Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Stories From The Good Ol’ Days

Marilyn Montavon is chock-full of horse racing stories, and none of them are typical – then again, neither is the horsewoman everyone knows as “Fefe.” Her stories rarely have a well-defined beginning, middle or ending. She’s a bit rough around the edges. One story will blend into another several times over before it rolls back […]

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Here Comes Chindi! Oaklawn’s ‘Unofficial Ambassador’ Honored Sunday

At the age of 26, Chindi is still a familiar face at his favorite racetrack in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The only thing the grey gelding loves more than heading to the racetrack each morning as trainer Steve Hobby’s stable pony is heading to the clocker’s stand and stretching his head up into the air to […]

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UPenn’s Semi-Wild Pony Herd Helps Domestic Equines

Dr. Sue McDonnell, a board-certified applied animal behaviorist and founding head of the Equine Behavior Program and Research Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, established a semi-feral pony herd at UPenn’s New Bolton Center 25 years ago. Kept on 50 acres, the ponies are not handled, and breed and socialize as […]

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‘A Real People Horse,’ Hockey School Has Adapted To Life As A Lead Pony

Revered for their athleticism and intelligence, Thoroughbreds are popular for an array of activities when their racing careers conclude. Three-time winner Hockey School did not even have to leave trainer Brian Lynch’s barn to find his new profession as a companion mount. Known as “ponies,” these multitaskers of any breed inspire calm in the racehorses […]

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‘Coach’ Lava Man Turns 18, Still ‘An Important Part Of Team O’Neill’

Lava Man turned 18 on January 1. One of the most profitable claims in racing history, the old gelding has earned his keep as a pony since 2010, escorting the likes of 2012 Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another to and from the track to exercise for trainer Doug O’Neill. Lava Man still ushers four […]

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‘Swamp Cancer’ Is Killing Chincoteague’s Famous Wild Ponies

Wild ponies that have made the Chincoteague and Assateague islands famous are in a fight for their lives — literally. To date, seven horses have died after developing serious infections from stepping in wetlands contaminated with Pythium insidiosum. This bacteria causes pythiosis, a fungus-like infection of the hooves and legs. The organism enters small cuts on […]

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Lava Man ‘Looks Phenomenal,’ Returns To Santa Anita Park

Fan-favorite racehorse-turned-stable pony Lava Man has once again returned to Santa Anita Park. The 17-year-old gelding underwent colic surgery on July 31 this year, and was sent back to trainer Doug O’Neill’s stable in late August. From there, the Hall of Fame racehorse was sent to a farm to continue his recovery. “Lava Man is […]

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Though She Be But Little: Thoroughbred Mare Wins National Pony Championship

The story is unlikely in so many ways: a first-time competitor at the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Pony Jumper Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington won the title aboard a 14.1 5/8-hand Thoroughbred who technically qualified as a pony. The Girl Next Door (A. P. Jet—Brook Serenade, Montbrook) is 15 years old […]

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Something’s Fishy: UC Davis Vet Aids English Pony Attacked With Acid

A pony dubbed Cinders was dumped in Derbyshire, England, with what looked like acid burns running down her face, from her eyes to her nostrils. Taken to Rainbow Equine Hospital in North Yorkshire, veterinarians debated on the best way to care for the extensive burns. Jamie Peyton  of University of California Davis Veterinary Medicine, has […]

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