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New Jersey Racing Commission To Consider Date Requests By Tracks

November 19, 2018

TRENTON, N.J. — Racing dates for 2019 are on the agenda for the Nov. 21 meeting of the New Jersey Racing Commission.

On Oct. 11 The Meadowlands announced it would only apply for 68 live racing dates, down from this year’s 90 racing days.

However, at the request of the New Jersey Racing Commission The Meadowlands asked for 76 racing days with the addition of eight racing dates in ...

Racing Roundup: Village King Rules Red Smith By A Nose; Hernandez Gets First Win

OZONE PARK, N.Y. — Village King, expertly handled by Javier Castellano, nosed out Soglio in a dramatic photo finish to capture the off-the-turf Grade 3 Red Smith on Nov. 17 at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Trained by Todd Pletcher for Angels of Catalina Inc., Village King and Soglio tracked pacesetters Exulting and Control Group through a quarter-mile in 25.20 seconds and the half in 50.49 in the ...

Jets Player, Quincy Enunwa To Host Toy Drive At The Meadowlands on Dec. 3

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — NY Jets wide receiver, Quincy Enunwa will host a U.S. Marine Toys For Tots Holiday Toy Drive on Monday, Dec. 3 at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. 

Enunwa will meet and greet guests who bring a new unwrapped toy to donate. FOX5 Sportscaster Tina Cervasio will emcee and race horse owner Larry Roman will sponsor toys. 

Toys for Tots and Quincy ...

Mares Join Roster For National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s Foal Patrol Season 2

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Hot City Girl, Comme Chez Soi and Love and Pride have joined the roster of mares featured in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s Foal Patrol Season 2, which will debut online in December at

Hot City Girl, bred in New York by Eklekitkos Stable LLC, Hot City Girl is a chestnut daughter of City Zip out of the Hook and Ladder ...


New Jerseyans Victorious On First Day Of Mid-Atlantic Equitation Festival

November 17, 2018

Ava Lindsay

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. — The Mid-Atlantic Equitation Festival, presented by County Saddlery, remained unfazed by the northern winter storm and opened the Indoor ring to competitors early Friday morning at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro Md., for the first classes of MAEF 2018.

The seventh year of the event is scheduled to run through Sunday, Nov. 18, and will feature ...

Ward, Ryan Finish 1-2 In $205,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Toronto

TORONTO, Ontario  — Two-time U.S Olympic team gold medalist McLain Ward, of Brewster, N.Y., claimed the $205,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Toronto, presented by GroupBy, in front of a sold-out crowd on Nov. 10, at the CSI4*-W Royal Horse Show in Toronto, Ontario.

Ward topped a 21-horse starting field over tracks set by 2018 World Championship course designer, Alan Wade of ...

Local Horses Overcome Hardship To Win At US Dressage Finals

LEXINGTON, Ky. — All equestrians know that life with horses can be an emotional roller coaster. Riders from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York rode that roller coaster all the way the US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan, held Nov. 8-11 in Lexington, Ky.

“With all the ups come some pretty big downs,” said Gimbel, Amy Gimbel of Tewksbury Township, N.J., who owns the ...

New Jersey Riders Kick Off National Dressage Championships Victoriously

LEXINGTON, Ky. — It’s hard to miss New Jersey’s Alice Tarjan and Candescent when they enter the ring, and the elegant black Hanoverian mare’s extravagant movement and mistake-free performance caught the attention of not only spectators but also the judges on the first day of the 2018 US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan, being held Nov. 8-11 in Lexington, Ky.

The ...


N.J. Teen Gets 'Once-In-A-Lifetime Chance' To Show Horses In Czech Republic

November 15, 2018

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — How far can an Appaloosa horse take you? For one New Jersey teen — all the way to the Czech Republic.

Alexis Grogan, a high school senior from Hackettstown, N.J., has been an active member of the Appaloosa Horse Club since 2013. “This year through the club, I was selected and given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to the Czech Republic and show ...

Applications Being Accepted For 2019 U.S. Saddle Seat Young Riders Team

LEXINGTON, Ky. — US Equestrian is accepting applications for the 2019 U.S. Saddle Seat Young Riders Team. During years that the Saddle Seat World Cup competition is not held, members of the Young Rider Team will be eligible to represent the United States in other international competitions, whether at home or abroad. The purpose of the Young Rider Team is to develop athletes for future ...

