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By Susan Salk on October 23, 2012
The barn doors of Royal Star Ranch in Orange, Calif. are thrown open lovingly for horses nobody else wants. Some limping on slab fractures or broken ankles, others abandoned along the side of the road, or vanned off racetracks with injuries, find here they are welcomed like returning warriors from battle. About 80 all together, have found shelter at Jenny Earhart’s farm. And they thrive. Many even finding new, adoptive homes where they now enjoy a life few could have imagined for them when the chips were down. “There’s got to be an outlet for the horses nobody believes in,” […]
By Susan Salk on October 22, 2012
Stakes winner Billy Gilman and his 11-year-old rider took the Pennsylvania National Horse Show by storm last week. The big, bay champ who won the Danzig Stakes in 2003, and earned a total of $181,471 in his racing career, calmly packed about the large stadium, taking young rider Kelsey Roland on a blue ribbon ride. Gilman rode Billy in the team hunt division representing River Hills Foxhounds with teammates Kelly Conner, the riding coach and owner of Billy, and fellow young equestrian Ella Brophy. Witnessing the champion ex-racehorse carefully carry his tiny rider around the ring, following second in a […]
By Susan Salk on October 19, 2012
On hooves so overgrown they jutted over the tops of his heavy, steel shoes, Grand Bailout moved his tired body into an awkward, choppy trot. Dejected in every way, his long coat dull, his body ribbed with malnutrition, the year spent away from the limelight of Penn National racetrack and its cheering fans, had not been kind. “The first thing I thought when I saw him was that he had had a very bad winter,” says Marlene Murray, a longtime horseman whose heart breaks when she thinks about how close this little racehorse came to slaughter. His name alone, Grand […]