In Memory of Night Fight
The best horses in Heaven they have no tail.
This is a rule they all know without fail.
For when a new horse arrives with a short cut bob,
they all know that this horse did a very good job.
His owner could not bear to part with her friend
so she saved his tail, wrapped in ribbons
and in braids, to hold with his memory in a very loving way.
To enter Heaven without a tail is an honor, a message,
that without fail announces to everyone, far and wide
that this horse was more than a wonderful ride.
But this horse was loved and cherished by one
and when his time serving on this Earth was done
he left behind a broken heart and a soul
from which he never will part. –Miska Paget
To forever safe – July 2018.
When we saw the video of a crippled thoroughbred being lead through the ring at Cranbury Auction house, we knew we had to act, and purchase him. The man leading him through the auction, who knew him well, said he was an ex-jumper and needed to be rescued. We put together Night’s story, thanks to first getting a positive tattoo ID. His name is Night Fight, a 16 y/o thoroughbred gelding. He raced 13 times, mostly at Penn National and retired in 2006 with 13 starts, 3 wins and $33,399 in earnings. Night was a faithful horse to many a rider, and always did his job safely and with heart. He brought pleasure (and ribbons) to all that knew him. There wasn’t a fence he wouldn’t jump. Those jumps lead to degenerative suspensory ligament desimitis and arthritis. Since Night needed an easier lifestyle, he was given away to a family in PA in the fall of 2017. As best we can tell, that family sent him to New Holland auction on 01/08/2018, where the Cranbury crew bought him and brought him to New Jersey. Night will now have the retirement and dignity he deserves. We knew Night’s story must be told, and bring awareness to the 100’s of horses just like him that are at risk of being sent to auction every day.