Fox Hunting Life with Horse and Hound

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steppenwolferNina Siepel on Steppenwolfer, out with the Cheshire hounds this year

Consider the happy life of Steppenwolfer (by Aptitude out of Wolfer): lots of treats; a big field with clover and buddies; and, from September to March, running around the countryside with a lot of other horses chasing a pack of hounds. A far distance from running third to Barbaro (by Dynaformer out of La Ville Rouge) in the Kentucky Derby and second in the Arkansas Derby in 2006.

Gelded and purchased by Gail and Dixon Thayer as a steeplechase prospect, his short steeplechase career wasn’t as stellar as hoped for. But he’s one happy puppy now. And Nina Siepel, who hunts him with Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds (PA), always wears a big grin, as if she still can’t really believe her good fortune. I’m not sure who is the luckier of the two.

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+1 # Karin Winegar 2013-01-26 19:46
striking and noble looking horse.....and photogenic, obviously!
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# Elizabeth H. Sutton 2013-01-29 20:24
How wonderful to hear so many success stories
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+1 # Nancy Kleck 2013-02-01 18:44
I've been around the TB racing business for 25 years, painting portraits, watching horses come and go. I've got two OTTBs, one adopted through New Vocations. The Thoroughbred is finally regaining its crown as all around best athlete. Beauty and form following function...poet ry in motion in the truest sense. Thanks for a great article!
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