(This horse, William Z, was named after my father. I started him as a 3-year-old off the track and he became the prima ballerina of show jumping, winning numerous style awards and giving me my first crack at international competition. Thank goodness he had no interest in running.)
I need to find a horse. The rules of the completion state that the horse needs to have raced or worked on the track no less than two years ago and it cannot have had any training for a new discipline prior to October 2015. Unfortunately, these kinds of filters are not available on most “HORSES FOR SALE” websites which makes it tough to sort through all the info for any horses that look interesting. Searching on the internet has sent me into tangents that go on for hours—yesterday I wound up buying a new pair of shoes that I did not need!
I’ve found one website that states plainly if one of its horses is eligible—I like it. Now, in order to adopt a horse from them I need to pay a membership fee and provide all kinds of information about my income, ability to train, my vet, my farrier, where the horse will live, and on and on. Talk about filters—they have them. I have to admire the work that they are doing because it will prevent horses from being misplaced and winding up in the system again. This process is very dynamic and changing the way people adopt horses. Unfortunately, a person like me with little training on the computer can become lost in this process. It may be easier to ask my friends if they know of any horses, or can help me find one. Good ol’ word of mouth.