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By Susan Salk on May 25, 2016
Four-star Eventer Leah Lang-Gluscic, who often credits her $750 OTTB AP Prime for “making” her career, has welcomed another Thoroughbred into her sport horse barn. Last week, Lang-Gluscic announced that the siren song of Thoroughbred Joker’s Hat, plus the “best canter” she’d ever ridden, compelled her to open her checkbook to buy the un-raced 4-year-old from Annie Johnson of Iowa. “I was not in the market for another horse. In fact, I had done a major downsizing after Rolex and had sold three horses, when I got a Facebook message from Annie,” Lang-Gluscic says. “She said she had no time […]
By Susan Salk on May 24, 2016
Olympic three-day Eventer Boyd Martin says there was no “mystery” to his decision to compete an off-track Thoroughbred against the very best sport horses at Rolex last month. Simply put, his 11-year-old gelding Blackfoot Mystery was the best horse for the job, even pitted against “specifically bred” international sport horses who drop from their mother’s bellies with the genes to compete at all three phases: dressage, cross-country, and show jumping. Blackfoot Mystery Sire: Out of Place Dam: True Mystery, by Proud Truth Foal date: April 30, 2004“I think the deciding factor in three-day Eventing is the cross-country. You need a […]
By Susan Salk on May 23, 2016
A dusty Camelot castaway, plucked by chance from an auction that could have catapulted him to the slaughterhouse, is now on the cusp of a first-class hunter/jumper career. Atom, an un-raced bay Thoroughbred, has emerged from his shell under the training of Mooresville, N.C. trainer Karen Benson to take high ribbons in big classes at the Totally Thoroughbred Show at Pimlico, clearing jump after jump with the high-knee tuck of the refined show horse he was born to be. “He has an amazing natural talent,” says Benson, who helped save him from the Camelot auction in 2012. “He’s so good […]