The horses that enter the Great Geldings program will spend anywhere from a few months to a year or more transitioning from track life to ranch life. Many hours of rehab and training go into each horse and we strive to develop them for their best suited career as indicated by their aptitudes.
Once the horses go through the Gate To Great program, they are ready for their new career. If you are interested in a particular horse, contact us for details on the individual's progress and fill us in on what you are seeking in your next mount.
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About our current offerings:
All the Thoroughbred gelding listed below came to us from one of the top breeding/racing programs in the nation, Solera Farm of Williston, Fl. Under the watchful eye of owners Dr. Krista Seltzer, D.V.M. and Edward Seltzer, these horses represent generations of black-type producing mare lines they have developed. Most of their horses are foaled in Kentucky and are pointed to the early books of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Others are broken and trained at the Florida facility under the eye of trainer Curtis Garrison before being sent trackside with some of the best conditioners in the racing business. All are retired with plenty "left in the tank" as second careers are in mind and come to us with full histories, which we make available to our buyers. They are registered but papers are not available. As the second owners, we do our best to determine each gelding's strengths and weakness in an effort to find the right home. We are honored to be entrusted with these royally-bred horses!
16.0 hd. Bay Gelding
2015 by Into Mischief X Little Cat Feet (by Tale of the Cat)
7 starts, 2 wins, $35,945. Last Raced 6/22/2019
Here's a looker from one of the hottest sires going, with a recent Horse of the Year, Authentic! Liger won his first two starts and carries Storm Cat blood top and bottom. Liger is well on his way to being a user-friendly all-around ranch and pleasure mount for a non-jumping home. Price: $8,500. Listing last updated Sept. 2021.
15.2 Hd. Dark Bay or Brown Gelding
2016 by Lemon Drop Kid X Pleasant Review (by Pleasant Tap)
15 starts, winner, last raced: 4/9/2021
An athletic young son of champion Lemon Drop Kid and a full sibling to multiple graded stakes winner, Sparkling Review. Hails from a quality family of black type winners and the famous stallion Lyphard. Milburn will be an eye-catcher anywhere he goes. SOLD
Uncage the Cat ("Ears")
16. hand bay gelding
2016 By City Zip out of Panther Strike (by Black Minnaloushe)
8 starts, winner, last raced 1/8/21.
Tall, dark and handsome, Uncage the Cat is a half-brother to graded stakes winner Chapalu and out of a stakes mare. Another young, quality gelding from the top breeding program at Solera Farm. He will be getting a winter off to fully relax from racing and begins re-training in earnest Spring 2022.
Battle Honours ("Lil' Red")
15.2 hd. chestnut gelding
2017 By Field Commission out of Family Honor (by Mr. Prospector)
3 starts, placed, last raced Sept. 2020
His sire is a champion and his dam is a full-sister to Greatness, the last son of leading sire Mr. Prospector standing at stud. He's had lots of outside miles doing ranchwork! SOLD
Lemondrop Bold ("Rambo")
15.2 hd. bay gelding
2013 By Lemon Drop Kid out of Verdana Bold (by Rahy)
3 starts, last raced: 4/2/2016
Used for Western Dressage, this chunky gelding has been shown successfully and qualified for the Jockey Club Championship Show in 2019-2021. His easy-going nature has been a bonus when hauling to shows or clinics, as well as all the preparations leading up to competitions. Good on the ground, hauls alone, stands tied, good to shoe, clip, bathe, fly-spray, blanket and boot. No stable vices, does not crib, weave, etc. and settles in well to overnight stalling when hauled to competitions. Quiet and confident. Lives outside 24/7 on pasture or hay and stays in good flesh without grain. He can't pass up a chance to roll in the mud or play in the canal, so there's no fear of water. Rides off alone from the barnyard and works on the flat without calling out to other horses. Goes in a solid mouth medium-port curb. Takes right off into a lope in the correct lead and is starting flying changes on a figure-eight. Does not have to be ridden everyday to stay broke. Best for intermediate or better rider. Goes without spurs. He has outside mileage doing simple ranch chores such as putting out the bull, moving cattle and sorting pairs. Not selling him as a finished ranch horse or rope horse, but he does have potential to go on to novice ranch versatility events. Has done well in lower-level western dressage and is starting to neck-rein. From a family deep in quality and loaded with stakes contenders. His half-sister won stakes races in 2020 and several other siblings have black-type earnings. Rambo was named 2020 Champion Western Dressage Thoroughbred by The Jockey Club TIP Performance Awards Program! Papers are not available. See his videos below. Listing last updated Sept., 2021. Available at $8,500.
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Gate to Great Geldings
A Division of Horse Creek Thoroughbreds
Newell, SD 57760