Jen Roytz

Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: For The Love Of Smarty Jones And Shackleford

It was 2011 when Susan Harmon joined the Facebook community. What drove her to do so wasn’t to reconnect with childhood friends or keep a public journal of her day-to-day happenings, but rather to follow the on-track exploits of the sport’s top horses and keep up with the progeny of sires.  It wasn’t long before […]

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Select Sales Agency Pledges Support Of Retired Racehorse Project

On Friday, the Retired Racehorse Project announced that Select Sales Agency will be launching a new initiative, donating $5 to RRP per horse sold at public auction during the 2018-2019 sales season. Select Sales will also offer their clients the opportunity to donate, and will match those donations up to $10 per horse. “We feel that this […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Living The Good Life At 31

Talk to any racetracker for very long and you soon learn they’ve got a story or two to tell. With a family history steeped in Canadian horseracing, Maureen Allen is no exception. Born and raised in Canada, Allen is the daughter of Thoroughbred trainers John and Sonia (Rosebud) Allen, the latter of whom became one […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: ‘Horses Are The Ultimate Connectors’

Horses are the ultimate connectors. That’s a common turn of phrase and far from an epiphany, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Every once in a while it’s nice to be reminded of it. This past week I made the trek to South Dakota once again to catch up with dear friends and […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Going The Distance

Thoroughbreds are typically bred for speed, and often the question asked is “can they go the distance?” Can a horse stretch out from carrying their speed a few furlongs in morning workouts to a mile, 1 1/8 miles, 1 1/4 miles or more in a race? For a young gray filly named Casey’s Lear, her […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: An ‘All-Around Horse’ With A Side Hustle

Recently studies have shown that today’s professionals – especially those in their 20s, 30s and 40s – often have more than one source of income. Commonly referred to as having a “side hustle,” these budding entrepreneurs do everything from waiting tables and tending bar to designing websites, starting small retail business, baking…even writing a weekly […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Giving Young Thoroughbreds Value For The Long Term

Have you ever looked at a Thoroughbred – on or off the track – and wondered to yourself, “What have you seen? What do you know?” If the horse in question passed through the hands of Trudy Veinot, it’s safe to say he or she has seen and learned a whole lot. Based on a […]

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Fourteen Takeaways From The 2018 Jockey Club Welfare And Safety Summit

The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation hosted its eighth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit June 27 at Keeneland, with speakers touching off on disaster preparedness, jockey safety, equine injury, and Thoroughbred aftercare. Here are a few things I didn’t know before attending this year’s event: Detail matters in disaster planning. Obviously, the San Luis […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: A Kentucky ‘Sanctuary’ For Retired Racehorses

People get into Thoroughbred racing or breeding for a wide array of reasons. For some it’s about the handicapping or strategy in mating the right mare and the right stallion to create an athlete destined for greatness. For others, it’s the thrill of competition and the idea that, by owning a racing stable, you in […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Brass Hat Helps BreyerFest Celebrate 29th Year

For many horse lovers, Breyer model horses evoke a certain sense of nostalgia. So often for horse-crazy kids, a stable of Breyer horses laid the foundation for dreams of one day owning a horse – or stable – of their own. Each year at the Kentucky Horse Park the Breyer model horse company puts on […]

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