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Wapato Gold and Cassidy Stobart won the Junior Young Rider Training Level Northwest USDF Championships

OTTB steals dressage win from fancy w’bloods

Resplendent with jaw-dropping beauty, the elegant show horses dazzled like fashion models on a catwalk as they waited their turn to strut before judges at the Northwest USDF Championships. Warmbloods and sport horses of all breeds and backgrounds were positively intimidating to behold, says Paula Graham Stobart. “You could just tell by looking at them, these horses are in full-time training, and are very, very fancy and well-trained. And definitely not Thoroughbreds.” Well, there was one Thoroughbred there. Her Thoroughbred. Wapato Gold, nicknamed Wapo, a less statuesque, 15.2 hand ex-racehorse more than made up for his lack of height Sept. […]

Annie and Barbour at the Mounted Games in Maryland

In the game of life, Annie wins again

Annie was too small and slow to be a racehorse, to be sure. She lost big in the only race she ever completed. But plunk her down in the middle of a Mounted Games competition, and the failed racehorse suddenly swells with size and speed. Only 15 hands in stature, she is almost too tall for a sport that is dominated by petite 13- and 14-hand ponies. But the delicate lady is so fast she can trounce the smaller competition as they run patterns in competitive trials that test the nerves and maneuverability of the horse, and the dexterity of […]

Papiese family helps fund racing documentary

Papiese family helps fund racing documentary

The 2011 Eclipse Award finalist for Outstanding Owner has joined up with a Texas horse rescue organization to help fund a grassroots documentary film about off-track Thoroughbreds. This week, Richard and Karen Papiese, owners of Midwest Thoroughbreds pledged $12,000 toward the ongoing production of the film Back on Track, a documentary that examines the efforts within the race industry to help retired equine athletes. The Papiese family agreed to pledge $12,000 toward the film costs after Donna Keen, president of Remember Me Rescue of Texas, began promoting the film on social media, and asking friends to contribute to the project spearheaded by filmmaker and […]