Pa. and N.J. Riders Named as Thoroughbred Incentive Program Ambassadors

January 11, 2018

Three local teens were named as youth ambassadors for the Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.): Brenna Tento, Amara Underwood and Katie Kalfayan.

A total of 12 ambassadors from eight states and two Canadian provinces were chosen.

Brenna Tento, of Pennsylvania competes in hunters and equitation with Scatter Creek, a.k.a. Joe.

In September, the Jockey Club named ...

N.J. Teen Elected As Appaloosa Youth Association Director

MOSCOW, Idaho — Alexis Grogan, of Hackettstown, N.J., was elected to the Appaloosa Youth Association (AYA) as 2018 Directors.

To qualify, each candidate must be between the ages of 14-17 and reside in the territory that he/she wishes to represent. The newly appointed AYA Directors will serve a two-year term, while the returning AYA Directors will serve the second year of their current ...

USHJA Foundation Now Accepting Applications for 2018 Gochman Family Grant for the USEF Pony Finals

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The USHJA Foundation is pleased to open applications for the 2018 USHJA Foundation Gochman Family Grant for the USEF Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gaits Farm to interested USHJA members. Completed applications are due to the USHJA Foundation on April 6, 2018.

Each year, the Foundation awards this grant to provide riders who exemplify the ...

N.J. Rider On Team That Wins At Emerging Jumper Rider Gold Star Clinic

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Emma Callanan, of Tewksbury Township, N.J. was on the team that won the Nations Cup competition at the inaugural United States Hunter Jumper Association Emerging Jumper Rider Gold Star Clinic-East.

The team competition was held on Dec. 30 at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. Earning the victory in the debut event was the team of Callanan, ...

World Champion Pacer, Somebeachsomewhere Dies at 13

January 15, 2018

RINGOES, N.J. — World champion pacer and leading Standardbred sire, Somebeachsomewhere was euthanized at Mid-Atlantic Equine Veterinary Hospital on Jan. 14.

The stallion who had just officially turned 13 on Jan. 1, had recently been diagnosed with cancer following colic surgery.

Somebeachsomewhere was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2015.

As a 3-year-old ...

Spring Steeplechasing Dates Announced

Despite record setting cold weather in the eastern U.S., steeplechasing fans received a hint of spring when the National Steeplechase Association condition book for Spring 2018 arrived in the mail this week.

After meeting with the chair persons of the 20 race meetings on the fixture card, NSA Director of Racing/Racing Secretary Bill Gallo, Jr. has announced a season with $1.42 million dollars ...

Derby Dreaming: Firenze Fire Wins Delayed Running of the Jerome Stakes

When Firenze Fire took the lead inside the 1/16 pole and got up to win the delayed running of the $150,000 Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct on Jan. 13, he took another step toward a spot in the starting gate in the 2018 Kentucky Derby.

The race was originally carded for New Year's Day but was postponed due to extremely cold conditions.

Racing in the colors of Ron Lombardi's Mr. Amore ...

Countdown to 150: Take A look Back At The Belmont Stakes Of Year Past

When the calendar turned to Jan. 10, it marked a milestone during a landmark year in the long and proud history of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes.

The 150th edition of the famed "Test of the Champion" is now 150 days away on June 9. Tickets for the three-day, 2018 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival will be available to the public starting on Jan. 25.

In the ...

PHOTOS: Equines Shine At The Pennsylvania Farm Show

January 14, 2018


HARRISBURG, Pa. — The 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg included several equine competitions including judging in-hand, under saddle, in harness plus pulling contests and demonstrations.

Sherwood’s Bruce Reigns Supreme at Draft Horse Show

BDF Storm’s Bruce, exhibited by Don Sherwood of Sherwood Grove Farms, Tunkhannock, Wyoming County, was named ...

Reading Pa. Rider Sweeps Classes At Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Margaret McIntosh, of Reading, Pa. swept her classes at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*.  

McIntosh is a member of the Deloitte U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team. She and her teammates: Michele Bandinu (Santa Barbara, Calif.), Katie Jackson (Austin, Texas) and Roxanne Trunnell (Rowlett, Texas) stepped into 2018 with an impressive performance the ...

N.J. Rider On Team That Wins At Emerging Jumper Rider Gold Star Clinic

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Emma Callanan, of Tewksbury Township, N.J. was on the team that won the Nations Cup competition at the inaugural United States Hunter Jumper Association Emerging Jumper Rider Gold Star Clinic-East.

The team competition was held on Dec. 30 at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. Earning the victory in the debut event was the team of Callanan, ...

USHJA Young Hunter Pony Championships to Debut in 2018

WILMINGTON, Ohio — The USHJA announced that 2018 will bring the first Championships designed specifically for young hunter ponies, those 7 years old and under. The USHJA Young Hunter Pony Championships will be held at the World Equestrian Center in Wilmington, Ohio, on Sept. 30.

"We are excited that these Championships will celebrate the many exceptional young hunter ponies in ...

Unwanted Horse Coalition To Launch 'Operation Chip'

January 11, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Starting in 2018, the Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) will be offering a new service to its popular Operation Gelding program called “Operation Chip.” 

“The industry as a whole is moving towards microchipping as the preferred method of identification,” said UHC Director Ashley Furst. “Initially, organizations hosting Operation Gelding ...

Helping Hearts Equine Rescue Turns 10

PERRINEVILLE, N.J. — Like many who start out in horse rescue, when Lisa Post set out to establish Helping Hearts Equine Rescue, she envisioned saving many unwanted horses from unhappy fates.

Although she had already been rescuing horses personally, Helping Hearts Equine Rescue was incorporated as on Jan. 10, 2008 as a non-profit corporation, so this year marks the official 10th birthday.

