So, to celebrate, we wanted to share with you a few of our amazing Standardbred adoptees from over the years as well as encourage you to take a look at some of our currently available Standies!
The one-and-only, Ben.
Allyson has been very busy lately so I took it upon myself to do Ben's write-up in celebration of the 2014 Canada Standardbred Horse Day because we can't not include him! By now, all of you are (or should be!) aware of Ben and his story, but in case you aren't, Ben is our Standardbred superstar! Previously named Dansey, Ben was one of the first horses that I myself was part of rescuing at auction, working with while he was waiting for a forever home and then subsequently rehoming. Ever since Ben went to his new home in February 2011 and began Dressage training with his adopter, he has become a mascot for the Standardbred breed. In fact, in 2013 he was Standardbred Performance Society's Grand Champion High Point Earner! Since being adopted Ben has been doing amazing at home and even though 2014 has proved to be a bit of an off-year due to a surgery he required a few months ago, his adopter loves him just as much as ever and they are looking forward to getting back on track soon and continuing to show everyone what Standardbreds are made of!
Our hunk Charlie (AKA Robert T) just over 3 months at home.
- When I first saw Charlie (then “Robby”), aka Robert T, posted on J&M Acres Horse Rescue’s Facebook page, I didn't think much of it. Over the next couple weeks, however, I just could not get the image of his sweet face and kind eyes out of my head – so, for the heck of it, I contacted the rescue. Almost three weeks and one giant leap of faith later, Charlie – who I had yet to meet – made the two-day journey from Maple Ridge, BC to Edmonton, AB. Within mere minutes, I knew I had made the right decision in adopting Charlie; even after a 36-hour journey with strange horses, and in a new location with unfamiliar faces, Charlie was perfectly calm, nuzzling for treats, and every bit the gentleman. By the next day, Charlie and I had already “clicked”. A week to the day after he arrived, we celebrated his third birthday; the following week, we started working with our trainer. Charlie, who had never been lunged and had only been under saddle twice before, proved immediately what a quick learner he is. Now, after just under three months of training, Charlie and I are preparing for our first intro-to-eventing clinic. There are not enough words to describe how proud I am of Charlie for having come so far in such a short period of time – but, more importantly, the bond that Charlie and I have already is unbelievable. He tries harder than any horse I have worked with in my 20 years of horse experience; whatever I put into a ride, he gives back twofold. To top it all off, Charlie has the most irresistible, puppy-dog personality, and is definitely a barn favourite. Charlie and I make the perfect team, and I can’t wait to see where we go together. I know it’s going to be an unforgettable and rewarding ride.
The ever-adorable Toby after 2 years at home
From the first time I saw Toby on the J&M Acres site, I knew I had to have him; our connection was instant, when I went to meet him he placed his head in my hands and fell asleep. My Standie has been nothing but amazing! We have done almost everything together, from road rides, to the show ring. Toby is the most confident, intelligent, trustworthy partner I could ever have the privilege of owning for my first horse. I cannot and do not want to imagine what my life would be like without him. You can’t help but smile and laugh a little when you see his cute face meet you at the gate, or when you give him a bath and he insists you spray him in the face first (he’s the only horse I’ve met that loves being sprayed in the face!) I could go on forever about Toby and how amazing he is, but Toby has defiantly changed my outlook on Standardbred’s for the better.
The absolutely perfect, Miss Maggie
The day my hubby told me I could start looking for my first horse, I thought my heart would explode out of my chest with happiness and excitement. I had been waiting over 20 years for those magical words and I hit the internet with a vengeance. My budget was very small, and I knew I would be buying a rescue horse as all my many animals are rescues. J&M Acres was one of the first sites I visited.
The moment I saw a picture of Fit to Romp, now Miss Maggie, I knew she was the one. The picture of her seeming to peer around a small post like it was her only protection against the big bad world won my heart. I could not wait to meet her. It was the longest week of my life waiting to go down and meet her, and it was fraught with fears and excitement. Many people kept saying that I was crazy to take a rescue on as my first horse, but the night after I booked an appointment to meet Fit to Romp, I dreamt about her and in the dream her name was Maggie. From that moment, that is what I called her.
