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Dave Kuzara Trains Gymnasts At Pitt, Horses At The Meadows

February 21, 2019

WASHINGTON, Pa.— Early in the morning, Dave Kuzara teaches his pupils not to jump. Later in the day, he wants his students to jump as high as they can.

Strange? Not really, because Kuzara has chosen a career combination that may be unique. He’s a part-time trainer at The Meadows and full-time assistant coach for the University of Pittsburgh women’s gymnastics ...

Derby Dreaming: 11 Horses to Watch for the Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Already, despite the main prep races being one to two months away, we have an early idea of which horses to watch in advance of the 145th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, but who are they?

From the imperious unbeaten juvenile champion Game Winner to an eye-catching debutant at the Pegasus World Cup meeting in the shape of Hidden Scroll, we have amassed a list of 11 ...

Vote In The TAPinto Poll: National Museum of Racing Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Finalists

It won't affect the official results, but vote in our polls below. You can choose more than one nominee.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Five racehorses, three trainers and one jockey account for the nine finalists that will comprise the National Museum of Racing’s 2019 Hall of Fame ballot, as chosen by the Museum’s Hall of Fame Nominating Committee. The finalists are: ...

Horse Racing Subsidy Bill Signed By New Jersey Governor

TRENTON, N.J. — Governor Phil Murphy has signed a bill that will provide $100 million over five years to support horse racing in New Jersey.

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.

The Senate approved its version of the ...

"Standardbred Old Friend," Larks Crown Dies At Age 34

HANOVER, Pa. — Larks Crown, who led all older trotters in wins in 1990 and later embarked on a second career as a teaser stallion at Hanover Shoe Farms, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, owner Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky said. He was 34.

A son of Mighty Crown out of Lark’s Peacock, Larks Crown was born in Ohio, where he enjoyed success on the state’s fair circuit at ages 2 and 3. He ...

Hot Streaks Continue At The Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke and big action highlighted a huge weekend of racing at the Meadowlands Feb. 1 and 2 and they don’t look to be cooling off.

Formal records aren’t available, but when it comes to what Burke and Gingras combined to do that weekend, they likely aren’t necessary. Since the inception of the Big M racing primarily twice a week ...

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N.J.’s Steege 2nd In $100,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular

February 18, 2019

WELLINGTON, Fla. — Amanda Steege of Bedminster, N.J., and Lafitte de Muze finished in the $100,000 World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular.

Following the opening round at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, Fla. on Feb. 16, Steege and Lafitte de Muze led with a score of 92.33. over Victoria Colvin and Private ...

Dressage Symposium Coming To Horse Park Of NJ, April 6-7

STONE TAVERN, N.J. — A training Symposium with USEF ‘S’ Judge and USDF Instructor/Trainer Examiner Lilo Fore will be held in April at the Horse Park of New Jersey.

The symposium is part of The United States Dressage Federation’s (USDF) new education events, which are part of the USDF National Education Initiative (NEI).

The New Jersey event will be hosted by ESDCTA, ...

Prize Money of Over $240,000 to be Awarded at Great American/USDF Regional Dressage Championships

SAUGERTIES, N.Y. —  The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) and Great American Insurance Group announced that prize money totaling over $240,000 will be awarded at the 2019 Great American Insurance Group/USDF Regional Championships. 

This prize money will be divided evenly among the nine regions and 35 divisions that are offered, allowing each region to present ...

Pa.’s Shawn Reynolds To Serve As NRHA Affiliate Ambassador

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Shawn Reynolds, of the Eastern Pennsylvania Reining Horse Association will serve as NRHA Affiliate Ambassador for the Northeast region.

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) recognized volunteers from 14 regions around the world as special guests during the Sliders’ Night Out event hosted by the Reining Horse Foundation (RHF) on Nov. 28.

This new ...

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N.J. Rider Helps Texas A&M Move Up In NCEA Rankings

February 20, 2019

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M Equestrian jumped two spots in the latest NCEA rankings with the help of a rider from New Jersey.

