Broken but beautiful, 3-year-old blue roan filly Birdsofafeather found a family who loved her just the way she was.
When Kari Ryan and her daughter Alana saw the strikingly pretty filly, standing in a field at Old Friend’s former Claremont, N.Y. facility, they started walking toward the delicate animal as if drawn by a magnetic force.
“My daughter and I were looking at two geldings to adopt and I happened to look up and saw Birdsofafeather standing in the distance. I was like, who is that?” Ryan says. “We walked toward her and she walked right up to us like it was meant to be.”
Shortly after that summer meeting, Birdsofafeather became the first off-track Thoroughbred to benefit from a new partnership between Drawing Away Stable of New York, which had owned her, and Old Friends, an equine retirement facility.
Dam: Gin Rummy
Foal date: April 12, 2011“Drawing Away Stables partnered with Old Friends and Michael Blowen, and donated $25,000 to build a paddock in Kentucky for their horses,” says Thoroughbred trainer Lorita Lindemann. “They partnered with Old Friends last year, and Birds of A Feather was the first horse to get adopted because of them.”
The filly last raced at Suffolk Downs, where Lindemann had spent many years training and helping to re-home Thoroughbreds. She was pulled up on June 2 and retired on the spot, says Lindemann. After which, the animal was shipped to New York, to an Old Friends satellite stable, she adds.
Though her future as a riding horse is uncertain, Ryan says it doesn’t matter. “Ever since the day we picked her up and put her on the trailer she’s been my little baby,” Ryan says. “She is just so beautiful. We don’t really know if she’ll ever be rideable, but we don’t really care. She can be our pet forever. We just love her.”