Coming of Age

web-coming-of-age-thumb2Nickname: “Riley”
Birthdate: April 28, 2007
Gender: Gelding
Color: Chestnut
Pedigree: Pure Prize-Red Lodge, by Slew o’ Gold
Career Race Record: 11-2-0-2 for $18,465
Last Race: June 5, 2011 at Parx Racing
Partner Farm: South Jersey Thoroughbred Rescue & Adoption, Inc.
Adopter: Brynn H. of NJ

“Let me begin by saying how quiet and gentleman-like Coming of Age is. I heard stories of Thoroughbreds who are out of control and mean, but on the contrary, Riley has the demeanor of a horse triple his age. We go out on hacks along or with a group, and he is always respectful! Even when we take him to Parvin State Park for an all-day trail ride, he never spooks and he acts as if he lives there. I have never met a horse more eager to please! The only thing we struggled with was the right diagonal. Because racehorses are usually galloped to the left, Riley had a tendency to counter bend and drop his shoulder when riding on the right. However, after only three rides of riding on circles, I can proudly say that he can now walk, trot and canter without any problems. We have just started to jump, but already Riley can pop over 2’6 fences like he has done it all of his life! He loads like a champ, sleeps while bathing and clipping, and easily crosses over streams. I believe it would take more than a hundred page book to list all of the accomplishments that this five-year-old has already achieved! I’m telling you, I could not have dreamed of a more perfect horse – I think Riley was stolen from a fairytale! Every day, I grow to love him more!” -Brynn H.