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April LeBlanc is an avenging angel for Thoroughbreds who need new homes. By day she rides at Woodbine, by night she re-trains them.

Woodbine rider is avenging angel for T’breds

At the Woodbine Race Track in Toronto works an exercise rider who wears two hats. By day, April LeBlanc gallops Thoroughbreds for trainers who shoot for big winnings; by night, she re-homes equines who didn’t earn very well as racehorse, but who pay dividends in other ways. With her careful oversight and training, many become gentle school horses for students as young as nine. Competing for and winning ribbons as hunter/jumpers and eventers, they prove their worth. And in spite of an often underserved reputation as being ‘flighty’ or ‘hot,’ these Thoroughbreds are often the most cool-headed and lovable creatures in the […]