Delano trainer to compete in retired racehorse makeover
By Starrla Cray
DELANO, MN Lindsay Jensen of Rush Meadow Farm Performance Horses in Delano is one of 12 horse trainers in the US and the only Minnesotan selected to participate in the first-ever Extreme Retired Racehorse Makeover Friday, Aug. 2.
She’ll be traveling to Simmons Equestrian Center in Negley, OH to show judges that ex-racehorse, Porsha, is much more than a one-trick pony.
Porsha had a lucrative career until age 5, earning nearly $90,000. However, when Jensen rescued Porsha (now age 7) at the beginning of April, the off-the-track thoroughbred was in tough shape, living in an overcrowded, unsheltered home, with fungus in her ear and crud on her skin.
“My main goal was to get her healthy,” Jensen said.
Jensen and the other contestants have been given just a few months to prepare for the August competition. So far, Porsha has gained 300 pounds and is “thoroughly” enjoying her training.
“It’s safe to say, Porsha thinks she died and went to heaven,” Jensen noted. “She is a total sweetheart.”
Barrels and freestyle
Trainers and their horses will be judged on barrel racing and a freestyle event, with $5,000 and lots of other prizes at stake.
“You can do whatever you want in the freestyle,” Jensen said. “My goal is to not have to use a bridle. When a horse has nothing in its mouth, that shows it is pretty darn broke.”
Porsha is showing great promise, and Jensen describes her as “mellow for a racehorse.” Already, Jensen can stand on top of Porsha’s saddle and crawl underneath her with no difficulty.
“She’s been super, super easy,” Jensen said.
“Easy,” of course, is relative. Jensen, 22, has been riding horses since she was 3 years old, and showing since she was 8.
“I was the girl who could ride anything,” she noted. “I could make the hot horses mellow, and the unwilling horses willing. I understand horses, and how they speak to us.”
About six years ago, Jensen and her mother, Kris, started their horse training/riding lesson business at Rush Meadow Farms. Kris often works with beginning riders, while Jensen teaches sessions for advanced jumpers and racers.
Jensen participates in rodeos every weekend, and runs barrels at a pro level.
One of her favorite parts of the job is breaking young horses.
“Sometimes it’s frustrating and you lose a little hope, but then a light bulb will turn on, and the horse will get it,” she said. “It’s kind of like being a teacher.”
For the competition in August, contestants are only given about 100 days to train their horses. Although the timeline is fairly short, Jensen is confident she and Porsha will be ready on time.
“I’ve been pushing her hard, but not too hard,” Jensen said. “I want to keep it exciting for her.”
To learn more about the Extreme Retired Racehorse Makeover, go to www.dreamingofthree.com.
Porsha for the win
To learn more about sponsoring Lindsay Jensen and her horse, Porsha, for the competition in August, e-mail email@example.com. Current sponsors include:
• Dover Saddlery (Medina location)
• Canterbury Park
• Troublemaker Custom Leather
• Jake Nordick, farrier services
• Anna Tietz, Silver Lining Herbs dealer
• Moonlit Quarter Horses
• Jeff and Rhonda Jensen
• Rush Meadow Farm Performance Horses
• Roasted To Perfection horse feed