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Orchard Point at New Holland auction

Jobless woman rescues Point Given’s son

Elizabeth Reeves Smith of Lexington, Ky., had been painfully unemployed for 11 months when she first laid eyes on the son of racing superstar Point Given languishing, all beat up and tired at the end of the line. Orchard Point was 250 pounds underweight, and was about a day away from shipping from the New Holland livestock auction to a Mexican slaughterhouse, when Smith spotted his photograph and an appeal by horse rescuer Mindy Lovell. Lovell, a well-known horse advocate who patrols feedlots and auction houses for ex-racehorses in need of an 11th hour reprieve had seen the golden-red beauty, […]

Laura Holmes blows off some steam

Clubhouse Q&A: A look at OTTB Connect

Working on the racetracks of New Mexico, Laura Holmes led a hard life. Between witnessing the high rate of breakdowns, and imagining the sickening deaths of equine athletes in nearby Mexican slaughterhouses, she was compelled to help. In conjunction with her ongoing work helping to re-home ex-racehorses, Holmes recently launched the Facebook Page OTTB Connect. In it, she hopes to offer a forum for discussion about all manner of issues related to Thoroughbreds, as well as provide a place to display information about sale horses who don’t make it onto other Sales Horse sites. In this week’s Clubhouse Q&A, Holmes […]

Posse arrives at Idyll Acres Farm

Theposse’safterme lands at farm of first owner

The wise old horseman gave Nancy Richards her first big break with Thoroughbreds. And in the countenance of new ex-racehorse Theposse’safterme, an equine athlete who “always paid his way” earning seconds, and a rare first, she could see a reminder of the grandfatherly figure whose horse she adopted shortly after the great old man died at age 99. In the way that life seems to bring things full circle, Posse landed on a sales listing at Re-Run, a Thoroughbred adoption nonprofit, and Richards decided to adopt and bring him to the homestead of his late owner, longtime horseman Dominick Vittese. […]