2021 Platinum Performance
Horse Welfare Award Recipients

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2021 Honorable Mention

Haynesfield Best
Official Name: Haynesfield Best
Birth Year: 2014 Gender: Gelding. Breed: Thoroughbred


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Friends of Ferdinand Inc
Earlier in 2021 Friends of Ferdinand (FFI) received a thoroughbred named Haynesfield Best into our program from our TAA partner, Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare (CTA).  We are so excited that Haynesfield is in our barn.  Haynesfield Best, out of Don't Tsacha Me, by AP Indy started his life at the renowned WinStar Farm.  He went on to race 46 times, earning just shy of 95 times, mostly racing at Penn National. Haynesfield Best ended his career in Puerto Rico running once at Camarero in PR after a rough shipping transport in a group shipping container to the island.  After that start where he came up lame, he was placed on the euthanasia list and CTA intervened on his behalf.  
When horses retire from racing in Puerto Rico, their next step is uncertain.  There are not many riding stables on the island, and really the best chance these horses have to find a home is to get back to the mainland.  Friends of Ferdinand and CTA shared our plans and raised the funds from racing enthusiasts, connections, as well as horse lovers and advocates to get him a comfortable flight and transport to Indiana.  This is our second year running our fundraiser "Ponies of the Caribbean" to save horses from Puerto Rico and it has been rewarding for everyone involved in their care.  The horses receive a great deal of positive attention from the local community and Haynesfield Best was lucky enough to fly back to the continental US. ,Every horse that enters the FFI program receives a veterinary intake exam and his exam determined that he would not be approved to be a riding horse without surgery to remove a chip and clean up and mitigate the arthritic damage in his knee.  This surgery was completed at Purdue University at the end of April and he is just getting cleared for the round pen turnout phase of his rehab. He would greatly benefit from supplements to shorten his recovery time and transition him to his training!  CTA and FFI have invested in Haynesfield in order to get him righted onto a path that he is sound and has a non-racing skill set that will help keep him safe for the rest of his life. His foster mom thinks he will be a great trail mount or a 4-H partner because he is so calm, easy going, and lovable. Haynesfield has shown great appreciation for all of the love and attention and has even benefited from Masterson bodywork classes being done at his farm. The tension release has been so helpful to him. Although he is only 7years young, his body has been pounded. FFI wants to give him all available opportunities to smoothly transition to his next career and find his match. We hope you are moved by his journey and find the partnership a good match to provide him Platinum Performance products as a part of his success story. 

Relationship of Nominator to Nominee
​Haynesfield Best is a horse in the Friends of Ferdinand organization. I am a board member and coordinated his transfer from the Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare organization in Puerto Rico to give him a chance to find his match on the mainland through our process to rehab, retrain and rehome. -- Diana Cooper