Defining Hope wins 2 yr old filly Indiana Sired for 2016

What a great beginning to the 2017 racing season to have Defining Hope nominated for 2 yr old filly Indiana Bred/Sired for 2016!  She won the award on Sunday, April 23, 2017. It was an honor to be in the company of such accomplished Indiana breeders, and I feel very fortunate and blessed to have Defining Hope and the team behind her. I have preferred to see my journey as a “Divine Opportunity” and have been graced by the man upstairs so it is he who gets all of the credit!

With that being said, I am grateful to Dr. Roger Beam who has cared for On the Point for the last 7 years and who foaled and managed Defining Hope’s growth and development until she was 18 months old.

I am extremely blessed for Margaux Farm and their great breaking, training, and conditioning programs. With Dermot’s insight and Michael and Rebecca’s advice and direction for a first time owner-breeder, I have felt well supported.

Furthermore, I am grateful that Herb Likens referred me to trainer Barbara McBride. Her success with young horses is what I was looking for and her experienced and knowledgeable staff has helped guide me.

I am grateful to Malcolm Franklin, whose professional skill in riding has guided Hope to victory with more to come! 🙂 Fasten your seat belts folks for Hope’s 3 yr old season- It’s going to be an amazing ride!

Finally, I’m thankful for my family and friends and for their support and their belief in me.

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Strong Hope Stallion Register 1

Strong Hope Stallion Register 2

On The Point in foal

On The Point was pronounced in foal on St. Patty’s day, so it is fair to say that she did indeed have the luck of the Irish! She was bred to Gainesway’s To Honor & Serve on March 2, 2017 ,which also happened to be the 3 yr anniversary of my yearling colt’s death.  I believe this date will prove auspicious on many levels.

I can’t say enough about To Honor & Serve. He is a bred for the Classic races and is big and strong with plenty of bone to support his muscle mass.  I am predicting good things for this young stallion and can’t wait to see the wonderful foal that On The Point has next Spring. She herself, puts alot of bone and substance in her foals along with a great shoulder. These two horses are a match physically as well as an A+ cross! Below is a picture of  To Honor & Serve at Gainesway and On The Point at Margaux Farm.

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Defining Hope and Uphold Training Update

Hope enjoyed a working stay-cation at Margaux Farm this winter.  She took December off and resumed training in January.

Her half sibling Uphold, a 2 yr old colt, started light training as well, but went through a few fast and furious growth spurts after the first of the year and was afforded time off in January and February. Margaux is being patient and cautious in his training and for that I am grateful. Mentally, he wants to run, but his body needs more time to mature. He will either start late in the fall or next Spring. Good things come to those who wait! Big Sis Hope will just have to support her younger brother and keep shoes on him until his maiden debut. 🙂 Below are pictures taken of Hope.

Training at Margaux in March