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By Susan Salk on August 27, 2012
A Kentucky dentist with a passion for horses is offering free dental care to uninsured patients who agree to barter their skills to aid Thoroughbred retirement facility Our Mims Retirement Haven, according to horse haven founder Jeanne Mirabito. Earlier this week, a client of Dr. Anna Newman, who practices in Paris, Ky., donated, delivered and stacked 115 bales of “good” quality hay at the nonprofit horse charity, bringing a tear of joy to Mirabito’s eye. “Hay is getting so expensive. I’m paying about $5.50 a bale right now, and I never get it delivered because that would be even more […]
By Susan Salk on August 24, 2012
At the final 9 p.m. barn check, all was well. By 9:59 p.m., all was catastrophically wrong. A fire so hot it melted a piece of farm equipment spread like wildfire through the gorgeous Michigan stabling facility, claiming the lives of nine horses in its wake, including a Thoroughbred ex-racehorse that nobody much believed in at first, but who, under his owner’s patient tutelage, was becoming quite the Sporthorse. Since the Aug. 10 blaze at the WinterSpring Dressage facility in Carson City, Mich., Kimberly Bench has been coping with the loss of her cherished ex-racehorse Rustic Ridge. Memories of the […]
By Susan Salk on August 23, 2012
Sometime after Pamela Mansfield lost her longtime job in 2000, she worked up the pluck to ask a fellow rider about possible freelance writing opportunities. The rider happened to be the editor of Equine Journal at the time, and soon Mansfield was writing about everything from executing the correct reining stop, to tidying up the barn. And, as she rewrote her own career, she was able to cover some of the most exciting equestrians and horses in the sport. In this week’s Clubhouse Q&A, Mansfield discusses a few career highlights, and her beloved Morgan, who is now 32. Q: From […]