What Exactly Is ‘Good Horsemanship’ And How Is It Quantified?

Following an international study, the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has determined that there are 14 elements that create good horsemanship. Initiated after a comment by Steve Guerdat at an FEI Sports Forum, the FEI Educational and Standards department was determined to see if the concept of “horsemanship” could be quantified. Guerdat’s comment stressed that the […]

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Two Grooms For Each Racehorse? O’Brien Embedded In Labor Court Dispute

Ballydoyle Racing has been issued a compliance notice by the Irish Workplace Relations Committee, reports, for a 2016 inspection which revealed that staff had worked 19-hour days and 28 days in a row without a day off. Trainer Aidan O’Brien was present at a Labor Court appeal hearing on Monday, arguing against the February 2016 […]

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‘I’m Screwed’: Maryland Case Of Missing Workers’ Comp Illustrates Problems With Costly System

On Dec. 15, 2016, the stewards at Laurel Park issued a brief statement following the hearing of trainer Wayne Potts. Potts, who is based in Maryland and Delaware and has trained since 2004, was found to have operated his racing stable without workers’ compensation insurance from Aug. 31, 2015 to March 16, 2016. The trainer, […]

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Services For Backstretch Workers ‘Noticeably Hit And Miss’ Across The Country

The thousands of backstretch workers, from hot walkers to grooms to exercise riders, have long lacked the appropriate credit for the work that they do seven days a week, 365 days a year. According to the Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, backstretch workers also lack a unified national body which can advocate on their behalf. “The sorts […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Carrying A ‘Banner’ For The Backstretch Melting Pot

The racetrack has a way of bringing people together across cultures and across miles. “We’ve got just about every country in America on the backside. That’s the racetrack,” said Stanley Gold. Gold, trainer of Grade 3 Hutcheson Stakes winner Awesome Banner, should know all about the draw of the racetrack—he logged thousands of miles on […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Such Sweet Dedication

The Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland was full of exciting moments and unique stories, but some of the best were the ones that never made the headlines. I was in Lexington for Breeders’ Cup week and spent the majority of my waking hours at Keeneland. On Sunday morning after the two-day championships had concluded, an endless […]

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Luitpold To Sponsor ‘Best Turned Out’ Award For Breeders’ Cup Grooms

Luitpold Animal Health, maker of Adequan® (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan) and a leading manufacturer of animal health products, has been named an official partner in the Equine Joint Wellness category of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The Breeders’ Cup, Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious two-day championship event, featuring 13 grade one races with purses and awards totaling $26 […]

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Thoroughbreds Carry Eventing Grooms’ Dreams in the Saddle

While this Saturday’s Belmont contenders prepare for the longest race of their lives, the horses’ grooms double as psychologists and cheerleaders, keeping them relaxed amid the tension and media hubbub. As is the case on the racetrack, the high-level eventing horses don’t just carry their riders when they enter the starting box. Like racehorses, the hopes of […]

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Groom Gets Her Car Back After Freak Accident at Gulfstream

Terri Page is finally driving her own car again, some three months after it was totaled in a freak backstretch accident. As we reported in March, 3-year-old Malibu Blues had just won his first race at Gulfstream Park and was headed back to the test barn when a camera man began climbing down an observation […]

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When the Kentucky Derby field emerges from the Churchill Downs tunnel onto the track Saturday, some of the entrants’ loudest cheering sections won’t be found in the stands or on millionaires’ row. The grooms who pour the feed, wrap the legs, and clean the tack may not get much attention from the news crews, but […]

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