Saturday, July 30, 2016
I'm eleven weeks old and I have a big job to do. I must preserve as well as carry on the legacy of my family. I am the fifth generation, going back to my great great grandfather Bo, Jim and Susan's first labrador at RustRidge Ranch. I was born here on May 13 of this year. I have three brothers and three sisters. They have all moved to other families. I got to stay on the ranch with my mom and dad.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
|Lucy and Nacho with Amanda|
|Lucy and Nacho with Patrick and Zin in the background|
Sunday, February 22, 2015
|Taking Genuwine out of his stall in the morning|
|heading to the hot walker|
|warming up on the hot walker with another frisky colt|
|warming up on the track before his work|
|backtracking before his work|
|Genuwine working in company|
|Returning to the barn after the work|
|Getting a bath|
|Cooling down his legs as he munches on grass hay|
|Drying in the sun|
|Let's hope that the sun god shines on our Genuwine|
|Mudding the hooves and legs|
Saturday, January 31, 2015
|Topper's Smiling, Over the Top and RustRidge Sippling: "Rusty" in August 2014|
Over the Top is Rusty's granddaughter by Stacy's Ridge.
After giving each filly a spin, Jim came back and informed Lucille that RustRidge Sippling and Kool and Lovly "Kool" were her best prospects. A few weeks went by, then Jim was asked to train those two and a few others. Who knew it would be the beginning of long line of RustRidge racehorses and an amazing journey for Jim and Susan.
Rusty and Kool proved to be Lucille's best racehorses. Both were difficult to handle and required special treatment. Rusty won her practice race, and had a unique style of running with her head facing sideways due to her neck injury. Unfortunately, in her very first official race, as she was heading to the lead, another horse clipped her, knocking her against the rail and she injured her front leg. The jockey on that horse was disqualified from the race but unfortunately the injury she sustained ended her racing career. Kool went on to win her first race that summer.
|Rusty with her colt RustRidge Bo|
RustRidge Range, RustRidge Flavor, Rustridge Brix, RustRidge Zin, RustRidge Bo, Stacy's Ridge and RustRidge Reserve. She also had a foal that lived several days and a foal that was stillborn. Each of her six colts were winners on the track and her filly became a broodmare (mother to Devine Thief).
|Long after her racing and breeding career was over, she enjoyed her retirement at the ranch|
|Kool and Lovly and Rusty were like sisters: they were born at the ranch the same spring, raced and had foals together, retired and lived to their late twenties and are buried beside each other on the ranch. They share Genuwine as a grandson.|
|Devine Thief (born to RustRidge Reserve) and Genuwine (born to Kool Valley, Kool and Lovly's daughter) are Rusty's grandsons. Genuwine is the only offspring in the family that has Rusty's and Kool's markings.|