Dora learned to ride as a teenager and fell in love with horses. Her exposure to the world of racehorses, however, happened later in life when she met her husband Alan. A longtime racing enthusiast, he introduced her to racehorses and shared with her the world of racing and breeding.
Alan and Dora started their journey by joining a small racing partnership. That was followed by their involvement in a smaller breeding partnership. What came next was inevitable. They wanted to breed and race their own horses and did just that. They kept two of the thoroughbreds they bred and went on to race them in New York.
When their two horses, a mare and a gelding, were ready to retire (one to an injury and one who wasn’t competitive) they were retired to Elizabeth MacDonald’s farm. Both were adopted by really great people and began their new lives.
Sadly the mare later suffered a fatal bout of colic and had to be humanely sent to cross the Rainbow Bridge. The gelding, however, is still living the high life and continues to grow and learn and teach his new family, Susan and Cymry Flood, BBTAP’s VP and Secretary/Trainer.
A year before Dora became part of BBTAP, she lost her soul mate unexpectedly. Alan’s dream was to work to find forever homes for off the track thoroughbreds and Dora hopes to continue his legacy by fulfilling that dream at Blue Bloods Thoroughbred Adoption and Placement. She knows firsthand how wonderful it feels to be able to give a thoroughbred a second chance at life.