Native is a bit of a clown and an engaging horse with a cute personality. He is happy to be in the first stall where he can observe the goings on, get all the attention he craves and even tries to “help” when filling the water buckets from the spigot right outside of his stall. Nothing much gets past him. He lets the other horses know it is time to go out or that the feed cart is coming and is oh so helpful in that regard! Since Native raced 73 times it takes him a little bit of time to warm up and loosen his muscles and then he has an easy gait that is getting better with more work. Obviously he knows how to work, but he does throw his silly 2 cents worth in during the ride which is just his goofy, happy personality. He is actually more of a push ride, but is learning to carry a bit more of a rhythm on his own now. Native should be suitable for most disciplines after given some time to get fit again. Any gelding that gets turned out with Native needs to like to play and won’t mind Native shadowing him.
Runnymede Native is by MGSW Yonaguska who earned $536,000 in 18 starts, 6-1-5, and was a 1.95 million dollar 2 year old. Yonaguska is by the champion sprinter Cherokee Run, earner of 1.5 million in 28 starts, 13-5-5 and winner of the ’94 Breeder’s Cup Sprint. He is by the champion Runaway Groom who earned $347,000 in 18 starts, 6-5-1. Native’s dam is by the champion Johannesburg who earned 1 million in 10 starts, 7-1-0, winning the ’01 Breeder’s Cup Juvenile. His sire is MGSW Hennessey who earned $580,000 in 9 starts, 4-3-0 and placed second in the ’95 Breeder’s Cup Juvenile. Johannesburg’s dam, Myth, is the half sister to Tale of the Cat.