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Anna Rau shares a laugh with her OTTB gelding Iceberg Lounge.

Photo of the Week: Sharing a laugh

Anna Rau used to write the words “my own horse” at the end of her mother’s grocery shopping lists. “She’s written it on every one since she was 2,” says Kate Rau. After realizing her daughter wasn’t going to outgrow the dream of owning her own horse, the family purchased off-track Thoroughbred Iceberg Lounge nearly two years ago. The gray gelding is terrified of dragonflies and his own tail, but adores Anna. “It’s been a really good fit; he is devoted to her and she is to him,” Kate says. Iceberg, who is now named Areion, is doing liberty training […]

Milyone and Grand Prix jumper Erika Cooper pose at a recent show in California.

A bold T’bred trains with Grand Prix jumper

A California OTTB who passed from the finest hands in horseracing to an owner so devoted she made sure the spirited red gelding got everything he could ever want, has begun to show promise as he trains with FEI Grand Prix jumper Erika Cooper. Milyone, a Kentucky bred great-great grandson of Majestic Prince who was once trained by Kentucky Derby winning trainer John Shirreffs, has continued his grand affiliations with good horsemen at the direction of his doting owner, Linda Moss. After providing an abundance of care to address feet and back issues—treatments included months of rigorous chiropractic, theraplate, and […]

The Roman Knows and Kelly Vineyard are an award-winning dressage team.

T’bred went from ugly duckling to dressage star

A Roman-nosed racehorse once thought to be a bit of an ugly duckling has so thoroughly transformed himself into a creature of beauty and talent in the Dressage ring, that his longtime rider swears she is forever sold on Thoroughbreds to do for her what her Dutch Warmblood never could. Kelly Vineyard of Gainesville, Fla. says she owes everything to her short, narrow-necked OTTB. Her aptly named gelding The Roman Knows helped pluck her from relative obscurity in Level 2 Dressage—where she was marooned for years struggling on her Dutch Warmblood— to the highest levels of a rarified sport. Together, […]