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By Susan Salk on January 28, 2013
CANTER Pennsylvania has announced the winners of an educational scholarship intended to boost the skills of equestrians and their off-track Thoroughbreds. On Jan. 7, three Pennsylvania-based Pony Club riders were each awarded $500 to be put toward lessons, clinics and camps aimed at improving their skills, says Sue Smith, executive director of CANTER PA. Funds for the scholarships were provided by a grant from the USA Equestrian Trust, without whose support the first-time award would not have been made possible, Smith says. “The USA Equestrian Trust was just fabulous! We’d never applied for a grant before, but we had a strong […]
By Susan Salk on January 25, 2013
Building on the success of last year’s blockbuster all-Thoroughbred horse show season, an alliance has been forged among Thoroughbred welfare organizations, trainers, and racing officials to collaborate on developing bigger, better show venues for Thoroughbred sport horses. A series of eight all-Thoroughbred shows will be held from April through October to honor the regal ex-racehorse sport horse, according to Fran Burns, a Thoroughbred advocate and newly appointed member of Thoroughbred Alliance Show Series. The show series is galvanized by the overwhelming popularity of three signature Thoroughbred shows last year: MidAtlantic Horse Rescue Thoroughbred Show, The Totally Thoroughbred Show at Pimlico Race […]
By Susan Salk on January 24, 2013
When Edie Urbasik suggested that her preteen daughter ride Tall Glass, a quick-to-the-jumps ex-racehorse, the startled young lady was just as quick to say no. “I thought she was crazy,” says 12-year-old Kayla Urbasik. “That horse was so hot, and I just couldn’t see it.” But last June, after the spirited Thoroughbred’s previous rider stopped riding him, Kayla decided to at least give her mother’s advice a try. And as the pair started lessons with Coach Lauren Camara, a funny thing happened; the one-time speed-demon of an animal, who once raced toward jumps like a spirited Jumper, chilled out. “When […]