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Unwanted Racehorse Finds Bright Future @ The
By Allie Layos ‘09
Although he was only 4 years old when he arrived at Wil-
liam Woods University, Freddie came to teach equestrian
students a lesson that perhaps no other instructor could
impart…from the best and worst of the horse industry.
Freddie is a 15-hand dark bay gelding—now known
around the barn as Trader, stemming from his registered
name, “Future’s Trader.”
With the help of sophomore Marissa Parenti of Hook-
sett, N.H., WWU adopted Trader from the New England
Thoroughbred Retirement Center (NETRC) after a failed
career as a racehorse.
NETRC "fosters" horses from the Thoroughbred Retire-
ment Foundation (TRF), a national organization that
was founded two decades ago to save Thoroughbred
horses no longer able to compete on the racetrack from
neglect, abuse and slaughter. Trader was taken into the
program and given a foster home at Watchtower Farm in
Deerfeld, N.H., which is operated by the NETRC.
Parenti serves as assistant executive director of the
NETRC, and when she got the chance to work with Trader
during the summer, she fell in love with him. “I thought his
personality was a perfect ft for William Woods,” said Par-
enti. “I also thought it would be good for people to see
that racehorses can remain productive after retirement,”
she added. “He loves his job. He jumps…and he is very
safe. He’s gentle and quiet.”
Parenti worked with Diana Pikulski, executive director
of the TRF, to fnd Trader a new home. “I acted as the
liaison,” she said. “At frst, they were very skeptical about
letting him go to a university, because such arrangements
had not worked out in the past. But, because she knew I
was enrolled at William Woods, and she connected with
Linda on the telephone, she decided to give it another
Dr. Linda McClaren, associate professor of equestrian
science and hunt seat instructor at WWU, also felt that
adopting Trader would beneft her students. “This adven-
ture with Trader,” she said, “will provide our students with
great learning opportunities regarding an aspect of the
industry that we have yet to explore at WWU: how to
create a sustainable business by pairing horse retirement
centers with therapeutic horsemanship for the good of
Parenti said, “I liked him, so I had a video ma
sent the video to her. She said she trusted my
me to fgure out how to get him to Missouri.”
Fortunately, Henry P. Welch Trucking donate
ride to Fulton, Mo. He arrived safely at The
on Aug. 14, and according to Parenti, “has a
loves being in a stall.”
Trader will need much re-training and conditi
polished show horse. “He’s learning how to b
correctly. He is very green, but he is very willi
new things,” said Parenti, who has ridden hi
his arrival. She believes that with consistent s
conditioning, Trader will make an excellent h
From all reports, Trader has been taking it all i
level-headed horse with a great personality,
students will learn that even though a horse i
they can still serve a purpose and excel in n
try,” she added.
Since Trader has been offcially adopted by
son the arrangement doesn’t work out, he m
however, it seems Trader is well on his way to
and contributing member of the William Wo
CUTLINE: Marissa Parenti ’11 of Hooksett, N.H.
former racehorse now helping to teach equ
liam Woods University.
William Woods takes
second for AMC
President's Cup
The William Woods University
athletics department fnished
second for the American Mid-
west Conference President's Cup
for the 2007-08 school year.
William Woods recorded 242.5
points to McKendree (Ill.) Univer-
sity’s 322.5. McKendree has won
the last eight President's Cups.
Scoring for the award is based
on the respective schools'
fnishes in regular-season and/
or tournament competition in
the conference's 13 sponsored
sports. Regular-season points
were accumulated in volleyball,
men's and women's soccer,
men's and women's basketball,
baseball and softball. Season-
ending competitions for men's
and women's cross country,
men's and women's golf, and
men's and women's track and
feld were also fgured into the
scoring system.
Missouri Baptist University (227.5)
came in third for the President's
Cup, Columbia College (175)
was fourth, Hannibal-LaGrange
(135) ffth, University of Illinois-
Springfeld (125) sixth, Harris-
Stowe State University (100) sev-
enth, and Williams Baptist (Ark.)
College (77.5) eighth.