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Runbridled and Tennessee barrel racer Melanie Lyell are a couple of renegades in Quarter Horse country. And soon they'll be running barrels at the Retired Racehorse Project's Thoroughbred Makeover Show.

OTTB ‘shock and awe’ in Quarter Horse country

The most shocking part about riding a Thoroughbred in Quarter Horse country is how easy it’s been. So says longtime barrel racer Melanie Lyell of Tennessee. There were no explosive moments. No funny business with orange barrels. And the only thing that has been “run away with” is the heart of the equestrian who says her jaw drops nearly every day she places a western saddle on the back of her seasoned ex-racehorse Runbridled and goes for a slow, steady ride. “Before I adopted Runbridled, I’d heard so many stories in the Quarter Horse world,” says Lyell, a Tennessee equestrian. […]

Real Gentleman won 2 blue ribbons last weekend in Prix St. Georges competition.

Storybook karma leads OTTB to the top

An unsung racehorse just four years off the track won two blue ribbons last weekend in the kind of dressage competition few horses, of any breed, ever attain. Real Gentleman, a low-claimer who ran 41 races bouncing between Boston’s Suffolk Downs and the Finger Lakes racetrack played such a winning hand in two Prix St. Georges shows last weekend that even the judges gushed, a little, in the collective remarks portion of the score sheet. “A pleasure to watch such lovely basics,” wrote the judge, who was among those giving the OTTB the highest scores in FEI rated shows, Oyster […]

Murray and Jody. Photo by Kim Vogee

Tribute to Dear Murray of horse-column fame

California-based cartoonist and graphic designer Jody Livak Werner is an award-winning writer who offers her Thoroughbred’s perspective in her widely read OTTB column, Dear Murray. The humorous essays, which swept onto the Facebook scene and attracted 20,000 fans in a few short months, offers a horse’s perspective on all those silly humans who ride them. Via a clever collaboration with her beloved off-track Thoroughbred Murray, Werner deftly applies humor to get at the nub of life with horses. In the Dear Murray column, frustrated horses “write” to the all-knowing ex-racehorse, whose Jockey Club name was Phantom Writer, asking for advice on topics such […]