New Jerseyans Are Tops At Eastern National 4-H Roundup

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Two members from New Jersey won first place in their competitions at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup.

In the Horse Bowl competition, Anthony Leone of Somerset County was the high point individual while the New Jersey team finished as reserve champions. In Horse Bowl, competitors have to be quick on the buzzer to answer questions about horses. All topics are ...

N.Y. Teen, Therapy Horse, Win Junior 3’3” Hunter Grand Championship at National Horse Show

LEXINGTON, Ky. — After narrowly missing out on the championship title at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in October, 17-year-old Emma Walters of Lancaster, N.Y. and the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC)’s Crisp redeemed themselves and concluded hunter competition at the 2018 National Horse Show on Saturday by earning the overall Junior 3’3” Hunter Grand ...


Have Some Beer Or Wine And Meet Adoptable Horses on Nov. 17

November 15, 2018

CREAM RIDGE, N.J. — The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) will host a Craft Beer & Wine Tasting and Meet and Greet on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the farm location 42 Arneytown-Hornerstown Rd., Cream Ridge, N.J.

Come sample craft beers and wine while meeting a great selection of horses looking for their forever homes. Many will be shown under saddle in both Western ...

Want To Help Horses Impacted By California Fires? Here's How

CALIFORNIA — With the deadliest wildfire raging in the state’s history and nearly 210,000 acres burned and ablaze from fires across the state, California and its citizens and equine community are facing one of equestrians’ worst fears. Many people have been forced to flee their homes, farms, and ranches, with little or no warning, turning horses and livestock loose to fend for ...

Data Being Collected About Equines at Risk and in Transition

Goal is to understand trends and enhance programming for transitioning and at-risk equines

(Washington, DC)- The Equine Welfare Data Collective (EWDC), a collaborative effort to accumulate, analyze, and report data to enhance programming for transitioning and at-risk equines, has begun the collection of metrics within the equine welfare industry. The Collective was created by the Unwanted ...

Fasig-Tipton to Match New Vocations Breeders’ Cup Pledge in Honor of Bill Graves

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Fasig-Tipton will be matching all funds raised through this year’s New Vocations Breeders’ Cup Pledge in honor of the late Bill Graves. The Pledge offers owners and trainers of Breeders’ Cup contenders a chance to give back by committing a percentage of their championship earnings to support New Vocations’ aftercare efforts. The fundraiser has ...


Rutgers' Evening Of Science And Celebration Gives Horsemen Some Feed For Thought

November 11, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — The Rutgers Equine Science Center presented the latest progress in equine research at its “Evening of Science & Celebration” on Nov. 8.

Dr. Burt Staniar from Pennsylvania State University was the keynote speaker and talked about how the type of feed given to horses affects their overall health.

Ulcers are an issue in horses, especially those used ...

New Jersey Legislature Wants To Tackle Tick Problems

TRENTON, N.J. — On Oct. 22 a bill that would add tick control to the duties of the mosquito commissions was voted out of committee.

The Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee voted 5-0 with one abstention to send Assembly Bill No. 4459 to the full Assembly.

The bill is sponsored by Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling and Assemblywoman Joann Downey, both from District 11, ...

Two Horses In New York Reported To Have Eastern Equine Encephalitis

ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York State Department of Agriculture has reported two confirmed cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis, according to the Disease Communications Center.

A 3-year-old, unvaccinated mare from Nunda, N.Y. (Livingston Co) began showing signs of hindlimb weakness on Oct. 11, which progressed over a few days. As of Oct. 19, she was still alive but still showing signs of ...


Equus Film Festival Trots Into Brooklyn, N.Y. Nov. 29 to Dec. 2

November 13, 2018

Films, Pop-Up Gallery and Hotel all in One New Location

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — The annual EQUUS Film Festival has a new location with everything all in one building.

Book your room at the WYTHE Hotel in Brooklyn, N.Y., and then walk downstairs to watch films all day or enjoy time in the Pop-Up Gallery. Mark your calendar for Nov. 29 to Dec. 2 with three days of films, Directors Panels, ...

