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OTTBs made a big showing at Equine Affaire in Springfield, Mass. this past weekend. Nine Thoroughbreds and riders participated included these four. Pictured, left to right, Elisabeth Sawelsky and Quantity, Christina Sawelski on Charlie Business, Heather Perry on Regal Staff Two and Emma Myruski, 13, on Rubicon. Photo by Kay Myruski

Limelight shines on OTTBs at Equine Affaire

Their coats glistening, their tack polished, nine off-track Thoroughbreds took center stage this past weekend beneath the lights of the Equine Affaire Coliseum. During a brief appearance they demonstrated their prowess at a variety of disciplines showing no signs of, in some cases, very troubled pasts. As they trotted around the large indoor arena, moving in rhythm with their riders, a broodmare and racemare who each escaped the slaughter pipeline moved out with the grace of any other show horse attending the three-day equestrian event. “I think it was great,” says Christina Sawelsky of Sharon, Mass. She was one of […]

Canterbury Park’s 2011 Horse of the Year, Tubby Time, stands in a Pennsylvania kill pen before his rescue May 7, 2015.

Recalling how all hands saved Minn. HOTY

In the end it didn’t matter how many titles Tubby Time earned, or how many fans were charmed by his endearing flourish to finish his turf races, win or lose, with his tail flared out like a champ. But after the cheers had faded and the trophies grown dusty, the racehorse immortalized as the 2011 Canterbury Park Horse of the Year had lost the fine trappings of an earlier life to wind up discarded like trash into the slaughter pipeline. (This story was originally published on June 1, 2015). Looking bewildered and unrecognizable from the horse he’d once been, the […]

Laurie Tuozzolo and her OTTB Three Angels will participate in a Thoroughbred demonstration at Equine Affaire in Springfield, Mass. Nov. 13.

Kill pen mares to star at Equine Affaire

A lumpy legged mare saved from the butcher by a crying child, and a pretty ex-racehorse who survived both the slaughter pipeline and a near-fatal illness in the same year, will be among the off-track Thoroughbreds remade into show horses, and on display next month at Equine Affaire in Springfield, Mass. On November 13, nine beautiful horses, some with rags-to-riches stories like those of Rubicon, a dark bay mare rescued at auction by young rider Emma Myruski, and Three Angels, a former racemare saved from the slaughter pipeline and nursed back to health by Laurie Tuozzoulo, will help demonstrate the enduring […]