“Here I come to save the day! That means that Mighty Mouse is on the way!” Well, Powermouse is not quite Mighty Mouse, but then again, he’s a horse, not a rodent. The Ontario-bred gelding did his best impression of a super hero on the track though, racing 46 times and finishing in the top three 16 of those starts with earnings of over $101,000. Bred by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, the bay gelding was sold as a yearling at the Fasig-Tipton July Sale in Kentucky before starting his racing career at Woodbine near the place of his birth. He then made his way back down to the States, racing at Parx, Mountaineer, Thistledown, and Mahoning Valley race courses before his trainer, Josh Faulkner, decided to retire the super horse with CANTER Ohio.
“George” entered the program at CANTER Ohio and was sent for some higher education at Lake Erie College. He was a part of a training class in which students work with green horses to teach them the basics of being a riding horse. The lovable gelding graduated after a semester and returned to the CANTER Ohio farm ready for a new career. As luck would have it, Phillip Headdon, Huntsman with the historic Myopia Hunt in Massachusetts, was looking for his next mount at that time. Phillip had previously adopted a hunt horse from CANTER when he was serving with the Chagrin Valley Hunt Club and when it came time for him to find another horse he went straight to the source of his previous success. George caught the Huntsman’s eye, along with another CANTER horse, and they both went home with Phillip to learn how to be foxhunters. George has taken right to being a part of the pack, feeling completely at home among Myopia’s historic fields running with the hounds.
CANTER Ohio was initially started in 2001 as a listing service for trainers at Ohio tracks to list horses they wanted to sell. The program then expanded to include CANTER-owned horses which are retrained for second careers. CANTER Ohio is based in Mentor, OH and was accredited by the TAA in 2013. Learn more about their program at: www.canterusa.org/ohio/.
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization who accredits and provides support for organizations that provide aftercare for Thoroughbreds. For more information on the TAA, visit: www.thoroughbredaftercare.org/.