He came flashing into their lives, a “crazy, crazy thing” and made them better horsemen. Then he was gone.
After three years with the Sherwood Farm family of riders in Canada, Inside Trading left proprietor Marilyn Lee, her daughter Robin Hannah, and two dedicated students who learned much from the bright bay T-bred everybody expected to “go big.”
Instead, his flame was extinguished without warning on Oct. 20. After he became suddenly sick with colic, the animal was rushed to the hospital and surgery was begun to correct a twisted gut, but to no avail.
Nicknamed Woody for a family member who also died young, the excitable T-bred who took his students on some wild rides, departed for good on Oct. 20.
“He had such a deep impact on the students in his life, especially Darian Maude and Kayla White,” Lee says. “It’s just so sad because he was the horse everybody thought was going places. I always thought that, and so did my daughter Robin. We knew he was destined for the A circuit.”
Show name: Curb Appeal
Barn name: Woody
Dam: Inner Circle
Foal date: April 18, 2008And it was to be 17-year-old Darian, a modest student who reveled in their exciting rides, who planned to do so much with him after a promising first show. One of the few people who could ride the blustery animal, the pair won the championship at their very first show: the Niagara Cup Series, in 2013.
Remembering that day, Darian says she was nervous. He was still “pretty wild” and yet, the two clicked so well that other competitors didn’t have a chance.
“I’ve been riding him for about two years. He started off as this crazy, crazy thing, and I just loved it,” Darian says. “It was exciting to me because you never knew what he would do next. As he grew, I grew, and I learned to be the rider I am today because of him.”
Sadly, he died on the day after her birthday. The day before, the pair took advantage of a rare sunny day and took an outdoor hack. Afterwards, she posed with him for photographs, now treasured reminders of their short time together.
“He taught me so much,” Darian says. “One of the biggest things is that almost all horses can be amazing if someone is willing to put in the time, and be dedicated to them and not give up on them.” ♥ —Author’s note: Marilyn Lee asks anyone with a Toccet T-bred to please contact her.