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After a great run, OTTB blog signs off

Dear readers and friends: In November 2016, I made the decision to suspend writing and operations of this blog, After seven great years, the last two spent in happy partnership with the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF,Inc.), I decided to close the blog to concentrate on another blogging venture. (I now tell the stories of successful restaurants for one the nation’s top manufacturers of restaurant products, Boxerbrand.) It’s a change in direction I was honored to make. But, I want to note that the time spent writing about the successes and obstacles in the OTTB world has been one of […]

Three years since her rescue from the slaughter pipeline, Brightly Shining continues to win ribbons and championships.

One man’s ‘trash’ keeps winning the treasure

In only three short years, a filly once so scared she reared and thrashed like a wild animal in her auction-house stall, now dazzles as she prances in show rings and horse shows, winning ribbons, clinching championships, and earning the enduring love of the old-timey horseman who saved her. “This horse, I don’t know, she’s one in a million,” says Maryland-based owner Mike Keech. Keech took a chance on Brightly Shining in 2013, stepping up to buy her at the Thurmont Auction when all other auction-goers ran from the whirling dervish kicking up such a fuss. But from the moment Keech threw […]