Bring Elmhurst Home to Grandma Mims’ House!

Update Wednesday, 12 October 2011: Our graphic

designer, Patti Wells, has a new desktop featuring Elmhurst with a photo by
Cindy Evans!

Elmhurst desktop

Update Wednesday, 5 October 2011: Jeanne reports:
“You should have SEEN Elmhurst showing off for the ladies yesterday afternoon.
When I first let him out with them he stood cautiously by my side. Gradually, he
walked further and further away. Soon he was circling them on the hill at a full
out gallop. Most watched unimpressed but Missy White Oak joined in. When she
stopped running he came flying back to me skidding to a stop in front of the
barn. I gave him a peppermint and he was OFF again. Everyone likes him just fine
so far. He likes his stall, his food and most of all he likes his treats.”

Elmhurst romping in the field

Update Tuesday, 4 October 2011: Jeanne reports
Elmhurst rested well overnight and was happy to see her this morning. “He truly
is a sweetheart.” She says his nicker reminds her so much of Mims’. Again, thank
you all for your support! This was definitely a dream come true operation for
the Haven. We couldn’t have done it without everyone’s help!

Elmhurst greeting Bel’s Starlet:

Elmhurst visits with Bel's Starlet

Update Monday, 3 October 2011: He’s here! Brook
Ledge pulled into the Haven a little after 9am and dropped off our precious
cargo. Jeanne says he’s big, he needs a haircut, and he’s gorgeous!

Elmhurst in his stall at the Haven

Elmhurst with Jeanne

Update Sunday, 2 October 2011: Elmhurst is
scheduled to arrive at the Haven between 7 and 8am Monday morning (3 October).
We are so excited!

Update at 14:30 Friday, 30 September 2011: Elmhurst
is on the van and heading home!

Update! Between 11am and noon today PDT, Friday, 30
September 2011, Elmhurst is scheduled to walk on to a box stall van and begin
his journey from California to Kentucky. We will post updates here as we know
them! Everyone keep Elmhurst in your thoughts as he travels. And if you see a
Brook Ledge van on the road, it just might be our beautiful boy, so wave!

Brook Ledge Horse Transport and Three Chimneys Farm have given us a good
start on getting Elmhurst home to Paris, Kentucky. An additional $1750 needs to
be  raised to pay for the rest of his trip. Thanks to EVERYONE! We’ve
raised more than enough for Elmhurst’s trip!

You can help by either purchasing one (or more) postcards or by making a

The postcards will
be held at the OMRH farm until Elmhurst’s arrival. Once Our Mims’ grandson is
safely off the Brook Ledge trailer, the postcards will be mailed from the Paris
post office so you will have a nice souvenir of your participation in getting
Elmhurst home. Click on the Buy Now button to purchase post cards.

You can also make a direct donation to the Elmhurst fund in any amount you
desire. Click on the Donate Now button to make a donation toward Elmhurst’s

There are 2,231 miles between El Cajon, California and Paris, Kentucky. Get
Elmhurst closer to his new home by purchasing miles for $2 per mile.

Thank you so much!

Use this button to buy postcards: Use this button to make donations: Use this button to buy miles:
Postcards are on their way to Paris for sending once Elmhurst arrives!

Elmhurst is on his way!
Place a bid
on the Point Given Halter:
Or send a check:
Our Mims
Retirement Haven
159 N Bickett Rd
Xenia OH 45385

So far we have raised $956.00 toward Elmhurst’s return! Number
of miles purchased: 253!

For those of you not familiar with Elmhurst:

Elmhurst is a 1990 dark bay gelding by Wild Again out of Mimbet, who is a
daughter of Our Mims. Elmhurst was owned by Evergreen Farm and trained by Jenine
Sahadi. He won about $1.1 million on the racetrack. His most memorable win was
the 1997 Breeders Cup Classic

Elmhurst at Rocking Horse Ranch

Latest Photos!



Elmhurst at Rocking Horse Ranch

Press Release:

1997 Breeders Cup Sprint Winner Elmhurst Returning to the Blue Grass

C.N. Ray’s Foundation, formerly Evergreen Farm in Paris Kentucky, is happy to
announce that Mr. Ray’s 1997 Breeders Cup Sprint Winner Elmhurst will be
returning to the Blue Grass of Kentucky. The 1990 gelding, bred at Calumet, will
be retiring at Our Mims Retirement Haven.

This will be a well deserved retirement for Calumet-bred Elmhurst. During the
gelding’s most famous race, he brought joy to many as he came from “the back of
the pack” at odds of sixteen-to-one to win the Sprint at Hollywood Park. Upon
Elmhurst’s retirement from racing, he began his second career at Rocking Horse
Ranch of California where he worked with children and young adults, helping them
gain confidence and courage as they came from “the back of the pack” to begin
their new paths to a winning life.

