09/30/2011 5:44PM

Letters to the Editor Oct. 2

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Rahy leaves behind special memories of a rare breed

I just wanted to take a moment and thank the literally hundreds of people who called, e-mailed, posted on social media, or sought us out in person to convey their condolences for the death of longtime Three Chimneys stallion-turned-pensioner Rahy ("Influential stallion Rahy dead at 26," Sept. 24). He was so loved, respected, and revered by the Three Chimneys team. You don't even know how much the sentiments you conveyed mean to all of us.

Yes, those involved with the Thoroughbred industry, from racing to sales to breeding, are doing so with a business-focused mindset. While we're constantly dissecting the economics of the latest sale, considering impact of the newest graded stakes winners' bloodlines and speed figures, and trying to understand and address the many challenges plaguing our livelihood, at the heart of our involvement in this industry is an intrinsic love of the horse.

It's funny, when it comes to losing an animal, their accomplishments become somewhat trivial in a way. It matters not what awards they won or what accolades they earned. What matters is what they were like - their personality, quirks, and mindset.

Rahy was this unique little package who melded the toughness that made him a top-class athlete with a softer, sweeter side that made him truly lovable. He could be stubborn, but he wasn't mean about it, almost like he was saying, "I appreciate your input on the situation at hand, but we're going to do things my way." Brian, who rides the stallions at Three Chimneys, once told me that even at more than 20 years old, Rahy was still the toughest one to gallop, pulling Brian up out of the tack daily during his morning romp.

Needless to say, Rahy will be sorely missed by all of us here. Yes, he was the proud but pint-sized pony who, along with a few chart-topping others, helped to make Three Chimneys what it is today, but to those that knew him, he was so much more.

So, thank you to those who shared their memories of Rahy, introduced us to his progeny who are now broodmares, show horses, or riding partners, or who just let us know that they loved him too and understand the pain we feel.

You were loved, admired, and respected. Rest in peace, Rahy.

Jen Roytz - Three Chimneys Farm