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Brian Jarvis and his OTTB General Skye won the first TRF Second Chances Challenge Trophy at the Piedmont Fox Hounds Hunter Trials last weekend.

TRF fetes top OTTB foxhunter at Piedmont

A bold, bay Thoroughbred who cut an impressive figure on the Virginia foxhunting scene took home the first TRF Second Chances Challenge Trophy last weekend at the Piedmont Fox Hounds Hunter Trials. The elegant OTTB General Skye, 11, and his owner/rider Brian Jarvis were judged to be the most impressive Thoroughbred team moving across the spectacular grounds in view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, says Elizabeth Beer, development officer of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. General Skye Sire: General Royal Dam: Signorita Cielo, by Conquistador Cielo Foal date: March 10, 2005“He was by far the most outstanding Thoroughbred competing that day,” says […]

Tom Petty of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers was the first rock legend to sign Susan Wagner's petition to end horse slaughter. Billy Joel and Graham Nash have also signed.

Tom Petty signs horse-slaughter petition

Rock star Tom Petty and his wife Dana have offered their support to a massive petition drive to end horse slaughter. Last week, the famous front man for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers signed an appeal to the Obama Administration asking them to intervene on behalf of the 150,000 horses sent to Mexico and Canada annually for slaughter. After signing the petition created by New York-based horse sanctuary Equine Advocates, Petty shared the petition on his Facebook page, and with the following statement: “Tom & Dana have signed this petition to end the unethical treatment and slaughter of horses. They […]

The Martin County Sheriff's Department escorted Valerie Ashker and Peter Friedman five miles after a road-rage incident briefly delayed the couple's cross-country trip on OTTBs.

Road rage briefly delays 3,500 mile OTTB trek

Valerie Ashker and her ex-racehorse Primitivo, who are crossing the United States on a 3,500-mile ride, were forced off the road and nearly run down yesterday in an apparent road rage incident. Ashker, 60, and her horses were making their way along Highway 50, at the mile 45 marker in Indiana when a late model gold Impala flew at them, grazing but not injuring Primitivo, Ashker says. The incident, which was reported to the Martin County Sheriff Department and witnessed by truckers who pulled off the road to help, occurred at about 11 a.m., she says, further explaining: “I was […]