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Rodriguez, Pletcher Tie For Trainer Honors; Franco wins Aqueduct Fall Meet Jockey Title

December 15, 2018

Godolphin and Chester and Mary Broman, Sr. tie for owner crown

OZONE PARK, N.Y. — Trainers Rudy Rodriguez and Todd Pletcher (12 wins apiece) and jockey Manny Franco (25 victories) were the leaders in their respective categories for Aqueduct Racetrack's 22-day fall meet that concluded when the Dec. 2 card was canceled due to heavy fog.

Chester and Mary Broman, Sr. and Godolphin ...

Bill That Would Give $20 Million Annually to Horse Racing Clears Senate Committee

TRENTON, NJ — A bill that would appropriate $20 million to boost horse racing in New Jersey has been voted out of committee in the state Senate.

Sponsored by Sen. Vin Gopal of District 11 in Monmouth County, home to Monmouth Park and Freehold Raceway, and Sen. Paul A. Sarlo, District 36, which includes, Bergen County, home of the Meadowlands, sponsored the bill, S2992.

The bill was ...

Despite Battling Brain Tumor, Race Caller Is Back In The Booth

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Despite battling a brain tumor, Larry Lederman was on the microphone at the Meadowlands on Dec. 6 as the track kicked off its “Borrow Ken’s Binoculars” Thursdays as guest announcer.

It was a great night for Lederman – and for the fans who love his style – given the fact that he has been battling a brain tumor for some time now. He had ...

Take A Wish Is New Jersey Sires Stakes Horse Of The Year

TRENTON, N.J. — Take A Wish has been named the New Jersey Sire Stakes Horse of the Year for 2018.

The award, which is voted annually by the New Jersey Sire Stakes Board of Trustees, is based solely on performances in races for New Jersey-sired horses, including NJSS-sponsored races and other major stakes for New Jersey-sired or bred horses.

Take A Wish, is a daughter of Wishing Stone, ...


Caristo, Page Honored By USHJA For Lifetime Achievement

December 14, 2018

TAMPA, Fla. — Several New York residents were among those honored by the United States Hunter Jumper Association at the USHJA Annual Meeting, presented by World Equestrian Center, in Tampa, Fla., on Dec. 11.

The USHJA Lifetime Achievement Award honors members whose lifelong involvement in the sport and with USHJA has benefited the industry. Recipients have dedicated their lives to ...

Local Members Elected To USHJA Positions, New Class Added For 2019

TAMPA, Fla. — The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association Board of Directors elected members to several positions during the USHJA annual meeting, held Dec. 9 to 13.

Four at-large board members, secretary, and treasurer, and ratified Hunter and Jumper Working Group appointments for discipline vice presidents.

Among those elected to a four-year term was Tobey McWilliams, of Oley, ...

Horse Park to Host Winter Dressage Series

STONE TAVERN, N.J. — The Horse Park of New Jersey has announced its 2019 Winter Dressage series.

Open schooling dressage shows will be held at the park Jan. 20, Feb. 17, March 16 and March 31.

The shows are ESDCTA and ECRDA recognized.

Contact Ellen Brindle-Clark, 609-351-1054 or for more information or enter online at

See ...

Paso Fino Rider Finds Western Dressage's Gate Open To The Gaited

WAYMART, Pa. — Read a typical, classical dressage test and it will say “Trot down the center line.” It won’t say amble, running walk, pace nor paso corto. Therefore, for those with horses that do these gaits, dressage is not an option....or is it?

Julie Druga Lamberton and her 13-year-old Paso Fino, Seabreeze Savaje Vaquero, a.k.a. “Cowboy” discovered that ...


College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show Florida Adds Thursday Evening Activities

December 16, 2018

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — College-bound equestrians should mark their calendars for the ninth Annual College Preparatory Invitational (CPI) Florida Horse Show, scheduled for Jan. 17-20, 2019 in West Palm Beach. This year the event kicks off with a welcome reception for all riders, trainers and coaches Thursday, Jan. 17 at the West Palm Beach Marriott.

CPI registration will begin at 5:45 ...

