Dill (JC Vineyard Harbour) has been living with his BFF, Samyi, for four years. In that time there have been many ups and downs in his journey as an off-track thoroughbred, but these experiences have only strengthened the bond between the two of them.

Samyi shared the following update with us:

Dill is doing amazing and (not jinxing us or anything) Dill officially has his T.I.P number. He is ready to make his official come back this spring. We are currently working on loping the barrel pattern and running many drills. He has mastered the “roll back” in our training.

His barn has a training track, so he loves the days he gets to go condition the most, unless it’s grooming and bath day. He would much prefer that day over others.

We are so excited to be healed, vet cleared, and happy to be making our way to a late start, but our true start. A few years late! But we got here and have formed a bond of trust unbreakable along the way.

We are truly grateful that Dill has such an amazing partner and horseperson in Samyi. This bond is one that really cannot be broken.

To read previous updates on Dill, please click here.

Dill (formerly owned by Wasabi Ventures Stables as Vineyard Harbour) is eight months post op for a total wound revision. Crazy to think it’s been almost a year! He is also a proud new resident of Hanover, Pennsylvania, home of Utz Chips! 

As of April, he was able to be let out to the pasture full time from a very annoyingly long stall/in-hand exercise rest time. But much needed!

Now Dill is sound to do whatever his heart desires, with full vet clearance to hit the rodeos!

We came up with a great way to protect his surgical site scar while he is out in the field playing with his friends. While he is working under saddle, we just wear a sport and bell boot. 

Dill is one big puppy dog, so loving and patient with all of these ongoings. He is truly one amazingly strong fighting boy. I’m so thankful that I got so lucky to have such a good one. Here’s to all the comeback kids and the underdogs.

Submitted by Dill’s best friend, Samyi Bierman. To read previous updates on Dill, please click here.