My name is Chloe. I am 15. My best friend is 17 and his race name is Its Pay Day. But his barn name is Goouch. I have had him since March of 2021. I got him from my moms best friend Kristyna Rae. She raced him but said he didn’t like being at the track so she retired him and used him as a trail horse. She isn’t fond of chestnuts but loved his personality. I had been looking for a project horse to flip, but my mom did not like this idea. Tyna knew Goouch qualified for the Quarter Horse Racing Incentive, and wasn’t being used a lot so offered him for us to try and if it didn’t work out she would take him back. I went to her farm to try him out. He had not been rode in a couple of months. I brought him in from the field and started brushing the mud off him. It was a very windy day and he didn’t like standing for me to brush him. He just kept moving around. Well, on went the saddle and we went to the infield to ride. My mom was very nervous as he only wanted to go and thought if he took off with me we would both be gone to the next township. At first I was nervous as well. He did nothing dirty just wouldn’t stop moving and wanted to move fast. Tyna told me to get his mind doing something so we started doing figure eights. He started to calm and listening to me. That is when I started falling in love with him. It was a short ride but I knew he had to come home with me. I was so excited to have him at my farm. I started right away bonding with him. Spending as much time as I could with him. Either sitting in the field with him, brushing him, or going for short rides. He now loves to be fussed over, Standing ground tied for as long as I want to pamper him. Our first show season doing western games was a learning curve for both of us. He was learning as he went as he had never run a pattern before and I had never taught the pattern. We went to day shows at North River Riders in Orillia and Turn N Burn in Uxbridge. Both of which participate in the Quater Horse Incentive program. We did not always place that well but it didn’t matter we were together and going fast which we both love to do. I kept him in control as best as I could and then let him fly home. His ears always up and me with a huge smile. It was frustrating at times but we both just kept trying. We also did a couple of local jumping shows at Rushmount in Orillia. And a couple of jumping clinics there as well. He had no idea what to do but I’m sure that it's because of our bond he was willing to try anything. We have been to Gardy Training Center a few times which specializes in pleasure horses. Jamie the owner helped both of us a lot. I knew where to put my heels to ask him to do something but he didn’t know what I was asking. Jamie was so patient with both of us. This strengthened our bond even more now that we know how to communicate better with each other. At the end of it Jamie said he was welcome back any time which made me so happy. The 2022 show season was even better for us. He listened better and I knew how to ask so he’d understand. We did the same shows and his times were faster and more consistent. I was so proud of him the first time we did the poles without knocking one or going off pattern. We also enjoy trail riding. He doesn’t mind if it is on his own, with just my mom and her horse or with a larger group. As long as we find somewhere for him to stretch his legs and go for a bit of a run, which we both like to do. My plans for our future are to continue with the 2 local shows so we can participate in the quarter horse incentive program, go to a National Barrel Horse Association show, do more trail riding, competing at a few jumping shows to hopeful get some more long pretty ribbons, and just hang out together.
Ontario’s Quarter Horse Racing Industry
Development Program (QHRIDP)
Post Racing Incentive Program is designed to support the market for Quarter Horses at the end of their racing career in Ontario,by encouraging people to purchase retired racehorses for participation in horse sport.
This provides added value for horses who have raced in Ontario at Ajax Downs or Fort Erie Race Track, by creating an incentive for people to buy racehorses at the end of their racing career and re-train them for use in horse sport.
Horses registered in the program and participating in the speed events of barrel racing and pole bending at selected venues are eligible for a points-based share of a $20,000 Post Racing Bonus.
The program, in its thirteenth year, awards owners of former Ajax Downs racehorses who show their horses competitively in Ontario with an annual monetary bonus; a share of the $20,000 available for participating horses.