Saying Goodbye

All horses are special. Every horse I come in contact with exudes a unique and indescribable magic. It’s a privilege to experience it. There are some horses though that touch you deeply and they seem to have the same effect on everyone else. Some people call these horses Unicorns, others call them Dream horses. There …

Honoring Stevis Man

The one and only Stevis Man retired from racing in October 2022 completing a race career of 74 starts, 26 wins, 8 seconds and 8 thirds. His lifetime earnings were $437,208. Presque Isle Downs where Stevis Man won 20 of his 26 career wins has named a race to honor this great horse. The Stevis …

The Hardest Thing

I’ve been riding Stevie consistently and now it’s time to begin work on the canter.  Introducing the canter to retired racehorses is one of the hardest things to address when laying down a new foundation.  Relaxation is a must but the horse believes I am asking him to gallop and that’s understandable because he has …

Out of the Arena

This is Stevis Man’s third hack at Leighton Farm. I sent him with Z, my most dependable citizen to show Stevie around. Z was born here so nothing worries him at Leighton Farm. Annoy, yes, frighten, no. I had someone to video today so this is the third ride not the first but they were …