2017 Buffalo International Horse Show Wraps Up

September 21, 2017

BUFFALO, N.Y. — For 71 years, the historic Buffalo International Horse Show (BIHS) has offered the nation's finest horses and riders the chance to come together and compete at one of the most premier equestrian facilities in the country, and this year was no exception.

The 2017 BIHS, which is held each year as a benefit for the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC), returned to ...

Pennsylvania teen is T.I.P. Youth Rider of the Year

A Pennsylvania resident was one of two youth honored with the Young Rider of the Year Award for 2017 by the Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.).

The young rider award, which recognizes a rider 18 or younger who owns or leases a Thoroughbred for use in 4-H, Pony Club or other activities, and includes a $5,000 prize, was split between two riders: Brenna Tento Harleysville, Pa.

Devin Ryan, of Long Valley, N.J. wins American Gold Cup

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. – The 2017 American Gold Cup at Old Salem Farm came to an end on Sept. 17 as some of the world's top international show jumping athletes competed for the coveted American Gold Cup trophy in the $216,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping New York CSI4*-W.

The United States claimed the top prize for the second year in a row as Devin Ryan, of Long Valley, N.J. secured the ...

Photo gallery: Bucks County Horse Park USEA Horse Trial

The Bucks County Horse Park held a USEA recognized horse trial on Sept. 10. 

Next up on the schedule is a schooling trial on Oct. 8. See for more information.

Horses and pets find new homes at Hampton Classic Horse Show

September 14, 2017

Adoptable horses awaiting new careers got their chance in the spotlight this summer at the 2017 Hampton Classic Horse Show. The Opening Ceremony at the Hampton Classic on Aug. 27, featured a parade of the adoptable horses.

The horses were then showcased at a Meet & Mingle with Adoptable Horses presented by the EQUUS Foundation on Aug. 28, as part of the seventh Annual Hampton Classic ...

Mylestone welcomes visitors to open house on Oct. 8

Mylestone Equine Rescue’s annual Open House, is set for Sunday, Oct. 8 from 12 to 4 p.m. at their farm in Pohatcong, N.J., with a rain date of Oct. 15 from 12 to 4 p.m. 

The public is invited to this special event to meet the rescued horses and learn about their histories and how they came to Mylestone.

There will be an extensive silent auction, featuring ...

Two New York horses diagnosed with West Nile virus

September 20, 2017

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets has confirmed two cases of equine West Nile virus, according to the Equine Disease Communications Center.

According to the site alert:

A 26-year-old mare in Tompkins County started developing clinical signs on Sept. 8 including pronounced twitching and jerking movements in the forelegs, neck, and muzzle and reluctance to ...

First case of EEE in 2017 reported in Cumberland County horse

A 5-year-old Cumberland County mare is the first reported case in 2017 of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a serious, mosquito-borne illness in horses.

The horse had not been vaccinated against EEE and died on Aug. 28, 2017. 

“Horse owners need to be vigilant in vaccinating their animals against diseases spread by mosquitoes,” said New Jersey Secretary of ...

Repeat winners top Saratoga's 2017 season

September 20, 2017

SARATOGA SPRING, N.Y. — If the names seem familiar, it's because all three of Saratoga's 2017 champions are repeat winners — many times over.

Mega-trainer Todd Pletcher won his 13th H. Allen Jerkens Trophy that goes to the leading trainer.

Jockey Jose Ortiz won his second straight leg on the Angel Cordero Trophy that is awarded to the leading rider.

Long Island ...

Open Space Pace is bigger than ever


FREEHOLD, N.J. — New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher served as Grand Marshal of the sixth annual Open Space Pace and Festival of Horses held Sept. 16 at Freehold Raceway.

This year’s parade included the famed Wells Fargo stagecoach, along with a record number of horses and riding participating. The parade began just north of the Hall of Records ...

Weekend roundup: World Approval, Wins Woodbine; Uni Claims First Stakes of Belmont Fall

World Approval and Hall of Fame rider John Velazquez made the lead five-eighths of a mile out and opened up to win the US$657,312, Grade 1 Ricoh Woodbine Mile by 2-1/2 lengths at Woodbine Race Course in Toronto, Canada on Sept. 16.

