Hi. My name is Happy Days. My friends call me Fonzie, and my good friends get to call me The Fonz (when I let them). I’m a coming 5 year old (foaled April 24, 2009), off-the-track thoroughbred (OTTB) gelding. I stand at 16.1 hands. My color is dark bay, with three white sox, and a pretty sharp looking star. People think I’m flashy, and I have to admit, I do stand tall and proud. And I’m not your typical slab-sided thoroughbred; I have a pretty wide barrel. Some trainers think I look like a cute, fat little pony . . . until they stand next to me. I always get a kick out of that. I do have a pony sense of humor, though, and I love pulling on hats and ponytails.
Anyway . . . I raced for a year (2013, 6 starts), and I really didn’t like it. I’m finally out now and doing what I was meant to do. You see . . . I’ve always wanted to be a big-time equitation horse . . . or maybe a dressage horse. I’ve started training, and now I’m looking for a new rider . . . not some roached-back kid I have to drag over a bunch of hunter fences . . . but a REAL rider. I need a seriously dedicated, straight-back, square-shoulders, deep-heels, tight-leg, quiet-hands rider. I mean it! I’m going to the medal finals, and all I need is the rider who wants to take me there.
You know who you are. You eat, sleep, and breathe horses. You’re competitive. You’re true to the sport. You overhear parents and trainers complaining about kids these days who don’t want to work; they all want “made” horses; and they’re not willing to “pay their dues.” But they don’t say those things about you. You work hard. You’ve already learned that nothing worth anything comes easily.
I know I’m not “made” yet. I need some show miles, but that’s why my price is so good. Don’t overlook my potential; it’s amazing. I’m not a stall potato; I love hard work, and I have great athletic abilities. I want to learn. I want to please. And I love compliments and praise when I do well. I’m jumping 2’6” right now, and I’m ready to go higher. I’m really comfortable to ride. I have an excellent approach and a correct form over jumps that will take all the attention away from me and showcase you.
Look . . . you probably know someone whose parents bought them a $30k hunter, and they win lots of ribbons. Any decent rider can do that. You may even know someone whose parents bought him or her a big-buck eq. horse. Imagine what it would feel like to sit on that horse and go to the medal finals. Now imagine what it would feel like to go to the finals and beat that horse and rider . . . because of all the hard work we did together.
I’m working with Carolyn Sabolis Hall right now. She’s OK, but she’s not permanent, and she’s not you. Call her at and come see me. You won’t be disappointed. I’m a clean, non-smoker, who is completely drug free . . . not even “bute.” I love taking long walks in the woods and watching old movies. (My favorite is The Black Stallion.) Call me.