Harness Horse Youth Foundation Launches Improved Website

SUDLERSVILLE, Md. — The Harness Horse Youth Foundation has launched an improved website. Now easier to use both for potential summer program participants and donors, the address remains the same

Allison Conte, chairperson of HHYF Public Relations Committee, explained “HHYF is changing and evolving and as a group, the trustees recognized that our image needs to reflect ...

IHSA Announces Western Semifinal Locations

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — The Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) is celebrating their 40-year anniversary of the Western disciplines. Recently, the organization’s leadership announced the locations for their Western Semi-Finals, sponsored by the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA), scheduled for March 16-17.

The Semi-Finals are the decisive step for Western riders and ...

Two New Yorkers Finish in Top 3 In USEF Under 25 Jumping National Championship

WELLINGTON, Fla. — New York riders finished second and third overall in the $100,000 USEF U25 Show Jumping National Championship at the Holiday & Horses Show which concluded on Dec. 3.

The U25 athletes competed in the $25,000 two-round competition over Anthony D'Ambrosio’s two challenging tracks in the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center’s International Arena ...


Applications Open for 2019 $100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover

December 16, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Retired Racehorse Project is accepting applications for the 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover, presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America.

Applications will be accepted through Jan. 15 and accepted trainers will be announced on Feb. 1.

Now in its fifth year in its current format and at its current location, the Thoroughbred Makeover features competition in 10 disciplines ...

Gift Of A Raffle Ticket Turns Into Bigger Surprise

CREAM RIDGE, N.J. — The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) raffle winner of the trip to the Prix d'Amerique in Paris or to enjoy a castle stay and ride in Ireland is Donna Wenskoski of Iselin, N.J. When SRF shared the news she replied with, "You're kidding." That was repeated a few times until it finally made sense to her. A recent adopter, Linda Spoto, had bought ...

American Horse Council’s Unwanted Horse Coalition Changes Name, Focus

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Horse Council’s Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC), formed in 2006 to bring attention to the issue and challenges of unwanted horses, will be renamed and rebranded as the United Horse Coalition.

The changes reflect the industry’s unity around the importance of aftercare and the progress and extensive resources that have come to fruition since the ...

Standardbred Adoption Special Runs Through Dec. 31

CREAM RIDGE, N.J. — The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) has more than 100 horses ready for a home for the holidays and every day Adoption fees are just $350 and companion have no fee at all.

The special runs until 2019 rolls in on Dec. 31, 2018.

Hoping to fill your heart are Fast Johnny, true to his name, he's all over you for hoping for a date; Decked Out, true to his ...


New York Equine Vet Tech Wins Champions of the Cause Award

December 13, 2018

DULUTH, Ga. — Recognizing excellence within the equine veterinary technician/assistant profession, Boehringer Ingelheim announced the 2018 Champions of the Cause Award winners. Lisa Amtower from Rhinebeck Equine Hospital in Rhinebeck, N.Y., and Ashley Cashwell from Bristol Veterinary Service in Salem, Wisc., were recognized during the recent American Association of Equine Veterinary ...

Pennsylvania Barn Under Quarantine After Herpes Diagnosis

SNYDER COUNTY, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Animal Health placed a barn under quarantine after two horses tested positive for EHV-1.

According to the Equine Disease Communications Center, on Dec. 7, the Pennsylvania Veterinary Laboratory in Harrisburg, Pa. confirmed Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy in a horse with hind limb ataxia tested positive for ...

Asian Tick Now Found In New Jersey, New York & Pennsylvania

ATLANTA, Ga. — The Asian longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis) has been found in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania and several other states since its discovery in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’ Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released on Nov. 30.

The CDC is working with public health, agricultural, and academic experts to ...


Rockefeller Estate With Miles Of Carriage Roads Nominated To Historic Registers

December 17, 2018

MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. — A country estate built by the Rockefeller family that features many miles of carriage roads is among several properties the New York State Board for Historic Preservation has recommended to the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

The Rockefeller Pocantico Hills Estate Historic District, is a nationally significant historic landscape includes the late ...

First Day Trail Ride Planned In Sussex County On Jan. 1

HAMPTON TWP., N.J. — A First Day Trail Ride will be held in Sussex County on Jan. 1 to kick off the new year.

