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Press Exclusive earned $400,000 on the track and foaled 9 babies before she was a "downer horse" on slaughter truck

Big winner nearly dies on the way to slaughter

All that money, nearly a half million dollars worth of racetrack winnings, couldn’t help her as she thrashed in panic and fear. Flailing beneath the hooves of 30 other terrified horses, last December in a tractor-trailer heading for a Canadian slaughterhouse, once-winning race mare Press Exclusive had lost her balance on the truck, and her place in the world. No longer valuable as a racehorse or a broodmare — she gave birth to nine foals—she fell down among the legs and hooves of the other slaughter-bound horses, and was pummeled as she struggled beneath them, writhing in the shavings and […]

Priscilla Godsoe pilots Judge Beautiful over a five-foot wall, bareback

Gutsy OTTB rider jumps 5-ft wall, bareback

Author’s note: This story was first published on Oct. 6, 2010. Gripping her mare’s warm sides without saddle and stirrups, Priscilla Godsoe sent her Thoroughbred galloping toward the five-foot jump. As the horse’s pace quickened in the moments before takeoff, Godsoe knew this: her ex-racer was the best horse to take her safely, bareback, over a high jump. “I don’t think I trusted any other horse to go down and jump that wall,” she says. Surrounded by elite equestrian competitors last month, Godsoe and her 13-year-old mare Judge Beautiful bounded over the bright red jump in the center of Plantation Field grand prix […]

Last year's Fall for Horses Thoroughbred Show drew 70 competitors

Thoroughbreds readied for fun fall shows

Fall for Horses New Jersey—The Fall for Horses All Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show & Festival of Hope expects to draw enthusiastic fans and horsemen from throughout the New Jersey area on Oct. 20th for their third annual event. Hosted by Second Call, Monmouth Park’s Aftercare Program, the show highlights the Thoroughbred sport horse in several several disciplines as a versatile athlete, and offers show goers a tempting shopping opportunity as well. Vendors offering an eclectic mix of wares, from arts and crafts, jewelry and books to equine and pet supplies will be on hand to tempt show goers, while horse […]