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Nicole Shahinian-Simpson won the Gold Cup qualifier (2)

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.--Nicole Shahinian-Simpson won the $72,900 American Gold Cup Qualifier CSI4* on Friday, Sept. 11, over a field of 57starters.

Nicole Shahinian Simpson on Akuna MattataNicole Shahinian Simpson on Akuna MattataThe class, a qualifier for Sunday's $213,300 American Gold Cup Grand Prix CSI4*, had the the best-placing 49 contenders advance to the Gold Cup.

In addition, Beezie Madden has an automatic bye into the class as the reigning champion, to make it an even 50.

Capitalizing on her horse's impressive and well-known footspeed, Shahinian-Simpson rode Akuna Mattata to the blue ahead of a talented jump-off field to conclude the day with a new prize money check in her pocket and a win under her belt headed into Sunday's grand finale.


AMONG others qualified are Mclain Ward, Lucy Deslauriers, Margie Engle and Beat Mandli, so the Sunday class will be an exciting competition.

The $213,300 American Gold Cup Grand Prix CSI4*,featuring 50 top international horse-and-rider combinations will be streamed live, and can be seen at the USEF website, TraverseCityHorseShows.com/watch or ClipMyHorse.TV.

The press show will begin at 1:30 p.m., with segments about the historic contest, its previous champions and the 2020 contenders leading into a 2 p.m. start time for the exciting and historic class as it makes its debut in Traverse City.

In Saturday's class, It was a race against the clock during which 66 talented horse-and-athlete pairs contested the $36,600 American Gold Cup Speed Classic CSI4*.

Nine nations were welcomed to the International Ring, which hosted a final total of 24 fault-free performances from the pack of challengers.

Putting forth a stellar effort that exemplified speed and precision, Sydney Shulman (ISR) and Jill Shulman's Villamoura galloped to the most efficient time of the day to lead the victory gallop.

Ricky Hendriks has three winners at Old Dominion Point-to-Point (2)

BEN VENUE, Va.--Ricky Hendriks saddled three winnrers, including his Mother Wendy's Surprising Soul in the featured Open Hurdle race, at the Old Dominion Point-to-Point on Sept. 12.

Surprising Soul Adam CoglianeseSurprising Soul (Photo by Adam Coglianese)Surprising Soul's win was a three generation family affair, with Ricky's son McLane riding the winner to a fairly easy 2 length victory over Kinross Farm's Big Bend.

"Surprising Soul is going to be McLane's ride now," said Hendriks of the 8-year-old multiple stakes winner whose wins include the G1 Lonesome Glory Stakes at Belmont last year. "We're going to run him over timber. He'll run at the Blue Ridge Point-to-Point next weekend and then we'll convert him to timber."

Hendrik's first win of the day was in the second race, a Maiden Hurdle, with Armata Stables' You're No Better (GB), ridden by Archie MacCauley.


YOU'RE NO BETTER lead through most of the race and held off He'll Do It, trained by Sanna Neilson, and Lap of the Gods, trained by Jonathan Sheppard to win by 1 length.

"We've run him a few times over hurdles," said Hendriks of the 5-year-old who has be running over hurdles in maiden races, usually finishing mid-field. "We ran him in a point-to-point to get his a win and to give him a little confidence."

Emily Aster's Good And Proper, ridden by Courtney Dankanich, won the Novice Rider Flat race by 6 lengths.

"Emily is a new owner for us," said Hendriks. "She has the oldest racing silks in the game. Those silks have been in her family in England for many years."

"Emily wanted a horse that was ready to run, and I said, `I've got just the horse for you," said Hendriks of the 8-year-old previously owned by Rosbrian Farm that was second at the Gold Cup in a maiden claiming race earlier this year. "He's just a fun little horse."

The win was the first for Dankanich, who now rides exercise for Hendriks after riding out for Sheppard and then spending two years riding in Australia for a top trainer there.

She now also ponies horses to the start at Delaware Park.

Hendriks, previously only a steeplechase trainer, has had a number of winners on the flat this year, including most recently Epic in a Claiming race at Parx for Debra Kachel.

Although Kachel is listed as owner, all those horses are also co-owned by Wendy and Ricky Hendriks.

With so little steeplechase racing this year, and with its purses so low, that group has been running a lot of their horses on the flat.

"Thank goodness we have those flat horses going for us," said Hendriks.

Lillith Boucher and Doug Fout had two winners each.

Boucher saddled two for Why Not Racing LLC, both ridden by Mell Boucher.

Paddy's Crown won  the Amateur/Novice Rider Hurdle race by 1 13/4 lengths, and True Calling won the Young Adult Flat by 3 lengths.

Fout saddled Melissa Cantacuzene's Yankee Doodle Boy, ridden by Barry Foley, to win the Maiden Hurdle and Beverly Steinman's Invester, ridden by Sophie Henelius, to win the Novice Rider Maiden Flat.

Richard Valentine saddled Kinross Farm's I Just Wait and See (Ire) to win the Open Timber.


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Kent Farrington on Gazelle wins the $213,300 American Gold Cup (2)

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.--Kent Farrington rode Gazelle shaved eight/tenths of a second off the time of Lillie Keenan on Fasther to win the $213,300 American Gold Cup Grand Prix CSI4* on Sept. 13, making this the second time he's won this prized competition.

Also on Sept. 13, Samanatha Schafer of Westminster, Md., won the $25,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby at the Gold Cup.

Kent Farrington and Gazelle PS 2Kent Farrington on Gazelle Farrington benefited from going last in the 15 horse jump-off from a field of 50 top international riders from nine countries, which allowed him to know the time he had to beat.

