My Old Kentucky Home Kodak Moment
In January of 2008, I began a five month internship in Kentucky as part of the Kentucky Equine Management Internship (KEMI) program. At the beginning of the program, the new interns go through an orientation where we get to visit many places important to the Thoroughbred racing world. One such place is Three Chimneys Farm- a Thoroughbred stud farm who stands stallions for breeding. We went to several stud farms but the visit to Three Chimneys stands out most to me because of my encounter with the stallion above, Dynaformer.
Even those of you who aren't avid racing fans may recognize Dynaformer in relation to his famous son Barbaro whose injury on the Triple Crown trail captured the hearts of people everywhere. Dynaformer had a decent racing career but his real time to shine was as a stallion. He still commands one of the highest stud fees at $150,000 and his babies are always sought after.
Dynaformer is the biggest stallion(in size) at the farm, and has quite a reputation for his temper. You may notice in the picture above his halter has a chain over the nose and he is known to be quick with both his teeth and feet. His nickname on the farm is "Godzilla!"
When we were on our farm tour, we were warned to stay well away from his fence line and the other interns barely gave him a glance as they all hurried along toward Smarty Jones' paddock.
I dropped back to take a photo and he looked up and we locked eyes.
He immediately made a beeline from the center of the pasture toward me and began posing by the fence. He stood there for quite some time staring at me with a look that said, "I see you mere mortal, you seem to have a grasp of my greatness! I will stand here and let you bask in my glory!"
There is an expression used with great race horses that says they have, "The Look of the Eagles," and he has that in spades. I still get chills thinking of that day and my encounter with greatness.
Below are some of the other pictures I took of other stallions I was lucky enough to meet. I hope you enjoy them!
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