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By Susan Salk on May 17, 2011
The biggest eventing competition on American soil, held April 28th through May 1, was a “weekend of almosts” for top-level eventer Laine Ashker and her ex-racehorse Thoroughbred Anthony Patch. They were almost perfect in so many steps along the way that at times Ashker felt they just might win the prestigious Rolex Three Day. But like clockwork, something unexpected got in their way. A misstep and spook in the dressage test, a downed rail in the jumpers, and a stop and refusal at the coffin jump in cross country, were small events that hobbled an otherwise brilliant ride, she says. […]
By Susan Salk on May 13, 2011
Until recently, much of Suzanna Norris’ professional life involved issuing permits for water treatment plants. The Florida civil engineer spent hours poring over paperwork from power plants that were trying to meet construction criteria and standards. And all things considered, she was pretty content with her life. Until that is, she decided she wanted to be really happy, as happy as she felt riding horses. “When I was in my late 20s, I decided that life is just too short not to live it in a way that makes you really happy,” Norris says. “That’s when I decided to take […]
By Susan Salk on May 11, 2011
Equine orthopedic surgeon Dr. Larry Bramlage, a top veterinarian with world-renowned equine hospital Rood & Riddle, performed surgery on Kentucky Derby contender Archarcharch Sunday to repair a lateral condylar fracture to his left, front leg. Bramlage, the on-call veterinarian for the Kentucky Derby, first diagnosed the injury at the conclusion of the Run for the Roses, after which, the horse was transported to Rood & Riddle the next day. In the following Q&A with Off-TrackThoroughbreds.com, Dr. Bramlage, a nationally recognized pioneer in fracture-repair techniques, answers questions about the treatment method he performed on Archarcharch. He also discusses the “common” nature […]