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Brave kid: Declan Gregg makes a speech in Washington, D.C. to save horses

NH boy 10, fights horse slaughter in Capitol

This story was originally published on Oct. 9, 2012. A 10-year-old New Hampshire boy who stumbled upon the horse-slaughter issue by chance, has stormed Washington, D.C. with the sure-footed confidence of a prized Thoroughbred. Giving speeches from the floor of Congress, and from a podium outside a Capital building alongside U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., Declan Gregg’s heartfelt pleas to end what he terms “the mean and inhumane” treatment of slaughter-bound horses, have resonated throughout the hallowed halls of the nation’s lawmakers. Ever since learning that horses die in slaughterhouses by the tens of thousands each year, Stacie Gregg’s compassionate […]

Jenrette Romberg poses with Laertes at New Vocations. Audrey C. Crosby photo

Kentucky sophomore wins Saylor internship

A University of Kentucky sophomore with a talent for photography and communications has won this year’s Olivia M. Saylor internship at New Vocations Racehorse Adoption. Jenrette Romberg, 19, a communications major from Georgia was selected for the paid four-month internship because of her experience in photography and web design, says Melissa King of New Vocations. “She’s going to take a tremendous workload off my shoulders,” says King. “She’ll do everything from handling the flow of email, to helping with professional photo shoots of our horses, editing video, and being an extra set of hands around the barn.” A skilled photographer […]

Tammy Hicock and friend. Photo by Jacquelin Lewis

Clubhouse Q&A: Straight talk on riding OTTBs

There are no gimmicks that will turn a racehorse into a show horse. Like anything else worth doing, and doing well, it’s all about commitment, time, repetition, and above all, patience. That’s why Tammy Hicock never promises the moon when her clients show up, all eager and bubbling with the high hopes for their brand new off-track Thoroughbred. She settles them down right away. Ask her what type of rider tends to be more suitable for an OTTB, and her reply often begins with the word patient. Ask what the best practices are in OTTB  training, and there’s that word […]