At long last, a special Holiday edition of Princess and now too, Prince Diaries! 2018 brought us several ups and downs but we end the year on a happy note knowing our dear Princess (A Pic by Mrwill) and Prince (Mr Will) were safe at home with their loving families. Life has been full of blessings and these two certainly bring us much joy.
We caught-up with Princess at her temporary home in Caledon on Christmas Day, meeting-up with her new Mama Emily Fisher who has done such a great job keeping her healthy. I couldn’t believe my eyes how great she looks – she just keeps growing and I’d guess she’s at least 17.5 hands tall now? To be conservative about her recovery, she’s on stall rest still, but enjoys occasional time outside her stall cross-tied while she is groomed or to say “hello” to her neighbours, including her buddy across the hall Esmeralda.
She’s been x-rayed and her injury is healing well, but Emily‘s focus is having her heal fully before she moves on to her next steps, whether it be showing at the Royal Winter Fair one day or motherhood. We are saddened that Emily’s beloved Don’s Folly had passed recently and we understand how trying it is picking-up the pieces again. Princess has been of great consolation and comfort to Emily, the sweet filly we’ve known her as always.
While it’s still early, some stallions are being scouted as a potential match for Princess and there are a couple leading Ontario stallions both Emily and her mom Michelle, who once worked with famed Kinghaven Farms, have in mind. Whatever choice Emily makes, we are thrilled for them and know they will make the right one come breeding season (beginning mid-February). I for one have been vocal about this flashy up-and-coming stallion at Frank Stronach‘s Adena Springs! We love the way his kids are looking and running so far.
Princess has developed a taste for unconventional treats and is absolutely obsessed with Rice Krispie Squares and Oatmeal Cookies. We spoiled her as she deserves with a gift basket containing several of her favourites. Her appetite is insatiable, destroying a platter of Fuji apple slices, two bags of mini carrots, cookies and squares quickly! It’s a wonder how she still looks so fit!
Emily still is dealing with the aftermath of Don’s Folly’s medical costs which went well above and beyond estimates prior to his passing. If you have anything you can give, please help via this GoFundMe.
Christmas wouldn’t have been complete without a visit to our Prince,Mr Will and we thought we’d gift him with his own first halter. We must say he looks rather dapper in it! Michelle and Rob Love (the latter who is an Outrider at Woodbine Racetrack, keeping horsepeople and horses safe especially when they break loose) have done an amazing job breaking him in and while he isn’t by any means sizey, he looks athletic and is a quick learner. We are in love with the beautiful white strip on his face, making him almost a spitting image of his Queen’s Plate-winning dad Not Bourbon.
Mr Will was just gelded (castrated) a few weeks back and we were advised he generally was well-behaved, although with their fillies and mares returning home for the winter, it was for the better with him starting to display “colt-ish” tendencies of late. Mr Will was on his best behaviour and even Billy was able to get up close to him without incident. He definitely is loved by the Loves (pun intended) and I get a kick out of the confusion adorable Miss Cailey Love gets when she’s told the real Mr Will is coming by to see Mr Will. We know Emily got confused when we asked her if she wanted to tag along with us to see Mr Will. In due time the world will know all about equine Mr Will!
2019 holds many exciting developments and stories about Princess and Prince and we can’t wait to share them with you! Happy Holidays!
To have one racehorse named after you is a dream, but for this to happen twice has me feeling like Bob Baffert winning his second Triple Crown!
While my schedule was super-busy during TIFF, it was almost impossible not to make a trip north of the City to see adorable MR WILL. Those of you following on Social Media will know how overjoyed we were to hear that a colt named MR WILL would be going through the sales ring at the 2018 Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society Premier Yearling Sale last month. Bred by Northern Dawn Stable (Sherry McLean and Bob Craig), the colt after multiple bids went to owner/trainer Michelle Love and her husband Rob, who has the all-important job of Outrider at Woodbine Racetrack, keeping horses, horsepeople and fans safe. Once again, we are so touched by the Horse Racing community’s love. I am so grateful and thrilled about what lies ahead!
While we were saddened that our dear Princess (@APicbymrwill) had to be retired prematurely earlier this year, this gives us something to be really excited about. We still try to visit her every chance we can and we find comfort knowing that she is under the amazing care of Emily Fisher. She looks rather amazing and continues to be spoiled like she deserves. A bonus is that she’s only about ten minutes away from MR WILL. Emily is dealing with her beloved stallion Don’s Folly, who is nursing an injury right now so we wish her and Don all the best in his recovery.
After driving past their home a few times (GPS only gets you so far in the country!) and finally finding it, I was ever anxious to meet my adorable new namesake. Rob told me, “I thought that might’ve been you!” seeing a little red Acura ILX driving back and forth like a lost soul. Michelle led me into her barn, which houses Rob‘s beloved pony Grouch, a handsome gray who is a great ambassador for Woodbine, having appeared at Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square to promote the sport. Michelle also has there a sweet filly she bought at the sale by red-hot freshman stallion, Souper Speedy. Although she warned me that MR WILL might bite (just like his namesake!) being the colt that he is, he was on his best behaviour, reaching over to give me a peck. He’s even getting the hang of Selfies and I’m sure we’ll be giving him lots of practice! The colt definitely loves an audience and I was so impressed watching him do laps around his pen as both Michelle and Rob each took turns on him. He is under amazing guidance and while many other yearlings are taking their time getting ready, this boy already is at work and a true professional about it. It also helps that he was prepped well entering the sale, making Michelle‘s job a lot easier.
MR WILL knows all about mini carrots already, surprising Michelle even! 🥕
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Looking at his pedigree, I have every reason to expect that MR WILL should excel on the turf. He is by 2008 Queen’s Plate winner Not Bourbon who has some deep bloodlines tracing back to the great Northern Dancer and Secretariat, the latter whom he actually resembles with his chestnut coat and linear white blaze. He also has some stamina and turf breeding on his mom, Wila Brew‘s side. He is her first foal and she was a winner at Woodbine back in 2015 for trainer Dave Cotey, a man who knows his bloodstock having picked-out Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird on whom the Film 50-to-1 is based. I even remember seeing MR WILL‘s great-grandmother Willamar race at Woodbine when I was a kid and she was remarkably fast, setting a course record. Tons of history there.
Michelle and Rob also are notable breeders, having bred stakes winner CLICKITY CLACK, who is one of the best three-year-old fillies on Woodbine’s grounds.
We’ll try to keep you all updated on our boy’s progress without having to crash at Michelle and Rob‘s all the time. Too tempting to just show up at their home!! We’ve created a Twitter and Instagram for MR WILL, so please be following his exciting story as he transforms into a star of tomorrow!