A dark gray, almost black Thoroughbred who Amber Moore picked up three years ago in trade for 150 bales of hay has since been making hay in the barrel races, and is on the cusp of turning pro on the rodeo circuit.
So well has her dark horse trained that the accredited member of the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association has been a little bit amazed.
“He’s been the easiest horse to train I’ve ever had,” says Moore. “I rode him in his first show two weeks after I got him, and he was perfect. There’s not a lot of people who ride purebred Thoroughbreds in the barrels, but I can say he is none of those things people say Thoroughbreds are: He isn’t hot-headed and he learns everything I teach him in a day.”
Barn name: Moon
Sire: Eishin Masamune (JPN)
Dam: Silence N Lucitity
Foal date: May 30, 2008Not new to Thoroughbreds herself—she has taken many from a contact in Denver horseracing— Moon as she calls Nasmune for short, has surpassed every expectation she had of the horse she got for $450 worth of her grandmother’s farm-grown hay.
His speedy times have already placed him within a fraction of a second behind leading horses in some major events this past year. He has done well at Pendleton and Ridgeway, held in Oregon and Colorado, respectively, and last weekend competed in the finals at the New Mexican pro Rodeo in Deming, NM.
Though Moon’s highest ribbon thus far has been 3rd, Moore is convinced that this is the horse who will be her next great ride in the pro circuit.
“He’s one of the best I’ve got, and he’s still young,” she says. “We’ll be going to Arizona for the winter and I plan to take him to derbies and then to Texas in March to compete at the Diamonds and Dirt Barrel Classic in College Station. Then we’ll do the WPRA Rodeos after that.”
As her gelding continues to advance in a sport where Thoroughbreds are rare, the T’bred’s breeder Jay Holden is watching him every step of the way. “He didn’t know they could barrel race, and now he follows everything he’s doing,” she says, noting that the once scrawny racehorse has topped out at over 16 hands, and weighs a hefty 1,200 pounds.
And he already earned back that hay money, and then some, in winnings! ♥