I guess you could say this is a bit of a "horsey" Cinderella story. A story of a horse who found his way into his forever home after some bad luck. A story of a woman who never forgot "the one" and then was given a third opportunity to make "Noodle" hers. There really are good people in the racing industry...read on and you'll see what I mean.
I remember admiring the photographic works of Wendy and Matt Wooley for years as I read through internet articles on the BIG races. I remember thinking how I wished I could do that very same thing. Photography has always been a hobby of mine so I loved to follow those that had the talent and means to be able to do something so amazing. I believe the first time I really followed Wendy Wooley personally was on The Chronicle Of The Horse Forums where I read the stories of her horse, Jaguar Hope. In a tragic turn of events, he broke his leg in the paddock and had to be put down. Eventually, with Facebook becoming such a huge form of social media, I was able to follow the amazing photos she and her husband took.
One day there was mention of a horse at the track that needed a new home. Wendy was friends with his trainer, Liane Davis so she went to Hawthorne to take his pictures and help Liane rehome another horse as she had always done her best to do. Wendy was fond of this huge bay gelding but his owners had priced him where it was not financially feesible for Wendy to add a second horse to the family.
Canoodler supposedly had gone on to be a foxhunter in Georgia. Wendy did eventually move on, purchasing a horse in Baltimore by the name of Hola C Bright. However, Canoodler would pop up in a thought and she would be left imagining he had the good life that he deserved. Then in the spring of 2014 Wendy was in the infield at Keeneland waiting to shoot the next turf race when she mentioned to another photographer that she still wondered how Canoodler was doing. She said oddly enough, she received and email that evening from a girl in PA who had purchased the big gelding at New Holland Auction. She had done some digging online and found some of Wendy's posts about him. Finally, she knew this horse was safe and his new owner was excited about their future. Sadly, they did not end up as a good match and the owner tried several times to rehome him...Wendy had two other horses and no way to take on a third so for the second time she had to watch her dream horse escape her grasp.
A little time passed by and Canoodler ended up listed on Craig's List. Once she discovered it, Wendy raced into action. She couldn't let this horse disappear again. Wendy said with the help of some great friends, Canoodler finally came home.