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    I am going to be relatively vague as this forum has been very good to me over the years and I don't want to tred on the no advertising policy.
    It has long been my dream to train from a training center as opposed to being at a race track. I hated having a racing secretary hanging over my head. They are always threatening to take your stalls away if you don't race often enough or God forbid have to ship a horse out of town to race. When Pimlico closed a year ago tomorrow I lost my owners and my business because I was not willing to go to Bowie. Its just too far and didn't make any financial sense.
    I moved into a training center with my one and only horse last week and am loving it! I have trained on the dirt track a couple of times and galloped in the huge field on the grass. There is so much grass in the paddocks that I had to limit my horse's turnout at first to make sure he didn't founder. I cool him out by taking him for a walk in the woods. Its a horse paradise!
    So I am going to give this training thing one last try. I want to concentrate on horses who are already racing as I think its too quiet there to get a baby mentally ready for the stressors of racing. I am working on creating a new page on my website outlining all the amenities this place offers and then I will start networking with former clients and see what happens from there. The best part is it is six minutes from my house. Hooray!
    If nothing else I know when my own horse is ready to race again I can take him wherever I want to. That is priceless!!!
    McDowell Racing Stables

    Home Away From Home

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    That sounds awesome! Congrats and enjoy!
    "The standard you walk by is the standard you accept."--Lt. Gen. David Morrison, Austalian Army Chief

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    • #3
      GOOD LUCK!!!
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      a 501(c)3 organization helping 501(c)3 equine rescues

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      • #4
        HOW GRAND FOR YOU !!! GOOD-LUCK !!! MOST OF ALL ENJOY !!!!!
        Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "

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        • #5
          Good for you! Nothing like a change of place sometimes to get the juices pumping!

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          • #6
            Congrats & best of luck - and keep reporting in on how its going. I imagine your horse is thanking you as much as you're thanking your lucky stars!
            Hidden Echo Farm, Carlisle, PA -- home of JC palomino sire Canadian Kid (1990 - 2013) & AQHA sire Lark's Favorite, son of Rugged Lark.

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            • #7
              Get more horses!

              That's a pretty awesome commute!

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              • #8
                It sounds perfect!

                I'm jealous!! I completely understand your anti-racetrack mentality and sometimes it's the on-the-farm training that works miracles for horses. (OTOH, I love to be on the backside in an ideal situation).

                Good luck to you and keep us posted!

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                • #9
                  Congrats~doesn't get much better then a short commute and it sounds lovely there. Sounds lovely!
                  WestWind Farms
                  Love means attention, which means looking after the things we love. We call this stable management.
                  - George H. Morris

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                  • #10
                    That sounds wonderful Laurie. It's nice to hear you sound so happy. Congratulations, and good luck!

                    I wish it were possible for more horses to train like this. The whole "race often or lose your stall" thing is just not in the best interest of the horses.

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                    • #11
                      This is wonderful news! I think our horses are so tied up at the track and nervous etc..a training center more like they do in Europe I think is great! Good luck and get more horses !!!!!! Let us know when your horse runs....
                      Mai Tai aka Tyler RIP March 1994-December 2011
                      Grief is the price we pay for love- Gretchen Jackson
                      "And here she comes. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's ZENYATTA!"

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                        Well without giving too much away suffice to say that there has already been one triple crown winner who trained at this farm. And no its not Fair Hill. Thanks everyone! Edited to say I meant one triple crown RACE winner, not the whole shebang!
                        Last edited by Laurierace; Sep. 1, 2009, 09:44 AM.
                        McDowell Racing Stables

                        Home Away From Home

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                        • #13
                          Sounds like a great plan! I know where you are, beautiful place!

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                          • #14
                            Good luck to you.

                            I always enjoy your posts and perspectives....I hope you will keep post a bit more about your new situation once you settle in.

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                            • #15
                              Laurie, that sounds wonderful. Best of the best for you.

                              http://community.webshots.com/user/ballyduff
                              \"If you are going through hell, keep going.\" ~Churchill~

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                              • #16
                                Sounds awesome, good luck and have fun!
                                View my photographs at www.horsephotoguy.zenfolio.com

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                                • #17
                                  Congrats, Laurie!!! Sounds like things are going great for you. Keep us updated on how things progress.

                                  BTW, Adelaide is going to her first dressage show this weekend.....my, how time flies..it's been a year since you helped us get her
                                  "Anti-intellect and marketing, pretty, pretty, who needs talent
                                  Crying eyes, we're so outnumbered, fight for the right to remain silent" Buck 65

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                                    Good luck with her. I knew just by looking at her that she would be wonderful for dressage.
                                    Today marks the year anniversary of them closing down Pimlico and throwing everyone out. What a sad year its been too. Hopefully that is going to change now. I took some good pictures of the place today, I am going to go back and train my horse in a while and get a few action shots. I think it would be ok to post some of them here but I am also working on creating a page on my website with more info.
                                    McDowell Racing Stables

                                    Home Away From Home

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                                      Here's what Ray Ray looks like after his first 24 hour turnout session in his life.
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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Frog View Post
                                        Get more horses!

                                        That's a pretty awesome commute!

                                        No kidding - she falls out of bed and she's there! Congrats and good luck.

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