World Grand Champion Fine Harness mare Tempt Me has been selected as the 2017 Rood & Riddle Comeback Award winner. This award is presented to a horse who has performed at the highest levels of competition, faced a medical/ surgical issue, received veterinary care by a Rood & Riddle veterinarian, and subsequently returned to compete at his/ her previous performance level.
This year’s winner, Tempt Me, owned by Susan G. Bartlett of Owensboro, Kentucky, and trained by Chuck Herbert, was chosen due to her tenacity in coming back from a 2015 colic surgery performed by Dr. Brett Woodie. The flashy 8-year-old mare went on to go undefeated in the 2016 season, ultimately taking both the World Championship in Fine Harness Amateur Ladies and the World Grand Championship in Amateur Fine Harness titles at the 2016 World Championship Show held in Louisville, Kentucky.
“We are pleased to present the 2017 Rood & Riddle Comeback Award to Tempt Me. She exemplifies the characteristics of an outstanding athlete who suffered a major health issue, returned to elite competition and continued her winning ways.” said Dr. Tom Riddle.
The award will be presented by Tempt Me’s surgeon, Brett Woodie DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, on Friday, July 7, 2017, at the Lexington Junior League Horse Show.
The 2016 Comeback Award winner was the Thoroughbred gelding, Wise Dan, a two-time Horse of the Year, owned by Morton Fink. Wise Dan also recovered from colic following surgery at Rood and Riddle.
-- via Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital