The injured racehorse that Cornell vet school employee Molly Copeland lovingly adopted and nursed back to health is moving on to the next stage of his life, and it involves a lot of lady horses.
Copeland, whose relationship with the ex-racehorse was chronicled here, has sold Watchmon to a reputable farm in Brazil. There, Watchmon will be stood at stud (bred) with up to 65 mares, with the hope of his fast-galloping bloodline to be passed down to a new generation of winning racehorses. Yes, Watchmon, you are headed for some good times.
The polite horse with the extra-gentle head-butt and leathery lips is leaving us. As much as Copeland would’ve like to keep him, the upkeep and bills had become too much for her. It is a difficult parting.
But as is often the case when good people do good things, there’s reason to rejoice. When Copeland first adopted him, she had dreamed of using his stud fees for a charitable cause.
Her dream has come true, although not quite in the way she’d imagined. Copeland has selected a charity that helps children, and she plans to donate to it a generous portion of the money she’s received from the sale of Watchmon. She wanted to give it all, but the charity insisted she keep some of it to help recoup some of her costs.
Talk about a bittersweet ending.