I keep getting a lot of questions on why I am retiring Tofino even though he looks a lot younger than his age and is still fit.
Making the choice to retire Tofino has got to be one of the hardest decisions I had to take.
Thankfully, Tofino is rather healthy and fit for his age (18). The only reason I have to retire him is due to the fact that I got the honor of being chosen to participate in an amazing 10 month program by Godolphin, set up by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Keeping Tofino here in Dubai, while I would have to leave the country would be somewhat selfish of me. I do not have an individual I can rely on to take care of him for the 10 months. Thus, choosing to retire him in the Netherlands would be what is best for him. Being out in the fields and enjoying the nature.
Tofino and I have had our ups and downs, but never once did I ever regret having him in my life, or chose to seek another horse instead of working through our troubles. We have come a long way together and he has been the most patient and best horse I can imagine.
I am not selling him, he is still fully mine, and I will visit him as often as I can. Since he would be 19 by the time I am back , it would be very difficult to rebuild his muscles again and get back into work, so a full retirement is the selfless way to go.
It is a very bittersweet separation and I will miss him every single day, but putting Tofino and his happiness before mine has always been my priority. I am sure he will be happy and safe ❤
I will be jumping again, that is for sure! And hopefully purchase another horse to keep here in Dubai. I just have to wait and see what the future holds, but Tofino will always be my #1.