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By Susan Salk on December 6, 2011
Even as the Michigan equestrian reveled in her gleaming ex-racehorse with the haughty good looks, Sarah Szwejda never forgot Chamie, the humble little mare who first kindled her love for horses. An unglamorous Quarter Horse mare, she was the polar opposite of the stamping steed named Miles; the a dark beautiful Thoroughbred who Szwejda adopted two years ago from New Vocations, and has set about chronicling in her blog, Miles on Miles. His personality is so big that it was easy for Szwejda to imagine him nodding his head as a sovereign might to a subject, bestowing permission to indeed […]
By Susan Salk on December 2, 2011
Jaguar Hope looked like a cinematic star when Wendy Wooley turned him loose on the world. Regal, his black head held high, he sashayed around his new paddock with the flair of a leading man. And on a warm August day in 2007, when Wooley framed the charismatic Thoroughbred with her then-amateur photography skills, she unwittingly started something big in her life. Soon, the longtime rules expert for the United States Golf Association would find herself elbow to elbow with horserace photographers, and working assignments for leading horserace publications. What started the “chain reaction” of change in her life began […]
By Susan Salk on November 29, 2011
Stepping from her truck onto dusty grounds, Kendra King braced against the gray chill of a late October morning that shrouded the deserted shedrows.
In 2009 the Fort Erie Racetrack was all but abandoned.
Horses and trainers had left little of themselves behind as they cleared from the premises; the season just days away from ending.
And it was onto this landscape, as barren as the English Moors, that Kendra King and her friend came searching for a horse, the horse, without knowing if there were any suitable ones left at the track.