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Molly Sorge

November 19, 2009

Anne Russek Is Committed To Rehoming Racehorses

Thoroughbred racing has been Anne Russek’s career and passion since she was a teenager. She started hot-walking horses at the Monmouth Park track in New Jersey at age 16 for Warren “Jimmy” Croll.

Before long she was galloping horses, and soon she married Croll’s son Bill.

“When Bill and I divorced, I’d been the assistant trainer in the family operation. So I went out on my own. I got remarried and moved to Virginia. I still have my trainer’s license, and we race our own homebreds,” said Russek.

November 19, 2009

The Thoroughbred Celebration Is More Than A Horse Show

Anne Russek didn’t run the inaugural Thoroughbred Celebration in June just like any other horse show. She made sure the focus was on the horses and their successful transition to their new lives.

As each horse entered the ring, the announcer read a short biography for the spectators—the name of the horse, his or her bloodlines and what was significant about that heritage. The owners of the horses added stories about how they acquired the OTTBs.

November 19, 2009

Well Spent Proves To Be A Good Investment For Krista Hodgkin

Krista Hodgkin not only volunteered to be the secretary for the inaugural Thoroughbred Celebration show in June, but she also rode her off-the-track Thoroughbred mare Well Spent (race name All Game) there.

Hodgkin, Roanoke, Va., and Well Spent, or “Rita,” qualified for and earned ribbons in both the hunter and jumper stake classes. Rita also carried Sarah Vest, 11, to second place in a walk-trot pleasure class.

November 19, 2009

The Thoroughbred Celebration Horse Show Gives Off-The-Track Thoroughbreds A Chance To Shine

This weekend Thoroughbreds will converge on the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington for the second Thoroughbred Celebration Horse Show, Nov. 21-22. Although off-the-track-Thoroughbreds can be found performing well in many disciplines, these shows provide a showcase for the breed that’s a little different than your average horse show.

November 13, 2009

Samantha Garbarino Designs Her Life Around Eventing

Patience pays off for this busy Texas architect and amateur eventer.

It’s dark when Samantha Garbarino’s alarm clock goes off, typically at about 4 a.m.

As a full-time architect and determined and successful event rider, Garbarino makes every minute count in her day. She gets up and cares for her three horses and donkey at her Argyle, Texas, home, before commuting to Dallas to begin her workday as a senior associate architect at Urban Design Group.

November 1, 2009

Kenny Has The Luck Of The Irish At The Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament

“If I had to lose to anybody, I’m happy it was my best friend,” Hillary Dobbs quipped after placing second in the $100,000 Budweiser World Cup Qualifier to Darragh Kenny.

“The two of us are just a tiny bit competitive,” she joked.

Kenny and Dobbs, both 21, train with Missy Clark and John Brennan, and they went head-to-head in the jump-off of the grand prix tonight, Oct. 31, at the Syracuse Sporthorse International Tournament. Kenny was just fractions of a second faster on Obelix than Dobbs was on Quincy B to take the top check.

October 31, 2009

The ASPCA Maclay Finals Results

It’s been a long time coming, but Zazou Hoffman has finally won the major equitation final she’s been working toward so long.

October 31, 2009

The ASPCA Maclay Finals After Round 1

Round 1 of the ASPCA Maclay Finals resulted in 30 riders being called back to flat in front of judges Billy Moroney and Jack Towell, and 24 continuing on from there to Round 2. There are familiar names at the top of the list and some missing.            

Samantha Harrison is on top—the judges put her on top after Round 1 and kept her there after the flat phase. Harrison, of La Canada, Calif., trains with Karen Healey.

October 30, 2009

Van Der Linden Parades To First Place At NorCal Medal Finals

This pony rider with a varied background tops the test.

Valerie van der Linden has a pony at home, but she doesn’t spend much time schooling lead changes and jumping on him.

Instead, van der Linden, 11, practices braiding Snickers, tries out some vaulting moves on him and rides him in parades. Sometimes she and her family get up a game of mounted soccer, kicking a big ball around on horseback.

October 30, 2009

Barone Teaches Wurzer How To Win At Minnesota Harvest

Kim Barone not only claims a big blue ribbon on her own, but she also helps a local celebrity triumph.

Kim Barone might have a new student after the Minnesota Harvest Horse Show, held Oct. 6-11 in St. Paul, Minn.

Barone did some winning of her own, riding Katie Sweeny’s Showtime to the top of the Purina Hunter Spectacular. But she also won without even getting on another horse.

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