The New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society would like to nominate How Bout Jose (“Jose”) as Horse of the Year in the non-competitive category. Jose is an off-track Thoroughbred who came into our program in 2008.
Jose was foaled on March 6, 1997 and comes from very impressive lineage. He was sired by graded stakes winner, Drumalis, and is out of Pranke’s Pride by Pranke.
Jose made headlines as a racehorse. During his career, Jose was in-the-money over 75% of the time and earned $229,787 in 33 starts. He registered a whopping 12 wins and a number of those came under the skillful riding of Kentucky Derby winning rider and local Hastings racecourse success story, Mario Gutierrez. Jose raced extensively in British Columbia as well as other parts of Canada and all over the U.S. west coast.
While Jose’s win percentage made him popular, it was his heart that made him unforgettable. Although Jose retired in 2007, we regularly receive comments from fans who watched him race. Fans often recount how Jose raced as though he was the biggest horse in the field, despite standing only 15.1 hands. Jose never gave up, ever.
Jose raced until an injury forced his retirement at 10 years of age. His owners donated him to New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society in 2008.
Jose has been an absolute gentleman from the moment he arrived. Despite being gelded quite late (at 11 years of age!) he has been the most well-behaved and easy to handle horse that we have ever had in the program.
He is also stunning. Jose has near-perfect conformation and a tail that is the envy of the Lower Mainland.
Jose’s injuries preclude him from adoption so we have instead accepted him into our program as a permanent guest. Jose plays a very important role with New Stride. He is the face of our sponsorship program; a program that allows fans to sponsor retired racehorses and provide them with the well-earned retirement they deserve.
Jose is also an integral part of our volunteer program. Due to his kind disposition, he is the first point of contact for new volunteers. Everyone starts out with grooming and doing some in-hand work with Jose. Jose provides our new volunteers with a safe environment to get accustomed to the program.
We believe that Jose would make an excellent Horse of the Year. Not only is he an ambassador for the Thoroughbred, but he embodies all the qualities that comprise truly great horses. Jose brought happiness to countless fans and has since brought joy to everyone who has ever had the pleasure of working with him.
New Stride is honored to have Jose in the program. We feel his is truly a once in a lifetime horse