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Honorable Turn shows off his "floating trot" with owner Marietta Kirkpatrick

From barn rest to bold mover

Talk about taking an “honorable turn.” After leaving Suffolk Downs nearly two years ago with a tendon injury, Honorable Turn emerged from six months of rest to become one of the best hunter/jumper prospects Marietta Kirkpatrick has worked with. So good, in fact, that the gelding she calls Syd is a keeper. He will not be resold after his training because her guy’s floating, ground-covering trot, jumping style and lovable nature have worked their magic on the veteran trainer. “I have a lot of experiences with horses, especially green horses, over the years that by comparison, Syd really stands out,” […]

A horse of a lifetime

It wasn’t long after Raise a Bandit left a West Virginia racetrack in the late 1990s to become a hunter/jumper that the naturally talented roan began cleaning up. Pitted against the cream of the crop at that time, the Thoroughbred now called Blue Grass jumped his way into strong showings in Palm Beach, and winnings in Ocala, Fla., Saratoga, N.Y., and elsewhere. “His jump was so incredible. It was breathtaking even over 18 inches, and everything up from there, ” says owner and trainer Margo Kusulas, proprietor of Turning Leaf Farm, Essex, Mass. “Most horses that you jump don’t necessarily […]

Kira Karbocus and Revere enjoy an Easter morning workout.

Revere rides by day

Just as Paul Revere faced a few bumps in the road as he charged into a new life, his Thoroughbred namesake encountered a few setbacks on the path to a brighter future. But modern-day Revere is leaving health challenges of the past year, including a strain of Potomac fever and a hairline fracture, in the dust as he preps with owner Kira Karbocus for autumn horse shows. It’s all been worth it, Karbocus says. “Deep down I knew that even though he had a struggle, it was fine to give him time off,” she says, noting that her horse’s youth […]