Racing in the colors of Charlotte Weber's Live Oak Plantation, the 5-year-old gelding established himself as one if the favorites in the Nov. 4 running of the ...

Penny Chenery, owner of Secretariat, dies at age 95

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Helen “Penny” Chenery, owner of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, who became a well-loved figure in her own right as a champion of Thoroughbreds and women in business and sports, died on Saturday, Sept.16, in her Colorado home following complications from a stroke. She was 95.

Penny’s children announced her death through Leonard Lusky, her ...

Nominate someone for the EQUUS Foundation's Humanitarian Award

September 19, 2017

Nominations are now being accepted for the EQUUS Foundation's highest honor. The 2017 Humanitarian Award will be presented at the Pegasus Awards Dinner on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, during the US Equestrian Annual Meeting in Lexington, Ky.

The Humanitarian Award recipient will have the opportunity to select an equine charity on the Foundation's Equine Welfare Network to receive a $5,000 ...

Photo gallery: 2017 Tewksbury Trail Pace

The 22nd annual Tewksbury Trail Pace was held at a new location this year, The Hill and Dale Preserve.

The New Jersey Conservation Foundation’s (NJCF) preserve encompasses nearly 300 acres, 100 of which were just added to the preserve late in 2016. The preserve is actively farmed with the trails going around corn fields and a pumpkin patch. The trails also go through wooded areas.

A ...

Hunter pace to benefit N.J. 4-H teams headed to national competition

Hunter Pace/Trail Ride will be held on Oct. 22 at Lord Stirling Park in Basking Ridge, N.J. Proceeds will help cover expenses for the New Jersey 4-H National Round-Up teams to attend national competitions. 

The first riders will head out at 10 a.m. and the last by 2 p.m.

The entry fee is $35 per adult rider (19 and older) and $30 per Junior Rider and 4-H members (18 & under)

A ...

Collegiate Riding: Schools Can Have both IHSA and NCEA Teams This Academic Year

September 18, 2017

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - After reconsideration by the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA), schools will be able to offer both IHSA and NCEA riding teams.

The IHSA sent an official memorandum to their board members, coaches for all colleges and universities currently enrolled or intending to enroll as members of the IHSA for the 2017-2018 academic year. The memorandum ...

Local equestrians selected to participate in national training session

Several local equestrians have been invited to the United States Hunter Jumper Association’s 2017 Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session.

The session will be held with Olympian Peter Wylde and renowned stable management expert, Anne Thornbury, Nov. 9-12, at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio.

"The EAP National Training Session marries competition and education to ...

Young trainer finds real horse power in mustangs

GARWOOD, N.J. - Many teenage boys of driving age dream of owning a mustang but for James Duffey, of Garwood, N.J., it wasn't the car he was after but its namesake, a wild horse from the American West.

James, 17, honed his equestrian skills at Watchung Stable where he won the title of Watchung Troop Show Senior Champion in 2015. He was the first young man, in a group that is ninety ...

Jackson, N.J. native wins HHYF Scholarship

Travis Ceppaluni won the Sweet Karen Scholarship for 2017 from the Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF).

Ceppaluni, the recipient of the $750 scholarship for HHYF program alumni, has a broad range of experience in harness racing. He currently holds a Fair/Qualifying driver’s license and recently joined the racing office staff at Freehold Raceway. While he hopes to pursue harness racing ...

'Silly Halloween' event benefits Team Velvet

September 21, 2017

RARITAN TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Team Velvet, which provides non-mounted horse therapy for children who have experienced trauma and loss, will hold a “Silly Halloween” fundraiser on Oct. 22, at Journey's End Farm.

The farm is located at 79 Old Clinton Road. The event runs from 1 to 5 p.m.

There will be equine art by Patty Paige, music by Chris Burton, face painting, pumpkin ...

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Equestrian Events, September, October, 2017

Dates listed for New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York, send dates to

Sept. 23 — Polo, Victory Cup, Governor’s Island, N.Y.,

Sept. 23 — Chammings Open Horse Show Series, youth and adult classes, 8 a.m. start, Stillwater, N.J., 973-670-9290,,

Sept. 23 — Fundraiser ...