Several residents form an "investment" venture to breed a racehorse. That is, play the sport of kings. They succeed. All the village shares in the pride. And the original investors even make money.
The horse is named Dream. To the shock of the upper crust he wins races. Big ones. But at the biggest he has a brutal accident. The investors vote to try stem cell surgery. It works. In 16 months he wins another big race. The crusties are bug-eyed.
After stopping during his biggest race because of a medical complication, Dream is allowed to retire. But the aura of supreme accomplishment hovers over the village.
Bring lots of Kleenex.