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As a child Jeanne Mirabito had loved Our Mims, the horse who would go on to help her found a retirement haven for older broodmares. Jeanne and Mims enjoy a moment.

For Our Mims, a safe haven was formed

As a young filly, Our Mims was racehorse royalty. At 3, she was named the 1977 Eclipse Champion, and by age four, she’d won over $368,000 in her racing career. By the time she was 22 her many foals carried the bloodlines of superstars such as Seattle Slew and Spectacular Bid, and passed great genes along to notable stakes performers including 1997 Breeder’s Cup Sprint winner Elmhurst. But when she could no longer get in foal, Mims was turned out to pasture among cows, and far from any winner’s circle or breeding shed, grew old trying to forage enough food to […]

A foster child has a life-changing experience after connecting with a Thoroughbred in California. Photo courtesy Julie Baker

TRF horses to help amputees after past success

His hair hung in a long fringe hiding his face, and his affect was one of hanging back, of remaining separate from the group. Until one day the boy made eye contact with the fiery Thoroughbred Viva, a mare who rarely let anybody touch her on the face. He walked quietly over and reached his hand up placing it firmly on her forehead. The two now stood together as if each recognizing a friend in the other. “That moment just stands out for me,” says Julie Baker, president of Healing Arenas, Inc., a California-based nonprofit whose mission is to support […]

Anthony Patch and Lainey Ashker took 3rd at the Wellington Eventing Showcase last mont. Photo by Kasey Muller

Storming Wellington on an opinionated OTTB

Arriving by special invitation to compete at the rarified Wellington Eventing Showcase last month, Lainey Ashker and her four-star Thoroughbred Anthony Patch came by way of hard knocks, bad falls, and pure grit. Theirs is not a story of easy rides. But after 12 years together, their “marriage,” as Ashker often describes their relationship, has grown seasoned and strong. “It’s been a very humbling experience learning to ride Al the way he deserves to be ridden,” says the four-star rider who took third place at Wellington this month. “We’ve gone through so much together. We went through his rearing and […]