Horses

October 22, 2018

FAR HILLS, N.J. — Irish eyes were smiling brightly at the 98th running of the Far Hills Races on Oct. 20. Irish-bred horses won four of seven races, and those which were not born in the Emerald Isle were trained or ridden by people with Irish backgrounds. To kick things off, British-bred ...

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ELMONT, N.Y. — Longtime New York Racing Association (NYRA) horseman and former president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (NYTHA) Richard Violette, Jr. died on Oct. 21, 2018 in Florida following a lengthy illness. He was 65. Violette was born January 30, 1953 in Worchester, ...

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FAR HILLS, N.J. — When Caldbeck, won the Far Hills Races’ $50,000 Gladstone Stakes for three-year-old he made history. It was not because he won by 11 1/2-length victory but because he was the first time spectators could cash wining pari-mutuel tickets on any race. Caldbeck paid his backers ...

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — The third PNHS Foundation Therapeutic Riding Championships were showcased as part of "Foundation Friday" at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show on Oct. 19, held at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pa. Over the years, the has awarded numerous grants. In 2017, The PNHS ...

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — Family Fun Day was in full swing at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show (PNHS) on Oct. 13 as children and their parents filled the stands to watch pony hunters of all sizes and colors compete for champion ribbons while also enjoying story hour and craft activities. Surrounded ...

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — Madison Goetzmann, 17, of Skaneateles, N.Y.had a successful outing at the 73rd Pennsylvania National Horse Show. On Oct. 12, Goetzmann was on the Zone 2 team with Samantha Cohen, New York, N.Y., with Carmen; Carolina Villanueva Suarez, New York, N.Y., with Think Big Van TL; ...

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PERRINEVILLE,N.J. — Helping Hearts Equine Rescue is having a fall fundraiser. Helping Hearts Equine Rescue was incorporated as on Jan. 10, 2008 as a non-profit corporation. In the last nearly 11 years, Helping Hearts has helped hundreds of equines in need, young old and everything in between.

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STONE TAVERN, N.J. — ESDCTA and the Horse Park of New Jersey will present the 20th Annual Turkey Trot, a benefit fall pleasure ride on Nov. 18. The ride will be held rain or shine with start times between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Entries open on Nov. 3 and close on Nov. 11 if entering by mail or ...

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RARITAN TWP. N.J. — A group of young riders directly impacted by breast cancer, has been working to raise funds and awareness about the disease. Four years ago the Pink Ladies was formed by members of the Round Valley Riders 4-H club in Hunterdon County after one of the members’ mother was ...

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Olympic eventer Boyd Martin wins the Gentleman's Hunter Hack HARRISBURG, Pa. — History and pageantry were evident in the arena at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, as competitors in the Hunt Night classes brought their unique style, foxhounds and fun-loving attitude to this traditional facet ...

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STONE TAVERN, N.J. – Five USEF Preliminary Combined Driving National Champions were crowned at the Garden State Combined Driving Event CDE at the Horse Park of New Jersey on Oct. 14. It was the debut of national championships at the preliminary level in order to serve as a catalyst to ignite ...

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UPPER MARLBORO, MD —The Mid-Atlantic Equitation Festival, presented by County Saddlery, will be celebrating its seventh anniversary this year at the Showplace Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md, from Nov. 16 to 18. As one of the most celebrated events in equestrian competition, MAEF has continued to ...

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ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets has confirmed four more cases of equine West Nile virus, according to the Equine Disease Communications Center. A yearling filly from Canajoharie, N.Y. (Montgomery County) started exhibiting symptoms on Sept. 23, 2018. She ...

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Horse Council is conducting two surveys. One is for competitors, to help identify ways to encourage great participation in shows/competitions. To take this survey go to https://kwiksurveys.com/s/LS3jP4gA The second is for all horse owners, to help identify ...

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — A junior rider from Pennsylvania won the barrel racing division at the Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover. Jade Wirick, of Windber, Pa. and Miss Classy posted the fastest times in all three runs, competing against professionals, adult amateurs and other ...

