Children’s book ‘Roll Cyrus Roll’ tells the story of Colt who couldn’t roll – CBS Baltimore
REISTERSTOWN, Maryland (WJZ) – It’s Preakness Week in Baltimore and some of the best thoroughbred horses in the country are in town.
But, a local horse has an international following for something it can’t do.
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Last summer, in the midst of a pandemic, we told you about a foal named Cyrus.
In those dark days, his antics brought some much-needed fun.
You see Cyrus, who lives on the Mantua farm in Reisterstown, didn’t know how to do what is usually natural to horses. We are talking about rolling.
Usually you bathe a horse, you kick it out, and the first thing it does is roll around in the dirt or sand. Maybe it feels good, maybe because they don’t like to feel clean, but it’s instinct.
But last summer, when Cyrus was just a colt, he didn’t know how to ride.
“He basically had what I would describe as a fusion where he was pitching up in the air, kicking and banging and he just couldn’t figure out how you got to the ground where everyone else was,” one of his guardians, Chris Dit Brown.
Chris found him so charming that he took a video and posted it on Twitter. Within hours, it went viral. Soon thousands of people from the UK to Australia and seven other countries began to follow Cyrus’ attempts to ride. The hashtag #RollCyrusRoll was everywhere.
Chris offered to send Cyrus Christmas cards and received hundreds of requests. This led him to the idea of making a children’s book.
He wrote the story and his roommate did the illustrations and ‘Roll Cyrus Roll’ sold out his first impression on Amazon in a week.
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A second print is now available.
All the while, people continued to check in every day.
A woman texted Chris saying, “My husband just got home from work. He didn’t ask me how my day was, he asked me, did Cyrus ride today?
The kids asked the parents, the parents asked Chris, and everyone was eagerly waiting for Cyrus to master this simple maneuver.
Cyrus is now a year old. WJZ went to the farm last weekend to meet Cyrus and find out if he rode.
Is he? You will have to watch the video to find out.
Most importantly, through it all, in a time of misery Cyrus gave people something to look forward to, to follow.
“I think that’s the reason I kept doing it, was the number of people coming home from work, texting me and would feel better about the comic ‘Cyrus the Virus’.
If you are interested in the book, you might like to know that part of the proceeds goes to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, a non-profit organization that ensures that racehorses that no longer run are taken care of.
Does Cyrus know what start he has become? Nobody knows
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But, Alice Peirce, the manager of the Mantua farm, said she knows how much of a star he has become and that “the pressure to keep Cyrus healthy and happy is weighing on us, but we are ready for it. ! “