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By Susan Salk on June 9, 2011
It was a cold March evening, and the snow was swirling all around. Gently moving through deep drifts and icy footing, the horse carried Farrar where she wanted to go, answering her requests with immediate obedience. He didn’t spook, and seemed only to want to please her. “I fell in love with his mind right there,” Farrar says. She saw beyond the fact that, at the time, Bragsforwardmotion wasn’t much to look at. Suffering from a combination of rain rot and a fungal infection of his skin, the skinny Thoroughbred looked like he’d been through a battle when she arrived […]
By Susan Salk on June 6, 2011
Meghan Orr’s confidence had been badly shaken in an ego-bruising ride the day before. Three rails came down in the Devon Horse Show’s adult amateur jumper competition, and as she and Thoroughbred Four’s a Charm re-entered the show ring for their final try, Orr’s frustration was building. But in a good way. “I think I channeled that frustration into riding well,” she says in a Q&A interview with Off-TrackThoroughbreds.com. “I concentrated on what I needed to do instead of getting down on myself and forgetting how to ride!” So focused was Orr, she didn’t know how well she was doing […]
By Susan Salk on June 4, 2011
New York riding stable Shadowbrook Farms Equine Facility is hosting the Tribute to the OTTB Benefit Show next month to promote the talents of adoptable ex-racehorse Thoroughbreds, and raise funds to benefit the Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue. All Thoroughbred competitors are welcome to participate in a daylong event July 10, which includes Western and English disciplines. In creating the show, farm owner Cherie Pettit and show manager Sandy Porter-Gonyea hope to highlight the versatility and overall talents of ex-racehorses in all disciplines, while demonstrating their willing natures. “So many beautiful horses with incredible potential wind up in feed lots on their […]