On the Point’s short yearling has been at Margaux until just before Christmas. She made the transition well from Dr. Beam’s in Trafalgar to Margaux Farm. The farm told me that she literally walked off the van from Trafalgar, settled right in and began eating like it was just another day. Everything’s Rosy is out of Blueskiesnrainbows. This was a breeding recommended by Cecil Seaman who has been gracious enough to help me in planning the mating’s for both On the Point and Defining Hope. She is a big filly registering in the 4th percentile of her foal crop. This doesn’t surprise me since she was born big! Check out the pictures taken at 5 days old and the recent one taken 2 weeks ago. She will be a force to be reckoned with! Look out boys!!
Uphold enjoyed his extended rest, but was eager to get back into training and has been back in training at Margaux Farm since the end of December. He is a fresh horse, happy, and feeling good. See the picture below of Uphold ( Gabe) taken at the end of January weighing approx. 150 lbs more!
There is a first for everything and this past November I had the opportunity to sell my first horse at the industry’s premier Breeding auction, the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. I’d first like to thank Coolmore and Margaux Farm for their support of the weenling colt. His “specialness” was recognized literally from birth.
Defining Hope’s first foal, a colt, was sold as a weenling by Four Star Sales. Four Star did an amazing job! Ashley and Liz were a pleasure to work as well as Amanda at Margaux Farm who helped guide me through the process. Looking forward to working with them in the future.
The colt handled the auction experience extremely well. I could see Defining Hope’s influence both in his behavior in the back ring and as he entered the sales ring. He entered with such confidence. I was so proud! A big thanks goes out to Sarah at Margaux Farm for all of her efforts in his sales prep.
Below is an article mentioning Defining Hope’s weenling prior to sale.
As thoroughbred breeders, I know we share the same wonder, as a collective, as we watch our mares care for their new babies. And with each Spring, comes a new hope along with a new foal crop. It is so rewarding for me to see my mares produce what I have imagined in my mind and through my study of pedigrees.
I had the opportunity to get my “foal fix” when we visited them recently in Lexington. Both Defining Hope and On The Point have been bred and are awaiting to be declared in foal, and both mares and their foals are hanging out in the same paddock. It was a neat experience for me to have all four of them together in the same place. Below is a short video of my recent visit.
As they say, like mother like daughter. Defining Hope delivered her first foal, a Cupid colt on Monday, February 11 at about 5:50 pm at Margaux Farm in Midway, Kentucky. As luck would have it, she delivered within 90 minutes of her dam, On The Point, who foaled in Indiana. It was like a scene from Father of the Bride II where Steve Martin’s wife, played by Diane Keaton, goes into labor at the same time as her daughter, played by Kimberly Williams.
But, both Mom and baby are doing well. They tell me that Hope is a fantastic and patient first time mother. You can tell she loves her little one. She is great with the staff and lets them enter the stall and handle her baby without any fussing. Of course, in true Diva like manner, you must acknowledge Hope as well. However, she is willing to share the limelight with her little man ( or not so little at 127 lbs).
Defining Hope is relishing her second career with all of the wonder it holds for her and her new foal. Hope took one look at me and immediately wanted her usual peppermints with a sort of panic. Ok, where did that patient mother tude go? Oh, you want to be pampered? #youdeserveit! The little man, on the other hand, will just have to wait another day for his peppermints!
Enjoy the photos below!
A tender first moment between Mother and son
We’re up and nursing!
5 days old!
Hey Mom, are they talking about me?
I bet On The Point was never so glad to have her foal. She was 2 weeks past due! With the arctic cold spell, it was most assuredly Mother Nature’s protective way to shield her foal from the bitter cold temps. The Blueskiesnrainbows filly was born about 4:30 pm in the afternoon on Monday, February 11th at Dr. Roger Beam’s Midwest Equine & Veterinary Hospital. She is a big, strong, beautiful chestnut filly. Mom and baby are doing well.I visited them this last weekend. See photos below.
Strike a Pose!- Could this be a DIVA in the making?!
Gabe ( Uphold) is wintering in Tampa this year. I had the chance to see him at the end of the year just before the New Year’s holiday. He looked happy, well adjusted, and definitely more muscled. He seemed to have taken a liking to Tampa’s track and weather, all of it,except the black birds! Hey Bud, it’s either pigeons at Churchill or blackbirds at Tampa. Take your pick!
He’s made his first start on turf and continues to learn a lot every time he hits the track. I’m so proud of how he is progressing. Now that Gabe has a half sister born 2-11-19, and a nephew ( Defining Hope’s colt) born the same day, he really needs to kick into gear and show these youngsters how it’s done!
I was in town recently to visit Defining Hope at Margaux Farm and decided to stop by the Kentucky Horse Park to see an old friend.
Point Given looks to be settled in his new life at the Horse Park. He seemed to relish the claps from the audience after he was announced during the show. It is hard to believe that he is 20 yrs old already. He doesn’t look a day over 15 and seems really content, well cared for, and loved. He deserves all of the accolades.
I’m your forever fan PG! See attached pic from the Horse Park.
Hope’s pregnancy is progressing nicely. She is 7 months along with an estimated foaling date of January 26th. Hope appears to be enjoying her baby bump and eating for two these days. The life of a broodmare really suits her! See attached picture.