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Seine enjoying his Pepsi
December 17 2007
It is with great sadness that I write this farewell to my horse of a lifetime, Seine Minstrel
He was foaled in March of 1986 at Live Oak Stud in Florida, and the son of the great Champion, The Minstrel out of Versailles by Majestic Prince. He raced at the major tracks of Aqueduct and Belmont as a two year old running against the likes of Easy Goer. After an ankle injury at two he went on at three to still win and get checks at smaller tracks until the end of his three year old year when I was lucky enough to acquire him from Bob Akins, a Missouri owner/breeder who wanted him to stand at stud in the state of Missouri where he retained breeding rights to him. Thank you Bob. I will always be grateful for the opportunity to have owned a horse like Seine Minstrel.
He bred many successful sport horse foals and they are winning all over the east coast, west coast and places in between. All of his offspring have great work ethics, are fantastic jumpers and brave enough to jump anything they are pointed at. They are also very beautiful movers and excel in dressage competition. His daughters are now producing excellent sport horse foals also. He has been crossed on Paints, Quarter Horses, Warmbloods and Drafts where he will leave his mark in those breeds as well.
Last January First, Seine was diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma and we started treatment with a chemotherapy drug but it continued to spread. We took him to the University in April and had surgery done removing all of the cancerous tissue and he seemed to recover well until two months ago when he started losing weight for no apparent reason. As he continued losing weight and his strength his attitude remained good and not once did he ever 'complain' or seem to be in pain. We continued caring for him and keeping him as happy and comfortable as we could until this past Sunday, December 16th, when he became very weak and went for his last walk in the snow. After picking grass from under the snow for an hour he went over to King, our Paint stallion and told him that he was still top horse, when in fact, he was barely able to walk. At 3:00 AM he lay down on his bed of straw and peacefully slipped away. I haven't been able to write until now but wanted to let my friends and family know what a great loss he is to my breeding program and to the Thoroughbred breed in general. I like to think he was happy living here all of these years and he died just as he lived, 'with great dignity'.
He is/was as far as I know one of the very last sons of The Minstrel, a bloodline that is one of the legends, the very best... bringing Cigar, Opening Verse, Tinner's Way and many other great ones.
He will be buried tomorrow on the hill over-looking the broodmare pasture where many of his daughters and their foals graze. He was one of the 'special ones' and will always be remembered as one of the kindest, gentlest horses with a great heart and wonderful spirit.
Memorial to Seine Minstrel
December 17 2007
I'll lend you for a little while,
Take care of him for me?
He'll bring his charms to gladden you
Since all from earth return.
I've looked the wide world over
In my search for teachers true.
I know you'll give him tenderness
Much sooner than you'd planned.