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Old Friends Set To Host 15th Annual Homecoming Day After Derby

Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, KY, will host its 15th Annual Homecoming event, Presented Red Brand Fence and sponsored by Tribute Equine Nutrition, on Sunday May 5th, 2019 from 1 pm to 5 pm. Tickets are $30 for the general public and $15 for Old Friends members (children 12 and under are free). Reservations can […]

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At 34, Welfare Line Has Been A Racehorse, A Pony, And Is Now A Greeter For Pimentals

His mahogany-hued coat glistening in the bright sunshine, the still-sturdy Thoroughbred broke into a light jog as owner-trainer John Pimental attempted to pose him for a picture. “He still has it in him,” Pimental murmured, breaking into a grin at the 34-year-old pensioner’s willingness to strut his stuff for visitors. In about three weeks, the […]

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Parker Hit With Nine More Animal Cruelty Charges In Continued Fallout From Louisiana Rescue Case

Things got more complicated this week for Hal W. Parker, the Louisiana horseman who boarded and quarantined horses for a kill pen rescue in 2018. Parker, 60, of Haile, La., has been hit with nine animal cruelty charges — seven for malnourished horses found on his property, and two for horses who were seized and […]

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Commentary: Shut Down Of Racing In California Could Lead To Big Aftercare Problem

In the sea of editorials and outrage about the current spike in equine fatalities at Santa Anita Park, one horsewoman points out we may all be overlooking something important. In a commentary published Thursday on the blog Decidedly Equestrian, writer Rachel Masen points out that while animal rights activists call for an end to racing […]

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Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center Announces Opening Of Satellite Facility In Illinois

The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC) is pleased to announce the opening of its first satellite facility at The Ranch in Frankfort, IL (www.theranchfrankfort.com). The MMSC is a nonprofit organization that focuses on reschooling off-track Thoroughbreds by building a foundation of skill sets through its Horse Centered Reschooling Program(SM) prior to adoption to facilitate and […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Rosie’s ‘Unicorn’ And The Power Of Trot Poles

When I was six years old, I knew that my calling in life was to be a jockey. And so I set a goal: to be the youngest jockey and first female ever to win the Triple Crown. Simple as that! Unfortunately, I never met that goal. I did, however, do everything in my power […]

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Embarking On A Makeover Challenge? A Few Considerations For Newbies

Earlier this month, the Retired Racehorse Project announced the acceptance of 673 trainers into its 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover competition. At this stage in the game, some of those trainers already have their Makeover horses, while others are still searching, outlining a game plan for the year (final horse registrations aren’t due until Aug. 1). While […]

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Parker, Close Associate Of Louisiana ‘Rescue,’ Arrested For Animal Cruelty

The saga of a kill pen rescue in Louisiana continued this week with the arrest of one of its associates on multiple animal cruelty charges. Hal Parker, 60, of Haile, La., was taken into custody by the Union Parish Sheriff’s Office on the morning of Feb. 19 and has been charged with one felony count […]

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Study: War Horses Aren’t More Likely To Suffer Soundness Issues In Retirement

Over the last decade, the Off-Track Thoroughbred (OTTB) has become more and more popular with amateur and professional riders of sport horses. It would seem the breed is picking up steam for a resurgence in the English disciplines, where it has been elbowed out by Warmbloods in recent years. While Thoroughbreds are gaining acceptance in […]

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Thoroughbred Incentive Program Announces 2019 Shows, Awards, And Youth Ambassadors

The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) today announced that it will offer awards and classes at more than 1,300 shows in 42 states and six Canadian provinces in 2019. Awards are available for multiple disciplines, including eventing, dressage, Western and English pleasure, hunter/jumper, endurance, Western performance, games, and polocrosse. Awards are also available at […]

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