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By Susan Salk on November 26, 2013
Blowing hard like a mythical black beast, he was at once horrifying and captivating. While forcing one woman to back out of a chance to ride, he drew Mellisa Davis Warden to him like the proverbial moth to a flame. “I went with my friend to check out this horse named Davy Jones, and when we got to the barn, he was being tacked up and seemed to be breathing fire,” Warden says. “He looked like he was explosive, like he was ready to go. “My friend looked at me and said, ‘I’m not getting on that horse! He’s horrifying!’ […]
By Susan Salk on November 25, 2013
The New York Attorney General’s Office announced Nov. 19 that the case against the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF), brought after a New York Times article reported horses were starving while in the care of the charity, has been settled with the TRF. In a settlement agreement signed by Judge Anil C. Singh, the Attorney General’s office states that after a “vigorous, arms-length negotiations” both parties agreed to settle in order to allow the TRF to continue to “fulfill its mission” to continue caretaking its horses. In the wake of the settlement, Fantasy Lane Stables CEO and President Robert L. Hutt […]
By Susan Salk on November 22, 2013
With a nod toward the flashy gelding quietly munching hay in his Fair Hill barn, Dublin native Carl Doran smiled at head rider Asia Vedder, and with a twinkle, asked if she could picture herself riding around the Badminton Horse Trials on him. “Why?” she replied. “Is he for sale?” And so the wheels were set in motion to change the fate of one poorly performing chestnut Thoroughbred named Gaelic Wealth, just like that. “I went back to the barn to look at him, and he had a nice, big loose trot and was very clean legged,” Vedder says. “He seemed to have a […]