2022 Platinum Performance
Horse Welfare Award Recipients

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2022 Honorable Mention

Get Western
Official Name: Get Western
Birth Year: 2015 Gender: Gelding. Breed: Thoroughbred


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Secretariat Center
Get Western aka “Westie” is a graded stakes winning descendant of Storm Cat. He raced over 20 times in his career and won almost $300,000 before retiring to a second career at the Secretariat Center. He won his last race by jumping a shadow across the finish line and into his second career. Westie like many horses coming off the track needed some let down time and TLC before becoming available for adoption. He has had to learn new skills in the ring and had to remember what it is like to have roommates, but he insists they be of average size, minis throw off his mojo. Westie, like many others that have raced hard in their careers is still working through the process of retraining both his mind and body and working out the kinks that come with athletes of his caliber. Westie has benefited from chiropractic and integrative care and continues to get better every day. He is quiet under saddle and is slowly getting stronger and gaining muscle as he transitions to a second career. Platinum products help athletes with more wear and tear like Westie to be able to feel good in their second career and extend its longevity. Osteon, Platinum Performance CJ, and Ortho-Chon® HA are all products that will keep Westie healthy and successful as he searches for his adoptive home.

Relationship of Nominator to Nominee
Get Western came to the Secretariat Center in the spring of 2022 after racing for almost 6 years, he had some down time coming. I got to know this sweet guy after providing veterinary care to him to get him back to feeling good and showing off his full potential. He, like many others, just needed time and care to heal before becoming someone’s equine partner. Witnessing horses like Westie go on to become exemplar ambassadors for the breed has been an incredibly rewarding experience for myself as a veterinarian and an equestrian. -Dr. Holly Schmidt, President of the Secretariat Center Board and Co-founder of Foxwood Equine -- Holly Schmidt, DVM