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Bold Vindication was adopted via New Vocations and re-trained for basic dressage by Suzanne Wepplo in 8 weeks. Shown here at Steuart Pittman's Pimlico Thoroughbred symposium

Talented racehorse is a natural at dressage

Straight off the track after 62 starts and amassing $125,000 in purse earnings, Bold Vindication began training for dressage as easily as if he left all those starting gates; he now does a collected canter instead of a hard run for the finish line. Under the guidance of Minnesota trainer Suzanne Wepplo, Bold Vindication learned in eight short weeks to do a collected walk, trot, and canter with good contact, while holding a steady frame, and with natural elasticity. “He’s been easy in every way,” she says, noting that he had many fine attributes, including an uphill conformation and a […]

Pulsion shortly after his rescue from a Kentucky field a year ago

’09 Breeders’ Cup hopeful triumphs over famine

A year after one-time Breeders’ Cup contender Pulsion wobbled off a rescue van at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital suffering from emaciation and infection, and following unstinting help provided by generous people who paid his vet bills and donated care at a layup facility, the horse who suffered extreme peaks and valleys in his young life is on the upswing—and headed to his first horse show. Next weekend, a young Florida nurse will ride Pulsion at the Punta Gorda Horsemen’s Association schooling show, in the hunter/jumper division. “I got Pulsion a month and a half ago, and everyone who sees […]

Call Me Larry still wins funds for cancer research

Call Me Larry, the racehorse who grabbed international headlines five years ago by racing to raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, continues to make strides for the cure. Now retired from racing, Call Me Larry is making the rounds on the show jumping circuit under owner and rider Shaina Humprey of Massachusetts. And like his previous owner, Suzie O’Cain, who founded Find A Cure Stables, his new owner has agreed to donate part of her winnings in the show ring to the breast cancer foundation. As part of the formal sales agreement struck between the two horsemen, a portion of […]