Today I made my way out to Oakhurst Equine (a combination veterinary and Thoroughbred farm) for their annual open house. Oakhurst has the honor of having two Kentucky Derby winners at stud: Grindstone (1996) and Giacomo (2005). Giacomo only arrived in the Pacific Northwest a couple of months ago, so this was the first time he could be viewed by the general public.
I have been wanting to attend their open house for a couple years, so I made my way up to Newberg, which is a very pretty drive. When I drove up there, Grindstone was out for viewing, though I didn’t know it was him as I walked over to comply with the big sign that said “check in.”
After talking a few minutes with the reception staff (and assuring them I had NO money, I just wanted to see the horses), I wandered over to see the horses.
And there was Giacomo.
But then something WONDERFUL happened. A groom came over and offered me a little carrot. I asked if it was really okay, and he assured me it was fine. “He’s surprisingly sensible about his treats.” And sure enough…
So, obviously, I fed him the carrot.
Thus ended our brief flirtation.
After that I went outside where Baquero was being shown.
I thought he was not as “balanced” as Grindstone (above) but his front end was really lovely. I heard prospective breeders talking about how his foals were known for their soundness.
Next they brought out Slew’s Saga.
While more balanced, I didn’t care for his white eye, and when someone scratched him he showed signs of “thin Thoroughbred skin” which I find hard to deal with in horses.
Unfortunately, while I was there they did not bring out Giacomo, so I didn’t get to see him “out.”
My last stop was a look down their “for sale” isles. They had a couple broodmares for sale, several yearlings, and two “horses of racing age.”
It was a good visit, but obviously a horse lover could get into a lot of trouble there!