All the Way Jose is a Jonathan Sheppard home-bred who raced for Buttonwood Farm. He won the Grade 1 Lonesome Glory in 2017. Jose retired in 2019 with 37 starts and earnings of over $450,000. Jose’s owner in retirement, Erica Gaertner, is prepping Jose for the 2021 Thoroughbred Makeover. Erica gives us an update on their adventures!
By Erica Gaertner
Jose came back home from New York the very beginning of August. I think everyone at the farm was excited to have him back. I have been riding him since he has been home, and he feels fantastic – Jonathan and Walker did a great job getting a more solid base on his flatwork.
We had pony camp at the farm and Sally Cousins came and did a clinic – some of the adults got to ride as well. I had a blast, of course Jose was perfect. I had not jumped a course of fences in months, but he didn’t miss a beat.
I finally got to take him to a horse show. I had never shown him before, and I jumped at the opportunity. We did the hunter division at a local show and ended up champion. He has definitely settled into show horse life after his trip to New York.
I am very lucky because I started my dream job in August, which includes being a primary sports medicine physician at LifeBridge Health in Baltimore, and I am the team physician for Loyola University Maryland as well. The unfortunate part of starting up a new practice and being the team physician for a D1 school, is that I cannot take off the week in October for the Thoroughbred Makeover. I was really looking forward to taking Jose down there, and I think the hardest part was telling Jaidyn that we weren’t going. She is such a talented young rider and was really looking forward to it. She took it all in stride and was just happy that we have Jose back so she can still ride him.
I am really looking forward to more horse shows with him, and just enjoying him around the farm. Team Jose wishes everyone luck at the Makeover, and will be rooting for Jose’s former stablemate Nice Surprise and his rider Bailey Poorman.
Thanks to everyone for following Team Jose’s journey. We are excited for the future!