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Jennifer B. Calder

May 28, 2014

Farmer’s On Top At Devon

Devon, Pa.—May 28

When the phone rang late one night just over a month ago Kelley Farmer assumed the worst. But on the other end of the line Evan Coluccio’s voice revealed excitement, not concern.

“We wouldn’t have this horse, Mindful, without Evan,” she recalled. “He found his video online and told me to get out of bed and open my email immediately.”

That interrupted sleep proved worth it when Mindful and Farmer clinched the high performance hunter championship today at Devon.

December 29, 2013

The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Every holiday season, the Chronicle Forums’ Secret Santas deliver much more than presents.

It wasn’t an outwardly extravagant gift—a box of chocolates for her, a few brushes for the ponies, Hello Kitty figurines for her 3-year-old daughter, and a World War II book for her 11-year-old son. But when Kat Butler, 37, (known on the Chronicle’s online chat forums as “Freebird”) opened the carefully packed box last December, it meant everything.

October 21, 2013

ExtraExtraordinary Euthanized At Far Hills

ExtraExtraordinary, a 6-year-old gelding owned by Susan and Charles Strittmatter of Clorevia Farm in Virginia and trained by Doug Fout, was humanely euthanized on the track following a catastrophic injury in the third race of the Far Hills Race Meet in Far Hills, N.J. 

October 4, 2013

Italian Wedding Makes Sheppard A Proud Father At Saratoga

Jonathan Sheppard scores his 14th New York Turf Writers win with a homebred.

My big, fat Italian Wedding? Well, not anymore.

Italian Wedding, as Jonathan Sheppard explained, “was quite small when he was a young horse and a little on the chubby side. He was kind of...cute, but he didn’t look really look like any major race horse. He looked like a fat little pony.”

August 26, 2013

U.S. Grand Prix Riders Take Action In Byrialsen Neglect Case

Motivated by the charges of neglect at Danish Warmblood breeder John Byrialsen’s Polish stud farm, three U.S. Grand Prix dressage riders have formed a group to rescue the affected horses.

Karen Lipp, Ball Ground, Ga., Shawna Harding, Aiken, S.C., and 2012 Olympian Tina Konyot, Palm City, Fla., all have ties to the breeder and have been disgusted by what they’ve witnessed in news reports, motivating them to act.

May 6, 2013

Training Race Horses For Tomorrow, Today

From jumping to dressage to eventing to pleasure riding, the retired race horse has long proven its ability and athleticism beyond the racetrack. Warmbloods have come to dominate at the elite levels of horse sport over the past decades, but off-the-track Thoroughbreds have enjoyed a renaissance of popularity in recent years, thanks in no small part to awareness-raising organizations dedicated to their aftercare like the Retired Racehorse Challenge, CANTER and New Vocations, to name just a few.

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