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An example of the artwork by Leslie Priggen, who will sell her pieces to benefit the TRF

Myopia Hunt Tea & Art Show to benefit TRF

Racing to a photo shoot for a major cosmetic company, longtime fashion photographer Leslie Priggen stopped abruptly, as if blinded by a strobe light. What was she doing, she wondered, as she hurried to get ready for her next assignment while pondering the 22 years that had passed in a blur of dazzling cities, and strict deadlines. “I’d been looking at some animal portraits I’d picked up when I was in England and I had this moment like you see in the cartoons, when a light bulb went off over my head,” she says. “The portraits of animals are always […]

Thomas Edison is named the Rood& Riddle Thoroughbred Sport Horse of the Year

Rood & Riddle names sport horse of the year

Thomas Edison, a 14-year-old show jumper, was named the 2012 Rood & Riddle Thoroughbred Sport Horse of the Year last month following a sensational season in the show jumper ring with rider Maggie Jayne. The fifth annual award was presented during the annual Thoroughbreds Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) Awards Dinner Sept. 6 before an audience of 400 owners and breeders. TOBA President Dan Metzger noted that the annual Rood & Riddle OTTB award does the industry and retired racehorse a good service. “These awards are a wonderful way to heighten awareness so that we may broaden Thoroughbred horses’ careers […]

Chesna and Solar demonstrate win the Freestyle at Emerald Downs trainer challenge

Jumping without tack, pair takes 1st place

USDF silver medalist Chesna Klimek and off-track Thoroughbred Solar walked away with the win at the Emerald Downs trainer challenge last month after she rode the beautiful black horse over a jump— bareback, and without a bridle. The pair took first place in the 100-day Trainer Challenge, after outperforming other competitors in two divisions— the in-hand demonstration, and a three-and-a-half minute freestyle completion, which featured the daring jump. Says Klimek, “Three minutes isn’t a lot of time to showcase what they’ve learned. But I knew he seemed pretty calm at the show, so I decided to do the bridle-less jumping. […]