Every once in a while a story reaches a writer that packs a punch, or carries an important message, or makes a difference. Such is the case in the article by Amy Bower Doucette who writes special pieces for The Palm Beach Post.
Doucette writes about a woman who is a volunteer at the Florida Thoroughbred Retirement and Adoptive Care [FLTRAC] facility at Sunlight Ranch, Indiantown.
Amanda Cimorelli volunteered and worked with the horses at FLTRAC in Indiantown. There she spent a lot of time with Sunny, a retired Thoroughbred gelding. It wasn’t long before she had fallen in love with Sunny. Truth be told, Cimorelli started forming a plan for the future of Sunny, whose racing name was Sun Stroke.
Sunny came to FLTRAC last October. I started working with him in January and began fostering him in February. Now he’s ours.
Gimmee picked out my dad. He’d go into the pasture with me to get Sunny and Gimmee would always approach him. Since my dad took a liking to Gimmee, I started working with him as well. He became number two.
As it happened, Cimorelli and her family adopted both Sunny and his best horse friend Gimmee, whose racing name was Gimmee GetMe. With the Cimorellis, the two ex-racehorses have found a loving, permanent home.
Both horses had raced until they became too old and worn out. They were shuttled around rescues and foster homes where they endured their share of trauma. When they moved in with the Cimorellis, life became suddenly wonderful.
The Thoroughbred boys now live on a small farm in Palm City in a two-stall barn. The horses enjoy the delightful property where they have plenty of shade trees and a waterfront view.
The horses are helping Cimorelli repeat history. She wants her 6-year-old daughter, Rachael, to learn to ride. Her own first horse was an off-the-track Thoroughbred, too.
Cimorelli has less time to volunteer at FLTRAC now but hopes that the story of Sunny and Gimmee inspires others to volunteer. The nonprofit has 80 horses and all of them receive wonderful care. Cimorelli wants everyone to know that funds and donations and volunteers at FLTRAC are always desperately needed and necessary for the rescue’s survival.
Cimorelli is ecstatic about her horses. She originally had no plans to adopt a horse or two but is thrilled with the decision to bring Sunny and Gimmee into the Cimorelli family.
Source: Palm Beach Post
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