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Platinum Performance Horse Welfare Awards



Nickname: Zee-O
Birth Year: 1999. Gender: Gelding. Breed: Thoroughbred.
Affiliated with Thoroughbred Athletes, Inc. .


Thoroughbred Athletes, Inc. (or TAI) is nominating Zee-Oh-Six, of our stable, to receive a Platinum Performance Horse Welfare Award for his lifetime of achievement - and being a wonderful ambassador for TAI.

Zee Oh Six is a once in a lifetime horse, and serves as a living example of Responsible Retirement. Zee Oh Six, who was born in 1999, was the 2005 Oklahoma Bred Horse of the Year. His race record is impressive, include 47 starts and over $400,000 in career winnings. He is a graded stakes winner, including three wins in the Oklahoma Classics Stakes race. He was well known for his strong personality and opinion on the track, which is what made him such a powerhouse on the track.

Zee-O retired to a pasture after 6 years on the racetrack, but his breeders understood that a horse with this much heart wanted a job. In 2013, Zee-O and the Smicklas family founded Thoroughbred Athletes, Inc. He began training and captured the heart of our founder, Lynn Sullivan. Zee-O is not only an incredible athlete, he is a best friend, a teddy bear personality, a peppermint lover, and a wise soul.

At the prime age of 19, he has successfully competed in hunter jumpers, dressage, and eventing, and is still healthy, happy, and competing in eventing! With such a successful and athletic career, any horse is prone to the effects of aging. While Zee-O still has some of the cleanest looking legs and joints we have ever seen, we would like to keep him at his best for years to come, with the help of Platinum Performance products.

Relationship of Nominator to Nominee
I am on the Board of Directors for Thoroughbred Athletes, Inc, a 501(c)3 organization, that rescues, rehabs, and retrains retired racehorses for a second successful career. In 2017 alone, we found "forever homes" for 40 horses that went through our program. Zee-Oh-Six is an Ambassador for TAI, and a living example of what these retired racers can do! -- Charles S. Tanner