Success Story: IndyGo Joe Takes to His New Job Like a Duck to Water

  Dec 28, 2015   admin

December 2014, Indygo Joe, left the racetrack and started his next chapter. Joe was going to represent Friends of Ferdinand in the 2015 Retired Racehorse Project but Joe and Lori didn't make it to RRP. There were a couple reasons they entered late, mostly that Joe needed to time to rehab a minor tendon injury and he needed to get his feet going in the right direction before putting him into serious work. So, we did what we do: we put Joe first and our goals and timelines behind him. By the time Joe was ready, the entries were full and the wait list closed. IndyGo Joe met all of the criteria required to enter, and even better he belonged to Friends of Ferdinand, a nonprofit specializing in transitioning horses from the racetrack and into new homes.

So Joe and Lori did their own version of the 2015 TB Retired Racehorse Project. Rather than entering a somewhat relaxed class for thoroughbreds where talent and ability will determine the winner, we entered the 2015 Haygard Midsouth Team Challenge Horse Trial, an actual event held on the same weekend and the same facility, the Kentucky Horse Park, as the 2015 RRP. They were pitted against very experienced horses of all breeds. Wile we did not expect him to win his division, we were confident he would be successful and have a great weekend learning his job. This was Joe's third show and second time competing over all three phases and he took to it like a duck to water.

Joe has since been adopted and look for him around Area 8. He will be the flashy, ginger gelding with the tight knees over fences, playing in the water complexes.