Many racing fans will remember the white-faced Zetterholm for his succession of wins at Aqueduct in the spring of 2012, which he parlayed into a very respectable 4th-place finish behind I'll Have Another in the Preakness Stakes for his owner/breeder, Tony Grey, before going on the shelf after the Grade 2 Dwyer Stakes and never quite finding his old form again.
Zetterholm the horse was named after Amanda Zetterholm the human, who is currently Aga Khan Studs' Nominations and Client Relations manager, and also a close friend of Changing Leads board member Megan Jones. For this reason, the New York-bred gelding had been on Jones' radar for some time. Changing Leads President Ali Goodrich was a huge fan of the racehorse himself and was immediately game to pursue a private purchase of the horse when his racing form slipped in mid-2014.
It took the flashy racehorse some time to slow things down in his retraining at Longview Farms. In the early days, he often rushed his fences, resulting in many rails during his first several months learning to jump. However, after a year of many repetitive exercises under the patient and admirable tutelage of Longview trainer Dennis Murphy, Jr., Zetterholm finally began to understand his new career. His flatwork became more balanced, and, in natural progression, his jumping soon became much more careful and precise.
In September of 2015, Zetterholm attended his first horse show, the Louisiana Fall Classic at Amen Corner Farm in Folsom, LA. He was a star pupil, winning three of his four classes and jumping his way to Champion of the 2'3" open hunter division.
We are looking forward to an active show year throughout the Southeast with Zetterholm in 2016.