Reward Offered For Information On Who Dumped 2 Dead Horses On Road



EAST UNION TWP. Pa. — A reward is being offered for information regarding two dead horses that were dumped on a rural road sometime between Jan. 1 and 2.

The East Union Township Police posted on their Facebook page that the two horses were found on Girard Manor Road, Phineyville, Pa. The bodies were dumped sometime between 6 p.m. on New Year’s Day and 11 ...

Rescue Roundup: Thoroughbed Makeover; TIP Mustang program & More

Thoroughbred Makeover Applications Galloping In

In the first five days since applications were opened, The Thoroughbred Makeover organizers received 217 applications, with 131 of those submitted on the very first day. The majority (59 percent) of applications were from new participants; 41 percent are from returning Makeover trainers. Thirty-two of the applications are from trainers ...

New Year's Resolutions For Senior Horse Owners

January 5, 2018

The New Year marks a birthday for all horses. For young horses being older is generally a welcomed thing and usually doesn’t require any lifestyle changes, but for the senior horse one more year can be a big deal.

“Things like mobility, body condition, and digestion can really change in 12 months, especially for the super senior horse that is over 21,” said Laurie ...

Horse Recovers After EHV-1 Diagnosis, Quarantines Lifted in Pennsylvania

A quarantine that was imposed in Butler County, Pa. after one horse tested positive for  EHV-1 was lifted on Dec. 26, according to the Equine Disease Communication Center.

A small dressage barn was placed under quarantine on Nov. 15 after one horse showed neurological symptoms. EHV-1 (wild-type) was confirmed by RRT-PCR testing of nasal swab and whole blood samples. The horse has ...

What to Get the Senior Horse That Has Everything – For Christmas

It’s always nice to get your horse a little something for Christmas – whether it’s a new halter, blanket, or a bag of treats.

But for the senior horse, who has been owned for a while, chances are it may already have a lot of those things. And for these older horse some of the best gifts you can get them might be free, or at least, inexpensive.

“Giving your senior ...

N.J. Woman And her Mustang Are a Dynamic Endurance Duo

January 15, 2018

Don’t underestimate the power of a diminutive woman and her diminutive horse, especially when she’s wearing “cheap and brightly colored riding tights,” her signature style. The 4’ 10” Kate Vogel, and her 14.3 mustang, Fez, won three of the New Jersey Trail Ride Association’s (NJTRA) competitive trail rides (CTR) last year — the Bunny Hop, a 25-mile ...

Both Houses Approve Bill To Remove Law Enforcement Powers of NJSPCA

A bill that would remove the law enforcement powers of the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJSPCA) was approved by both the State Senate and Assembly on Jan. 8.

Bill S3558, sponsored by Senator Ray Lesniak, Democrat from Union County, calls for the creation of a county prosecutor animal cruelty task force in each county, and for a municipal humane law ...

Rutgers Horse Management Seminar Set for Sunday, Feb. 11

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – "Gastrointestinal Health and Management" is the over-arching theme of the upcoming Horse Management Seminar hosted by the Rutgers Equine Science Center and Rutgers Cooperative Extension. The seminar, scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, will feature presentations by several equine experts.

"This past year I seem to be ...

Equestrian News Roundup: CHA Posts New Videos; NJ Horse Park Updates

Certified Horsemanship Association Produces More Videos on Horsemanship Safety for Use by the Equine Industry

The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) recently finished more “free to the public” three to 10 minute safety videos in its Safety Shorts series that can be added to the many that have been produced so far.

They can be found on YouTube at ...

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Equestrian Events January, 2018 onward

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

Jan. 6 — Barrel Racing, Horse Park of New Jersey, Allentown, N.J., 908-963-1989,

Jan.  6-13 — Pennsylvania Farm Show, Harrisburg, Pa., 

CANCELED Jan. 9 and 11 — Developing Future Leaders for the Equine Industry, 8:30 ...

Museum Presents 1920s Thoroughbred Racing-themed Murder Mystery On Jan. 20

January 9, 2018

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will play host to a 1920s thoroughbred racing-themed murder mystery event on Saturday, Jan. 20 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., sponsored by Foxwoods Resort Casino.

Tickets are $125 for Museum members and $150 for the public. They may be purchased at or by calling (518) 584-0400 ...

EQUUS Film Festival Announces Camden, S.C. Tour Stop

The second EQUUS Film Festival Tour Stop of 2018 will be hosted by the Marley Project and Classically Carolina.  It will be held at the Little Theater in Camden, S.C., Feb. 23 to 25 on two screens. A collection of equine films, fresh from the EQUUS Film Festival in New York City, will be screened. Films will be presented along with a mid-winter equestrian art, literary and food ...

Registration Now Open For Horse Care Workshop At Lord Stirling Stables

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. — Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable is offering Horse Care Workshop 101 for adults and youth seeking to gain experience and confidence around horses through a combination of non-riding activities and hands-on practice.

Horse Care Workshop 101 will be held at Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, N.J. beginning ...

Help Out At The Horse Park of New Jersey

The Horse Park of New Jersey hosts many equestrian events throughout the year thanks to the help of many volunteers. More help is always welcomed.

Here's the Horse Park's Winter Wish list:

Plowing and salting the park roads, even just one time
Donating a chain saw or other equipment to help with post-storm clean up
Providing snow and ground maintenance equipment, ...

BB Advises Barking Dog

BB is a lovely, intelligent Arabian mare. Life can be pretty quiet at home and she had become bored with the daily routine. She discussed this with her owner, animal communicator Anita Curtis and she decided that she would like to give advice to animals who were having problems. Due to opposable thumb problems, Curtis agreed to do the typing and computer work as long as she was allowed to give ...