As some of you know, we’re heartbroken to have lost the beautiful mare Euronfire to a paddock accident. I had planned to write a post about how kind and sweet she was, and how in the last few months she’d developed into the boss lady of her herd. Since Patti Davis, who enabled her retirement with us continued to love and visit her throughout that retirement, I asked Patti to share some memories of her. When I received these words from her, it was clear that Patti’s words should stand alone as the memories posted about her.
I knew Euronfire since she was a yearling, and when I first met her in her paddock across from Keeneland, I whispered to her, “I will always have your back.” I said that to her many times while visiting her in trainer Wayne Catalano’s barn; I said that to her again when my uncaring ownership partnership put her in an auction and turned away from her, and I bought her. I kept my promise, even though I was the smallest shareholder in that partnership. I had her back.
I had hoped she’d find a second career while briefly at New Vocations, but lingering illness prevented that, and when I asked Michael if she could become part of the small mare herd at Old Friends, he immediately replied, “Yes! Send her!” And I have had her back every since, encouraging others to support Old Friends and other TAA-accredited retirement homes.
Whenever I visited her — about 2 or 3 times each year — I’d call her name and rattle the paper bag that held red, ripe pears (her preferred treat). She never failed to nicker and come trotting over for some love and her favorite snack. I know she recognized me each time I visited, and that was special indeed. A love story.
I’m forever grateful to Carole and Antonio, assistant farm managers, who found Euronfire in distress in her paddock and came to her immediate aid. Thank you to James Crump who was also there that fateful morning, and to John Bradley who also loved her. My heart is full of thanks to Michael for saying, “Yes! Send her!” that day I’d called. And thank you to my beautiful redhead, Euronfire, who taught me more about Thoroughbred ownership and responsibility than I can express.
Thanks to Patti for the
photo of Euronfire and Patti
other photos by Laura