Thought I would change things up a bit with this “play of the week.” So, I’d like to introduce the last member of our family “Gus”.
He’s 20 years old this year; a thoroughbred with a ton of personality. He was born in the States and has the registered name of “Known Tender.”
But, Gus is a much better name. Fits his personality to a “tee.” He’ll follow you around like a dog, except he weighs a thousand pounds and produces 40 pounds of manure per day. Imagine having to clean up that after the snow melts!
Our daughter in the background mostly re-trained him in show jumping and 3-day eventing.
We’ve owned him for quite a while now, I’m thinking it must be half his life now. Prior to coming to us, he spent a journeyman’s life on the racetrack in Ontario. He raced out of the gate with 45 starts; was in “the money” 21 times – including 10 wins; with lifetime earnings of just over $430,000.
He’s mostly retired now; basically a really funny living and breathing lawn ornament. He spends his day eating and lounging around at a stable not to far from us. My daughter part-leases him out to a young girl who takes basic riding lessons on him. He has a bad knee, so his jumping days and eventing days are behind him.
So, if you ever meet him and show up with peppermint candy or horse treats, you’ll make a buddy for life. Bulk, no-name peppermints are fine. He’s not too fussy that way!