When we saw Melvindale, all we could say was “wow” — he is a beautiful, classy, big elegant horse of obvious quality. He was showing great racing potential as a two year old, winning an allowance race in New York and beaten only a half length in a $100,000 stakes race. He then developed a suspensory problem which was successfully treated with stem cell treatment, and he came back 100% sound. But then he developed a partially paralyzed flap, and last fall he had tie back surgery. His trainer says he came back from that with 60% air flow restored on the one side (was always 100% on the other side), but now he does not trust running at racing speed for more than a half mile. He says you can gallop Melvindale for two or more miles with no breathing problems at all, and that he makes no noise, but he shuts down when asked for all out speed. He described Melvindale as quiet, sensible, good to handle, and very sound. His legs are clean, and he showed lovely long strided flowing movement for his jog video. We also noticed a huge overstep at the walk. This horse has excellent potential for the H/J show ring, and could also excel in dressage or even eventing despite the tie back surgery, since it does not call for full racing speed. If his great looks, good mind, and beautiful movement aren’t enough to entice you, Melvindale also has an outstanding pedigree for jumping. His sire is a son of Cox’s Ridge, and his dam is from the Private Account/Damascus line.
Note: Melvindale will soon go to a farm in the Genesee Valley located about 45 minutes from the Finger Lakes Race track. You will be able to make an appointment to go see him there.
Contact: Ron or Deb Breed cell 585-233-3785 or home 585-289-3467
As always, a pre-purchase veterinary exam is recommended.