Located at Finger Lakes Race Track, Farmington, NY
A very, very special mare says her contact person, who rides her, grooms her, ponies her, puts her young daughter on her to ride, and handles so many horses at the track and rarely raves about one as much as she raves about Once is Forever! She says that Once is Forever is very sound, has absolutely no vices, is a very friendly sweetheart who loves kids and pets (as is evident in the photos!), has no vices, trailers very well, and has been ridden on trails, gone over cross rails, and has been ridden in both English and Western saddles by her and her young daughter. The mare does all this while also in race training and racing– she has a “whatever you want me to do” attitude! So just imagine what she will do once she is concentrated on one particular new discipline. This unflappable versatility and attitude to do whatever her rider wants suggests to us that this gorgeous young sound big mare can succeed in any discipline you want to point her to. And she seems to have upper level potential for sporting disciplines. We were told that she has been measured at just a hair under 16.2h, which is certainly big enough for almost anyone. Once is Forever has 29 starts, with 3 wins and 9 additional top 3 finishes and over $40,000 in earnings. She has raced 6 times this year with a win and a placing, and is fully eligible for the 2021 RRP - and we think she can be a star in multiple disciplines, Western and English. In the video clip sent to us of the mare being ridden, she displays a beautiful light and balanced trot with great flat kneed reach from her shoulders. And she shows great balance and responsiveness to her rider’s weight shifting and leg cues as she does turns on the forehand on a soft rein! We also watched the videos of some of her winning races to further assess her movement, and we observed a very fluid ground covering gallop. Once is Forever is by Stay Thirsty, who is a son of Bernardini and a grandson of AP Indy and is out of a Storm Bird mare. One is Forever’s dam Thunder Babe is from Nijinsky, In Reality, and Hail to Reason lines — all excellent sport horse sire lines.
Price: $5,000 negotiable to an excellent home
Contact: Dana Saul 315-871-9383
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