Apr. 10, 2016

Highlighting: Midniteperspration

This week I'm highlighting a horse that has been around the block a few times. "Midniteperspration" aka "Blue" is 22 years old and has refused full retirment three times already acording to his owner, Brittney St. Clair. Blue had a very lack luster racing career where he only had 7 career starts under trainer George Stanton at Penn National. He never broke his maiden. In fact he only hit the board one time earning his connections only $579. It was only fitting that Blue needed a new name for the show ring. Once he entered Brittney's life, he was renamed, "The Real Deal" for the show ring. Little did she know her future with this horse was going to be nothing short of special.

Brittney was moving up from a pony and in search of her next horse midway through the show season. She was looking at another horse at the time but fell for Blue quickly. She said he was less experienced but she picked him because he was younger and she wanted to buy a horse she could grow with and have a long partnership with. So the pretty dappled grey found himself in a home that would soon prove to be one where he would find many successes both in the show ring as well as in many other aspects of his life.

Blue and Brittney have partnered up to win many ribbons and titles over the years. He has swepts titles as many of the Thoroughbred series shows too. I asked Brittney about some of their accomplishments, "We have a long list of accomplishments from local through the rated horse shows. A few of my favorites/highlights were PA State 4-H Champions, Champions in the Children's Hunters in my last few years as a junior. We have traveled anywhere in between Vermont and Florida to horse shows. He has won many Hunter Stakes classes and Derbies. Our most recent accomplishment was High Point Year End Horse Over All for TASS, High Point PA Bred, High Point Versatility Horse and I was High Point Professional. He was also the Category and Division winner for this years Jockey Club Performance awards." And last? He also shows in western classes....and wins them! Blue also enjoys trail riding on the farm and schooling at home. This horse has proven that racetrack cast offs nearly always prove their worth in other areas.

One of the questions I usually ask owners is "Why? Why did you choose a horse off the track?"  I've found those answers to be all quite similar. Heart. Drive. Work Ethic. Trainability. Talent. Brittney answered, "To me, his accomplishments aren't what makes him so special. Winning is great but I love his heart and the bond that we share is irreplaceable. He is a really big over achiever and he loves his job. He has a great mind and is always willing to do whatever crosses our path. He's is a great example for the breed for showing the longevity and heart of an exracer because he's still successfully showing at the age of 22 and loving it." Retirement for Blue won't be anytime soon if it is up to him. He loves to go places and show himself off. When he steps in the ring he knows his job and he is good at it. Keep and eye out for the older fleabitten grey gelding. Have your game face on and make sure you horse is ready because if you don't....Blue will.

If you are interested in contacting Brittney for training or any other services she provides, you can find her business page on Facebook under TRD Equestrian Services at Stone Hollow Farm or you can email her at watson.brittney@ymail.com.