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Post Time Special - Jimmer up for adoption

08:32 AM 05 Feb 2019 NZDT
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Jimmer, harness racing
Trainer Courtney Labarbera stands on the back of Jimmer
Shelley Johnson photo

Elkton, MD -- In this edition of Horse Highlight, Post Time with Mike and Mike teams up with New Vocations to feature Jimmer. This handsome 10-year-old by Equinox Bi has a way of getting everyone's attention when they walk into the barn.

"It must be his unique look that makes people notice him, he leaves an impression on everyone," said Jimmer's former harness racing trainer Jessica Roegner. Jimmer gave it his all everytime he stepped foot on the race track, and when he just wasn't himself anymore, trainer Jessica Roegner decided it was time for Jimmer to retire.

Jimmer had 117 starts during his racing career. With 22 trips to the winners' circle and a bankroll of over $172,645. "In 2015, the year we got him, he won multiple open races in New York. He set his lifetime mark of 1:54.1 before he injured his leg," said Roegner. "He was always fun to watch race because he never really got started until the half. He was one that would come charging hard late."

"I've never been around a horse that has a more down to earth personality than Jimmer. " Roegner said. He is a people's horse who everyone seems to love. "His previous owner Sally Corlew, has always kept in touch with me on how he is doing. Even the fellow that delivered grain to us in New York still asks about him a year after we moved to Ohio."

This well behaved, bay, gelding, is so gentle that both the young and the old are able to take care of him, and when it came to having someone on his back it was like he was an old pro. "While having time off he was at my mom's farm and we had my niece, Anna get on him. He didn't even move a muscle. He acted as if he'd been riding for years. He is always so eager to please." said Roegner.

I (Jessica Otten) have taken care of Jimmer a couple of times while he was racing at Northfield Park in Ohio and I fell in love with him the minute I laid my eyes on him. He was so sweet and gentle, he was like a giant puppy. He did this thing when you walked him, he would move his head back and forth almost like he was nodding yes to you. It was so funny. He never did a thing wrong, hands down one of my favorites to take care of. After the race, its like he knew it was time for his treats.

"He loves food, he will literally eat anything. I haven't found a treat he won't eat." Roegner said. I've (Otten) always kept up with him when he races and would often ask Jessica, on how he was doing. When she told me he was going to New Vocations I couldn't have been happier for him and this next step in his life.

"For a trotter, Jimmer is exceptionally quiet. He was broke to ride in a matter of minutes and by the end of his first ride, Courtney Labarbera, our trainer, was able to stand up on his back with no hands! Jimmer is kind and so willing. In just a short time he is already a favorite in the barn." stated the Standardbred Program Director, Winnie Nemeth.

Jimmer is at the Western New York facility and is up for adoption, for more information check out the New Vocations website. Be sure to visit www.newvocations.org and view out all of the amazing athletes they have up for adoption, remember, make your next horse an ex-racehorse!

By Jessica Otten, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

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