Popping over from the H/J forum hoping for some help here! I purchased a young TB a year ago who did not come with her JC papers and had not yet been tattooed either. I was hoping to be able to compete her in the TB specific competitions as a sport horse but without either tattoo or papers, I don’t believe she’s eligible. I reached out to her breeder via Facebook shortly after I bought her and she had agreed to send along the papers to me but stated that they were located in the racing office which was closed due to Covid.
Shortly after our conversation, the breeder unexpectedly passed away last summer. Not wanting to be insensitive, I waited until this past January and reached out to the farm I purchased my mare from (who from my understanding were good friends with the breeder and sold a good number of horses for her). I provided my condolences and just gently asked if they would know if there was any way I could get a hold of the papers. The response was that her estate was still in the middle of legal proceedings and her folder at the track had been frozen so things were kind of a mess. Totally understandable.
I also reached out to the Jockey Club and asked if I could obtain a duplicate. The response was probably not, because 1. I did not originally obtain her with her papers and 2. I don’t know that they are technically “lost or stolen” (and they probably actually aren’t). They advised me to reach out to the executor of the estate.
I obviously don’t know who the executor of her estate is, and even if I did I would feel horribly insensitive reaching out about this. I also don’t want to keep bothering the farm I purchased her from considering it’s not really their responsibility to find these papers on my behalf. But I do really want these papers to be able to compete her in TB specific competitions.
Am I just SOL here? Any and all suggestions would be appreciated in this situation!