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Melody Taylor Scott

1st Jockey Club Thoroughbred show set in NE

The first Jockey Club-sponsored Thoroughbred show to be held in New England will take place at Saddle Rowe in Medway, Mass., Oct. 7. With funding from the Jockey Club’s newly established Thoroughbred Incentive Program (TIP)— an initiative to encourage retraining of ex-racehorse Thoroughbreds in new careers— event organizers Melody Taylor Scott and Velma Emery have great expectations for the show. “I think it’s going to be big!” says Scott, president of event umbrella organization, North East Thoroughbred Sporthorse Association. “Because the show comes in October, I have a feeling people chasing points will come from all over to attend,” she […]

Get them while they're hot!

Reader’s Clubhouse: Talking OTTB T-shirts

Welcome to Reader’s Clubhouse! Every week, plans to look at the lighter side of life with an OTTB. Fashion trends among the best-dressed (or most comfy) horse and rider teams, fitness routines, recipes, the art of balancing family with barn time, and discussions to help us all navigate the maze of brands in equipment and gear, are all topics that will enliven the conversation. In the first installment of Reader’s Clubhouse, equestrian Kristen Shellenbarger discusses her new T-shirt design and the inspiration behind it. Q:  Kristen, which came first, the OTTB, or the T-shirts? A: Surely the OTTB! In […]

Murray and High Hampton

It’s a picture-perfect life for two OTTBs

Slow racehorse? Don’t get Robin Murray started. Whenever she begins to describe the very special 17-hand black beauty who ran a few times at Calder, she has to stifle a giggle. “In his first race, you see the pack go by the finish line, and then you see one horse cross, 10 paces behind them,” Murray says. “And 10 paces behind that horse, here comes Pleasant Rascal!” says the Florida-based equestrian. “No, he didn’t really enjoy racing.” Nor, for that matter, did his predecessor in the North Miami barn where Murray works and retrains ex-racehorses. Pleasant Rascal, and before him, […]