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Beau’s Town and Amy


Beau’s Town came to LOPE in 2008. A handsome 10-year-old gelding, Beau won almost $700,000 at the track before retiring a couple years ago. But Beau was bored just being out in pasture, so his race owner donated Beau to LOPE, hoping we could find Beau a new vocation.

amybeauBeau immediately impressed us with his calm temperament, good looks and elegant movement. And we soon discovered Beau was an absolute ham — he loves to be admired and will definitely “work” any audience until he hears applause.

When the Equine Expo of Texas invited LOPE to be its featured charity and perform in the big arena, we knew Beau would just have to be the star of our act.

So we hired Amy, a talented local trainer to work with Beau and get him ready for the Expo. She taught Beau all kinds of things and introduced to him to many new experiences — like trail riding, crossing water, meeting cattle and donkeys and even standing still while she tossed a rope from the saddle.

At the Expo, Beau exceeded all of our expectations. Even though it was his first show ever, he took it all in stride and was a huge hit with the crowd. He and Amy were a great team in the arena demonstration — Beau loved all of the attention!

Thank you Amy and Beau!

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