Patricia Hogan, VMD, will be honored with the first-ever NYTHA “EquiStar Award” for her dedication and outstanding work on behalf of New York's retired racehorses. The EquiStar Award was created by the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association to recognize an individual or organization that, through compassion, hard work and generosity, enrich the New York Thoroughbred industry. Dr. Hogan will receive the award in a ceremony at the annual NYTHA PAC Golf Tournament at Rockville Links in Rockville Centre, NY, on Tuesday, Oct. 11.
Dr. Hogan has donated her skill and her time to provide surgical and medical care to dozens of retired racehorses, including those retired through NYTHA's TAKE THE LEAD Program. Her expert care ensures that the horses will have every chance at healthy and productive lives after their racing careers are over.
“I've known Patty Hogan for more decades than either of us would like to admit,” NYTHA's Aftercare Committee Chairman Rick Schosberg said. “Not only is she one of the top equine surgeons in the world, but she gives back to the industry like no other. Many of our TAKE THE LEAD aftercare candidates pay a visit to Patty for a final exam and tune-up to prepare for their second careers, and she does it all this out of the goodness of her heart, to assure these horses are at their very best for their new endeavors. She is a true angel for the industry.”
NYTHA Board member Linda Rice added, “Patty is the ultimate professional. She serves the equine community very well, and her hands-on common sense approach is second to none. It is a pleasure to work with her, for myself and my clients who trust her judgement.”
A native of New Jersey, Dr. Hogan was a horse-crazy kid who started working with harness horses when she was just 10 years old. She earned her veterinary degree at the University of Pennsylvania, then interned at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital and served a three-year surgical residency at Texas A&M before opening her own practice, Hogan Equine at Fair Winds Farm, back in her home state.
What motivates the good doctor to devote her expertise to retired racehorses?
“Horses have been taking care of me my whole life and have given me a career that I love waking up to everyday,” she explained. “I consider it a real privilege to be in a position to take whatever skills I have and offer them back to horses in need, in order to provide them with an opportunity to move on from racing and enjoy another career. It's just my way of 'paying it forward' for the wonderful way that horses have shaped my life.”
“We are very pleased to honor Patty with the first Equi-Star Award,” NYTHA President Rick Violette Jr. said. “There are so many members of the Thoroughbred community who give back with both hands for no other reason than the love of the horse and a passion for our industry. Patty certainly doesn't look for accolades, but NYTHA and New York's horsemen and women owe her and people like her a debt of gratitude. We created this award so that we could, in some small measure, show our appreciation.”
The EquiStar Award ceremony will take place during a cocktail reception on Tuesday, Oct. 11 in the Rockville Links Clubhouse, Rockville Centre, NY. For more information, or for tickets, call the NYTHA Office at (516) 488-2337, or email [email protected]
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