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Program Uses Retired Racehorses To Help Teens Cope Thanks To Funding From Chad Brown

It is no longer questioned that people from all walks of life benefit from interacting with horses; the animal’s ability to help those dealing with both emotional and physical issues has been well documented. Valerie Buck, a retired exercise rider and founder of Aftercare Continued Thoroughbred Training (ACTT Naturally), takes in retiring racehorses and uses […]

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‘Relief To Horse Trainers’: 30,000 Additional H-2B Visas Allocated By DHS

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) earlier today communicated to Congressional offices that it would allocate 30,000 additional H-2B visas for the current fiscal year that concludes on September 30, 2019. This nonimmigrant visa program is used by many industries that need temporary non-agricultural help when domestic workers are unavailable. For the horse racing […]

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‘There’s More To The Story’: Launch Of ‘I Am Horse Racing’ Media Campaign

The following letter was released on Sunday afternoon, following the launch of social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube: Welcome to the “I am Horse Racing” Initiative. It was created with a simple goal in mind. A group of like-minded individuals all from within the industry coming together to share the stories of those […]

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Crowder’s Quiet Presence Makes Him ‘One Of Those Masters Of A Wild Horse’

He’ll pull up to the barn in his old green SUV, nodding a greeting and fetching his gear from the tack room. The way he walks, heavy saddle on one hip, bridle in his other hand, is perfectly reminiscent of a cowboy from the old black-and-white Westerns. He’s just a bit bow-legged, and the clinking […]

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After Backlash, Godolphin Gives Trainers ‘Discretion’ Over Exercise Rider Weight

In a staff notice dated Jan. 8 and posted on social media, Godolphin revealed new regulations that exercise riders would need to weigh below 67 kgs, or about 147 pounds. Following public backlash, Godolphin released a statement this Tuesday essentially reversing that decision, reports racingpost.com. It read: “Godolphin has given the matter of rider weight considerable […]

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‘You Can’t Weigh Ability’: Godolphin Weight Notice Causes Mixed Reactions

While Godolphin is promising healthy measures to assist its exercise riders, a company-wide notice requiring them to weigh below 67 kg (about 148 lbs) by February 1st is raising a lot of eyebrows. According to racingpost.com, Professional Jockeys Association senior nutritionist Dan Martin believes that the tight timeframe will encourage some riders to resort to the […]

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Scotland: Exercise Rider Killed After Horse Ruptures Artery During Workout

Natasha Galpin, a 22-year-old exercise rider in Great Britain, died following a fall Tuesday morning. According to The Irish Sun, Galpin was galloping a horse at the Scottish base of trainer Iain Jardine when it collapsed. Additional reports indicate Galpin was rushed to a nearby hospital but ultimately succumbed to her injuries. Law enforcement is […]

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Exercise Rider Severely Injured, Two Horses Killed In Head-On Collision At Fair Grounds

An accident during Monday’s morning training hours at the Fair Grounds resulted in the death of a pair of Thoroughbred racehorses and severe injuries to one exercise rider, Roderick “Roddy” MacKenzie. According to various individuals with knowledge of the situation, an unnamed young horse from the barn of Joe Sharp unseated his rider and took […]

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Kentucky HBPA Raffling Televisions To Benefit Family Of Late Exercise Rider Odanis Acuna

The Kentucky HBPA’s foundation is raffling off one 40-inch and two 32-inch televisions, with proceeds going to the family of Odanis Acuna, the 42-year-old veteran exercise rider killed Saturday morning in a training accident at Churchill Downs. Acuna, nicknamed Cuba for his homeland, leaves a wife and three young children. The raffle chances are $10 […]

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Horsemen Remember Odanis ‘Cuba’ Acuna For His Smile, Hard-Working Nature

Locally-based exercise rider Odanis Acuna passed away Saturday morning following injuries sustained during a training accident at Churchill Downs. Acuna’s friends remember the life of the 42-year-old affectionately known around the backstretch as “Cuba.” Edgar Cano (exercise rider): “Rest in peace my great friend. Your wife, children and all of your friends will always be […]

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