In victory over Sweet Briar on Feb. 15 in a Hunter Seat-only competition at the Rogers Riding Complex in Sweet Briar, Va., Adele McKenna of Rumson, N.J. scored a career high 90 to won her point in Equitation on the Flat.

The next day back at home at ...

SUNY New Paltz Joins National Collegiate Equestrian Association

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. — State University of New York New Paltz will join the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) beginning with the 2019-20 academic year.

State University of New York at New Paltz Athletic Director Stuart Robinson said, "I think like all of our programs right now they've all been on an upswing in terms of their overall success," Robinson said.

Friends From New York Bring Home The Gold For Team U.S.A.

WELLINGTON, Fa. — Four friends from New York teamed up to win the gold medal for the United States on Feb. 16 in international team competitions at the CSIO5* Longines FEI Nations Cup of the United States of America at the Palm Beach Masters Series®.

The U.S.’s winning CSIO Young Rider Nations Cup team consisted of Samantha Cohen, of New York City; Madison Goetzmann, of ...

New Jersey Rider Wins USHJA Jumping Seat Medal In Florida

WELLINGTON, Fla. — Samantha Weinerman of Chester, N.J. beat 45 other junior riders on Feb. 8 during the fifth week at the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).

The first equitation class of the weekend was the USHJA Jumping Seat Medal. With a solid plan of action and confidence in her new mount, piloted Charmeur to a returning spot for the test where she would ride to the win.

North ...

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Teddy, A Miniature Horse Finds New Home Top Show Jumper, Georgina Bloomberg

February 7, 2019

AIRVILLE, Pa. — When Georgina Bloomberg, EQUUS Foundation EQUUStar, renowned International rider, and animal welfare advocate, wanted to peak her five-year old son's interest in learning to ride, Bloomberg reached out to the EQUUS Foundation.

"It was a given, knowing Georgina's passion for animal rescue and adoption, that she wanted to make a difference in the life of an ...

100+ Trainers From Tri-State Area Accepted Into 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover

LEXINGTON, Ky. — More than 100 of the 673 trainers accepted for the 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover, hail from the tri-state area.

Presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America, the Thoroughbred Makeover will take place Oct. 2-5 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky.

Pennsylvania ranks second behind the host state, Kentucky in the numbers of trainers accepted with 57. New York has ...

The Right Horse Initiative Offers Three $10,000 Grants for Training

Deadline is Feb. 14

KATONAH, N.Y. — The Right Horse Initiative is accepting applications for the Be Mine Training Grant. The Be Mine Training Grant will award three 501(c)3 adoption organizations $10,000 each to fund training expenses associated with preparing their horses for adoption.

Training is an important piece that prepares a horse for an adopter to say, “be mine.” ...

Nearly Three Dozen Standardbreds Saved From 'Kill' Pen Safe, Some Still Need Homes

CREAM RIDGE, N.J. —  Several trotters and pacers were spared from a trip to the Canadian and Mexican slaughterhouses thanks to the efforts of two groups.

On Jan. 16 the 35 horses had been tagged to ship to slaughter but Save Our Standardbreds From Slaughter, (SOSS), which is active on Facebook and is associated with Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF), had already ...

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Take the quiz: How much do you know about your horse's vaccines?

February 9, 2019

It will soon be time for spring vaccinations. What and how often you vaccinate depends on where you live, what you do with your horses, their age and health. Consult with your veterinarian about vaccination schedules for your horses.

See https://aaep.org/guidelines/vaccination-guidelines for more information about guidelines for equine vaccinations.

Take our ...

Equine Herpes Quarantine Released In Erie County, New York

ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets released an Erie County property from quarantine after no new cases of Equine Herpesvirus developed.

The quarantines were placed a horse was diagnosed earlier, according to the Equine Disease Communications Center.

A Paint mare, from Erie County that exhibited ataxia and falling was confirmed positive ...

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Marsh Creek State Park's Newest 57 Acres Will Be Open For Trail Riding

February 20, 2019

WALLACE TWP., Pa. — Marsh Creek State Park, which already has 11.5 miles of trails open to equestrians, will have some more to explore.

