2007 trotting-bred Standardbred “Dude in a Denali” (we’re calling him “Denali”) was purchased out of the Woodbury auction thanks to generous donors who funded our ability to go bid. More than a dozen Standardbreds went through a special “driving horse sale.” Denali stood out to us as private buyers did not seem interested, likely partially due to the fact he came in with a load of others and was sandwiched in a tiny area in a back corner where those wandering through the barns likely didn’t even see him. He was wearing road shoes and has some significant “jewelry” on his pasterns which our vet will address now that he’s out of quarantine. He does not have a race record, so he may have spent most of his life with the Amish.
The name on his Coggins indicates a private owner in Ohio who consigned him to an auction up there in early January. We are grateful he stood out in the sales ring so that we were able to get him out of the auction-to-auction cycle before he got injured or sick – or ended up traded off to a true “kill buyer.”
Denali needs a good 75 pounds to look his best. He will see the farrier and vet in the first half of March, and we will then evaluate his training knowledge. He is very quiet and easy to handle on the ground, and so far he moves sound. We are hopeful he can have a new life as a trail horse or pleasure driving horse.