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Erin Harty

November 13, 2012

Ex-Racers Get Their Own Shoppers’ Showcase At TBs For All

It used to be that if you wanted to check out a promising horse coming off the racetrack, you needed an “in”—someone who could get you access to the backstretch and put you in touch with race horse trainers who might have good sport horse candidates. Those two universes—”race horse people” and “sport horse people”—well, it was often a case of “never the twain shall meet.”

July 17, 2012

Thoroughbred-Only Horse Show Proves The Finish Line Is Just The Start

On a muggy afternoon in July, the infield at Pimlico Race Course rumbled with the sound of galloping hooves of a different kind—an all-Thoroughbred horse show designed to showcase the versatility of the breed and raise funds for rehoming organizations.

August 7, 2009

Unraveling Matters Of The Heart

At the U.S. Eventing Association Safety Summit in the summer of 2008, it became apparent that there are many more questions than there are answers when it comes to some of the troubles that have bedeviled the sport of eventing.

But in at least one area, that’s going to change.

The USEA Cardiovascular Study Task Force has been teleconferencing regularly since the Safety Summit and is preparing to collect some baseline data on what happens to a horse’s heart and lungs during the cross-country phase via a pilot study at the Plantation Field CIC*** (Pa.) in September.

March 6, 2009

Celebrating 10 Years Of The Chronicle's Bulletin Board

The year was 1999. The Dow Jones Industrial Average had just closed above 10,000 for the first time. President Bill Clinton had recently been acquitted in his impeachment trial. The movie The Matrix had just opened in theaters, and pop singer Britney Spears’ debut single “… Baby One More Time” was atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Google was not yet a verb—merely a newly launched search engine prototype. And the Chronicle opened the virtual doors on its online discussion forum.

June 21, 2008

Eventing Looks Inward At USEF/USEA Safety Summit

A meeting of the minds results in many new proposals to make the sport safer.

For much of this year, the sport of eventing has been thrust into an uncomfortable position in the spotlight, due to a spate of terrible falls and the accompanying media coverage. At the first USEF/ USEA Safety Summit, held June 7-8 in Lexington, Ky., eventers sought to reclaim the sport they love, wresting it off of a track that many find dangerous and unsustainable.

April 8, 2008

The Impact On Rescue

For Paul Miller, executive director of the Humane Society of Washington County (Md.), the Danley case has a familiar ring to it. His group helped to coordinate what is believed to be the largest livestock seizure ever conducted in Maryland—the rescue of 74 horses in Sharpsburg, Md., in December 2006.

April 4, 2008

Middleburg Horse Seizure Highlights Difficulties Posed By Repeat Abusers

The Dennis Danley case proved that monitoring horse neglect isn’t an easy or surefire process.

Not once. Not twice. Three times.

That’s how often law enforcement has interceded on behalf of horses under the care of race horse trainer Dennis B. Danley, who was under court orders not to own or care for horses when 48 neglected Thoroughbreds were seized from a farm Danley’s training partner leased near Middleburg, Va.

April 4, 2008

If You Suspect Horse Abuse

Rescue and humane organization officials all stress the importance of reporting suspected neglect or abuse. Concerned citizens often provide a voice for animals in trouble—one they wouldn’t have otherwise.

November 21, 2005

Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy--Unraveling The Mystery

Two years ago, Polly Merrill thought she was at the end of the road with Telemakhos, or "Mikey," an 8-year-old Thoroughbred she'd hoped to event.

"I was either going to turn him out or put him in the ground," said Merrill, of Sherborn, Mass. For the two years she'd had him, every day had been a struggle. He was so unruly that she wore a helmet and gloves every time she handled him. (And he still managed to break six of her ribs and give her a concussion.) He couldn't stand to be confined--he'd kick at the walls of his stall and refused to stand in the crossties.

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