A Thoroughbred mare rescued two years ago from a squalid farm in South Florida, where she nearly died of starvation, gave birth last month to her first foal.
Silver and Smoke, an OTTB mare saved by the South Florida SPCA and the Miami-Dade police from a ragtag facility in Miami Gardens, Fla., and subsequently taken back by her original breeder Danzel Brendemuehl, gave birth Jan. 19 to a bay filly sired by graded stakes winner Majesticperfection.
“She foaled very easily, very professionally, and accepted her foal right away,” Brendemuehl says. “It was wonderful. We were so impressed with her professionalism, that we’ve decided to breed her again.”
Silver and Smoke
Foal date: March 5, 2010The longtime breeder, who nursed Silver and Smoke back to health after rescue in 2014 says she and partner Sandra Lombardo of Royal Thoroughbred Racing in Freedom, N.Y., decided to breed the Thoroughbred to continue the line, which would have ended with her. “She’s the strongest mare we have, and she’s such a kind mare. It’s a great story. She’ll never be offered for sale again, and will be with us forever,” she adds.
The longtime breeder stepped up two years ago and drove out to the SPCA to get her mare when she heard that the animal had been found. Unsure the mare would survive, Brendemuehl placed the gray Thoroughbred in a front paddock at Classic Bloodstock Farm in Florida, and took pains to help the animal regain approximately 300 pounds. It was a personal quest for Brendemuehl to restore the animal’s health.
She’d always promised to take back a horse she’d bred, no questions asked, and went so far as to affix her contact information, with that promise, on every horse’s paperwork. So when Silver and Smoke turned up in a raid the way she did, Brendemuehl made it her mission to not only restore the horse’s health, but to provide her with a wonderful life.
“We’ll keep her forever,” Brendemuehl says.
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