a beautiful rainbow from our perch in the Golden Gate Fields Turf Club and a whole lot of happy people from Neigh Savers and Hope for Horses standing together in the Winner’s Circle.

 

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Race for the Rescues 2018 Wrap Up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team Neigh Savers participated for the fourth year in a row in 13th Annual Race for the Rescues on October 13, 2018 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Despite the fact it decided to rain, the first time in months in Southern California, it did not dampen the enthusiasm of hundreds of people who turned up with their furry friends to race and raise money for animals in need. It was a wonderful day highlighted by the fact that all the shelter animals who were brought to the event for adoption found their “fur”ever homes by eight o’clock that same morning!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many vendors attended with a variety of products for dogs, cats, bunnies and horses and the L.A. Laker girls were cheering on the runners! Our mascot, Blaze, even got to pose with them for a photo!! We were also treated to Hawaiian dancing!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a team of only four people, Neigh Savers was able to raise over $7,000 of our $10,000 goal which will go to our program of rehabbing, retraining and rehoming our beloved Off-Track Thoroughbreds!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is still time to donate to help us reach our goal by visiting this link!

Thank you from Team Neigh Savers!!!

 

 

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RRP Wrap Up 2018

Sassy Ashley RRP

So RRP 2018 is a wrap and we couldn’t be prouder of Sassy Ashley and her performances in the polo and working ranch classes!  We had a great time attending this event again for the third year in a row to cheer on a Neigh Savers horse.  Like the other two before, Ashley came to us through the CARMA Placement Program.

Sassy Ashley RRP

Ashley competed in Polo and Ranch Work and gave Neigh Savers a thrill we haven’t had in three years competing.  She got a ribbon!  Ashley finished officially in 9th Place in Polo (though there was a 4 way tie for 7-10th)!  It was our first time in the top 10 at RRP, so it was exciting to see her in the ring Saturday during the finale to pick up her ribbon.

Sassy Ashley RRP

Ashley also placed excellently in the Ranch Work as well finishing 15th out of 55 horses.

We are so proud of her!  She handled herself pretty well despite being quite stressed out by a big, loud environment in the big covered arena for all of her rides.

Sassy Ashley RRP

 

 

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Ashley RRP Update – August 2018

Ashley has had all sorts of adventures in August gearing up for RRP here in just a little over a month!  She took another trip to the beach and encountered all kinds of weird things!

She’s practicing obstacles she’ll encounter during her Ranch Horse class at RRP.  “Take a second out of your busy day and watch Ashley work out traversing her first REAL bridge, just last week.  Small act for many horses, big deal for her. She’s super skeptical about putting her feet places (not a bad thing necessarily), but this will be one of the obstacles she will have to do confidently at the Thoroughbred Makeover in October. So we’ve been piecing it together little by little at home, and she didn’t let me down out in the real world.”

She’s continuing to develop her cow horse skills. “This cow thought it could ACTUALLY out run a racehorse… silly cow.  This was Ashley and I last night. We were actually just working on WALKING our cows around the perimeter of the arena, getting and keeping things nice and quiet… good for the cows, and great work for Ashley. But, this heifer had other ideas and made a break for it. I asked Ashley to accelerate for the first time since I’ve had her, and she handled it with composure; we ran over there and got a good clean, straight stop, that was mostly soft and got our cow shut down… really good girl Ashley!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ashley also just took her first overnight trip and handled it with class! They recently visited Preston, Nevada for one of Kalley’s BHT Fundamentals Clinics.

These pictures don’t really capture the rugged majesty of this land, but they’re a good try.  In Preston and the surrounding area, there is still nomadic herding that goes on, where the herders and their dogs trail 1000 head plus, of sheep through the BLM land at different times of the year… it certainly takes you back to a different time and place.  In any case, Ashley and I just finished our first BHT Fundamentals Clinic together, and we had a FANTASTIC time.  Ashley got introduced to a herd of Cashmere goats for the first time, she wasn’t quite sure what to do with them, but ended up settling right in.”

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Ashley RRP Update July

Ashley has moved up her training this month and declared for her categories at RRP.  She’ll be showing in Working Ranch and Polo!

Ashley Cow

Working Ranch used to require cow work, but no longer.  However Kalley has been working her on cows nonetheless! For the Working Ranch category she will be required to perform the AQHA Ranch Riding Pattern 1.  She will then immediately perform a Ranch Trail test of six to nine obstacles that are likely to include at minimum a gate, bridge, sidepassing, backing, and walking or trotting over logs or poles.  If she makes the finale, she will perform a different Ranch Riding Pattern that will include some trail obstacles in the finale.

