Miss Rubynell and her owner/rider Katherine Detmer both packed up their old lives to start fresh in Maine.
Two years ago, Detmer was fresh out of architecture school and beginning her new career when she wrote a $1,000 check, money she could ill afford at the time, to buy the OTTB she’d made friends at the barn where she took riding lessons.
New name: Eveliina
Barn name: Daisy
Sire: Secret Slewisky
Dam: Far Beyond Compare, by Pandan
Foal date: Jan. 31, 2003After learning the mare she calls Daisy was to be swapped for a better lesson-horse prospect, Detmer grew concerned. “I had become attached to her … I asked what she would take to sign her over to me … and was told $1,000 and she was mine. I wrote the check that day having had no intention earlier that day of becoming a horse owner any time soon,” she says. “I was recently out of grad school and didn’t have spare change lying around, but it just felt right. This will be two years ago this fall and I haven’t regretted the decision once.”
Most recently, the pair has found true peace on the trails of Maine’s Acadia National Park, hacking in companionable quiet on busy bridle paths past expansive vistas.
In this photo, the pair takes a break during their first outing in the annual Deerfield Farm trail ride in Acadia, an event Detmer had previously only dreamed of.
“I was nervous heading out with my brave, but still new-to-the-woods mare,” she says. “But with her new herdmates by her side she settled into the trail amazingly quickly, passing bike, carriages, climbing mountains at sunset and calmly cantered along the beautiful trails.”
She adds, “I have even switched her to a bitless bridle and find her to be more responsive. She is an OTTB living a new life and doing so beautifully. She has become far more relaxed, gained even more weight and is very attached to her herd. I will never take her from her new life and I am glad I took the risk and believed in her.”