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By Susan Salk on May 17, 2012
Twenty-one Thoroughbreds, including half-breeds and at least six ex-racehorses, will converge at Green Acres Stables in Madbury, N.H., this weekend to learn cross-country with an advanced eventer and ex-racehorse proponent. Level II instructor Steuart Pittman, who masterminded and promotes the Retired Racehorse Training Project, will take his methods and ideas to the fields of the Seacoast area farm, offering tips and advice for riders seeking to finesses their horses’ cross-country skills. Beyond that, the two-day clinic is a marvelous opportunity to promote ex-racehorse Thoroughbreds as Sporthorses, says Jennifer Montfort, CANTER New England board member. “We’re all on a huge groundswell […]
By Susan Salk on May 16, 2012
Sally Faith Steinmann is a hat-maker, an artist, and horse-lover who has been in the news lately. Both CNN and the New York Times ran lengthy articles about her Kentucky Derby hats, and the way she has parlayed her gifts as a milliner into charity for ex-racehorse Thoroughbreds. In this week’s Clubhouse Q&A with OffTrackThoroughbreds, Steinmann describes her work, and her passion for horses. Q: Stories about your Kentucky Derby hats have graced the New York Times and CNN.com. Sally, first of all, congratulations. How did these major media outlets find you? A: The timing for the interviews could not […]
By Susan Salk on May 15, 2012
With quiet confidence, Lauren Lambert approached the silvery-white puff of a horse. The skilled equestrian had learned at the foot of her mother, Martha, a master rider whose own career had taken her all the way to the Rolex competition fields. So, Lambert figured that hopping on the new, white ex-racehorse would be a walk in the park on a lazy afternoon. She figured wrong. As she pulled Baba Creek out of his stall to saddle him up, a chill enlivened the Kentucky air, reminding Lambert, and her friends who’d come to join her on a trail ride, that winter […]