An Update On the Girls

I can’t believe Defining Hope and On The Point’s fillies are already 4 months old!  Thanks to COVID, many a horse owner was in the same boat, separated from the horses that they love. Margaux Farm did a great job updating us on the horse’s progress and growth. Though, it sure was great to finally seem them in person- Nothing like it in the world!

Defining Hope’s Cross Traffic filly is very athletic looking while On The Point’s Wicked Strong filly looks like a two turn filly all day long.

The yearling filly, Everything’s Rosy, out of Blueskiesnrainbows, just went through a huge growth spurt this last month. She looks like a 2 yr old for sure. Let’s just get all of that growing out of the way early I say!

Defining Hope is in foal to Runhappy. On the Point will take this year off. Both mares are doing well.

See pictures of the horses below.

 

Defining Hope x Cross Traffic Filly

Hope’s filly – June 2020

Everything’s Rosy- June 2020

 

 

 

Update on Everything’s Rosy

When we visited Margaux Farm on February 29th, we visited with Everything’s Rosy, our yearling out of Blueskiesnrainbows. She continues to grow and is getting bigger everyday and is really filling out nicely. My daughter Rachel and Everything’s Rosy aka Gracie have a special bond. See attached pictures of the two of them.

 

Keeneland November Sale- 2019

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.

Coolmore’s article

It’s a colt for Defining Hope!

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?

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.

31350Hope's trophies

Strong Hope Stallion Register 1

Strong Hope Stallion Register 2

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

Uphold- Training Update

Uphold is doing well and has finished his arena training and has now progressed onto the track. He is standing in the gate and jogs 5 furlongs daily on the track. He recovered recently from a hoof abscess, and was off training for almost a week, but it didn’t seem to have slowed him down any. Dermot describes Uphold as a very straight forward intelligent, compliant horse. I  get the impression that Uphold is a breath of fresh air after training Defining Hope!  🙂

Visiting Uphold at Margaux- September 10, 2016

Uphold ( Gabe) has hit a  growth spurt at 16.5 months and is weighing about 950 lbs these days. He is such a sweet and smart horse. He began his breaking and training today 9/19, with two of his buddies there at the farm. I believe the process will go smoothly for him. This year has flown by. It’s hard to believe that he is starting training already and even harder to believe that Defining Hope has started her racing career. See picture below taken on the 10th during our visit.

 

Strike a pose!

Strike a pose!

Defining Hope Training Update

Hope has been at Margaux Farm for 4 months now. Her breaking went well and her training is progressing nicely. She has been jogging and galloping 6 furlongs and is on night turn out. She is a little excitable when the rider first gets on her, but is learning to settle. I plan to visit next week to see her progress.

The trainer describes her as an honest, genuine filly who likes to please. He says she is independent, and intelligent, but not stubborn. She likes to learn her lessons completely before learning new things. They plan to start gate training 2x/wk  this next week. Pictures below taken last month.

Hope at Margaux

Hope at Margaux

Hope in her condo at Margaux Farm

Hope in her condo at Margaux Farm