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By Susan Salk on October 28, 2014
Valentine, a poorly put together 19-year-old Thoroughbred with knee chips and early stage navicular, is blowing the socks off the competition in Preliminary cross-country throughout the Area 3 Eventing world. The unlikely sport horse, who once won a race under Jockey Club name R Motel, by “running in terror from the other horses” is never so happy as when he is plunging into water, and soaring over obstacles with his owner Kayla August. “His thing is Cross Country. He falls asleep before dressage and showing jumping. But put him in a start box and he goes wild,” she says. “At […]
By Susan Salk on October 27, 2014
As Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome readies to run in the Breeders’ Cup, some of his treasured memorabilia has been donated to two Thoroughbred charities to be auctioned off for the benefit of Thoroughbreds in need. Alan Sherman, who is part of the father-son training team that helped usher California Chrome to wins in the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness, donated the coppery racehorse’s famously misspelled saddlecloth to Beyond the Roses, and to CANTER California, a leather halter worn by the famous horse. The gifts, says Sherman, were ones the great racehorse team was happy to make. “We are proud […]
By Susan Salk on October 24, 2014
A $750 T-bred, off the track for just four years, qualified last weekend to compete at the preeminent Rolex Kentucky Three Day. AP Prime, grandson of the great A.P. Indy, and his owner/rider Leah Lang-Gluscic rode their hearts out at Fair Hill last weekend, despite being halted twice on course while injured riders were tended to. It was amazing to Lang-Gluscic that he was able to pull himself up from a hell bent dash over the challenging course, that twice had fallen riders ahead of them and caused the event to be momentarily halted. “AP was so professional! This was […]