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ELMONT, N.Y. — Multiple Grade 1 winner Diversify has been officially removed from consideration for the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic, said co-owner Ralph Evans on Friday morning. The 5-year-old Bellamy Road gelding earned an all-fees-paid berth into the Classic by virtue of his 3 ½-length ...

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WACO, Texas — There was plenty of movement in the latest National Collegiate Equestrian Association Farnam Team Rankings as determined by the NCEA Selection Committee with local riders making an impact. As of Oct. 9, No. 1 Auburn remained on top of the coach's poll with Texas A&M sliding ...

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A bill that would provide $20 million to boost purses sits in committee EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Meadowlands announced it would apply for 68 live racing dates for the 2019 and the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association is not happy about it. The track must submit its date requests ...

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Combined driving competitors have gathered at The Horse Park of New Jersey for a shot at winning a national title at the Garden State Combined Driving Event (CDE) set to run Oct. 12 to 14. There are 21 entrants across six USEF Preliminary Combined Driving National Championship ...

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — New Vocations launched of their annual Breeders’ Cup Pledge. The program is seeking owners and trainers of Breeders’ Cup contenders to pledge a percentage of their Championship earnings to support their mission to rehabilitate, retrain and rehome retired racehorses. This will be ...

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GARWOOD, N.J. — The father of a young mustang trainer hopes to bring the Extreme Mustang Makeover back to New Jersey. Jerry Duffey, father of James, said there was talk by the Mustang Heritage Foundation in June at their Lexington event about holding a Makeover to New Jersey in 2019. However, on ...

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania West Nile Surveillance program tallied 70 equine cases of the virus during 2018. The state has ended monitoring for the year. There were also 72 human cases, 4,680 mosquito samples and 106 avian cases tallied. Mifflin County had the highest number of ...

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WASHINGTON, Pa. — Legendary Ron entered the PA Fairs Championship off three straight victories. Moreover, he was teamed for the first time with another legendary Ron — trainer Ron Burke. That combination proved unbeatable, as Legendary Ron drew off late to capture the $25,000 final for 3-year-old ...

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The NetJets U.S. Jumping Team earned best of September honors from the Team USA Awards presented by Dow, the United States Olympic Committee announced. Also honored was indoor volleyball player Matt Anderson, of West Seneca, N.Y. and shooter Caitlin Connor, of ...

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GLADSTONE, N.J. — Four solid rounds on four different horses put 17-year-old Daisy Farish on top of the 2018 Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals – East, held Oct. 6-7, 2018, in Gladstone, N.J. “This is one final I’ve been close to winning before, but I had yet to put it ...

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NORTH HUDSON, N.Y. — On Oct. 4, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the completion of phase one of the Frontier Town Campground, Equestrian and Day Use Area. A ribbon cutting ceremony included the first horses to ride into town. The new public campground facility, located on the site of the ...

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LEXINGTON, Ky.— Six Pack, A New York-sired horse trained in New Jersey set a world record for 3-year-old trotting colts with a 1:49.1 performance as he swept the 126th Kentucky Futurity, sponsored by Hunterton Farms, Stoner Manor Inc. and Menhammer Stuteri Ab, on Oct. 7 at Red Mile. The record ...

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POHATCONG TWP., N.J. — Mylestone Equine Rescue held its 19th Open House on Oct. 7. The horses at Mylestone are not just any horses — they are all rescued horses who once faced cruelty, starvation, the auction, or slaughter. Many have special needs. Funds raised from a silent auction, ...

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BARCELONA, Spain — The NetJets U.S. Jumping Team battled for second in the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup Final Challenge Cup on Oct. 6. It came down to the final combinations, and a clear round from Germany meant the U.S. would miss out on a jump-off by a mere four faults. Led by Chef ...

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BREWSTER, N.Y. — Lee McKeever who grooms for show jumper, McLain Ward is a finalist for the FEI’s best groom award. He has been working with Ward for 30 years. According to his nomination, he “ seems just as enthusiastic about what he does and his dedication to the horses as he did then. Not ...

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