A 16.2 h bay Thoroughbred gelding. King is an OTTB who raced for four years, had 34 career starts with earnings of over $130,000 and finished 3rd in a black type stakes race. Bred in Ontario, Canada his sire was the great Canadian, Niigon, who was a son of Unbridled. Niigon had 23 career starts with over 1 million in career earnings. Clearly, King comes from a long line of high performing athletes and he has certainly inherited their work ethic and drive for success.... (read more)
King retired from racing in October of 2017, when a full pre-purchase exam including x-rays of all four legs and spine concluded that he was retiring completely sound and injury free. King spent the remainder of 2017 through October of 2018 training for his 2nd career as a Hunter/Jumper. He was shown in the 2018 Retired Racehorse Project, Thoroughbred Makeover in Lexington Kentucky, where he came in 65th out of 123 total entries in the 2'6 Show Hunter division.
Since the Thoroughbred Makeover, King has shown both at the state local show level and at the rated show level. He is always in the ribbons, and this spring he participated in a Liza Boyd clinic in Birmingham, AL. He has completely natural auto lead changes that make him very amateur friendly, but he does have a little more "go" than "whoa" and would need an intermediate rider to continue to be successful. He does not buck, bite or kick. He stands like a champ for grooming, shoeing, bathing, braiding and almost self loads on a trailer.
Although shown in the Hunter ring, we feel that King would also excel very well in the Jumper ring or possibly as an Eventer. He is extremely brave to the jumps and has never offered to refuse or stop at a jump. He has been given the tools to be a successful athlete, now he just needs the right partner to continue to grow and shine.
*UPDATE 11/4/19* - After competing in 4 local circuit hunter shows in 2019, Squeeze the King is the 2019 year end champion of the 2'6 open Modified Hunter division for the state of Alabama, in the Alabama Hunter Jumper Association.
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