Harris Farms home-bred Compratore ( AKA Harley) was humanly euthanized July 18 due to a freak pasture accident. Compratore. a 10yr gelding by Redatore out of the Dixieland Band mare Southern Charm, was campaigned by owners John Harris, Don Valpredo, and John Niccoletti.
Although not as accomplished on the racetrack as his siblings, Compratore did win 3 races and over $25,000, and was a multi talented thoroughbred. His irreplaceable worth would come after is racing career when he joined Kaitlyn Zeleski-Harding and KZ Equestrian at Grace Ranch. This is what Kaitlyn wrote about him.
Harley arrived at Grace Ranch from Harris Farms in January of 2018 as an 8 year old that had raced until he was 7. He had been lightly restarted through the Harris Farms Second Career Program by Lisa and Cera and came with a foundation that made him extremely trainable, matched with an amazing brain that made him trustworthy. I originally took him on as a project for myself, and was unsure of if or how he would be useful in my hunter/jumper training program. It wasn’t long before he proved that he would become my most versatile, patient, and challenging lesson horse and my favorite horse to work with.
At any given time, Harley could be found teaching a little one how to post on the lunge line, rocking a jumper course in one of my advanced lessons, challenging a rider in IEA practice or teaching one of my advanced beginners how to canter. Beach trips and horse shows were among some of his favorite activities. Harley was an expert at gauging the level of rider that he was carrying, and always knew how to challenge them just enough without over facing them. He made my job easy. His favorite rider, Megan, had a style of riding that meshed perfectly to his preferences in a rider, and it was particularly rewarding and extremely fun to help them foster a partnership over the last year. Harley had a bright future ahead of him and we are so sad that it has been cut short. He will always be fondly and lovingly remembered by our entire barn family and we miss him so much already.