Every Lady needs a Guardian Angel - sounds like a fairy tale, but in the story of Lady of Rivendell, the mare acquired a whole flock of them - and a happy ending to boot. In September of 2017, New Vocations was contacted by Joy Aten of SC to help purchase a horse that needed to be retired. Aten was part of a group of dedicated women who monitor warhorse thoroughbreds who are dropping to dangerously low claiming levels. At 9-years old and 100 starts, “Lady” fit the profile. She was a good candidate to be claimed via their network and still sound enough to have a new career. Meanwhile, Phyllis Stevens of Ohio was on Facebook when she ran across a post that caught her eye. Stevens tells the story, “I encountered a feed on a friend’s timeline late one night in October 2017. It read ‘Happy Retirement! Lady of Rivendell, a 9-year-old TB mare with over 100 starts, has left racing for good. Running for a $4000 tag, she was claimed after her plight was brought to the attention of a group of equine advocates.’” Stevens was struck by the photos that accompanied the post. “There was something about this mare that caught my attention,” she recalls, “the soft look in her eye and the relaxed way that she walked in the post parade.” Stevens learned Lady was headed to New Vocations and set out to adopt her. Did Lady understand that getting on Steven’s trailer meant the shuffle between barns and trainers had ended? Did Lady know she had a fan club always eager for updates on her progress? Was Lady aware at the New Vocations Horse Show what all the applause was about when she was introduced as having the most starts and earnings of any horse at the show? It’s likely that Stevens shared these things with her, and it’s certain that Lady picked up on the joy of her owner and the enthusiastic pats she received. Lady, content in her new home, may not know all her guardian angels, but they’re still out there, still watching the race results, still making phone calls and still swooping in to aid the threatened warriors. Angels, they say, are everywhere.