Located on a farm next to the Finger Lakes Race Track, Farmington, NY (near Rochester) Hello gorgeous! The flashy chrome, great shoulder, kind eye, friendly personality, big fancy movement, and fabulous sport horse pedigree on this guy left our volunteers drooling over his sport horse potential. Our volunteer who is a dressage rider sees upper level potential for that discipline; our volunteer who has evented also sees upper level potential for that discipline. When we photographed and videoed him, he had done nothing but hand walk since his last race three weeks ago, and he stood politely for photos, and walked and jogged respecting his handler. He showed a flowing walk with a big step, and a trot with great reach from the shoulder and signs of fancy extension. When he emerged from the barn, he also displayed signs of elevation and collection that had our dressage-oriented volunteer quite excited. Great Grand Son was bred by his owner, who also started him under saddle and galloping on the track. The owner/breeder describes him as easy to start, an intelligent horse who progressed quickly to doing figure eights and a soft canter; he also reports that he was lovely to gallop on the track. The owner/breeder wasn’t able to get him to the races until he was 5, due to COVID and other life disruptions; in only three starts Great Grand Son has demonstrated that he does not want to be a racehorse. His first two starts were at Belmont last fall, and when he ran far behind the field in both races, his owner had a Vet thoroughly check him out, and the report was that the horse was sound and physically able to do anything. This year, the owner sent Great Grand Son to FInger Lakes, hoping that the softer competition would bring him racing success, but in his only start at Finger Lakes in early June he showed a lack of competitiveness. Because he has raced and worked in 2022, he is fully eligible for the 2022-23 RRP. The trusted person who is now caring for Great Grand Son reports that he is a kind and “really cool” horse, who loves attention, and is a great eater. He is a little bit mouthy, in a playful way — something one can expect in a horse who is still intact. While he could remain a stallion and enjoy a dual career as a sport horse and a sport horse sire to cross with warmblood mares, he would certainly make an amazing gelding. Great Grand Son is by Marsh Side, a son of Gone West out of a Pleasant Colony mare. We have placed several Marsh Side offspring, and the lucky people who have them report that they have great brains, and are excellent movers and jumpers. We have placed Marsh Side offspring into successful careers on the A level show hunter circuit, as well as rated eventing and dressage circuits. Great Grand Son’s dam side of his pedigree is also full of top sport horse sires, including Cozzene, Caro, and Maria’s Mon. The owner/breeder wants to make sure his beloved boy goes to an excellent home with the skills and experience to bring out his potential, and that will keep in touch and always let him know how his homebred boy is doing. For this reason, he has asked an FLF volunteer to serve as the contact person, who will screen potential homes and get references. The purchaser must be willing to sign a contract that includes no auction/dealers/slaughter, and a requirement to keep the owner/breeder informed about any subsequent homes.