Before we even made it to the Test Barn, a trainer came up and offered us a horse for free. Seriously. We politely declined and kept on walking through the maze of barns until we found the crowd. It was so exciting.
Some horses walked in looking like they could take a kid in a leadline class tomorrow. Others looked....like they needed a bit of a time out to learn how to relax ;) Granted, some had raced the previous Wednesday so they were probably feeling quite full of themselves! There were some reeeeeally nice horses up for grabs. I hope a lot of them found homes.
Here are some photos! I did not write down names of horses, unfortunately.
|DAPPLE GREY. |
|This horse was quiet and so friendly! After he had been shown off, he said hello|
to the crowd of potential new owners.
|Talk about flashy!!! This horse was eligible to be registered as a pinto, apparently.|
You can kind of see his roan ticking all over his belly. He was gorgeous.
|This beautiful mare came in all braided up with a gorgeous western show halter on.|
|Most of the horses were shown off in-hand, but the quieter ones were actually ridden.|
This mare was beautiful and very well-behaved.
|There was a line of horses outside waiting to come in for their turn. They looked|
beautiful out in the sunshine but I was grateful to be in the building because it was
chilly and windy.
|A trainer talks about her horse as she shows him(?) off to the crowd.|
Each horse was walked up and down the test barn several times, and then trotted
out for the crowd to watch them move.
|Oh my goodness, WHAT A FACE :)|
|This horse wasn't part of the Showcase but he was so cute standing in his stall watching|
us walk by as we headed back to the car.
We had such a great time watching the Showcase. I got to see some horsey friends whom I had met on previous excursions to Suffolk, and of course it was awesome to hang out with Jessica, even though she was very busy as the emcee! I also got to meet Susan Salk, whom I've been chatting with off and on after she interviewed me for an article about Lucy for her Off-Track Thoroughbreds blog a couple years ago, but I had never met her in person. She is a huge supporter of OTTB's and I was so happy to meet her in person finally!
When we first got to the track, we stood off to the side trying to find a good spot to stand, and a lady standing next to me said, "Do you have a horse named Lucy?" She recognized me from my blog. Stardom moment, for sure! She was horse shopping so I hooked her up with Jessica, who helped her narrow down her list of horses she was interested in. I hope she found the perfect one! The crowd was excited to be there, and I know some people took horses home that day. Best of luck to anyone who bought a horse off Suffolk this year and if you see a photo of your horse in this blog, send me an email and I'd be happy to send you the photo.
On the way home to Rhode Island, we stopped in at SmartPak's retail store in Natick and fawned over the gorgeous tack, blankets, halters, clothing, and other merchandise before heading upstairs to the bargain area. If you have never been to SmartPak's store, make a pilgrimage. The bargain area is like the forbidden cave in the Aladdin movie. So many treasures!! I bought Cairo a new ThermoManager dog coat for TEN BUCKS on clearance. There is nothing wrong with it at all!! Retail was almost $40. I couldn't believe it.
I also bought a really nice fleece-lined saddle cover for $19 that had someone else's initials embroidered on it. I haven't decided if I'm going to remove that embroidery with a seam ripper (time consuming, but not complicated), or if I'm going to sew some kind of patch over it. Retail for the saddle cover was $40 so I am happy with that bargain. A lot of the merchandise in the bargain area is stuff that people ordered and had personalized, then returned. SmartPak can't exactly re-sell that item with someone else's name on it so it gets heavily discounted. It's my favourite part of the whole store!!