Looking back over the last 90 days made me realize something. In the same way Rain transformed, in a way, so did I. I had left a great job in racing because I wanted to see how much more I could learn and accomplish in yet another discipline in the horse industry. When that didn't work out and I decided to come back home to PA, I decided to open ReeLee Restarting and Training LLC. People thought I was crazy. I'm only 25 and I'm starting my own business from scratch. I didn't inherit a family farm, in fact my family is full of lawyers and financial analysts. My neighbors, who at this point are pretty much family, have been so generous in allowing me to use their farm to get myself started. So winning the Equine Comeback Challenge, though I've trained horses before, was a way for me to prove to myself that I made the right choice. So in the last 90 days, Rain was trained for a new career and in a way he launched mine.
I want to thank A Home For Every Horse and the Pennsylvania National Horse Show for putting on a great event and giving all of the trainers the opportunity train a great group of horses. Thanks to Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue for selecting Rain to be included in the Equine Comeback Challenge. I couldn't have asked for a better partner for this challenge. Thanks to my family, the Walsh family for letting me use their farm and facility to get myself started, Belfry Farm and Joan Michini for all of their support and encouragement, and a big shout out to Mantz Creek Horses and Kevin Meyer for being a calming force when my nerves could have taken over.
For those of you who are still interested in Indian Rain Dance I am posting his adoption application, reference check, and a sample of Akindale's Placement Agreement and vet follow up form (which needs to be signed by his new owner) below. Please fill these out and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get back to all of you. The goal is to find the best fit for Rain to be able to continue to excel and be an ambassador for OTTBs. He is a proven winner, and will only continue to excel and improve. Due to the great influx of interest in Rain and the level to which he preformed, his value has greatly increased. It is horses like him and events like this that will raise the value for all OTTBs, and I am very happy to be a part of that process.
The current asking price for Indian Rain Dance is $6,000, but reasonable offers above his pre-victory listing ($4,000) will be considered. And don't forget, 10% of Rain's purchase price will be donated back to Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue.