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Pat Dale returns Thoroughbreds to glory

When Pat Dale was a young girl, she and her friends all longed to own Thoroughbreds. Ambling around on backyard-bred Quarter Horses, the sleek ex-racehorses seemed like panthers as they walked onto the show grounds. So lithe and intelligent, they epitomized the ideal of competitive equine athletes. “If you had a Thoroughbred in those days, you were lucky. You had to have an uncle who raced horses to get one, or the right connections,” says Dale, 57. “This was back when the top riders, who were like gods to us, were all riding Thoroughbreds.” Over the decades, as European Warmbloods […]