TRNL Ambassadors are horses that are part of our mission to educate and raise awareness for the Thoroughbred Retirement Network of Louisiana as well as the Thoroughbred breed. These horses are maintained by TRNL and exemplify the athleticism and versatility of off-track Thoroughbreds. TRNL Ambassadors compete at horse shows, are ridden during exhibitions and give lessons at our facility. Our current ambassadors include the magnificent Stormin' Eddie and the beloved Pinky Floyd!
Eddie is an athletic Florida-bred who stretched his legs all over the country during his racing career. After 57 starts he was initially retired at age 7 after he bowed a tendon. He was briefly retrained as a jumper, but was ultimately put back on the track at age 10 (and raced 4 more times, winning his final race) before he severely re-injured his tendon, which permanently ended his racing career. After a year of rehab at TRNL, Eddie was introduced to and excelled in dressage. Competing through First Level with junior, adult amateur and professional riders, Eddie has won championships, high points, breed awards and end-of-year awards for multiple equestrian associations including TIP, USDF and SEDA. With his "can do" attitude, Eddie is a true ambassador for the breed.
Floyd came to TRNL in September of 2015 after he was bailed out of a kill pen in southwestern Louisiana. After his racing career, Floyd retired in South Carolina and became a lesson and trail horse for 9 years. Eventually, his owner placed her horses and closed her program. Floyd was given to her farrier for his daughter; however, he took him to the New Holland auction in Pennsylvania, where he was sold to a kill buyer. Floyd travelled 20 hours to the kill pen where a volunteer for TRNL spotted him online and bailed him out. He had been tagged and marked for shipment to the export pens on the Mexican border when TRNL intercepted him.
In 2016, New Heights Therapy Center in Folsom, Louisiana were looking for a new horse to add to their riding program and Floyd was taken on a trial basis. Since then he has become a valuable asset to their program and is an instrumental mount during therapy sessions. Floyd is entering his 4th year as a leased therapy horse at New Heights. He works most week days and participates in 3-4 lessons a day. These consist of being tacked up by clients, led to a mounting area, having clients mount him using a sling and then being led or ridden independently by clients through a variety of activities that are directly overseen by a certified staff member.
Floyd is VERY loved by everyone at New Heights and TRNL. Anyone who meets him falls in love with his endearing personality and HUGE heart.
Floyd's Racing Stats:
27 career starts: 11 firsts, 3 seconds, 3 thirds
(in the money 63% of the time; winner 41% of the time)