The day we met, she put her head on my chest, looking for treats and when she lifted her head away, she took my heart with her. Someone else was due to view her that night, and when Michelle told us that, my hubby said to tell them sorry but Maggie was taken. He knew right away that Maggie had stolen my heart and he was doomed to share me with her.
Now she is a beautiful, smart, gentle, and very loyal mare who I love more then words can describe. Just spending time with her is a joy. Even if it is nothing more then brushing her down and watching her eat, she soothes my soul. And even though before I got her she had barely been ridden, I jumped on and we've done nothing but hit trails and explore our new home together. Together we are learning to trust each other and are building a relationship that is more amazing then I could have hoped for. We will probably never win ribbons or be very showy, but Maggie suits me and my lifestyle perfectly: laid back, sweet, and looking for adventure. Every day I'm thankful to J&M Acres for giving Maggie a chance at having a happy life with me and my family.
Trustworthy Delilah always looking after her little girl.
My horse Delilah is a Standardbred. She is a very gentle horse, even though she is very big. We adopted her about a year and a half ago. She and I have worked really hard together and are now sharing a special bond. She is realizing that I am in charge even though I am smaller than her. I love that I can now tack her up myself and ride either in the indoor arena or the outdoor one. She listens to me very well and can feel my mood. I can tell her all my secrets and she keeps them! She is a real princess, two drops of rain and she runs to her shelter. She loves letting me fuss over her. I think Standardbred’s are a great horse to own. – Emilie J (rider, proud owner of Delilah)
Delilah has been an amazing addition to our family. She has a very calm, patient and gentle demeanor. This has allowed Emilie to feel very confident in her knowledge and ability. Emilie and Delilah learned some amazing foundations through Danika and continue to build on that. Emilie takes that knowledge and applies it to her independent riding and caretaking of Delilah. Emilie has grown so much in her self-confidence over the last few months of riding and interacting with Delilah. This has increased her confidence in all areas of her life. Emilie has taken on more ownership and responsibility in the care of Delilah. The love and respect that they share is awesome. They have a very special bond. I cannot think of a better match! – Kim
And prove-em-wrong Calleigh (previously Call Gale)
My only problem is how to explain how much Calleigh means to me in only a paragraph. To someone that does not know personally how amazing the Standardbred breed is, especially OTT Standies, how do I explain all of the attributes with enough emotion? I can only try by putting into words what Calleigh is to me. Calleigh, aka Call Gale, apparently had a reputation on the track for kicking and biting. She has never shown ANY of these things. From the first time I looked into her eyes while she was up for adoption by J&M, I felt a connection with her. The day she came home to me, I knew I had made the right decision. Calleigh calmly walked off the horse trailer, looked at me, and it was as if she too knew she had found her other half. After allowing her to relax and learn to trust me, off we went and we’ve never looked back. Calleigh and I have ridden on dense trails, past moose and wolf remains, and ‘off-roaded’ through the bush, and never once has she not done what I ask of her. When she is nervous, she turns and looks at me, as if to ask “Mom, are you sure it’s ok? If you say so, I will do it..." - and then she does it without a second thought. This horse is the most wonderful, intelligent partner I could ever ask for, and all 14.2 hands of her is filled to the brim with heart, soul, fire, and wanting to please. I love Calleigh so much that I am honestly at a loss to describe into words how much she means to me. I could not imagine a greater horse than her, and the Standardbred breed as a whole. My family owns 3 Standardbreds now and each one is the epitome of grace, strength, calm, and a desire to please. If that isn’t the definition of an amazing horse, I don’t know what is.
If you want your chance, we have a lovely Standardbred colt who is looking for a forever home as well as two gorgeous Standardbred mares who will be available for adoption at the end of the month!
Check them out and share this post to celebrate Standardbred Horse Day with us today!