Pinehurstwo aka Rudy is our newest addition to Running Free Farms.
Rudy is a 14 year old bay, pacing bred Standardbred gelding, that Ashley adopted from Go and Play Stables. Rudy is Ontario bred gelding standing 15.1 hands, and is ready to rock.
Ashley and Rudy’s connection happened long before June of this year when Ashley official adopted him. Rudy sat on Go and Play’s waiting list for almost a year, while always keeping an eye on him and messaging Kim to see how he was doing. Ashley knew he had to be hers as soon as the time became right.
Rudy didn’t really know what being a horse really was until he came into our family. Rudy started his career pacing in 2005 racing until 2013. From 2005 – 2009, Rudy won a total of 17 races, placing in 2nd 19 times, and 3rd 15 times having a solid career. After he finished racing he was still handled and treated as a race horse, on a similar feeding and turnout program. It was a big change for Rudy when he came to us, but he has adjusted extremely well in a mellow mixed herd with Red and Gladis, and into his new feeding and riding program.
Rudy is a horse with a lot of spirit, heart, and a personality of his own. He is not everyones cup of tea, but Ashley thinks he has what it takes to have a successful western gymkhana career. Rudy had himself a bad reputation on the track, and Ashley quickly figured out why that was. Rudy has mastered the act of rearing and is quite good at it.
Rudy started his riding career just shortly after he arrived home and settled in. We have developed a lovely walk, trot and are slowly working on our canter to build it stronger, but he is getting there. When Ashley and Rudy started his under saddle career, he provided his rearing skills, in which we are working on and they are appearing less and less, and he is learning how to begin to relax under saddle. Rudy has been started on the gymkhana patterns and that has shown to be his calling. He seems to have real natural ability and skills for this future and Ashley is beyond excited to bring out this future in him
.Rudy has had off property show and trail riding experience and proved himself in each occasion. Rudy’s show career is has consisted of 3 occasions, two at Gateway Horse Riding Association and at a standardbred breed show in ancaster. Rudy picked up some ribbons and was successful, although we had a melt down at the standardbred show he finished the day great. Late this summer Rudy was off on a minor injury and had a month and a half off but restarted under saddle fabulously. This fall Rudy went attended a group trail ride at Vanderwater park and took everything in stride. He has proven himself very well under saddle.
Ashley and Rudy’s plans for 2018 are super exciting. Rudy will be on the trailer joining Red at some NBHA sanctioned competitions and hopefully making a couple RAM Rodeo appearances. We do have “Pinehurstwo” custom apparel that can be order threw Go and Play Stables, or get your own custom Go and Play Stables apparel. Ashley and Rudy have applied to be a Go and Play Stables ambassador for the 2018 year.!
We are support excited about our future and the future of the standardbred breed, hope for your support in years to come.