Thoroughbred Highlight - December 2018
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I am not exactly sure what I was expecting last July when my daughter and I drove to visit Shirley Prosser and her 31 year-old Thoroughbred Beau Fasa. Having met Shirley on a few occasions I already knew that she defied stereotypes and was not your typical 82 year old senior. However I had visualized Beau Fasa to be typical of what older horses generally look like. I was certain that he would possess a sway back and would walk with a careful, measured stride. Was I ever wrong.
Set loose in a paddock at Shirley’s Box Arrow Farm, the Multiple Graded Stakes winning retiree looked race ready as he ran towards me, no doubt curious to know my intent of capturing him in his senior glory. Strutting along the fence-line I was given a glimpse of the fabulous runner he once was on the racetrack completely shattering my earlier vision of him.
Upon hearing the news that Beau Fasa peacefully passed away in late February I am thankful that we had the pleasure of meeting him last summer.
After spending a few hours with George Ledson the take away message that he wanted me to have was that he is someone who just does his thing and no one really knows what he does. I couldn’t help but be amazed at how humble a man, considering the evidence of accomplishment and philanthropy that adorn the walls of his home and stables.
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