Shaun, the most famous Kiwi thoroughbred in all of Kansas, will soon be off to a four-day clinic to re-start his riding career.
Shaun, who raced under the name Cusack in New Zealand, was exported to North America in 2007.
He was found in May last year in kill pens in Washington state.
Thanks to the generosity of Horsetalk readers, the funds were raised to buy him and ship him halfway across the United States to the home of Deb Johnson, in Kansas.
He has settled in well with her herd, has gained weight, and is enjoying all the trapping of rural Kansas life.
There is no doubt Shaun is full of beans and ready to kick on after his racing career.
“It been one of those days I wish I had the camera,” Deb told Horsetalk.
“Shaun has taken to rearing, to encourage his mares to move their butts. He reared up, all the way Trigger-style, then leapt straight up on his back feet and bucked, hind feet higher than his head.
“There was lots of rearing, bucking, rear end air bursts and tons of snakey necking this morning.”
She said he will be going to four-day clinic in Archie, Missouri, in the first week in May, run by Peter Campbell.
“Peter is one of the best in the business, and if there is a better start, I can’t think of one,” Deb says.