Natural Lands has purchased and transferred a 57-acre property to Marsh Creek State Park. Located in Wallace Township, Chester County, the land was slated to be developed. Now as part of the State Park, it will be open to the public for horseback riding, ...

Pair Of Pa. Clydesdales Recovering Well From Polar Plunge Into Frozen Lake

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A pair of Clydesdales are expected to recover fully from their polar plunge into a lake near their farm.

According to the farm's web site:

On Feb. 16, Wilhelm and Gunther wandered from Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm onto the ice-covered lake on Quiet Valley Road. At about 8:15 a.m. a neighbor saw the horses had fallen through the ice and ...

Court Rules In Favor Of City On New Carriage Horse Rules

NEW YORK, N.Y. — The court has ruled in favor of the city which adopted a new rule that would change where the New York City carriage horses pick up customers.

The rule, adopted by the New York City Department of Transportation on Jan. 4 is set to take effect on Feb. 15.

A  lawsuit that was filed before the rule was even adopted, and another filed more recently, sought ...

USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Opens for 2019

Nationals to offer $4,000 in grants to continue sport education

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association opened the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge, an online quiz that tests participants' knowledge about horse anatomy, horse care and health, riding theory, stable management, and more horsemanship topics.

Open to USHJA members (at any paid membership level) 21 and ...

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SRU Study Shows Therapeutic Riding Reduces Stress Levels Of Adolescents With Autism

February 21, 2019

New Jersey Graduate Student On research Team

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — Anyone who's been to the Storm Harbor Equestrian Center at Slippery Rock University can see the benefits horseback riding has for children and young adults on the autism spectrum. Until recently, the evidence was based on the smiles on their faces, improved moods and other immeasurable indicators of reduced stress. But ...

Access Equestrian Volunteer Named Equus Foundation Champion

VALHALLA, N.Y. — "Not just any day but every day at the barn is a great day," said Sara Garden, 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.

"Everyone has a story to share of how horses impacted their lives — how they bring us joy and help heal ...

Special Rider Finds Being In The Saddle A Perfect Fit

BRIDGEHAMTON, N.Y. — EQUUS Foundation President, Lynn Coakley, met Sophie Baghdassarian, at the 2018 Hampton Classic's Adoption Day with Adoptable Horses presented by the EQUUS Foundation.

Sophie had earned her place to compete in the championships of the Long Island Horse Show Series for Riders with Disabilities (LIHSSRD), hosted annually by the Hampton Classic Horse ...

Proposed Special License Plates Would Support Therapeutic Riding in New Jersey

TRENTON, N.J. — Sitting atop the state seal is the horse, which also happens to be the state animal.

The animals are used for racing, breeding, showing, pleasure riding and, more recently, therapy for children and adults with disabilities. Equine therapy is a growing industry in the Garden State and nationwide.

To help fund therapeutic riding programs, Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney ...

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Dave Kuzara Trains Gymnasts At Pitt, Horses At The Meadows

February 21, 2019

WASHINGTON, Pa.— Early in the morning, Dave Kuzara teaches his pupils not to jump. Later in the day, he wants his students to jump as high as they can.

Strange? Not really, because Kuzara has chosen a career combination that may be unique. He’s a part-time trainer at The Meadows and full-time assistant coach for the University of Pittsburgh women’s gymnastics ...

SRU Study Shows Therapeutic Riding Reduces Stress Levels Of Adolescents With Autism

New Jersey Graduate Student On research Team

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — Anyone who's been to the Storm Harbor Equestrian Center at Slippery Rock University can see the benefits horseback riding has for children and young adults on the autism spectrum. Until recently, the evidence was based on the smiles on their faces, improved moods and other immeasurable indicators of reduced stress. But ...

Marsh Creek State Park's Newest 57 Acres Will Be Open For Trail Riding

WALLACE TWP., Pa. — Marsh Creek State Park, which already has 11.5 miles of trails open to equestrians, will have some more to explore.

Natural Lands has purchased and transferred a 57-acre property to Marsh Creek State Park. Located in Wallace Township, Chester County, the land was slated to be developed. Now as part of the State Park, it will be open to the public for horseback riding, ...

