I first met Dancin Thea in October 24, 2015. Her copper coat, amongst a sea of bay would be enough to make her stick out, but what caught me was her quiet, loving energy. I’d just finished touring the backside of Batavia Downs, trying to introduce myself and ROC the Standardbred to as many people as possible. While many of the horses greeted us with some level of disdain, Thea let her head hang over her stall door while I loved on her. I’d started a casual look for a chestnut gelding, so I was slightly disappointed that she didn’t come with the right, um, “options.” Tessa Roland owned her at that point, and when she came over I made sure to tell her to let me know when she was ready to retire Thea. Tessa mentioned that the mare would be harder to place, having vision issues in her left eye. Nothing to make me shy away! I made sure to follow Thea on social media and saw that, eventually, she’d been claimed. I didn’t know the new owners, but, I kept watching for the results of her races.
In 2016, I really started to try and ramp up momentum with ROC the Standardbred. In April, I lost my father and everything went on hold for several months while I dealt with the details of his estate. As things settled, and I had more time, I turned back to