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Quite Rightly meets his 10-year-old sponsor Sara Linsner.

Birthday girl sponsors Affirmed’s great-grandson

A Long Island elementary school grad and her parents drove nearly five hours last month to meet a stakes placed great-grandson of Triple Crown winner Affirmed, the newest member of their family. Though the horse is not famous, and the Linsner family is not horsey, they all drove with eager anticipation to visit bay Thoroughbred gelding Quite Rightly after Sara Linsner celebrated turning 10 with an altruistic gift from her aunt. For her birthday, the horse-loving girl was given a framed photo, racing stats, a stuffed animal, and the distinction of being a sponsor of Quite Rightly, who is retired […]

Faith and Open Zipper traveled to Massachusetts last weekend, five months after Zipper narrowly escaped shipping to slaughter while pregnant with her foal.

Crippled kill-pen mare & foal take final ride home

After escaping certain death in a Mexican slaughterhouse, a crippled broodmare and her young foal were transported last weekend to a permanent sanctuary home in Massachusetts. Walking awkwardly on legs misshapen by slab fractures and severe calcification, chestnut Thoroughbred Open Zipper calmly loaded onto a four-stall trailer and traveled with her six-week-old foal Faith to take up residency in Sharon, Mass. with longtime horse advocate and registered nurse Christina Sawelsky. Sawelsky offered the broodmare and her foal permanent a home after following their harrowing story in social media. Zipper’s ordeal unfolded on Feb. 29 when it came to the attention […]

Brightly Shining was rescued three years ago from an auction house. Since then, she has amassed ribbons and honors as a show horse. Pictured at the Totally Thoroughbred Show at Pimlico July 17.

Auction horse ribbons at Pimlico show

Brightly Shining, a chestnut filly rescued from a Maryland auction three years ago, returned to the racetrack July 17 to strut her stuff at the annual Totally Thoroughbred show at Pimlico. On a cloudless afternoon, the six-year-old mare appeared to glisten copper and white in a model class and under saddle hack class. Brightly Shining Sire: Posse Dam: Bright Shining Foal date: Feb. 14, 2009Ridden by Melissa White, 16, in the equestrian’s debut year at showing, Brightly Shining was among 300 Thoroughbreds who turned out for an afternoon of shows, says Joanne Beausch, the author of a children’s book about […]