Bruno Advice-A Bruno Story


From the artist Amber Brooks comes a symbol of the loves of my life-animal anyway-with the Poodle and the thoroughbred.

From the artist Amber Brooks comes a symbol of the loves of my life-animal anyway-with the Poodle and the thoroughbred.

I just received the above watercolor drawing today. I LOVE it. It seems to sum up what is near and dear to my heart. What a talent this Georgia lady is. She owns poodles and horse like I.

From a conversation on my office about how siblings have the same genetics yet turn out so uniquely, so can be true in the thoroughbred world. Thoroughbreds are (usually) thoughtfully bred to produce the best assets a breeder can give them through choice of sire, dam and the rest of the relatives as well. I have blogged before about Bruno (registered name-Fiddler’s Pilgrim) being well-bred with AP Indy, Seattle Slew, Secretariat and others. I just had never spent too much time looking at his dam’s side of the family.

Today I glanced at the pedigree once again. I realized while his grand-sire on one side was AP Indy (pictures in blog further back) I had not noticed that his maternal grand-sire was Hansel. Hansel was a top horse as well-most would say greater than AP. Winning two legs of the Triple Crown (the Preakness and Belmont) and many other big stake races.

Bruno's great grandsire, Hansel.

Bruno’s great grandsire, Hansel.

It was a little difficult to come to grips with such a prestigous horse with so many famous relatives, rolling in the mud at my little place in Wharton. Talk about a long way from New York. The fun of the OTTBs is their great heritage and lineage.

I texted my friend and sometimes farrier, Sean, who grew up in the thoroughbred world, his grandmother one of the first female managers of a large track in the US. He has also spent time as a jockey. He rode AP Indy. I texted him about Hansel. He replied that having Hansel and AP Indy as your grandfathers is pretty much Thoroughbred royalty. I gave him a little update about how Bruno was doing, that we were starting training and even had done a few jumps

I love dry humor. I received Sean’s text back. He told me Bruno was bred to run, that he was a great horse. I certainly agreed with him. He had ridden the great AP Indy and gave Lauren some tips previously. Then he made me laugh out loud with his final comment. ” I would suggest one thing when you get that horse back in shape and ready for the jumper ring, GO SLOW!! That is one horse that was born for speed and Lauren better never let Bruno take off with her. GO SLOW!”

Absolutely made my day. It is kind of like in the Disney movie, Secretariat, when jockey Ronnie has clearly won the Belmont race and his trainer yells, “Ronnie, don’t fall off”.

I can just see me in the stands watching Bruno and Lauren attack a big jumper course and me yelling., ‘Remember, go slow!”

Track stories-a Bruno Story

AP Indy, grand-sire of my Bruno

AP Indy, grand-sire of my Bruno

Bruno has been going out for six days now.  Yesterday morning in his romp through the arena he somehow caught his horse-shoe on his “good” front hoof and ripped it off.  Really, six days since taking him over 200 miles to get his shoes put on?  But I was glad we had found the shoe and that it wasn’t from his bad foot.

Still I knew that he had to have that shoe put back on now or we could not let him back out.  The shoes help support the hooves and with the healing taking place in his bad hoof, we did not want anything to stand in the way of his continued success.  My usual farrier comes from Houston and it is a long way to tack on one shoe.  I had another farrier that I really liked, and if I had not had a relationship for so long with Roland, he would do my horses.  I called Sean who is an ex-jockey and very involved in Polo.  He has done me favors many times and I was hoping this would be one more.

Sean pulled in late yesterday afternoon.  He had never seen Bruno.  Immediately, he asked-“where did you get this horse?  Is he from Fiddler’s Green barn in New York?”  and yes, Sean he is.  He knew Bruno’s trainer and owner from days on the track.  And he knew very well Bruno’s grand-sire AP Indy, from the Triple Crown winning Seattle Slew out of Weekend Surprise.  Sean had known the stallion well and ridden several of his progeny.  He had some great tales to tell us of the strength and endurance of the AP Indy line.  He gave Lauren tips for handling Bruno when it was time to get back on the big guy (ride him light, DO NOT take a hold of his mouth).  It was wonderful to share some thoroughbred history with a man who knew what this horse was made of and even better to hear him enter his stall, ready to shoe him, talking quietly to him, telling him about his days with “Indy”.

I looked up a picture of Indy which is seen above and set out today to take a picture to show why Sean stopped in his tracks when he saw the big horse yesterday.  So, I don’t have the fancy background and my horse is not as spit polished as Indy.  Actually, Lauren is gone today and I struggled just to get his OTTB halter on but I think it shows genetics in action.  I love these thoroughbreds and the stories behind their lives.  It makes me even more inspired to do the best I can for this horse who got left behind because of his bad foot.

Fiddler's Pilgrim, aka Bruno

Fiddler’s Pilgrim, aka Bruno