The Voice-Tribune, 7/13/11

Surprise ‘Dinner’ Party

Michele Lansing Flowers (daughter of Dr. Allan and Donna Lansing) was surprised with a new horse last week by her husband, Kelly Flowers.

Michele had a saddlebred mare (Lady) during her high school years at Collegiate and at Centre College in Danville, and beyond. She also had a few on her farm in Greenville, Ind., through the early ’90s, but had not had an equine companion for nearly 20 years. Kelly knew it had remained a void in her life.

Kelly, a former human physical therapist, owns Equi-Ther LLC (www.equither.com). For the past several years, he has applied that practice to horses with great success. He works on horses in many disciplines for a variety of bodywork needs, which includes racehorses. One of his clients, Bob Doutaz, decided he was going to retire his 6-year-old gelding named Dinner for Two, who is a grandson of Kentucky Derby winner Pleasant Colony.

Bob sought Kelly’s help in ideas for a new home for Dinner for Two. Kelly loved the horse’s temperament and decided that he would make the perfect horse for Michele.

                                Kelly and Michele Flowers with Michele’s new horse, Eros (formerly known as Dinner for Two).Michele Flowers’ chestnut thoroughbred.

Kelly and Michele Flowers with Michele’s new horse, Eros (formerly known as Dinner for Two).

 

Under the guise of going to look at one of Kelly’s client’s horses, Michele was taken to Wanaja Farm in Goshen. The surprise was sprung, and with tear-filled eyes, she immediately fell for her new chestnut boy.

Others in attendance for the surprise included farm owners Ernest and Janie Retamoza, Ron and Ann Deprez, LeAnn Ross and Jenny and Sara Flowers. Last, but not least, former owner Robert Doutaz was there to hand over the reins. Bob was elated to see “Dinner” united with someone who would care for him as he had. It was decided that his retired-from-racing name would be Eros, the Greek god of love.

There are many racehorses that are in need of new homes upon retiring. One local group, Second Stride, provides a service to retrain and locate appropriate owners for these thoroughbreds entering a new phase of life. For more information, visit www.secondstride.org.