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By Susan Salk on December 27, 2011
Award-winning blogger Fran Jurga, who chronicles the heroic efforts of veterinarians and farriers as they strive to save horses from life-threatening illness, has parlayed her storytelling talent into an all-out promotional blitz of the blockbuster Steven Spielberg movie War Horse. For moviegoers who can’t get enough of the story of a World War I British horse who struggles to survive at the front, and of the soldiers moved to acts of human kindness to help, Jurga is furiously writing stories for the War Horse News, a website launched in collaboration with Equisearch.com and AIM Equine Network. In War Horse News, [...]
By Susan Salk on December 23, 2011
During her lifetime, New York-based eventer Kimberly “KC” DiCostanzo has ridden flat out over great stretches of fields to jump frighteningly solid obstacles, with two major advantages: First, she has trained with the some of the best riders, including Olympic Medalist Michael Page, Carol Kozlowski, and US Eventing Chef D’Equipe Capt. Mark Phillips. Second, across every ditch and water obstacle, and over every jump on dozens of grueling cross-country courses, she has trusted her safety to the American Thoroughbred. The Thoroughbreds she says “Are great, and brave and talented.” At the height of her career, DiCostanzo and her off-track Thoroughbred [...]
By Susan Salk on December 21, 2011
Storm Ruckus looked more like a wooly mammoth than a show horse on the day Lauren Camara came to have a look. “When I saw him, the first thing I said was, ‘No way!’ A scruffy gelding that her riding coach had asked her to consider, he appeared to be the furthest thing from her idealized vision of a “made” competitive children’s hunter. “But,” she adds, “My coach said she thought he was really cute and that she could see past all that hair. She told me I needed to trust her on this.” So, on Valentine’s Day 2008, Camara [...]