TRNL Ambassadors are horses that are part of our mission to educate and raise awareness for the Thoroughbred Retirement Network of Louisiana as well as the Thoroughbred breed. These horses are maintained by TRNL and exemplify the athleticism and versatility of off-track Thoroughbreds. TRNL Ambassadors compete at horse shows, are ridden during exhibitions and give lessons at our facility. Our current ambassadors include the magnificent Stormin' Eddie and the beautiful Tia Tejano.
Eddie is an athletic Florida-bred who stretched his legs all over the country during his racing career. After 53 starts he was initially retired at age 7 after he bowed a tendon. He was briefly retrained as a jumper, but was ultimately put back on the track at age 10 (and raced 4 more times, winning his final race) before he severely re-injured his tendon, which permanently ended his racing career. After a year of rehab at TRNL, Eddie was introduced to and excelled in dressage. Competing through First Level with junior, adult amateur and professional riders, Eddie has won championships, high points, breed awards and end-of-year awards for multiple equestrian associations including TIP, USDF and SEDA. With his "can do" attitude, Eddie is a true ambassador for the breed.
Tia Tejano is a lovely chestnut mare that never raced. She was shown locally for a short time before being bred and spending her time out in the pasture. When her owners were ready to get out of the horse industry, TRNL was happy to step in and give her a great home. Tia is a naturally round mare and makes a lovely dressage horse. She fits into our ambassador program with her sweet personality and her exceptional talent.