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Rachel Jackson of 21 Oaks Farm in Virginia demonstrates her Roman riding at the Retired Racehorse Project's big show at Pimlico.

How and why she rides 4 T’breds, Roman style

Four bay Thoroughbreds, loosely linked by thin leather straps, charged like Roman fighting steeds onto the Pimlico Racecourse this month in a spectacular display of horsemanship that was truly a thing you don’t see everyday. With noses flared and heads high, the team darted and weaved in figure eight patterns at the trot and canter as Roman Rider and their owner/trainer Rachel Jackson stood balanced and strong; one foot on the back of two Thoroughbreds and driving them onward. “Why do I do Roman riding? I’ve always been one who loves the speed and the adrenaline rush, and really connecting with […]

Tough West was euthanized Tuesday after his coffin bones started to sink, and following a month-long health ordeal.

Tough West dies; vets, donors help owner

Tough West, a 3-year-old Thoroughbred who battled Pleuropneumonia since mid-September, and who was featured in a story last week by Off Track Thoroughbreds, was euthanized Tuesday after developing excruciatingly painful laminitis. After spending a month in the Brazos Valley Equine Hospital in Navasota, Texas, and battling back from Penicillin-resistant infection in both lungs, as well as myriad complications, Tough West was readmitted to the hospital for a routine checkup. While in the hospital the gelding’s condition worsened quickly, as Laminitis developed, and his coffin bones began to sink. Owner Alyssa Hammond, 19, who spared no expense to treat her horse and […]

Fine with Me and Lauren Lambert won the USEF National One-Star Eventing Championship at the Hagyard Mid-South Eventing and Dressage Association Three-Day last weekend. Photo by X-Press Foto and courtesy Lauren Lambert

Hell on the track, perfect on x-country

He was hell on the track, but devilishly good on the Eventing field last week. Fine with Me, an innocent-looking pretty gray once had quite the bag of tricks when stalled at the racetrack. “He used to stand up in his stall and try to climb over the walls,” says rider Lauren Lambert, who evented Fine with Me to clinch the 2014 USEF National One-Star Eventing Championship at the Hagyard Mid-South Eventing and Dressage Association (MSEDA) Three-Day Event and Team Challenge last weekend. In addition to the championship, the pair also took home the Jockey Club High Point Thoroughbred Incentive […]