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By Susan Salk on September 27, 2016
A Thoroughbred mare with the kind eyes of a puppy, having been pulled last year from a livestock truck, rumbling unremittingly toward the slaughter pipeline, debuts next month at the Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover Show; all glossy and beautiful as she prepares for her comeback. Mae’s Debut, a 7-year-old lightly raced mare, will compete in two field-hunter divisions and one handy hunter with all the grace with which she has weathered life’s storms. “It’s horrifying to me that she was loaded on a trailer and headed to the meat buyer,” says her owner and rider Kim McVeigh of Factoryville, […]
By Susan Salk on September 26, 2016
Surging toward a fence at the six-minute marker at Rolex, the Thoroughbred slipped badly just before takeoff. In a split second, where others might have been thrown off their game, fearless OTTB sport horse Sound Prospect twisted and turned, practically defying the laws of gravity and launched himself over the four-star jump, exactly between the red and white flags. And in that instant, as the wind whistled and the horse soldiered on through the most challenging course in North America, rider Ali Knowles knew they were invincible. “When we landed at that jump, I thought, damn, this horse is really […]
By Susan Salk on September 23, 2016
Secretariat left some big shoes behind. Including a six-foot tall exact replica of the great Triple Crown winner’s shoe so gargantuan that it holds the Guinness Book world record as the largest horseshoe ever made. The shoe, which ordinarily resides at the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville, has been trucked to Secretariat’s famous birthplace, The Meadow, and will be on display from Sept. 23 through to spring 2017. The 610-pound object, crafted from aircraft aluminum by Eagle Sign & Designs, Inc., of Louisville, evokes the impact of a horse who electrified a nation, and brought hope and joy as he […]