Royal Flame, a.k.a Ready -
A 16.0 h (and still growing, should mature at 16.2) 5 year old chestnut Thoroughbred gelding. Ready is an OTTB who raced for three years and had 15 career starts with earnings of over $34,000. Bred in Florida, his sire was the great Brazilian, Leroidesanimaux, who was also the sire for 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom.
Ready retired from racing in October of 2018, when an extensive pre-purchase exam including x-rays of all four legs and spine concluded that he was retiring completely sound and injury free. Since retiring from racing, Ready spent the remainder of 2018 letting down from the track and adjusting to his new life away from the racetrack. He began training for his second career has a Show Hunter on December 1, 2018 and has spent the 9 months since working on ground work, flat work and being introduced to jumping. He attended his first local level hunter show on Saturday, September 7, 2019, where he ended up champion of his 2'6 Baby Green Hunter division.
Being 5, this horse is wise and well behaved beyond his years. It is very clear to us that his trainers from the track started him right. He is so laid back and well behaved. He goes with the flow, and although he is by no means a dead head, he is also not fazed by much. He will bravely trail ride, stand stock still for grooming, clipping and shoeing. He shows a very natural ability, pace and carriage for the Hunter ring. He has a big slow step that effortlessly carries down the lines. His canter has been referred to as like a metronome, just put the quarter in and press "go". He has a presence in the ring that turns the heads of fellow exhibitors and judges alike. He has easy lead changes, which are almost to the point of being automatic.
***UPDATE*** - Royal Flame competed in the 2019 Retired Racehorse Project, Thoroughbred Makeover in Lexington, KY in the 2'6 Show Hunter division. Out of over 170 horses competing in the Show Hunter division. Ready earned 1st place in the preliminary rounds and ended up in 2nd place for the show. He also earned the "CANTER USA Award". Awarded to the highest-placed Thoroughbred Makeover horse that was acquired thorough a CANTER listing. The final award for the weekend was the "Delaware Park Horse Aftercare Initiative Special Award". Awarded to the three highest placing Makeover horses that raced at Delaware Park.