Off the Track to Over Fences

The Change We Need ... One Horse at a Time

In just a few days, our underdog, "Zipper," heads to Kentucky to prove that he represents what the Thoroughbred industry needs to promote the breed. Upon arrival! The mission to rehabilitate 7-year-old Winforthezipper started in

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Zipper's First Horse Show!

In my last post, our dear little Zipper was coming into training well, I was happy with our progress and excited to start the season. How typical of our dear fuzzy friends that they should hurt themselves just when all is going perfectly! Here

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Riding To The 2016 Thoroughbred Makeover

Last January, while I was in Florida, I got the call from good friend Kathryn Sharpe of Ninety North Racing Stable to see if I had room at my farm in Pennsylvania for another one of their horses. I didn't recognize the name, although most of

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Got Heart?

What does it mean to have heart? I’m sure you could ask twenty different people and get close to twenty different opinions but I would bet the most common answers to this question would have something along the lines of grit,

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In Praise of Teddy

If we could all live life like Teddy. We don't know his story very well—his only real form of identification, his lip tattoo, was worn away to illegible numbers and letters—but from knowing Teddy, I'm certain that as a racehorse he

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The Challenge

Although this is a blog about the Thoroughbred and basically where are we going with that breed, it's also a reminder that here in America, we can barely claim to train any horses ourselves. The young jumper classes at WEF this past season were

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Excuses, Excuses

It's been a month since I left the sunny oasis of my little rent-a-farm in Wellington, where I spent this past season, and to be frank, it's taken me awhile to collect my thoughts regarding the under-fire Thoroughbred show horse

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Rising to the Challenge

The Thoroughbred is our American tradition, and those of us who cherish that tradition are still trying to find ways to protect it.   First, I want to commend those who have done a great job building awareness of the OTTB/Jockey Club

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Project 1: "Hawkasaurus," Part 6

A week later, Hawk's owner Kathryn was grooming him at Covert Farm to prepare for her first-ever riding lesson. Kathryn is 27 and stands about 5’2".  She was about to get her first riding lesson on a horse who recently weighed in at

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Project 1: "Hawkasaurus," Part 5

Hawk recently stepped up to the plate. Having proving consistent in his work and training, he deserved a really fun afternoon with his buddies—also ex-racehorses—to explore the beautiful countryside around Unionville,

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