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June 5, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Rodney Jenkins And San Felipe Were Classic In Every Sense Of The Word

The hunter courses at the Upperville Colt and Horse Show (Va.) are some of the most picturesque in history, with the classic oak trees shading the track. But 40 years ago, there was a jump on the course that seemed to belong more on a cross-country course than in a hunter ring.

In 1974, Upperville featured a large bank in both the amateur-owner and regular working hunter classic rounds. The Chronicle report from the show—written by Ruth Meredith and appearing in the June 21, 1974 issue of the Chronicle—discussed it:

June 2, 2014

Shayna Silcox Is In No Rush With Her Rescue-Turned-Event Horse Ferrari

Shayna Silcox and her little chestnut mare, Ferrari, finished firmly outside the top 10 in the senior novice amateur division at The Spring Event at Woodside, held May 23-25 in Woodside, Calif., which would not usually be a call for celebration.

But their gallop past the cross-country finish line signaled a win for off-the-track Thoroughbreds, neglected and abused animals, and young eventers determined to circumvent any obstacle.

May 16, 2014

Princeton Graduated From The Racetrack To Dressage

Off-the-track Thoroughbreds have gained notoriety over the years as brave eventers, consistent hunters and speedy jumpers. But rarely does an OTTB make it to the international levels of dressage, especially with a young rider.

But Alexandra Gainer, 20, and Princeton are doing just that and proving that off-the-track Thoroughbreds are just as versatile and talented as their proponents tout them to be. In February and March, they showed at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Fla.) and earned a 62.06 percent in the FEI Young Rider individual test.

May 4, 2014

Zine Dine Is Just Hailey Henderson's Type

Hailey Henderson’s always had a soft spot for Thoroughbreds, so it’s no surprise that her latest grand prix mount got his start on the racetrack.

She and Zine Dine, 10, have become a solid partnership at $25,000 grand prix classes in the Southwest. They won a $10,000 1.45-meter welcome stake in Texas in late March and while they haven’t led the victory gallop of a grand prix yet, Henderson believes it’s possible.

January 15, 2014

The Thoroughbred Ship Shape Navigates To Junior Hunter Wins

Hannah Taylor fell in love with Ship Shape at first sight, but she got a quick reality check when she started riding him. She promptly asked her mother to return him.

“When I first rode him, he was horrible. He was bucking and spooking. I wanted to get rid of him,” said Taylor.  “I begged my mom to send him back and she told me to give him two weeks. So I gave him two weeks and rode him some more and just fell in love with him. He has his little moments, but that’s what makes him ‘Arthur.’” 

December 18, 2013

Anne Kursinski Is Having A Lot Of Fun With Only One

“There’s just nothing like a Thoroughbred. They’re so light on their feet and smart,” said grand prix rider and three-time Olympian Anne Kursinski.

She should know—one of her most famous horses, Eros, was an Australian off-the-track Thoroughbred. They jumped to team silver at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games together.

December 4, 2013

It's A Good Thing Sterling Didn't Sell

Sometimes, it’s a good thing when horses don't sell right away. Megan Northrop tried to get Sterling sold soon after he left the racetrack, but nobody bit on the gray Thoroughbred gelding.

So, Northrop wrote his name on one of the stalls in her barn and got to work training him. And in September, Sterling rewarded her by winning the Take2 High Score Jumper Award for 2013. “Many of my best horses have been ones I’ve tried to sell and no one’s wanted, which is kind of ironic,” Northrop said.

November 21, 2013

Throwback Thursday: When Junior Hunters Did Double Duty

The year was 1972. Hunters were Thoroughbreds. Jumps were solid.

This is John Yozell on Judith’s Pilot, showing in the junior hunters over the outside course at the Ox Ridge Horse Show (Conn.).

November 12, 2013

Cheaper Than A Golf Cart, And A Better Jumper

Four years ago, Cathleen Driscoll was on the hunt for a golf cart to haul hay around her family’s 40-acre farm in Elk Mills, Md. Instead, she found an off-the-track Thoroughbred who’s now a winning adult amateur jumper.

Driscoll, 20, went looking for a golf cart to expedite her morning chores caring for seven horses, solo, in order to make it to biology class on time at the University of Delaware.

“I saw in the paper an advertisement by the manager of a Thoroughbred retirement facility, [Williams Grove Farms in Chesapeake, Md.], who was selling a golf cart,” she said.

October 30, 2013

Showing Spring Heeled Jack Is Like A Good Night On The Town For Melissa Woodson

Every show jumper has a different way of warming up for a horse show, but how many like to go for a gallop the day before a big class?

That’s exactly what Melissa Woodson’s off-the-track Thoroughbred Spring Heeled Jack needs, and that’s what he got the day before he competed in the NAL Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Final at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, Pa., on Oct. 18.

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