Jen Roytz

Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: A Lasting First-Timers’ Bond

If you’re interested in horses long enough, you will eventually have a select group of horses from your past that, for whatever reason, hold a special meaning. It could be the first horse you ever rode, owned or bred. Maybe it’s a horse that taught you an important lesson. It could even be a horse […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: The Future Of Equine Genetics?

Thanks to innovations in science over the past several decades, genomic testing and profiling has become accessible to the masses. Services like 23andMe and Ancestry.com allow customers to learn about their ethnicity, pre-dispositions to disease, biologic tendencies and more, simply by submitting a saliva sample via mail or at a doctor’s office. Stop and think […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Where Restrictions Create Opportunities

For nearly as long as Thoroughbreds have raced against one another in organized pari-mutuel events, there have been breed and age restrictions to qualify for certain races. The same is true for the horse show world. Classes can be (and often are) restricted by age, level of training of the horse, rider and breed. In […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: ‘Hollywood’ Catcher

There’s no doubt that Thoroughbreds, especially the off-track variety, are making a resurgence in the non-racing sectors. Their popularity is increasing not only in the show rings, but on trails, ranches, lesson stables and infinite other places throughout the horse world. One of the last places you might expect to find a Thoroughbred, though, is […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Jumping For Des

This past weekend it was time once again for one of my favorite Lexington traditions, the High Hope Steeplechase. Held each May at the Kentucky Horse Park, tailgaters line the track, cheer on the horses as they thunder past and enjoy what always seems to be a more elevated version of tailgate food (and maybe […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: The Summer Camp Life

Summer camp can be a life-changing experience for a child. Often it is the first time they’ve been away from their family for a prolonged period other than school and the experience can play a key role in helping them find their identity. At Forrestel Riding Camp, an international all-girls overnight English riding camp between […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Teaching And Learning

Last Sunday during the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center, a retraining and adoption facility for retired Thoroughbred racehorses, took full advantage of a prime location on the Kentucky Horse Park grounds to showcase the facility and horses to the masses at the inaugural Omelette and Mimosa Brunch.  In addition to brunch, the event […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Don’t Discount The ‘War Horse’

All too often Thoroughbred trainer, off-track Thoroughbred agent and OTTB advocate Mary Tate hears the same description from clients looking to purchase a horse off the racetrack as a riding or competition mount.  “We’re looking for something between the ages of three and five years old with less than 20 starts,” horse shoppers tell her […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Plenty To Do And Learn During Rolex

Bookended between the iconic Keeneland Spring Race Meet and the Kentucky Derby, next week’s Rolex Kentucky 3-Day Event is a quintessential part of many horse lovers’ plans each April.  Known as the triathlon of equestrian sports, this annual Olympic-level competition attracts the top horses and riders from around the world to the Kentucky Horse Park […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Caribbean Care

Shelley Blodgett didn’t grow up around horses. A clinical psychologist living in Wellington, Fla., with a specialty in geriatrics, Blodgett came about her love of horses later in life, learning to ride and becoming a fan of horse racing. In an effort to stay up-to-date with horse racing news and results, Blodgett created a Twitter […]

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