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?