In an effort help an injured T-Bred, a collaborative effort linking two major California horse charities bore fruit this year in the form of Stony Creek, an impeccably put-together Eventing prospect many expect to “go big.”
Stony’s story began shortly after his last race at Santa Anita Park in 2012.
After the strikingly pretty animal bowed a tendon, he was laid up to recuperate at a farm funded by CARMA (the California Retirement Management Account), until his tendon healed. When he proved himself ready for post-racing training, CARMA reached out to Thoroughbred re-training/re-homing organization CANTER California. This is when the magic happened.
Dam: Bounty Bay
Foal date: March 7 2009Though she wasn’t in the market for a new horse, Lauren Henry was encouraged to go take a look at the off-track Thoroughbred last July. “He was so impeccably put together that standing in a field, he showed up all the other horses,” Henry says. “He just has this presence about him, and a really kind eye.”
So she made a deal with CANTER California Executive Director Ali Dacher. The women agreed that Henry would start him under saddle, bulk him up, and decide after two months whether to keep him or return him to CANTER.
As if she could ever return him!
“Training him, I realized he was the easiest horse I had ever restarted,” Henry says. “He has a really good work ethic, and within the first couple days of me riding him, he was moving forward and off my leg and willing to stretch into the contact.”
With no hint of his previous injury, Stony is already proving to be quite the talent. In April at the Fresno County Horse Park, he went Novice and ended up in 4th place overall competing against all breeds. “We went up against quite a few fancy Warmbloods—he was great!”
In subsequent events, Stony has caught the eye of some big trainers, who predicted Stony will “take Lauren far” in her career. And her friends, the ones with the Warmbloods, are now telling her they might also consider a T-Bred for their next horse!
“Everybody who sees this horse go, just adores him,” Henry says.