THE ART OF MATCH­MAK­ING

Practical Horseman - - SPECIAL ADVERTISING - By Sarah Kinzbach Wil­liams

What hap­pens when you’re an adult am­a­teur fresh out of grad­u­ate school with fourstar dreams and a shoestring bud­get? If you’re Tiffany Wandy, you call Kim­berly God­win Clark of Thor­ough­bred Place­ment Re­sources.

Thor­ough­bred Place­ment Re­sources, or TPR, is a Thor­ough­bred res­cue op­er­a­tion reg­is­tered with A Home For Ev­ery Horse. As TPR’s founder, Clark eval­u­ates, pro­motes and places Thor­ough­breds as up­per­level prospects with top rid­ers in jumpers, event­ing and dres­sage. Clark’s Thor­ough­breds are am­bas­sadors reach­ing for the ech­e­lons of Bally Cor, Touch of Class and Jet Run.

Her se­cret to suc­cess? Devel­op­ing re­la­tion­ships and match­ing horses to the right dis­ci­pline and the right rider. It’s a for­mula that has proven suc­cess­ful for Wandy, who cur­rently has two horses from TPR.

A Horse Called James

Wandy met Doc­tor James at TPR in 2012. She had con­tacted Clark about an­other horse, only to learn that the mare had found a home. How­ever, based on Wandy’s back­ground and her goals, Clark sug­gested James.

Wandy clicked in­stantly with James, a 4-year-old who was fresh off the track with 10 ca­reer starts and $7,650 in earn­ings. She adopted the gelding and started work­ing with event­ing trainer Sally Cousins. Six years later, Wandy and James are reg­u­lar CIC** com­peti­tors.

“He’s very care­ful. I know that he’ll never jump some­thing un­less he fully un­der­stands the ques­tion and feels like he could make it,” said Wandy. “I trust him com­pletely.”

Since find­ing James, Wandy

has worked with Clark many times. “She un­der­stands ex­actly what I like,” said Wandy. “She has a good sense of what I look for, so I trust her when she says she has some­thing I should come look at.”

That re­la­tion­ship and trust led Wandy to adopt CV Out­law (“Clyde”), age 7, from TPR in 2016. “I rode him for … 10 min­utes be­fore I de­cided to buy him,” she said. Brave, will­ing and ath­letic, Clyde was poised to run his first CCI* in Oc­to­ber.

Match­ing and Devel­op­ing Great­ness

Man­ag­ing and show­ing horses can be dif­fi­cult for an adult am­a­teur work­ing full time. Af­ter years of bal­anc­ing work, life and horses, Wandy knows how to suc­ceed when adopt­ing off-the-track Thor­ough­breds.

She looks for horses of sim­i­lar con­for­ma­tion as a base­line for suit­abil­ity. It also makes shar­ing tack eas­ier and more af­ford­able. She val­ues a kind, in­quis­i­tive eye and a will­ing­ness to learn— at­tributes Wandy has found im­por­tant when rid­ing af­ter a long day of work.

“It’s im­por­tant for me that they’re kind, gen­er­ous and they want to work with you,” she added.

Wandy also stresses the im­por­tance of a train­ing pro­gram and sta­ble man­age­ment. “Be­tween your trainer, vet and far­rier, you should have all the an­swers you need to any is­sues you may en­counter dur­ing the re-train­ing process,” she said.

Wandy and Clark both en­cour­age peo­ple to think about what they ac­tu­ally want in a horse.

“It’s re­ally im­por­tant for folks to be hon­est with them­selves about what they’re re­ally look­ing for,” said Wandy. “Kim has great in­tu­ition about which horses and rid­ers will be a good fit, but the first step of that is to com­mu­ni­cate what kind of horse you’re truly look­ing for.”

It def­i­nitely takes the right part­ner­ship to bring out the best in both horse and rider.

To sup­port new part­ner­ships, visit good­horse.org. In­ter­ested in help­ing a lo­cal res­cue? Find one in your area through AHomeForEveryHorse.com.

This story is brought to you by Pu­rina An­i­mal Nutri­tion. Feed Great­ness¨. Find out more about feed­ing horses from res­cue to up­per lev­els at Puri­naMills.com/ Horse-Feed.

Wandy and Clyde

James and Wandy are now reg­u­lar CIC** com­peti­tors.

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