Cave Creek, Arizona, May 6th, 2015, was a day of some significance to friends and supporters of jockey Anne Von Rosen and a retired Thoroughbred Racehorse named Devgru.
The reunion of Devgru and Von Rosen was the culmination of a long journey for both. The two first crossed paths on the track at Turf Paradise in October 2012 when Annie rode Devgru to a win. The two partnered for a total of five races logging two wins and a photo for second. Then in early 2013, the talented horse sustained a career ending injury that resulted in knee surgery and adoption by CANTER Arizona. Rehabilitation was long and difficult but happily resulted in Devgru being certified as an Equine Pyschotherapy horse and working for a time with Horse Rhythm Foundation, an organization serving wounded veterans and first responders.
The following year, on March 11, 2014, jockey Von Rosen was seriously injured crossing the finish line in a race at Turf Paradise that left her partially paralyzed. Annie endured two life saving surgeries and rehabilitation stints in Colorado, Germany and Puerto Rico where she continues to work towards a long term goal of walking again. In the interim, she set a goal of once again being able to ride her old friend Devgru.
Due to the hard work of CANTER Arizona and trainer Vicki Dryer, Annie’s dream has been realized. This wonderful reunion took place at Dryer’s Bit O Luck farm with friends, horsemen and women along with Devgru’s veterinarian, Dr. Mark Anderson all in attendance.
A warm breeze gently blew as horse and rider met once again. Devgru stood rock solid as Annie mounted from a special ramp and almost routinely hugged her old friend before they made several circuits in the round pen.
When it was over a Champaign celebration ensued with spirited conversation and laughter. This would not be an uncommon sight except for one thing. Directly in the middle of this gathering stood an un-tethered racehorse moving within the crowd as if participating in the conversation. What a fitting ending to a simple yet wonderful day.