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Cowboy

Local Address: New York City, New York, United States
J.J.
 
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  • Trainer
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Texas Thoroughbred Association (TTA) > About the TTA > Executive Director's Update Index > Executive Director's Update - September 9
www.texasthoroughbred.com, 30 May 2006 [cached]
LES NICHOLS' 9/11 FUNDRAISING COMPANION J. J.'S COWBOY VICTIM OF HEAT COLICSix weeks after the September 11, 2001 destruction of the World Trade Center, TTA member Les Nichols and his trusty steed, J. J.'s Cowboy, gained national attention for their cross-country fundraising ride from the Alamo to Ground Zero to benefit the New York Firefighters 9/11 Disaster Relief Fund and the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association Widows and Children Fund.Their arrival in Manhattan on July 4, 2001 was covered on national television.
Nichols sold sponsorships and raffle tickets to raise money throughout his journey with J. J.'s Cowboy of more than 2,000 miles.They were quartered in firehouses at several stops en route.
Earlier this week, Nichols called the office to sadly advise that J. J.s' Cowboy had succumbed to heat colic.Nichols had purchased the 14-year-old gelding as a yearling and trained him to make 53 starts in eight years and accumulate more than $64,000 in earnings while racing at tracks in Louisiana and Texas.
TWO CHANGES MADE TO NORTH AMERICAN BLACK TYPE GUIDELINES FOR 2006
Thoroughbred Times Today
www.thoroughbredtimes.com [cached]
Trainer Les Nichols and his veteran racehorse J. J.'s Cowboy pulled into Philadelphia Park on Thursday and the 11-year-old gelding breezed three furlongs "in an easy :37," Nichols said.
Nichols is riding J. J.'s Cowboy from San Antonio to Ground Zero in New York City to support of the New York Firefighters' 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund and the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association Widows and Children's Fund.
Nichols said that he has no idea how much money his campaign, which he calls the American Posse, has raised so far, but his goal is $2-million.American Posse raises money mostly through by-the-mile and corporate sponsorships, raffle ticket sales, and donations to a silent auction that will be held when Nichols arrives in New York.
After spending the day and night resting in the Philadelphia area, Nichols and J. J.'s Cowboy will hit the road on Friday to begin the 20-day journey to New York City.After a stop at Monmouth Park, among other places in New Jersey, Nichols expects to be heading to Manhattan Island at 10 a.m. on July 4 on the Staten Island Ferry.
After the cross-country journey is complete, Nichols would like to find a race for his horse.
"That's why I worked him," Nichols said."I want him eligible to race.I'll probably work him a little faster next time at Monmouth and then see where we're at.If I find the right race for us, then we'll probably either run [at Monmouth] or at Philly Park."
J. J.'s Cowboy has not raced since August 20, 2000, when he finished sixth in an allowance race at Retama Park.A son of Jerimi Johnson, J. J.'s Cowboy has won seven of 53 career starts and has placed 16 times while earning $64,021.
Thoroughbred Times Weekly Feature
www.thoroughbredtimes.com [cached]
Les Nichols made memorable trip to Ground Zero
More than four years have passed since terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center and more than three years have come and gone since trainer Les Nichols saddled up for a ride that would take him from his native Texas all the way to Ground Zero in New York City.Nevertheless, the memories of the journey he made with his "American Posse" still burn deep, particularly after the recent death of one of the team's integral members.
Nichols, who was so moved by the heroism Americans showed after the events of September 11, 2001, that he decided to ride from Texas to Ground Zero to help raise money for families of the victims, suffered a loss of his own when his mount in the trip, J. J.'s Cowboy, was euthanized on September 6 after a bout with colic.
The 15-year-old gelding by Jerimi Johnson had been in good health at Nichols's ranch in Celeste, Texas, prior to getting cast in his stall and subsequently suffering from colic.Nichols buried J. J.'s Cowboy on a hill on his property, facing west.
"He's headed West, the last part of the country we never conquered," Nichols said earlier this fall."Putting him down was the hardest thing I ever did in my life.I guess it was because I knew it was final.It was the worst day in my life, and it was on my birthday.I've had a lot of good friends in my life, but he was the best I've ever had.
"People fall in love with these $1-million, $2-million earners, but so many horses have awesome stories behind them," Nichols said."He had a pretty good one, being an $850 weanling, to a winner, to a black-type [earner]."
Trained throughout his career by Nichols and campaigned in Louisiana and Texas, J. J.'s Cowboy won seven of 53 career starts with ten seconds and six thirds and earned $64,021.Even though he finished second in the 1994 Star of Texas Handicap at Trinity Meadows, J. J.'s Cowboy's days on the racetrack never figure to be recorded in the annals of Thoroughbred racing history.His place as a key member of the American Posse that made the unique nine-month journey to New York is, however, guaranteed.
Nichols estimates that J. J.'s Cowboy, a backup horse named Sand Track, and his dog Posse traveled about 2,000 miles during their trek from San Antonio to New York, not including the time spent off the trail in parades or at rallies to support the cause.The group traveled about 20 to 30 miles per day and through more than 150 cities and towns, including a stop that would profoundly affect Nichols shortly after the journey was complete.