The ride is the only equestrian event that is part of the New Jersey State Parks First Day hikes being held throughout the state.

Horse trailer parking will be at Halsey Farm at the corner of Route 519 and Halsey Road

The ride will start at 1 p.m. and equestrians will then ...

Budweiser Clydesdales Coming To New York & New Jersey

NEW YORK CITY & NEW JERSEY — The famed Budweiser Clydesdales will be in the area through early December.

According to the Budweiser website, the original Clydesdales were a gift to August A. Busch, Sr. to commemorate the repeal of the Prohibition. Since 1933, the eight-horse hitch has been pleasing thousands of crowds all over the nation.

The horses will make an appearance at the ...


Team Velvet's Mini Movie Wins A 'Winnie Award' At Equus Film Festival

December 10, 2018

RARITAN TWP., N.J. — Little Annie is a miniature horse who helps children suffering from trauma. She also stars in Little Horse Big Medicine, which won a Winnie Award at the 2018 Equus Film Festival held in Brooklyn, N.Y.  from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2. The story is told from Annie’s point of view as she is the film’s narrator.

Filmmakers came to the festival from near and ...

PATH Intl., Man O' War Project Will Use Grant To Develop Curriculum On EAT-PTSD

NEW YORK, N.Y. — The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) has been awarded funding by the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) to support, in partnership with the Man O' War (MOW) Project at Columbia University in New York, the development of curriculum for mental health providers in equine-assisted therapies (EAT) working with veterans with ...


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Team Velvet Needs Help With Bran Chores, Grants And Computer Work

RARITAN TWP. N.J. — Team Velvet, Inc. is a non-profit equine assisted mental health therapy program for children with trauma located on Old Clinton Rd., Flemington, N.J. 

New volunteers are needed.

Position 1 — Two teen/young adult volunteers for barn work, minimum of four hours each per week. This would require some heavy lifting — stall cleaning, field manure ...

Dressage At Devon Seeks Board Members, Other Volunteers

DEVON, Pa. — Plans have begun for the 2019 Dressage at Devon ( As a part of the planning process, says Lori Kaminski, president. “We're always looking for new people to join our active DAD committee.”

“We are looking for people with financial, legal and/or fund raising experience for Board positions, as well as a person with excellent ...

Foal Patrol Season 2 Debuts Dec. 28, With Foal Patrol Kids!

December 12, 2018

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will debut Foal Patrol Season 2 online Dec. 28 at, and celebrate the new season with a family-friendly Foal Patrol Kids! open house at the Museum that day from 10 a.m. to noon. The open house will feature numerous educational initiatives, including the opportunity to meet a mare and foal on the ...

2019 Equestrian Businesswomen Summit Is Jan. 9

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Equestrian Businesswomen (EQBW) Summit will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Fla.

The EQBW Summit will provide thought-provoking and inspiring speakers talking about timely, relevant topics to help engage, support, and inform equestrian businesswomen.

Equestrians in roles as riders, trainers, ...

N.J. High School Seniors Can Apply For Ag Achievement Award By Jan. 10

MANALAPAN, N.J. — New Jersey residents who are entering their senior year in high school this fall and are planning a career in agriculture or science may apply for the New Jersey Agricultural Achievement Award.  One winner will be selected and awarded a scholarship to honor their achievements.

The New Jersey Agricultural Achievement Award, sponsored by Dr. Amy Butewicz, a former ...

Paris Or Ireland? SRF Raffle Winner Can Choose

CREAM RIDGE, N.J. — The Standardbred Retirement Foundation's (SRF) added an option to its raffle to win a trip to the famous Prix d'Amerique race in Paris.

For those who prefer 1,000 acres to ride through in Ireland, an 1800's castle to tuck into at night, a full spa to relax at and so much more. SRF is offering your choice of either when you win. The drawing is Monday, Dec.

Registration For Winter Lessons At Lord Stirling Starts Dec. 8

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. — The Somerset County Park Commission announces that openings are available for Winter Horseback Riding Classes at Lord Stirling Stable, located at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, N.J.  Lessons are offered to juniors (ages 9-17) and adults, and will accommodate the absolute beginner through more advanced levels with jumping experience.  The 10-week ...