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    Yes, it's that time of year again! The Northampton Fair racing meet in Northampton, MA will be held from September 2-September 11 this year.

    ABOUT THE NORTHAMPTON FAIR:

    For those of you who were not on the COTH forums during last year's fair, essentially, Northampton represents the bottom level of the Thoroughbred racing world. There will be 100+ TBs for sale at the fair, ranging from those with injuries requiring time and TLC to perfectly sound horses who just can't cut it competitively on the track. The vast majority of trainers who ship horses to the fair do not intend to bring them back home; the horses are expected to sell by the end of the meet, one way or another.

    LOOKING AT HORSES FOR SALE:

    CANTER New England volunteers will be taking listings and photos of horses for sale at the fair. (Please note: This is not an auction, nor is it an organized sale coordinated by CANTER or anyone else. We are just trying to give these horses the widest possible range of exposure to potential buyers.) Since the meet is shorter than last year's, we will have less time to work in...we will be taking listings and pictures the weekend of the 3rd and putting them up on our web site promptly thereafter.

    We will only be able to escort buyers around the fairgrounds during the weekend of the 10th and 11th.

    If you cannot come to the fair the weekend of the 10th and 11th, but want to look at horses beforehand, you should call the trainer of any horse you are interested in (using the contact information in the CANTER listings) and ask to schedule an appointment with him or her during the week of the 5th. You will need to be escorted by a trainer to gain access to the fairgrounds' barn area if you come when CANTER volunteers are not available. (Long-distance buyers are also welcome to make sale arrangements with trainers by phone in the meantime).

    You may see horses and make sale arrangements with the trainers at any time through the 11th, but please note that horses cannot physically leave the fairgrounds until they are done racing. If you purchase a horse prior to the 11th, you may have to wait until the horse races again before bringing him or her home.

    RESCUE EFFORTS AT THE FAIR:

    We also hope to be able to purchase as many at-risk horses at the fair as we can, and have set up a Northampton Horse Welfare Fund for this purpose. Donations are greatly needed. If you'd like to make a tax-deductible donation to support horse welfare efforts at Northampton, you may do so here.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION:

    For more information about buying a horse from the fair, please visit our Northampton information page at:

    http://www.canterusa.org/newengland/NoHo2005/index.htm

    Topics covered on this page include:
    -Types and price ranges of horses at the fair
    -Protocol for horse shopping at the fair
    -Directions to the fairgrounds
    -Pre-purchase vet exams (Dr. Aimee Eggleston of Eggleston Equine, LLC will be available to perform pre-purchase exams at the fair on Sunday 9/11, and possibly beforehand if her schedule permits. Please call her as far in advance as possible at 860-942-3365 to schedule an appointment. A Visa or Mastercard will be required up front)
    -Resources for finding transporters....
    Equinesite.com is a great resource for lists of local vets and shippers:
    http://www.equinesite.com/cgi/dirsea...rians&State=MA
    http://www.equinesite.com/cgi/dirsea...+And+Transport

    Please feel free to PT me, e-mail canterne@canterusa.org or call 781-354-6291 if you have additional questions. And please pass the word on to anyone you know who might be looking for a great OTTB at a bargain price!

    Thank you!



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    Yes, it's that time of year again! The Northampton Fair racing meet in Northampton, MA will be held from September 2-September 11 this year.

    ABOUT THE NORTHAMPTON FAIR:

    For those of you who were not on the COTH forums during last year's fair, essentially, Northampton represents the bottom level of the Thoroughbred racing world. There will be 100+ TBs for sale at the fair, ranging from those with injuries requiring time and TLC to perfectly sound horses who just can't cut it competitively on the track. The vast majority of trainers who ship horses to the fair do not intend to bring them back home; the horses are expected to sell by the end of the meet, one way or another.

    LOOKING AT HORSES FOR SALE:

    CANTER New England volunteers will be taking listings and photos of horses for sale at the fair. (Please note: This is not an auction, nor is it an organized sale coordinated by CANTER or anyone else. We are just trying to give these horses the widest possible range of exposure to potential buyers.) Since the meet is shorter than last year's, we will have less time to work in...we will be taking listings and pictures the weekend of the 3rd and putting them up on our web site promptly thereafter.

    We will only be able to escort buyers around the fairgrounds during the weekend of the 10th and 11th.

    If you cannot come to the fair the weekend of the 10th and 11th, but want to look at horses beforehand, you should call the trainer of any horse you are interested in (using the contact information in the CANTER listings) and ask to schedule an appointment with him or her during the week of the 5th. You will need to be escorted by a trainer to gain access to the fairgrounds' barn area if you come when CANTER volunteers are not available. (Long-distance buyers are also welcome to make sale arrangements with trainers by phone in the meantime).

    You may see horses and make sale arrangements with the trainers at any time through the 11th, but please note that horses cannot physically leave the fairgrounds until they are done racing. If you purchase a horse prior to the 11th, you may have to wait until the horse races again before bringing him or her home.