During a stop in Memphis, Tennessee, Nichols met a woman who eventually became his wife and the mother of his only son, the now seven-month old Colton Nichols.
Carlisle Independent
www.carlisleindependent.com, 9 Aug 2003 [cached]
Who is Les Nichols?
According to his web site, www.americanposse.org, Nichols is a 41 year old cowboy from Celeste, Texas who just wants to do "one good deed."By profession, he is a thoroughbred horse trainer; by nature, he's an American cowboy.
Why is Les traveling from the Alamo to Ground Zero on horseback?As a young boy, Les hurt his eye.This ultimately prevented him from joining the military, being a police officer, firefighter, or postal worker.So, when each of those groups was so traumatically impacted by the events of September 11th, Les decided he had to do something…and the vision for the American Posse was born.But if you ask the Marvin Reid family who Les Nichols is, they would probably say he is a friend.
Nichols rode into town on Tuesday, Feb. 5, just in front of a "big snowstorm," at least it was big according to Carlisle standards.It was big enough for the kids to have two days off from school.
Nichols spent the night with the Reid family, Marvin, Debbie, Alex, Andrea and Ashley.The next day he joined in some family fun with the kids as they built a big snowman and dressed it like a cowboy.
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They also assisted Nichols by transporting his horse later when he had to travel across the bridge at DeValls Bluff and on the narrow portion of Highway 70 on the way to Brinkley.
Les is traveling only with J.J.'s Cowboy, his horse, and Posse, his dog.
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Ashley also sang "God Bless America" for Les in church on Sunday, Feb. 10.
In an interview this weekend, Nichols said this was the only time he had camped out with a family.
When speaking of his mission, he talked about his reaction to the September 11 tragedy.
"I walked out of the house, looked up and not a plane was flying," Nichols said.
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Nichols said one of the highlights of his travels through Arkansas occurred in Malvern, when he was proclaimed an "Arkansas Traveler."
Other information from the web site explains Nichols' goals and what the organization is really about.
Who is the American Posse?
The American Posse is made up of individuals who have "saddled-up" to help Les along the trail.Along the route, people have generously donated their time for various needs of Les and his traveling companions, his horse and his dog.
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In addition to personally selling the tickets, local fire departments that Les has visited along the trail will sell tickets.Raffle tickets may also be purchased online at www.americanposse.org.Les also hopes to raise funds through per-mile donations from sponsors and supporters.
Who is J.J.'s Cowboy?
It is often said that you can judge a man by the horse he rides.If this is the case, Les Nichols will be looked upon favorably while riding J.J.'s Cowboy on the trail.J.J.'s Cowboy is Les' thoroughbred horse that he will be riding the majority of the trip.
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Posse sidesteps holes and other potential hazards that may not be visible to Les or J.J.'s Cowboy.
Where does The Trio stay while traveling?
Being a Cowboy, Les isn't too particular about his accommodations.Thus far, he has stayed at firehouses, private homes, barns, motels, horse trailers, his own tent and even a chuck wagon.Posse accompanies Les while J.J.'s Cowboy is often housed in a stall or barn through the generosity of a local townsperson.The Trio moves camp as often as a New York minute.
How far can The Trio travel in a day?
Les makes certain that J.J.'s Cowboy never rides more than six hours a day.
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While Les anticipates visiting cities such as Little Rock, Memphis, Nashville, Louisville and Charleston, his route could easily change if a particular course is too hazardous, too threatening or facing inclement weather.
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Les is determined not to let any "saddle sores" keep him off the trail.
Thoroughbred Times: News Archive
www.thoroughbredtimes.com, 24 Aug 2002 [cached]
Trainer Les Nichols and his veteran racehorse J. J.'s Cowboy pulled into Philadelphia Park on Thursday and the 11-year-old gelding breezed three furlongs "in an easy :37," Nichols said.
Nichols is riding J. J.'s Cowboy from San Antonio to Ground Zero in New York City to support of the New York Firefighters' 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund and the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association Widows and Children's Fund.
Nichols said that he has no idea how much money his campaign, which he calls the American Posse, has raised so far, but his goal is $2-million.American Posse raises money mostly through by-the-mile and corporate sponsorships, raffle ticket sales, and donations to a silent auction that will be held when Nichols arrives in New York.
After spending the day and night resting in the Philadelphia area, Nichols and J. J.'s Cowboy will hit the road on Friday to begin the 20-day journey to New York City.After a stop at Monmouth Park, among other places in New Jersey, Nichols expects to be heading to Manhattan Island at 10 a.m. on July 4 on the Staten Island Ferry.
After the cross-country journey is complete, Nichols would like to find a race for his horse.
"That's why I worked him," Nichols said."I want him eligible to race.I'll probably work him a little faster next time at Monmouth and then see where we're at.If I find the right race for us, then we'll probably either run [at Monmouth] or at Philly Park."
J. J.'s Cowboy has not raced since August 20, 2000, when he finished sixth in an allowance race at Retama Park.A son of Jerimi Johnson, J. J.'s Cowboy has won seven of 53 career starts and has placed 16 times while earning $64,021.
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