Every year on December 13th, Americans observe National Horse Day. National Horse Day is suppose to encourage people to be “mindful of the contributions horses have made – to the economy, history and character of the United States”.
In celebration of National Horse Day, here’s a story of a young filly that was about to be killed, but instead was rescued, trained and went on to become a champion. Talk about a heartwarming story.
The moment amateur roper and farrier Drew Boies laid eyes on the mare, he was struck by her rare, grulla color. Raven was scrawny, cast aside by a breeder that could no longer afford to feed her herd, yet Boies felt there was something special about this horse.
Boies paid $200 for the yearling and raised her, restoring her health and broken spirit. When Raven was 3 years old, she began training, and by 2016, Ravens Silver Angel was a 3-time Congress Champion.
Boies’ wife, Victoria, shared a little insight into Raven’s history. “Raven was indeed bought off a kill truck for $200,” she confirmed.
“She has been Reserve Congress Champion numerous times and received so many Top Tens here, but this year she finally got to be a Congress Champion,” Victoria continued. Her breed is nothing to write home about, yet she has the heart of a champion.
“She’s an amazing mare that anybody can ride,” Victoria expressed. “Although, if you were to ask anybody who knows her, they would quickly tell you her favorite thing to do is eat!”
The Boies’ family envisions future competitions for their champion, and are already discussing Raven’s well-deserved retirement. “Of course, she will retire at home with us and eventually give us some good babies,” Victoria said.
What an amazing mare and certainly a very lucky one at that! Blessings to the Boies family for not only saving her life, but helping to bring out the real champion in her. From a man with a heart to a mare with a heart – truly a special story in celebration of National Horse Day.
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