The story of Emprize Hanover and her two foals was featured as part of the 2016 Pepsi North America Cup broadcast on TSN this past Saturday night.
Quite possibly the most famous broodmare in Ontario, Emprize Hanover's story has received a tremendous amount of coverage due to the fact that it's so rare for a mare and foal to essentially adopt an orphaned foal in such a manner.
"I made a lot of phone calls to a lot of people that have been in the business a lot longer than I have, and there was only one problem: nobody has experienced this," Joanne Colville of High Stakes Farm remarked. "I've talked to vets in Kentucky and Pennsylvania, and they're all as astonished as we are. Like I said, I haven't met anybody that's had this happen just yet."
According to Colville, Emprize Hanover's story is one that people connect with and appreciate due to its feel-good and familial nature.
"I think the public, like everyone else and us in the business, we like a feel-good story. People, in general, relate to horses. They're a very regal animal...the public just loves to be close to horses, to touch them, to watch them. This takes it to a new level because it's not just in a field and they're not just in a stall, it's a family with two young ones with a mother."
The feature, produced by WEG's broadcasting department, is available below.