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By Susan Salk on August 30, 2011
The harder the audience clapped, the higher he stepped. Lofting his exceptionally long legs so enthusiastically that each step seemed more animated, more look at me, than the one before, he danced with all his heart to a movie soundtrack from Secretariat. And Sea Lord was great that day. Not as a racehorse, he never raced. But in the hands of top-level dressage rider Silva Martin he was a virtuoso in the dressage ring performing a Freestyle that displayed their talent and connection, while reminding everyone who watched that this was no Warmblood. This was an ex-racehorse Thoroughbred who became [...]
By Susan Salk on August 25, 2011
Grasping the reins that connected her firm, gentle hands to a filly she understood so well—a Thoroughbred who needed to run it her way— Tammi Piermarini steadily piloted her out of the starting gait and into a race that would put the jockey into the history books. On Monday afternoon, in the third race at Suffolk Downs in East Boston, the 44-year-old local jockey crossed the finish line in first place aboard the filly Sugar Trade, becoming the fifth female jockey in the history of the sport to amass 2,000 wins. For the rest of the week, in between rides, [...]
By Susan Salk on August 23, 2011
On frigid winter mornings, the kind that make your fingers ache, Jo Deibel would put the key in the ignition of her pickup truck and pray. If the rusted, 22-year-old jalopy turned over, the founder of Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue would breath a sigh of relief, get into gear and motor toward the horses whose lives depended on her. Some days, she pointed the truck toward an auction house where she would purchase slaughter-bound horses, load them into the trailer, and haul them back to their new home on her farm. Other days, she’d pile the truck high with [...]