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By Susan Salk on August 30, 2013
Onetime jockey Kaymarie Kreidel and her ex-racehorse Trey Bear stormed onto the Thoroughbred show circuit after first practicing makeshift jumps—hay bales, obstacles made of PVC pipes—at the Maryland Race Track. That’s right. Before the track outrider and exercise rider, and her petite 15-hand gelding started cleaning up at various Thoroughbred shows, the pair practiced their newfound skill during down time, when they weren’t ponying racehorses to the track. “It all started last year, when (Maryland Jockey Club racing secretary) Georganne Hale decided to do the Totally Thoroughbred Show at Pimlico, and I’m saying to myself, ‘I can do that!’ ” […]
By Susan Salk on August 28, 2013
The water jump was frightful. Talented riders could barely stay in the saddle, some nearly fell; horses struggled to keep their feet on the ground. From the sidelines Leah Lang-Gluscic watched with her coach Jennifer Rousseau, as they prepared. With mere minutes before it would be her turn to tackle the Richland CIC** last weekend, the young rider promised to stick to their plan: Move through it with enough impulsion and power to tackle the elements of the obstacle, including a tricky jump up to a downhill landing. Never deviate from the plan. By the time Lang-Gluscic and her off-track […]
By Susan Salk on August 27, 2013
The high, sometimes lopsided withers of an ex-racehorse occasionally pose a challenge to those wishing to correctly fit their OTTB with a perfectly balanced and comfortable saddle. Jaime Kinnear, a onetime exercise rider for Suffolk Downs in Boston, and current saddle fitter for the Trilogy Saddle Company, demystifies the obstacles and approaches to getting a nice, snug fit without impinging on the horse’s movement, or worse, making him sore. In this Clubhouse Q&A, Kinnear explains some of the basics of a good fit, some of the corrections, and best of all; she notes that balancing out a saddle need not […]