Olly Blast
13-year-old Washington-bred gelding (2001)
by Storm Blast-Olly Tara
Career (2010): 45-11-6-5, $73,594

After a long and successful career as a racehorse, 10-time Emerald Downs winner Olly Blast wants no part of retirement. Currently, he's happy and thriving at age 13 as an event horse, in the care of the Everett family on Key Peninsula.

Trained most of his career on the track by Bob Meeking, Olly Blast consistently showed speed going long over six seasons of racing. He won eight routes among his 11 career victories, racing here from 2004 to 2010. Meeking said he always lifted the barn's spirits.

"He was always a very happy horse, don't think he ever had a bad day," said Bob Meeking. "He always had his head out the door, ready to greet us and the other horses."

Bob's wife Barbara has operated Allaire Farm in Poulsbo since 1975 and has seen hundreds of horses reside there. She, too, fondly remembers Olly Blast.

"He's perfectly named," said Barbara Meeking. "He was a blast to have around. He needed to be active and always with a great attitude."

He's been with the Everett family for three years and his rider, Libby Everett, couldn't be happier.

"Olly is a joy to have in my life," said Libby Everett. "He's a social guy with a unique personality that draws people to him. I've learned a lot from him and looking forward to many more adventures!"

Trainer Anni Grandia knows horses and riders and is another Olly Blast fan.

"He's been a great teacher for Libby, being kind and sensitive and wanting the rider to do things correctly," said Grandia. "He's been a super addition to our three-day event team. Olly's become a well known superstar in the Novice and Pony Club communities."

Olly Blast and his team with the Narrows Pony Club head to Kentucky this summer for the Festival of Champions.

Yet another fan is Libby's mother, Kathy Everett.

"Olly is truly fun to be around," said Kathy Everett. "He never runs out of steam in competitions. He studies the other horses, making mental notes. He loves to do well and knows there's going to be some red licorice waiting for him when he's done."

Olly Blast has made fans and friends everywhere he's been. Even if you don't have red licorice in your pocket.

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