Full Brother to OUR FAVORITE SWEET si 86, 2nd place Ruidoso Juvenile Stakes & Ruidoso Futurity Trial
My ‘Why’ for choosing to keep the stallion…’Go To The Gravel’......
After meeting Jan Bockenstedt, my life seemed so complete, so happy, he was and still is my everything! I had finally met the love of my life and my soulmate. Jan had a driven passion for horses all of his life. When he went to horse sales, he was known for looking at all of the horses with a keen eye; however, especially the ones in the kill pen just because ‘he knew’ the horse could have more. Driving down the country roads he would gawk at the countryside to check out what kind of horses everyone had in the fields.
He would kneel at the side of a mare giving birth to her foal, even if meant a sleepless night in the barn and being 20 below outside. For you see, Jan more than knew how to raise the foal he had just watch standing for the first time, it was while that same filly or gelding would stand in the winner’s circle at Prairie Meadows Racetrack, you could just look at him and see the joy in his eyes, his contagious smile, and ohh those dimples show. His passion in life was not just living the day-to-day to make ends meet, as it was his love of horses that brought him to purchase the stallion “GO TO THE GRAVEL”. He loved horses just as much as he loved his family!
For those who knew Jan, he was always thinking of something (good or bad) and was always thinking of ways to make that extra buck. He had finally found something that he knew deep down within himself that he had found ‘our retirement’. For you see, it was when Jan had driven twelve hours to the 2016 Heritage Place Winter Mixed Sale that he found ‘our retirement’. After much deliberation between many individuals including the trainer, the vet, and himself; he called me at work with so much excitement in his voice (I still remember the phone call very clearly) that he said: “Honey, I have found what will make us extra money for our retirement!” He then proceeded to ask my opinion, if he should or shouldn’t spend the money to purchase the stud. After listening to all of the reasons why and why he shouldn’t purchase the stud, I said to him “Why, not honey, what have we got to lose, except some cash, but we can’t take it with us, so I say go for it!!” I was 100% behind him for you see, those that also know Jan, knew how much he studied the pedigrees of a horse before a purchase and it was with all my being, I realized he had found ‘our retirement’.
On March 17, 2018, everything changed in my life. I lost my best friend, my soul mate, my husband to an unexpected tragic accident. After a lot of thought and consideration, I decided that I wanted to keep the stallion and not sell him. I knew there would be individuals who may or may not agree with my decision, but it is something that I wanted to do more than anything. I had considered this all along but it was after much deliberation and yes, I would go back and forth with my decision. I would say that I didn't want to own him, as it was not a passion, but deep down, my intuition was telling me differently and I knew what I had to do. Jan instilled a passion within me that is burning to carry his legacy out. Together, through a lot of blood, sweat, and tears (so to say), we had built this place (Jan’s dream ranch) and were going in the right direction.
We had made this decision together to purchase the stud for our retirement. Even though he is not physically here to carry this out, I am and I know with my entire being that he is right beside me. I have sat with him through the phone calls to potential breeders and meetings with Charles Abraham, DVM of Abraham’s Equine Clinic where the stallion stands. I have been the one who designed the website, put up the Facebook page and helped to promote the stud, including many trips to Cedar Rapids for photos and videos. I have kept a log of everything written down in a special notebook that we used just for the stallion.
The stud has potential and I know I can do this with the help of my partner, Charles Abraham, DVM. Partnering with Charles just ‘happened’ like it was supposed to. Jan not only thought of Charles as a vet, but as a friend, mentor, and colleague in the horse business and had great trust and respect for him. With that being said, I am honored and humbled to have Charles on this journey with me.
This is something that Jan and I did together and I feel I have invested just as much time and money into this as well. So here I am, carrying on the legacy that Jan began for ‘our retirement’.
Head over boots in love with you, forever & always, your forever wife….Corrine
Half brother to ONE DASHING EAGLE si 98 ($2,079,065) (c. by One Famous Eagle) World Champion, Champion 2-Year-Old & Champion 2-Year-Old Colt
Half Brother to ONE SWEET JESS si 104 ($953,592) (c. by Mr Jess Perry)
Half Brother to A SWEET JESS (c. by Apollitical Jess) sold for $300,000 at Ruidoso 2018 Select Yearling Sale
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