Ashley has also started her polo work with a mallet and handled it with no problems!  For her Polo test she will be require to do a two and a half minute agility pattern to include figure eights with lead changes, roll backs, tight circles, a check and release and stops/step-backs.  She will also do a 2 and a half minute stick and ball work demonstration requiring the different ball strokes be shown.  If she makes the finale, they will be required another agility/stick and ball demonstration followed up by a 6 horse seven minute chukker (the five finalists plus another volunteer pair).  Exciting!  Polo is always one of the more fun events to watch at RRP and we cannot wait to watch her compete!

Check out the videos of her working a cow and having her first ride with the polo mallet on Ashley’s video stream here.

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Join Us for the Race for the Rescues 2018

It’s that time of year again to gear up for the Race for the Rescues!!

Team Neigh Savers will be participating for our 4th year in a row raising funds for our beloved horses and other animals in need. Our past three years have proved very successful and we are looking forward to another great race!

This event, hosted by The Rescue Train, is being held on Saturday, October 13th , 2018 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. We are one of many worthy animal charities that have been invited to participate.

The donations raised will be used to help save the lives of once forgotten dogs, cats and horses and help them become cherished family members. In addition, it provides important programs to the community such as veterinary care for the pets of low-income families, free spay and neuter clinics and a shelter intervention program.

Join Team Neigh Savers this year and race to save a life! Even if you can’t make it to Pasadena you can enter the Couch Potato Race!!

Registration is easy! Click on HERE and then click on “JOIN OUR TEAM” or if you would like to make a donation click on “SUPPORT US”.

Help us raise awareness to the plight of so many animals that are abused and neglected and have no voice! It’s up to us!!

    

 

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Sassy Ashley RRP Update May and June

Ashley has had an interesting couple of months with Kalley.  She went to her first public outing – a local barrel race, she starred in some of Kalley’s education materials (and her very own short flim), and worked on her patience and weight.  She’s doing great!!

In early May there was a local jackpot barrel race, so I though I’d get Ashley out under some “Friday Night Lights”  She did great for our first “public”outing. Lots of energy and excitement at those shows, and she got a little nervous, but all in all she handled it well… we just hung out, watched, and ate some grass.


Ashley joined Kalley for some filming for a new Chrome eBook article. She was a star of course.

Sassy Ashley Film Star   Sassy Ashley Film Star

Ashley is learning to stand at the trailer and be patient, and learning to Ground tie.  Little by little, Ashley is getting more and more professional in her demeanor.

Ashley Ground Tie     Sassy Ashley

Ashley is developing her own “out of the ashes” story…

Ashley has been REALLY tricky to get eating well, and consistently. But, with the help of the experts at Triple Crown Feed and Artaurus Veterinary Clinic, we are finally making head way with her health and nutrition and she’s starting to show it on the outside.

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Luckarack Comes Home

Luckarack, A Race Track Warrior and Stakes Placed Champion Retires, Comes Home

Luckarack is now ten years old and spent the greater part of his ten years racing. He raced 75 times, starting as a two year old in 2010. He raced an average of 10 times a year, except in 2014 where he got his only break and raced just four times.  Just after breaking his maiden on June 10, 2010 at Golden Gate Fields he won two black type stakes races consecutively. First, the Everett Nevin Alameda County Stakes
on July 10, 2010 and then the Cavonnier Juvenile Stakes on August 14, 2010. He won both of those as a two year old. He then raced in three additional closely following stakes races where he finished off the board. In 2011 after racing in allowance and claiming company Luckarack was shipped to Del Mar and on August 10, 2011 was entered into the Real Good Deal Stakes and finished a respectable 2nd. Thereafter, he went to FairPlex Park, was entered in the Jim Kostoff Stakes and finished 1st. Two weeks later he raced in the Pomona Derby and placed 4th.

Luckarack also raced in the most elite company and highest ranked race, namely a Grade 1 stakes, and specifically the Malibu Stakes, at Santa Anita on December 26, 2011 where he finished 4th.

Throughout his long and stellar career, Luckarack competed in an incredible 15 black type stakes races out of his 75 starts and one graded stakes for a total of 16 stakes races in total. His last start was on February 17, 2018 at the Los Alamitos Quarter Horse track in a low level claiming race where he could be purchased for just $3,200 after winning over $630,000 over his career. Always a hard trier, even at 10 years old, Luckarack finished 2nd and was claimed. This was, however, to be his very last race.

On that night at the small track in Cypress, California there were many cheers from the audience and tears and congratulations. Long time trainer, Rosemary Trela had claimed Luckarack for retirement for his new connections, the Executive Director and Founder of Neigh Savers, Karin Wagner and her partner in this venture, Dr. Ixchel Mosley. He was purchased privately by Wagner and Mosley as Neigh Savers’ by-laws preclude buying horses off track and then was immediately donated to this northern California aftercare thoroughbred foundation, now in its 11th year.