    RESCUE EFFORTS AT THE FAIR:

    We also hope to be able to purchase as many at-risk horses at the fair as we can, and have set up a Northampton Horse Welfare Fund for this purpose. Donations are greatly needed. If you'd like to make a tax-deductible donation to support horse welfare efforts at Northampton, you may do so here.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION:

    For more information about buying a horse from the fair, please visit our Northampton information page at:

    http://www.canterusa.org/newengland/NoHo2005/index.htm

    Topics covered on this page include:
    -Types and price ranges of horses at the fair
    -Protocol for horse shopping at the fair
    -Directions to the fairgrounds
    -Pre-purchase vet exams (Dr. Aimee Eggleston of Eggleston Equine, LLC will be available to perform pre-purchase exams at the fair on Sunday 9/11, and possibly beforehand if her schedule permits. Please call her as far in advance as possible at 860-942-3365 to schedule an appointment. A Visa or Mastercard will be required up front)
    -Resources for finding transporters....
    Equinesite.com is a great resource for lists of local vets and shippers:
    http://www.equinesite.com/cgi/dirsearch.cgi?Category=Veterinarians&State=MA
    http://www.equinesite.com/cgi/dirsea...+And+Transport

    Please feel free to PT me, e-mail canterne@canterusa.org or call 781-354-6291 if you have additional questions. And please pass the word on to anyone you know who might be looking for a great OTTB at a bargain price!

    Thank you!



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    DAMNIT.

    I barely escaped the last fair without adding to my herd. Now you're tempting me AGAIN?

    So not fair http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c.../icon_wink.gif



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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Simkie:
    DAMNIT.

    I barely escaped the last fair without adding to my herd. Now you're tempting me AGAIN?

    So not fair http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c.../icon_wink.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Hee hee, no pun intended? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_smile.gif



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    It's hard to believe that was almost a year ago - time really has flown by!!! We bought two from Northampton last year and love them both!!!

    Now, I CAN NOT LOOK AT THIS THREAD AGAIN!!!!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c.../icon_wink.gif



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    Ah, Northampton Fair http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c.../icon_wink.gif

    Unlike last year there will be no Zippy Chippy taking to their track. September 9, 2004 marked his 100th and final start at the Northampton Fair - with plenty of fan support (even was the 2-1 favorite, briefly) for the lovable loser - and his unbroken streak of no wins was retained.

    The folks at Equidaily were there and captured the event with plenty of pictures - here

    Zippy was formally retired from racing in Dec 2004 at 0-100



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    Forgot to add, for any of you located down south, there will be a van going down to Ocala, FL from the fair with 3-4 slots available. Let us know if you want to fill one (or two...or three...!) http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_smile.gif



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    17handtb:

    Can we do this one like we did last year for Suffolk Downs? PT or email me and we'll "talk".
    HaHA! Made-est Thou Look!



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    PT sent, madam. You are wonderful.



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    Do you need volunteers to help out? I'm in MA and would drive out to lend a hand.



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    Chai, we'd love to have you! We will be taking photos/listings on 9/3 only, then taking buyers around on 9/10 and 9/11. You're welcome to come out any day that is most convenient for you.

    Help spreading the word would also be great. I have a flyer I can e-mail to anyone who is willing to print some copies out and post them at tack shops, stables, and shows in the New England area.

    PT me for more info. Many thanks.



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    Bumping this up!! Let's keep it up top where everyone can see it. OTTB horses are amazing and they deserve good homes http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_smile.gif!!
    "When a horse greets you with a nicker & regards you with a large & liquid eye, the question of where you want to be & what you want to do has been answered." CANTER New England



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    hello all, well i got my fair share last year. we do love them both. won to win has turned out to be so nice, even after the emergency colic surgery one week after getting here in florida. we are taking our ime with him, he now has 6 rides under his belt! zig a little is walk, trot, cantering and troting small cavaletti's, he seems to really like his new job, he is still a wee bit nervous. so for all of you thinking about looking at these wonderful horses, i say go for it, you will love them as much as we do. good luck to you all,stacey
    www.camaloufarms.com

    ride it like you stole it! "ralph hill"



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    Aside from spreading the word, what kind of help do you need? I can't drive a trailer, but I might be able to get some time off.
    http://thoughtfulequestrian.blogspot.com - My Ventures Into Eventing



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    Thank you for the generous offer, Catie.

    Actually it looks like - knock on wood - we should be in pretty good shape as far as volunteer "manpower" at the fair. Our biggest need is for buyers to show up...so all and any assistance in letting potentially interested people know about the horses at Northampton, and CANTER's ability to take people around to look at them, would be huge and much appreciated.



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    "When a horse greets you with a nicker & regards you with a large & liquid eye, the question of where you want to be & what you want to do has been answered." CANTER New England



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    Thank you, Ryansgirl! By any chance, was your "Ryan" formerly named "Faye"? If so, she is a VERY compelling example of how OTTBs can turn out to be once in a lifetime horses. We still mention her quite often. Tell her hi from all of her CANTER friends!



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    Hi 17handtb - yes little Ryan is the former "Faye" http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_smile.gif. She is quite the little mare and truly a "once in a lifetime horse". She just blows my mind everyday - she may be small in size but what she lacks in size she makes up for in with her heart. I'm going to email some photos to you guys so you can see how the little ex-racehorse has turned out to be quite the little jumper. I tried to send some a few weeks ago to CANTER but the mailbox was full?? Do know she is doing well and is living a life of luxury with my 30-year old TB - they are the best of buddies and she's probably one of the best things that has ever happened to him - he just adores her and she adores him. The make quite the cute couple (he a 16.2 hand tank and she a barely 15.0 hand petite girl) - so funny to see them together. I'll try to send some photos again this weekend. And thank you to you and all the CANTER volunteers - you guys do an incredible job http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_smile.gif!!
    "When a horse greets you with a nicker & regards you with a large & liquid eye, the question of where you want to be & what you want to do has been answered." CANTER New England



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    Well, as another indicator of what can be found at No Hampton, I'll let you see the newest pics of our 3...
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    My personal favorite, Snickers, aka "Beyond Great"
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