"A Home for Every Horse introduces the Equine Comeback Challenge; a program designed to help provide rescue horses with a solid and subsequently the opportunity for these horses in need to receive a new job and a chance at a forever home. The Equine Comeback Challenge allows rescue horses to attend full time training with trainers from all over the country showcasing the ability of rescue horses. The Equine Comeback Challenge features horse and trainer pairs to compete in a 90 day transformation process that is sure to provide excitement and also tug at the heart strings of people all over the world as these horses show their true ability as an equine partner."
This year, the Equine Comeback Challenge is focusing on racing bred horses. This includes, off the track Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds, and horses bred for racing but never made it to the track. There are 7 other trainers that have been selected to participate this year in addition to myself. We will all meet on Tuesday October 13th at 7:30pm to showcase/compete at the PA National Horse Show with our selected rescue horses. The link below will give you more information on all of the trainers, and the competition as a whole.
Indian Rain Dance
I went to visit Indian Rain Dance at Aikendale Thoroughbred Rescue during the last week of June. I immediately took to this gentle gelding and knew he would be my selection for this competition. I knew that if he raced at Saratoga he would have to be a classy gelding, and in the minimal time I have spent with him thus far, he has not disappointed me in the least.
Today I made the drive up to Aikendale to pick him up and bring him back to the farm in Pennsylvania. It is a 3 1/2 hour drive, so it made for a long day. He hopped on the trailer without any hesitation and hauled very well to get home. Once we arrived the other horses on the farm knew immediately that a new comer was there, but even with the commotion they raised, he stood quietly to get hosed down and did not cause any problems when meeting his new herd mates over the fence. Once I turned him out, he immediately took to my other off the track Thoroughbred Alex Inc. I guess they had some stories they wanted to share! I will put a few photos here, but be sure to check out Indian Rain Dance's album on our Facebook page for more. In the group photos below, Indian Rain Dance is on the right, and Alex Inc is on the left. They could almost be twins!
Be sure to check back here for more updates on Indian Rain Dance's progress over the next 90 days. And, if you are looking for a new horse, and think his progress may fit your needs, he will be available for adoption after the competition.