Three Chimneys: Thank you for remembering Rahy

by | 09.26.2011 | 6:34am

The Paulick Report was among the Thoroughbred publications that received the following letter from Jen Roytz, marketing director of Three Chimneys Farm, thanking those individuals who expressed condolences over the death of the farm's pensioned stallion Rahy.

Letter to the Editor:

I just wanted to take a moment and thank the literally hundreds of people who called, emailed, posted on social media or sought us out in person to convey their condolences for the death of longtime Three Chimneys stallion-turned-pensioner, Rahy. He was so loved, respected and revered by the Three Chimneys team.  You don't even know how much the sentiments you conveyed mean to all of us.

Yes, those involved with the Thoroughbred industry, from racing to sales to breeding, are doing so with a business-focused mindset. While we're constantly dissecting the economics of the latest sale, considering impact of the newest graded stakes winners' bloodlines and speed figures, and trying to understand and address the many challenges plaguing our livelihood, at the heart of our involvement in this industry is an intrinsic love of the horse.

It's funny, when it comes to losing an animal, their accomplishments become somewhat trivial in a way. It matters not what awards they won or what accolades they earned. What matters is what they were like – their personality, quirks, and mindset.

Rahy was this unique little package that melded the toughness that made him a top-class athlete with a softer, sweeter side that made him truly lovable. He could be stubborn, but he wasn't mean about it, almost like he was saying, “I appreciate your input on the situation at hand, but we're going to do things my way.” Brian, who rides the stallions at Three Chimneys, once told me that even at more than 20-years-old, Rahy was still the toughest one to gallop, pulling Brian up out of the tack daily during his morning romp.

Needless to say, Rahy will be sorely missed by all of us here. Yes, he was the proud, but pint-sized pony who, along with a few chart-topping others, helped to make Three Chimneys what it is today, but to those that knew him, he was so much more.

So, thank you to those who shared their memories of Rahy, introduced us to his progeny that are now broodmares, show horses, or riding partners, or who just let us know that they loved him too and understand the pain we feel.

You were loved, admired and respected. Rest in peace, Rahy.


Jen Roytz, Three Chimneys Farm

Midway, KY

  • ASL

    It’s the love of the horse.

  • What a beautiful note. I love how she states that at the end of the day, it’s wasn’t the earnings they remembered, but the little things about this horse that made him unique and beloved.

  • NorthernStar

    Very touching note, condolences to all at Three Chimneys on the loss of their great horse Rahy.

  • Cris

    What outsiders don’t understand. If it was just money we could all go to an office make some money and go home. The horses themselves are why people get up before dawn, work seven days a week, clean stalls, and live on almost nothing until a big horse shows up, if one ever does. The love of each horse and his love for you is what makes it worthwhile.

  • Ida

    What a beautiful letter and what a great life Rahy had at Three Chimneys. I did not know him personally in that I don’t ever remember seeing him racing but I sure do remember his babies…Lewis Michael, Dreaming of Anna and my beloved Life at Ten…just 3 of my favorites. RIP Beautiful Boy.

  • SixteenK Claimer

    I would rather be around horses rather than people…this letter from Ms Roytz says why. Very nice post Ray.

  • Anne

    Three Chimneys has always been a little different from the other farms. The idea that they still ride the stallions, still capable of being ridden. is a tall feather in their cap. That alone shows how they care for the physical and mental being of their stallions. They might not have the stallion list of a Lane’s End but what they have is quality and they treat each one with individuality and loving care.
    I remember seeing Rahy in the days when Seattle Slew was residing there. At first, I was surprised at his stature but enamored with his glowing coat and attitude. I later became respectful of him as a stallion when I started following the breeding aspect of this game. Many of his offspring sport that beautiful, glowing chestnut coat. Dancingforever, comes to mind. He too had a mind of his own but was very gentle when eating his favorite peppermints. Sound familiar? Unfortunately, I will never see his offspring as he is in India.
    Jen does a fabulous job of doing their marketing and communications. She is as genuine and caring individual. What she wrote, she truly believes. A definite treasure for team Three’s Chimneys.
    RIP Rahy.

  • voice of reason

    Jen is like Rahy: All class.

  • Rick Barton

    Upon reading this I feel dumb, (well dumber then usual), as I did not know Rahy died. I knew his Mom, Glorius Song, when I worked at Bluegrass Farm in the eary 80s. I saw him years later at 3 Chimneys, and safe to say he did not inherit his Mom’s fierce personality. Thanks for posting that Ray.



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