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Denny Emerson rides Griffin at Groton House in 1994.  Photo Courtesy Horse Collaborative

Denny Emerson: ‘I’m a fan of Bold Ruler’

BY DENNY EMERSON—I’ve been a Bold Ruler line fan since well before he sired Secretariat. King Oscar, (pictured left) in 1996 at Rolex Kentucky, was by Right Of Light, by Tyrant, by Bold Ruler. I’ve found them to be tough—sometimes tough minded, too—but if you can get that working for you, instead of against you, hang onto your hat! Nasrullah, by Nearco, Bold Ruler’s sire, was the “source,” so I’ve read and been told, of the famous/infamous Bold Ruler temperament. In as unlikely a place as Wyoming, many years ago, an old rancher had his entire herd descending from Nasrullah, through Bold […]

This champion horse was butchered over the summer in a Florida field. The Animal Recovery Mission is using the image as a graphic reminder of the underground horsemeat trade in the sunshine state. Photo by Richard "Kudo"  Couto

$30K reward offered for tips on illegal slaughter

After spearheading a massive raid on three alleged illegal slaughterhouses in Florida, the animal activist organization responsible for the crackdown is offering a $30,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of people trafficking horsemeat in Miami and Palm Beach counties. The Animal Recovery Mission (ARM), following a police raid last week on properties suspected of slaughtering horses and engaging in trade of horsemeat for human consumption, an activity which is illegal in the US and is a felony crime in Florida, offered the reward to induce anyone with first-hand knowledge of these activities to step forward, says […]

Dr. Dinah Skorich, DVM, of Pine Brush Equine in New York, shares a moment with her dark bay OTTB mare Athena. Photo by Jessica Skorich

Photo of the Week: The horse she meant to flip

New York equine veterinarian Dr. Dinah Skorich always had a “thing” for dark bay mares. And when she heard through a friend of a friend that 16.2 hand mare Athena (JC: Sneakin Mimi) needed a good home, and was offered at the rock-bottom price of $150, she couldn’t resist. “I have a thing for black mares with no white, so I went to go see her after a friend of mine had heard about her,” Skorich says. “I went to see her and she walked right up to me, sniffed me all over, and started following me all around.” Sneakin […]