From grooms, to trainers, to track management at Los Alamitos and even from his last trainer Angela Aquino, trainer Rosemary Trela was congratulated on this retirement.  Everyone agreed that it was time for Luckarack to retire, that he had done all that was necessary and more to prove his mettle; that he was indeed one of the special horses in racing that had amassed a large fan following over his many years. When Neigh Savers posted his retirement on Facebook, the post received over 700 likes and many congratulatory comments, the most ever by a social media posting by Neigh Savers.

Rosemary Trela runs just a very tiny barn with just 4 active racers. She took Luckarack back to her home near the track to let him down and personally oversaw his transition to retirement. He was claimed from another Los Alamitos female trainer, Angela Aquino, who had taken exceptional care of him and although we claimed him for retirement Angela was happy to hear this news as she felt it was time for him to stop racing.

We started calling him Lucas and enjoyed hearing about his daily activities, likes and dislikes. At first fearful of being outside, he spent a lot of time in a stall and slowly acclimated to a paddock. He then decided that stall life was pretty much over for him and that he’d spent enough of his life confined there. It seems that sometimes, doing something good has some sort of a karmic effect and ever since Rosemary agreed to retire Luckarack for Neigh Savers, her own luck has dramatically improved. With just 13 starts in 2018, she has now won 6 races and all of those have come after retiring Luckarack! Lucas had some angels watching out for him…primarily Neigh Savers’
friend and owner of Friendship Farm in San Bernardino, Barbara Corey. Barbara first alerted Neigh Savers about a year ago to look for an opportunity to claim Luckarack so Neigh Savers quietly started watching him. But that’s not the end of the story for this incredible horse with his many angels.

While Lucas is a perfect gentleman, with impeccable ground manners and a stately attitude who considers all visitors to be friends with treats, he was also a very fierce competitor in his time. Other horses are the foes that must be vanquished. This attitude probably wasn’t the best for retraining into a trail horse and this retooling project might have been a long one indeed. Lucas is also a very big boy, coming in at just under 17 hands, so he’s a lot of horse to handle.

What we haven’t said yet is that Luckarack is a son of Lucky Pulpit, the same sire as California Chrome and one of Lucky Pulpit’s most successful sons. Lucky Pulpit sired seven foal crops. At the time of his death in 2017, he had sired 148 winners from 229 starters and was credited with progeny earnings of $24 million. In addition to California Chrome, Lucky Pulpit sired several other stakes winners: Rousing Sermon, who was a California Champion Two-Year-Old Colt; as well as Luckarack, a multiple stakes winner, Gatheratthealter and You’re Late.

Luckarack is by the dam Tamarack Bay (KY) and both his sire Lucky Pulpit and his dam belonged to Mr. & Mrs. Larry Williams, successful breeders with operations in both Oregon and Idaho. Luckarack was foaled at Harris Farms in Coalinga, California. As a matter of fact, the Williams’ first ever Thoroughbred yearling was Tamarack Bay, by Dehere, and was purchased in 2000 for $35,000 at the Keeneland sale. Tamarack Bay earned $210,000 on the track and produced four winners including Grade 1 winner Tamarando and of course, Luckarack.

Although foaled in California Luckarack will now retire to his breeders’ ranch in Idaho.  Farm Manager Dan Kiser has been working with Neigh Savers since Luckarack was claimed at Los Alamitos and ultimately the decision was made in the best interests of this amazing horse that he be retired back to their ranch. After stopping back at his birthplace of Harris Farms, Lucas was transported to Idaho. And what a ranch he has been retired to! A paradise for any horse or human. We know he will be very happy there and cannot thank Mr. & Mrs. Williams enough for offering him a lifetime home.

The bulk of Larry and Marianne Williams’ horses reside at Tree Top Ranches, a 700-acre Thoroughbred farm in Parma, Idaho. Built from scratch 21 years ago and modeled after the leading farms in Kentucky, the farm is a full-service operation. Since Luckarack retired sound he will enjoy running free in spacious fields and paddocks enjoying the seasons, the freedom and the excellent forage found in the Boise Valley.

We recently received a photo of Lucas with Dan Kiser up. They look very happy together and are again reunited after so many years apart. Of course, Dan and the Williams followed his career all along and were happy for his successes. Dan adds: “That photo was from the first time I saddled him after he got back to Idaho. I broke him when he was a long yearling so it had been a long time between rides.
Luckarack was so calm and nice to ride it was unbelievable. It was like he felt “alright I am home.” He is still handsome and doing great.
Thank you NEIGH SAVERS for helping return an old friend.”

The word Lucky pops up in so much of Luckarack, his pedigree, his own name, his career and now his incredible and well deserved retirement. Cheers to all that made this happen! And Cheers to the great aftercare movement that is still gaining momentum.

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