Tears of joy were shed as Sweetlandofliberty and Rodriguito, two horses stranded in Puerto Rico, stepped off of the horse van and onto one of The Exceller Fund's satellite farms in Oklahoma for the first time, making the destruction of Hurricanes Irma and Maria a thing of their past.
“We are honored to offer these equine athletes that have given so much over the years the retirement that they have earned,” said Nicole Smith, Executive Director of The Exceller Fund.
With a combined 289 starts, the two geldings join The Exceller Fund as a part of their Racing Warrior program. Sweetlandofliberty and Rodriguito endured and survived two hurricanes that ripped off roofs and flooded the aisles of the barns. For weeks following the storms, food had to be rationed and water was scarce.
The Exceller Fund worked with Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare, the group that secured both horses while in Puerto Rico and transported them to the Oklahoma facility.
“We have all been eagerly awaiting their safe arrival for a while now,” Smith said. “It was not easy getting them off of the island, but we are grateful for the team of people who came together to make it happen.”
The Exceller Fund is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that offers a lifetime commitment to every equine that enters the program. For more information, visit www.excellerfund.org.