2005 Jockey Club Registered Thoroughbred Mare
Macho Uno x Grand Fan
Born in Kentucky, Tess was my first horse. As I was finishing grad school, a friend found her for me at after a Keeneland sale. After failing at the track (she finished near last in her only two races), Tess had been sitting in a pasture for at least a year. My friend gave her a lot of downtime, fattened and cleaned her up, and put basic groundwork on her.
I bought Tess from my friend in January 2011 with the hopes of turning her into a jumper. I shipped her from my friend in Ohio to Amarillo, Texas, where I was working at the time, and then shortly after, shipped her to Houston, my hometown and where my current job is.
Tess had near-flawless conformation and was everything I wanted – petite, bay Thoroughbred mare. But after two and a half years of training and trying to make it work, I realized that Tess did not want to be a jumper. I traded her for Sabra in June 2013. I still love her and want her to have a good life, as she’s my first horse and was my sole companion through a lonely, rough time in my life, but I’m glad I’m no longer forcing her into a job she doesn’t want to do.