The Role Of Equines In World War I Commemorated On 'Horse Heroes' Website

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Brooke USA, along with the World War I Centennial Commission, have completed of their Horse Heroes website, in commemoration of the World War I Armistice Centennial.

Horse Heroes is an extensive and meticulously researched web-based presentation documenting all aspects of the use of American horses and mules in World War I.

With more than 75,000 words of text and 250 ...

Mortonhouse Farm Designated As Gold Medal Horse Farm

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — The Rutgers Equine Science Center presented the annual Gold Medal Horse Farm honors to John Crater and Mortonhouse Farm in Long Valley, N.J. at its 2018 “Evening of Science & Celebration” on Nov. 8

The award, part of the New Jersey Equine Environmental Stewardship Program, gives recognition to outstanding equine farms for their dedication to ...

Kennis 'Buttons' Fairfax Presented With Spirit of the Horse Award

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Kennis “Buttons” Fairfax, a renowned horseshow judge and clinician from Westfield, N.J. was presented with the 2019 “Spirit of the Horse Award” at the Rutgers Equine Science Center’s  “Evening of Science & Celebration” on Nov. 8. 

Former Governor and current New Jersey State Senator, Richard J. Codey, presented ...


A Little Movie About A Little Horse With a Big Dream Will Be In The Equus Film Festival

November 18, 2018

RARITAN TWP., N.J. — Annie is a little horse who helps troubled children who need to re-find joy in their lives.She also has a big dream, for her and her friends to have a permanent home.

Annie is also the star of Little Horse, Big Medicine a short film that will be shown at the Equus Film Festival in New York City.

The film is about a little girl who lost her best friend in a car ...

Horses with Hope Volunteer Is An Equus Foundation Champion

BETHEL PARK, Pa. — Joanne Slappo, PhD, CRC is one of five volunteers to receive Ariat boots as part of the EQUUS Foundation Champions program, sponsored by Ariat International to inspire and reward equine service.

Slappo volunteers with Horses with Hope, Inc. (HWH) in Bethel Park, Pa.

Slappo is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, in ...


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Equine Events Fall Planner November 2018

Events are listed for New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. To have your event listed e-mail For premium event listings enter them online at

Nov. 3 — Barrel Racing, Riders and their Horses run through a cloverleaf pattern timed to the hundredth of a second. The barrel racing competitor pays a cash entry fee and along ...

Learn Equine Expression & Drawing the Horse Head At The Harness Museum

November 16, 2018

GOSHEN, N.Y. — Join us at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, located at 240 Main Street, Goshen, N.Y. on Sunday, Nov. 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. for an event Equine Expression & Drawing the Horse Head.

We may not be able to read our horses’ minds, but we can see their facial expressions to aid us in understanding what they are thinking and feeling. Learn how to read your ...

National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Holiday Open House Is Dec. 1

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will be offering free admission for its Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event will feature numerous artists, authors, photographers, crafters and other vendors with goods for sale in a holiday marketplace setting.

Special holiday-themed events will take place throughout the day, ...

Ray Negron to Appear at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Ray Negron, NY Times best-selling author and New York Yankees executive, will be making an appearance at the Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment on Saturday, Nov. 17.

Negron will be the “In The Sulky” guest on the pre-game show with Bob “Hollywood” Heyden.  They will discuss Negron’s relationship with George Steinbrenner, his ...

Try Riding English-Style at Lord Stirling Stable on Black Friday

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. — Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable, located at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, is offering a special Fall Family & Friends Introductory English-style horseback ride on Black Friday, Nov. 23, 2018 at 10 a.m. Registration is in progress at the Stable office until Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. Space is limited.

A Lord Stirling ...

Have Lunch, Learn & Create As “A Currier & Ives Winter” Comes To The Harness Museum

GOSHEN, N.Y. — The name Currier & Ives is nearly synonymous with romantic sleighing scenes and idyllic snowy views of 19th Century America. On Thursday, Nov. 15, from 12 to 2:30 p.m., join the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame for an entertaining exploration of the fashion and cultural imagery captured in these colorful wintery works of art.

This great afternoon session will ...