Sully, formerly known as Midnight Shine, has made his home with Madison since October 2019. We last shared an update for this former Wasabi Ventures Stables runner in September 2021. We are pleased to provide another update on this sweet boy.

Sully is doing great. He has not been to any shows recently, but Madison plans to enter him in some this spring. This eleven year old gelding has been working as a hunter/jumper.

In addition to work on his second career, he also has become quite the family horse. Madison’s five year old has even started showing him some interest. As you can see, Sully is enjoying working with his new family, no matter their age.

We couldn’t have hoped for a better home for Sully. As Madison notes, “He really is the best boy and we love him so much.” That is the perfect version of happily ever after for this retired racehorse.

Golden Spun Lad was retired from the Wasabi Ventures Stables’ barn of Mark Salvaggio in August 2020. In the time since then he has been retrained and acclimated to life off of the track. This past January, he found his forever home with his new friend, Charlotte. He also has been given the new name of Baby Liam.

To learn about Baby Liam’s new home, read this update provided by Charlotte.

I consider myself impossibly lucky to have gotten to bring Golden Spun Lad (lovingly referred to as Baby Liam) into my life. About five years ago, due to an accident my husband was in, I had to rehome my previous horse. That day took a part of my heart. People with a passion and love for the animals can truly understand what it is like to lose your best buddy. Luckily things have improved, so my trainer and I decided to start looking for a new friend for me. I saw a short clip of Liam, and I just knew. Eithin a week he was heading my way. 

Liam has flourished in his new home. He has a huge personality and loves bringing smiles to everyone’s face! The barn staff adore him and constantly compliment his “cute little face”. He is the youngest horse on the farm, so he enjoys bringing “spice” to the turnout pens. Even though he has only been with me a short time he has healed my heart so much. 

We have been working on building our partnership both on the ground and under saddle. I may be biased, but he is by far the most talented four year old I have had the pleasure of riding. It makes me so excited for our future together! It is our goal to show at the local hunter jumper shows this year and to hopefully move up to the rated shows next year.

Words cannot explain how much joy this horse brings me. A good friend of mine told me the other day, “Charlotte you just glow while you are here with Liam.”

He is a special baby horse- I’m such a lucky lady. 

If you enjoyed this update, click here to read about WVS retiree, Beauty.

Timber, who was formerly known as Intrepid Forest, ran for Wasabi Ventures Stables in 2019. After an unsuccessful attempt to start her career as a broodmare, she transitioned from racing to second career with Abbie Fischer. Abbie found Timber’s forever home with Brooke.

Timber’s new best friend, Brooke, has been busy teaching her new roles. Timber and Brooke have moved up in the jumper competitions. Timber also has started trying hunters. Additionally, they competed in their first ever derby in September.

Timber jumping

Timber and Brooke are finding some success in the ring. They were the itty bitty series champions out of more than thirty competitors at The Ridge.

This is just another reason why we love following our WVS horses after they retire from racing. It is so rewarding to see that Timber has found a friend with whom she can learn new skills and enjoy her forever home.

In February 2019, trainer Jesse Cruz dropped a claim slip for Midnight Shine at Oaklawn Park for Wasabi Ventures Stables. It wasn’t a great race for Midnight Shine, but Wasabi did win the claim.

Unfortunately, shortly after Midnight Shine joined Jesse’s barn, some health issues were discovered. While he could have been rehabilitated to race again, it was decided that the best choice for this then eight year old gelding was to be retired.

Working with New Vocations, Midnight Shine was transitioned from being a racehorse to being ready for adoption. In October 2019 he found his forever home with Madison Myers. Now known as Sully, he’s been training as a hunter/jumper and has competed in the baby green division, placing well in a few divisions.

According to Madison, Sully “has the sweetest puppy dog disposition.” She also says that they could not have gotten luckier with him.

We are so grateful for this happily ever after story for Madison and Sully.