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Kay Hanlon Myruski  and her 12-year-old daughter Emma rode from New York to Louisiana, and back, to save 8 slaughter-bound horses.

A hellish trip saves 8 from Bastrop Kill Pen

A New York woman and her 12-year-old daughter drove over 3,000 miles, running on fumes and stolen cat-naps, to rescue eight horses from the Bastrop Kill Pen in Louisiana. Stepping up last week to do the long-distance haul after plans fell through with their shipper, Kay O’Hanlon Myruski and her 12-year-old daughter Emma drove from their home in Goshen, N.Y. to pick up a large horse trailer at Gerda’s Animal Aid in Vermont, before driving south through blistering heat and difficult conditions, all in the name of saving horses who would otherwise ship to Mexico to be slaughtered. “It was […]

Future Kings, 16, is earning good ribbons in the A level Baby Greens a year after his rescue from a kill pen. Photo courtesy Marilyn Lee

Kill pen horse, 16, ribbons in A-circuit shows

A 16-year-old Thoroughbred ex-racehorse once worth a small fortune has gone from a Pennsylvania kill pen to a top Ontario horse show circuit in only a year’s time. Future Kings, a grandson of 1979 Eclipse Award Champion Sprinter Star de Naskra, has been raking in the ribbons in the Baby Greens under the guidance of well-known rider Robin Hannah-Carlton. Almost exactly a year since the older gelding was rescued from the slaughter pipeline, Hannah-Carlton says the beautiful bay has attracted accolades, good ribbons and even a few purchase offers since she debuted the OTTB earlier this year. “He is getting […]

Campside and Webster. JHA Photo/Md Jockey Club

‘Disastrous’ search leads to an OTTB mare

Jennifer Sponseller Webster spent two disastrous years trying to find a horse. A friend loaned her a handsome gelding in 2010, and Webster, four months pregnant at the time, was promptly bucked off. Next she tried a lease that didn’t work out, had another go lame, dealt with two who were plumb crazy, and all this to find a fox-hunting prospect to replace a horse she had trained to the hilt, and resold. By the time April 2012 rolled around, was kicking herself for thinking it would be easy to find another fox hunter, and none too optimistic when she […]