The first-born colt of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, First Pharoah, didn't show his sire's desire for speed in race training, so his owners decided to geld the colt and find him a quality home as he pursued a second career.
Enter Brooke Schafer and Tay Wienold, two amateur equestrians who team up as B and T Sporthorses to restart retired Thoroughbred racehorses for sporthorse careers in Lexington, Ky. The duo also retrained First Pharoah's mother, Kakadu. Once owner Oussama Aboughazale of Sumaya U.S. Stable determined that the mare couldn't be bred again because of a reproductive issue, Aboughazale wanted to ensure that the mare had a safe place to land and began looking for a person to begin the mare's sporthorse career.
Schafer's mother, Lindsay Hunter, has been involved in the Thoroughbred industry for decades and has an impeccable eye for a quality animal. She was the one who recommended the pair take on Kakadu, putting the trainer team on the path to a lasting friendship with Sumaya U.S. Stable.
Aboughazale was so impressed with the work Brooke and Tay had done with Kakadu that he offered them two more horses: First Pharoah and Lock Keeper, Kakadu's half-sibling (Quality Road—Alpha Spirit, A.P. Indy).
Good basics are the start to the retraining process Brooke and Tay put on every horse. They also focus on exposing their project horses to lots of new experiences, including off-farm adventures and tying to trailers, among other things.
For now, First Pharoah (“FP”) is turned out to grow up a bit and the duo are working with “Lockie” on flatwork and small jump courses.
You can follow FP's training here.
Read more about Brooke, Tay and their horses at The Chronicle of the Horse.
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