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Childhood love rekindled by racehorse

Name: Rambler Sire: Blush Ramble Dam: Tobin Sea Grandfather: Blushing Groom Height: 17 Age: 11 The old black and white photo of Dawn Elisabeth Engen and her first ex-racehorse Beaucoup is faded and just a little out of focus. The mother of three grown children and grandmother of four, was just 14 when it was snapped after a pleasure class. That day, and so many others spent winning blue ribbons while bounding around on her beloved mare, came into the sharp focus of memory about six years ago. She glimpsed a new photograph of a different horse. A volunteer with […]

Palmer at a show

Zito horse ‘is off’ to next career

When Palmer’s Approach was born into the top-tier racing stables of Kim and Nick Zito in 2005, he had only two good legs to stand on. Fortunately, the “scrawny chestnut” with a bone cyst in the right stifle and a fracture in his left knee had many two-legged friends to lean on. Beginning with the Zitos themselves, both outspoken opponents of horse slaughter, the couple balked at suggestions they euthanize the animal, and sought the opinion of Dr. Scott Palmer. Palmer, for whom the horse was eventually named, treated the horse over the next year at the New Jersey Equine […]

Blogging for Dixie

Stat Box Racing name: Dixie Rumble Sire: Richter Scale Dam: Dixie Fever Foal date: 2003 People meet their spouses online, find new homes and careers online, so it wasn’t a giant leap that equestrian Catherine Viverette met and fell in love with her new horse—online. Reading a day-to-day blog about the life of ex-racehorse Thoroughbred Dixie Rumble, Viverette came to know his personality—he needs open space and a run-in stall and he loves to foxhunt above all other disciplines— and, before she could discover if he also enjoys ‘long walks on the beach,’ Viverette was daydreaming about what it would […]