9-Year-Old Boy Uses Birthday Money to Save Racehorse On Death Row

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9-Year-Old Boy Uses Birthday Money to Save Racehorse On Death Row

Most kids spend their birthday money on toys and games, but 9-year-old Brandon Heyman of Ontario, Canada decided to use it to save a life.

Karazan, an aging racehorse, had just been purchased by a meat buyer when his mother came across the 17-year-old chestnut mare on the website Need You Now Equine.

“Nobody seemed interested in her,” Brandon’s mother, MJ Allen, told The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, the world’s largest and oldest equine sanctuary. “My son asked what I was doing, and when I explained it to him, he said, ‘Mummy, my birthday’s coming up. Just give my birthday money to them. I don’t want the horse to die.’”

Allen and her partner live on a farm with seven horses, a donkey, dogs and cats, and their blended family of six kids, so bringing home another mouth to feed was, understandably, the last thing on her mind. Still, she was so touched by her son’s display of compassion that she raised the remaining $650 needed to buy the thoroughbred.

Soon after, she surprised Brandon with his new best friend.

“It’s my first horse,” Brandon said. “I clean her, wash her, but my sister feeds her.”

Allen calls Karazan “queen of the field” and “a real diva.” She is, after all, a direct descendent of Canada’s greatest racehorse, Northern Dance, and with that kind of pedigree, it’s no wonder she already has the respect of her new stable mates.

However, the highlight of her new life is her relationship with Brandon, who will help fill her final days with love and affection.

We think that’s the best retirement plan a horse could ask for. 

Match the synonyms with the words from the text.

1. to raise

a. high regard

2. sanctuary

b. post-work years

3. highlight

c. sympathy, pity

4. affection

d. family tree, bloodline

5. compassion

e. love, devotion

6. respect

f. best part

7. pedigree

g. meadow, pasture

8. display

h. shelter

9. retirement

i. to collect

10. field

j. expression, show

 

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Key:

 

1. i.

2. h.

3. f.

4. e.

5. c

6. a.

7. d.

8. j.

9. b.

10. g

Vocabulary

to be on Death Row

halálra van ítélve

death row

halálsor

racehorse

versenyló

chestnut

gesztenyebarna

mare

kanca

thoroughbred

telivér, fajtiszta

equine

ló- (melléknévként)

sanctuary

menedék

blended family

egyesített család (két családból)

it was the last thing on her mind

esze ágában se volt

to be touched

meghatódni

display

megnyilvánulás

compassion

együttérzés, könyörület

to raise

előteremteni, összegyűjteni

field

mező

diva

ünnepelt énekesnő, díva

direct descendent

közvetlen leszármazott

pedigree

családfa, származás

it’s no wonder

nem csoda

respect

tisztelet

stable

istálló

mate

társ

highlight

legjobb rész, csúcspont

affection

szeretet, odaadás

retirement plan

nyugdíj program

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