Prior to Mr. Ray’s passing in November of 2009, he heard of Kathy Plaisted’s
work helping children turn their lives around. C.N. realized he had the perfect
meld of horse to job: a horse that went against all odds to win the Sprint
helping children achieving goals despite tremendous odds against them. Kathy
agreed and the union became a blessing for many at Kathy’s Rocking Horse Ranch.

Kathy uses horses to teach relationship, hard work, trust, boundaries, respect,
and hope. Elmhurst was just such a horse! The oldest horse on the field, with a
young woman as his trainer… and he won the Breeders Cup “against all odds!” That
is so very much the heart of what is taught to every person who comes to the
Ranch, and the motto at Rocking Horse is: “Be more than the odds! Live your
dream! Work hard and hold tight to hope!”

“At twenty-one Elmhurst still loves to jump and play and is always the first to
come running when I whistle,” Plaisted explains. “He has taught quietness,
kindness, and hope to many. He will always be a favorite here at the Ranch —
not because of his winnings (although we do love to show off his record-setting
video) but because of his amazing spirit. Of all the horses I have ever met, he
truly has a heart of a champion! He has worked hard both on and off the track
and is deserving of such a fine retirement.”

Plans are now being made for Elmhurst to return home to Kentucky where he will
live out his final years at Our Mims Retirement Haven. Rocking Horse is sad to
see him go but he will live in the hearts of many forever. According to Kathy,
“This is an incredible opportunity for Elmhurst, and I know he will continue to
be a blessing to all who visit him.”

Brook Ledge Horse Transportation has donated over half the cost to ship
Elmhurst across the country, and Three Chimneys Farm has donated a Point Given
halter to help with residual costs. Producer Feeds in Paris, Kentucky is
providing shipping boots for Elmhurst to travel safely and will be sponsoring
him once he arrives at OMRH. Producer Feeds sponsors OMRH lady Lotka now, and
that sponsorship will continue as well. Elmhurst’s stall at the Haven has been
refurbished and additional drainage put in place with grant money from
Thoroughbred Charities of America.

The Haven is looking to donations from supporters to help pay the rest of the
bill for Elmhurst’s trip. Fans and supporters will be able to go to the Haven’s
web site at
and purchase post cards for $5.
Purchased post cards will be on display for Elmhurst’s arrival, and then will be
mailed to the donors with a Paris postmark. More information is available on the
Haven’s web site.

Haven President and Farm owner Mirabito remarked: “Every time I look at Our Mims
pedigree page I see the name Elmhurst. Now I’ll see him in person and in our
pasture! Its almost like a dream; Our Mims’ grandson is coming home!”

“This is a fantastic opportunity for the Haven,” added OMRH Director of Fund
Raising and Promotion. “Elmhurst is coming home, that’s how we see it. We so
very much appreciate that we have been entrusted with his future.”

An arrival date has not been announced but is anticipated as soon as funds are

Rocking Horse Ranch is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation chartered in 1996 for
the purpose of giving both youth and horses a second chance at life through a
variety of counseling, outreach, and rehabilitation programs. The Ranch is
supported solely through donations, sponsorships and grants. Rocking Horse Ranch
will be offering a halter worn by Elmhurst during his stay at the Ranch to raise
funds for ongoing programs. Donations can also be made by visiting

Our Mims Retirement Haven is a 501(c)3 nonprofit chartered in 2007. Named after
famed Calumet racer Our Mims, the 1977 Eclipse Award Champion 3-Year-Old Filly,
OMRH takes in retired Thoroughbred broodmares. The ladies live out their lives
in the barns and paddocks of the Haven with appropriate feed, exercise, vet,
farrier, and dental care. OMRH is supported by direct donations, sponsorships,
grants, and the sale of items on eBay and their online store.

Current ladies living at the Haven include Timeless Sue (granddam of Bourbon
Belle, great granddam of Not Bourbon), Hana Bride (daughter of Coastal), west
coast runner Bel’s Starlet, champion racer Lotka, starred broodmare Cruella,
Australian-born Princess Royale, Ms. Stalwart (dam of), Missy White Oak, Ms.
Royal Flagship, Taba Dance (daughter of founding lady Taba the dam of Turkoman),
Blue Viking,
Little Miss Porter, and Trail Guide. OMRH has been the home of Sugar and Spice
(champion half-sister of Our Mims), Taba (dam of Turkoman, great granddam of
Point Given), Iza Valentine (1987 California Broodmare of the Year), My
Turbulent Miss (dam of Prized and Exploit), Alabama Nana (raced in the 1985
Breeders Cup Distaff), Hope of Glory, Jamra, and Exactly So.