N.J. Rider Helps Texas A&M Move Up In NCEA Rankings

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M Equestrian jumped two spots in the latest NCEA rankings with the help of a rider from New Jersey.

In victory over Sweet Briar on Feb. 15 in a Hunter Seat-only competition at the Rogers Riding Complex in Sweet Briar, Va., Adele McKenna of Rumson, N.J. scored a career high 90 to won her point in Equitation on the Flat.

The next day back at home at ...

Interscholastic Equestrian Association Extends Membership To Fourth and Fifth Graders

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Board of Directors recently voted to expand membership to include fourth and fifth grade riders in the middle-school division of Hunt Seat, Western and Dressage. For the past 17 seasons, IEA has been offered only to riders in grades 6 through 12.

With the addition of younger aged riders, the Board of Directors is also ...

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Events At Lord Stirling Stables Set For March, April And May

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. — Lord Stirling Stable has posted its event schedule for March through May.

Information on the following events may be obtained by calling Lord Stirling Stable at 908-722-1200, ext. 5010 or at www.somersetcountyparks.org.

Spring Riding Lessons

English Saddle Balanced Seat riding lessons are offered at beginner through advanced jumping levels for juniors and ...

Horse Care Workshops Start Feb. 9 At Lord Stirling

Explore Advanced Topics Following Workshop 101

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. — Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable has announced the dates for the Summer Horse Care Workshops 102 and 103, designed for individuals who are seeking to gain knowledge and confidence around horses through a combination of non-riding activities and hands-on experience.

Horse Care Workshops 102 and 103 ...

Lord Stirling Stable Posts Events For February, March And April

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. — Lord Stirling Stable has posted its event schedule for February, through April.

Information on the following events may be obtained by calling Lord Stirling Stable at 908-722-1200, ext. 5010 or at www.somersetcountyparks.org.

Saturday Dog Walks

Weekly “Dog Walks” provide owners and their canine companions an opportunity to explore the beautiful ...

Help Spruce Up The Horse Park Of New Jersey This Spring

STONE TAVERN, N.J. — The Horse Park of New Jersey is thinking "Spring."

Volunteers are sought to help with some spring cleaning such as painting and cleaning up flower beds. No horse experience is necessary. There is an assortment of jobs available. Individuals or groups can volunteer for an hour or two, or a day or two.

Event related volunteer positions are also available ...

Tack Sale Set For March 30 in Hunterdon County

February 20, 2019

RARITAN TWP., N.J. — The Round Valley Riders 4-H Horse Club will host a tack sale on March 30 at the Hunterdon County complex on Route 12.

The event is open to the public Limited tables (30” by 6’) available for rent for $10 each. Tables must be reserved in advance.  Vendor setup is at 9 a.m.

Donations of gently used tack/clean clothing will be accepted but no ...

Dan Patch Awards Silent Auction to Benefit HHYF & USHWA

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Dan Patch Awards Dinner will be held on Feb. 24 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando Fla.

The annual silent auction will be held in conjunction with the evening’s festivities. Once again the Harness Horse Youth Foundation and US Harness Writers Association industry outreach will benefit from the proceeds.

This year’s auction features 31 items ...

Rutgers Equine Management Seminar Is Set For Sunday, Feb. 10

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Rutgers 2019 Horse Management Seminar is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., at the Cook Campus Center in New Brunswick, N.J. Jointly hosted by the Rutgers Equine Science Center and Rutgers Cooperative Extension, the seminar will focus on “Feeding and Care of Mare/Foal, Stallion and Growing Horse.”

Carey Williams, equine ...

New Jersey To Honor The State's Best Equines & Equestrians On Jan. 27

TRENTON, N.J. — The New Jersey Equine Advisory Board will hold its 62nd annual Breeders’ Luncheon on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 at Hilton Gardens Inn in Hamilton.

The New Jersey equine community will celebrate the state’s best in the equine field with Superior Achievement awards being presented as well as awards for Standardbred of the Year, Thoroughbred of the Year, Standardbred ...