THE ART OF MATCHMAKING
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.
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Wandy and Clyde
James and Wandy are now regular CIC** competitors.