I met this gray girl when she was 4 hours old, at Brookdale Farm in Versailles, KY, where I worked as Stallion Secretary. I didn't call her "Maggie" then....she was just "Boo-boo" or "Little Bit".....when I walked into her stall the next morning after she foaled, her mom (Maggie North) pushed her towards me with her nose. Not quite sure why she did this....but she became my little buddy. Maggie was dark bay with a huge white blaze when she was born....but had a few gray hairs on her flank (sure sign that she would take after her daddy, With Approval, who was quickly losing all those beautiful charcoal gray dapples to soon become white as a ghost!) Maggie had some health issues after being an RNA during the November Keeneland Sales in 1998...but was presented in the 1999 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. She didn't sale for much, but headed to Florida to learn how to become a race horse. After selling at a 2year old in training sale, she was heading to Missouri. Then, I lost any news of her.....but I was distracted by the foaling of Maggie North's 2000 foal...a beautiful dark bay filly by Alydeed! Now that's another story....Alydeed was my favorite Stallion at Brookdale and I was thrilled to see the product of this breeding. Anyway, I finally found news that Maggie...now named Wildwood Approved....was racing at Fairmont Park in Illinois....she was to start her first race...at 4 years old! I went to Keeneland to watch the simulcast of the race....probably the ONLY time anyone at Keeneland cheered so loudly for a 3rd place finish!!!
I was fortunate to watch a few more races and keep up with Wildwood Approved's race career...nothing fancy, but she did win a couple of claiming races. She changed ownership but did stay at Fairmont Park. News dwindled down again, but, I got to visit the Alydeed/Maggie North '00 (now named Amodeed) filly as she began her race career at Woodbine Race Course outside Toronto!
A friend called me one day to say she recognized the pedigree of a horse offered for sale on the CanterUSA.org website...it was the With Approval/Maggie North '98 filly! There was a photo....big, beautiful, race fit, gray girl! She was looking straight at the camera...and into my heart! Bill and I planned a trip to see her the weekend before July 4th in 2003...as soon as I walked into the barn at Fairmont....I just knew! We had a certified check....so Maggie was mine. We had to find a horse trailer to borrow to drag that gray behind back to Kentucky....all the details fell into place (with thanks to a Brookdale Farm coworker) so we scheduled a return trip during July 4th weekend.
We had never pulled a horse trailer with our little truck...much less one with a horse in it! Was a rough trip...not sure if either Bill or Maggie has yet to forgive me...but 12 years later, I think it was worth it!
Maggie has lived at a few locations....first at my friend's farm in Paris, then a wonderful boarding farm just a couple miles from our home in Lexington, then a farm close to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, while I worked there. I took Maggie to a couple dressage shows and trail rides; I think she thought each one was a return to the track! But I believe, my favorite home for Maggie was in Wilmore, KY....was a huge farm (acreage wise), but small in the simplicity and ease of horse care. All the horses on the farm were overly content; and all the owners had ample time and space to care for and ride their equine friends. I gained great friendships from that little farm. AND the place had the most amazing sunsets.....
About this time, I was given a DSLR...and Maggie became my favorite model....as well as other creatures on the farm!
After visiting the Nashville area for many years, we decided to relocate last year. I had no trouble finding the most perfect place for Maggie....in Franklin. She has a lot of acreage to roam, some interesting field mates (with awesome owners by the way)...and is settling into middle age quite well. Thanks for reading my story...I do love my little gray girl and my sweet hubby who has put up with all my Maggie duties and stories for the past 12 years!