Our Golden Chance, 2011 15.2+h bay gelding: retained by owner

Rudy, a much loved homebred, impressed us with his stocky compact build and his beautiful dishy face and intelligent, alert curiosity.  He is one good looking horse — and with his solid boned build he appears much bigger than he measures at the withers, so he can accommodate a bigger rider.  The paddock judge at Finger Lakes, who sees every horse at the track, says that Rudy is the cutest horse on the track, and we agree!  His connections have had him since he was a baby, and he is dearly loved and very special to them.  They would love to keep him forever, but since he is not showing enough racing aptitude, and has so much potential as a show horse, they will let him go to a very special carefully approved home that will cherish Rudy as much as they do.  His owner/trainer says that Rudy is very sound — and we observed clean legs — and he tries hard in his races, but he just doesn’t have the racing ability to win at the next level after he broke his maiden.  She says Rudy likes to bond with a person, and once he knows you he will love you (so long as he gets plenty of peppermints!) — but he will check you out to make sure you are worthy of his trust and affection.  She says that Rudy is usually very quiet and great to work with.  Rudy showed good engagement from behind and light springy movement — indeed, his owner/trainer says that he will dance in place as in the piaffe, and she thinks with his balance and movement he will excel in dressage.  Rudy is by Golden Missile, a son of AP Indy out of a mare by Cure the Blues.  His dam was a very sound  and durable hickory race mare who raced over 100 times with 40% in the money finishes, and she has two crosses of Arts and Letters by Ribot in her pedigree.
Potential homes will be very carefully vetted, with full references required, plus assurances that you will keep in regular contact with Rudy’s breeder/owner/trainer, and the owner/trainer says that if for any reason Rudy does not work out for his new person, she will take him back — and she must always know where he is and that he is loved and well.
Price:  $2500 negotiable to approved homes
Contact:  Bev Wheaton   585-455-8823

Race record and pedigree: http://www.equibase.com/profiles/Results.cfm?type=Horse&refno=9125242®istry=T

As always, a pre-purchase veterinary exam is recommended.

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