The first Japanese winner of Australia's Melbourne Cup, Delta Blues developed a large fan following in his native country. The son of Dance In The Dark (Sunday Silence) can still be seen by those fans, reports thoroughbredracing.com, in showjumping demonstrations at Katsumi Yoshida's Northern Horse Park in Japan. Not only does the 16-year-old enjoy showing off for the farm's tour groups, he also competes in showjumping about once a month.
“He can be naughty, but he is very smart,” said Akiko Yonemoto, Yoshida's daughter and the director and marketing manager of NHP. “He seems to really enjoy being watched by the crowd. When there is a bigger crowd, he enjoys it more, but when it rains and there is no crowd, he doesn't want to do it.
The NHP was developed in 1989, and is currently home to 23 retirees. A number of those are used to help train new employees of Northern Farm how to work around and ride Thoroughbred racehorses.
“They are here for people to see them, but mainly they are used to train the riding staff for Northern Farm,” said Yonemoto. “The young staff get trained by the horses, who are very good teachers. My father was a successful university rider when he was younger, and he still enjoys it. It was his idea that the good racehorses train people the best.”
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