As you know if you follow Old Friends’ news, Sunshine Forever and Patton weren’t our only losses in these two weeks. As I wrote that entry, we hoped Dancin’ Renee’s condition was an abscess that would respond to treatment by our two Dr. Bryans. Unfortunately, Dr Bryan Waldridge and Dr. Bryan Fraley, discovered that the laminitis Renee had fought so long and bravely had reached fatal severity.
Being valiant was a lifelong trait of Renee’s. She was a graded stakes winner, with a rare 7 wins in a row, and earned the 1997 titles of New York Champion Sprinter, Champion Older Female and Horse of the Year. The day after Renee died, her daughter Risky Rachel honored her mom by winning the Minaret Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs.
Every time I go into the barn or by the round pen I miss Dancin’ Renee. But I was there when she passed, and she was telling us she was ready. She was in quiet, loving company and her going was perhaps the most peaceful I have ever seen.
On behalf of Old Friends, I want you to know how grateful we all are for the sympathy you have shown us during this most difficult time we have ever known. We look forward to sharing with you the happier times we trust are coming.