Vanessa MacDonald receives the 2021 Stuart Stocks Memorial Equine Award
MacDonald plans to apply what she learns in the two online courses to giving horses in her care, including her best friend Bumble, optimal care.
MacDonald first met After Market while grooming at Rideau Carleton Raceway during the summer of 2016 and she knew right away how special this horse was. They bonded and MacDonald enjoyed watching his confidence grow as she tended to him with the utmost attention. They were separated when he was sold and resold to different trainers across North America, but he was never forgotten.
Five years later MacDonald jumped at the chance to purchase him and bring him home when he turned up for sale in Ohio. Overcoming injuries and all the exchanges, Bumble won his first start for MacDonald, who says he has more than earned his forever home.
“Standardbreds are bred to race a mile, but anyone who has the opportunity to work around them knows they go so much farther than that for us,” says MacDonald. “I am elated to be given the chance to go an extra mile for them in return. They are well worth every effort.”
The Roger L’Heureux Memorial Equine Award was established in loving memory of Standardbred driver, trainer and groom, Roger L’Heureux by David L’Heureux and Crystal Fountains Inc.
The Stuart Stocks Memorial Equine Award has been created by the Stocks family in memory of their beloved brother, son and uncle, and avid follower of top thoroughbred racehorses, Mr. Stuart Stocks.