OTTB: Fingertips and Melia Blakely

Melia Blakely said she is not entirely sure why she fell in love with the recently retired gelding Fingertips in November, 2015. “He wasn’t big, or flashy, or really even that personable,” said Blakely, laughing. “I’m not 100 per cent sure what it was to be honest but I fell in love.” Blakely, an accomplished horsewoman who has been riding since she was a child and competed internationally in western pleasure before transitioning to breeding and training competitive reining horses, was seeking a retired thoroughbred for a new goal she had for 2016. “Two years ago my reining prospect passed away suddenly and left me horseless,” said Blakely who is 24 and lives in Coldwater, ON. “I was blessed to have a very close friend see how devastated I was… He sent me a horse to ride and I started competing in extreme cowboy in Ontario and Manitoba.” It was…

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