Magna Terra Smoky (Paperback)
Trafford Publishing, 9781490791845, 332pp.
Publication Date: November 7, 2018
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For all the unfortunate horses who have never found that special person in their lives and who often, through no fault of their own, ended up at a merciless dead end auction, this story has been written. Fortunately, Smoky was one of the lucky ones, and his story proves as so many other similar stories have, that given half a chance, what tremendous rewards and achievements can occur. From an unruly, unwanted colt should arise such a phenomenal racehorse who broke almost every record in the Arabian Racing Books was something that no one could have ever imagined. Smoky was living proof of what a little luck, love, patience and determination could produce. The author has attempted to take the reader on the tumultuous journey that she and Smoky traveled from the day she first saw Smoky to his retirement from horse racing as the "One Eyed Wonder." some 11 years later. It is truly a "Cinderella" story to be enjoyed by anyone who loves animals.
About the Author
Barbara Jagoda is a retired science school teacher and race horse trainer who now works part time as a test administrator for a global company. As long as she can remember, she has always had a tremendous love and passion for animals. During her university years, she enjoyed work as a Wrangler at Cheley Camps, located near Estes Park, Colorado where she developed a fond rapport with her assigned horse, Pearl. Upon graduation and receiving her first paycheck as a new teacher, she immediately purchased Pearl as the first of her long string of equine companions. During the 1970's and 1980's, she went on to enjoy many years as a competitor in NATRC (Competitive Trail Riding) and later served as a judge for these events. Brandy (registered name of Sheiks Scimitar) was a favorite mount during these years and the two made a formidable team. In later years, she also competed in AERC (endurance riding) on another favorite horse, Roc-et Arapaho. Over the years, she has rescued and rehabilitated over a dozen horses either from auction houses or from homes where she discovered starving horses. Most of these horse were not broke to ride; however without fail, each and every one of these horses rewarded her patience, love and attention by turning out to be wonderful mounts. She currently resides and enjoys living on a small ranch outside of Colorado Springs, Colorado where Magna Terra Smoky and a number of his buddies enjoyed their lives after retirement from racing. Sadly, Smoky passed away in 2016, one day short of his 30th birthday. His best buddy, Aurzel (written about in this book) and her latest rescue horse named "Red" (age 25+ years) currently enjoy the acreage and freedom this land provides.