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By Susan Salk on May 31, 2011
When Off-TrackThoroughbreds.com first spoke with Kim Gatto, it was for a story about beautiful Grace. ([intlink id="3143" type="post"]See related story[/intlink]). Named after actress Grace Kelly, the Thoroughbred was languishing at the New Holland auction, and had attracted the attention of an eager meat buyer, when Gatto saved the mare. Gatto outbid the man by $10 and took home a Thoroughbred who, along with Gatto’s other important horses, would become bit of a muse for the lifelong equestrian and book author. Over the years, Gatto has penned several equine related books, including Beyond the Rainbow Bridge: A Thoughtful Guide for Coping [...]
By Susan Salk on May 27, 2011
Nine years ago she trotted the whole course! She was just that worried her ex-racehorse would run away with her at the small schooling show. They were penalized with over 20 time-faults because of the dawdling pace they set. But at the time, to Meghan Orr, the score didn’t matter. What was more important was keeping cool and making strides, and training her ex-racer in jumpers and cross-country. Sitting astride her 17-hand gelding this week, she chats idly on the telephone while the ex-racer she calls Four’s a Charm in the show ring, and Jinx the rest of the time, [...]
By Susan Salk on May 24, 2011
Across her left shoulder, often hidden from sight, a tattoo reflects the love Emily Diggins has worn on her sleeve since she was a little girl. Inked in black, the number V11290 is offset by a red ribbon encircling a horseshoe. It’s a bold graphic that honors an even bolder racehorse who wears the same number on her lip; and small tribute to a horse who left the track underweight and green, to befriend a young girl, insecure and in need of a companion. “When I got Ax I was 12 years old, and I was going through a tumultuous [...]