Another benefit, perhaps the biggest of all, was the fact that two of the top seeded riders in the event, Beezie Madden and McLain Ward, each had four faults in the first round and didn't make it into the jump-off.


MADDEN had won the Gold Cup three times previously, and Ward, who has never won it, had said two weeks before the class that winning it this year was a priority for him.

Farrington on Gazelle, the horse he co-owns with Robin Parsky, made two impressively tight turns as the final rider in the jump-off, but it may well have been his gallop from two to three in the beginning of the round that make the difference over the course designed by Guilherme Jorge of Brazil.

Eight previous winners of the Gold Cup trophy were in the starting list, including reigning champion and three-time winner Beezie Madden, Schuyler Riley, two-time victor Peter Leone, Devin Ryan and Molly Ashe Cawley, none of whom made the jump-off, and Farrington, Mario Deslauriers of Canada who was fourth on Cloud 9 and Richie Moloney of Ireland, who was eighth on Rocksy Music.

Course designer who fabricated a lofty 16-effort pattern of fences that proved to be the perfect tool to separate the top-tier performers from the rest of the pack.

Keenan on Fasther was third to go in the jump-off, and her time of 39.83 led throughout the class until Farrington, the last to go, finished in 39.06.

Farrington on Gazelle had previously won the Gold Cup in 2016 at Old Salem Farm. 

Californian Bliss Heers on Antidote De Mars, second to last to go, was third in 39.80 to round out an all-American podium.

Less than one second separated the top three contestants.

The Style Award was also awarded to Farrington as a representative of the attributes of a true horseman and sportsman.

“It was a great win today," said Farrington. "It’s a crazy time in the world, but we still have great sport, and they have done an amazing job putting on the show and keeping this a special class. I am very proud to win today. We’ve been building for a big class, and this is the biggest so far this year. I’m glad that the plan came together and the whole team was here supporting me today. Gazelle’s owner,, Robin Parsky, came to watch today and we had some extra luck from all the fans here. Like I said, I am very proud to have my name back on the trophy again. The trophy is filled with some of the best riders in our sport and some of my heroes growing up from American riding and I’m a two-time winner because I have such an exceptional horse in Gazelle and she really delivered and showed her stuff today.”

“I think it’s hard to know exactly what to expect in today’s class and how big it would be," said Farrington. "The horses haven’t seen big courses like they normally would, so I think the course was probably a touch softer than in years past which is why you had so many clear. But in our sport it’s very easy to knock a fence down and that can happen to the best of us so I thought there was still plenty clear even though some of the heavy favorites had an unfortunate fault.”

“In the jump-off, I was trying to just beat the riders ahead of me and not beat myself," Farrington said. "Gazelle is a very fast horse, she is a very experienced horse, so you can really call on her. I thought she made an exceptional turn to the double and an incredible rollback to the last and that’s probably where we picked it up today. The first line is an option, it’s a nine stride or maybe an eight stride on a big mover. Gazelle can do both, so I opted for the bending nine strides so that it was a little bit less risk so I didn’t have her too flat early on with the next fence being a closed-face liverpool. So I bent to nine, a very short turn to set up the six, I knew I could really cut on the double there. She is a great combination jumper, she is very careful, so it was a big risk there. Then same to the vertical – I could run her down dead close and turn very short, and actually I could play it a little safe to the last so I knew I had my time in hand.”


SAMANTHA SCHAEFER of Westminster, Md., won the $25,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby over 39 talented professional riders in the Main Hunter Ring.

In The Know Sam Schaefer 1 1024x683Samantha Schaefer on In The KnowAfter a competitive first round, the top 12  were back in the ring to contend for top honors in the nine-obstacle handy round.

Among the top 12 were Jacob Pope, Greg Crolick, Tammy Provost, and round one’s leader, Schaefer, topping the field with a first round score of 94.

As the final pair to enter the ring, Schaefer and the 11-year-old Warmblood gelding demonstrated a textbook round, tackling the track with ease and finesse.

Schaefer and In The Know had an impressive handy round score of 91 and an overall total score of 185.

Moving up in the ranks after the handy round, Nicholas Pongracz and Victoria Herran’s Con-Grande finished in second place on a total score of 178.5 after receiving scores of 86.5 and 92, and rounding out the top three was Caroline Weeden on Whisper, with scores of 90 and 84 to receive an overall score of 176.

"Spyder, [In The Know], is my rock," said Schaefer. "I brought him here to do the Junior Hunter National Championships at the beginning of the month, then I gave him a week off and then showed him in the last two National derbies. He was third last week and was great, and today he was himself and was perfect. We can always count on him. Even if the jumps are low, people always think he doesn’t look impressed, but he still always makes a good effort to put his best foot forward.”

"I thought today he was spot on everywhere I asked him, he was always right with me," Schaefer said. "It’s nice to have a partnership like that in these classes.”

"In the handy round, I think there were some places where you could get inside that I chose to just be smooth and go around," she said. "He is such a big horse that sometimes when I end up turning everywhere it gets a little choppy, so I just tried to make the round as smooth as possible. I knew what I had to do going into that round. I just tried not to throw it away and execute what I needed to.”


$213,300 American Gold Cup Grand Prix CSI4*
Place / Horse / Rider / Country / Owner / R1 Faults | R1 Time / R2 Faults | R2 Time

1. Gazelle / Kent Farrington / USA / Robin Parsky & Kent Farrington / 0 | 72.520 / 0 | 39.060
2. Fasther / Lillie Keenan / USA / Chansonette Farm LLC / 0 / 72.280 / 0 | 39.830
3. Antidote De Mars / Bliss Heers / USA / Bridgeside Farms L.L.C. / 0 | 67.830 / 0 | 39.890
4. Cloud 39 / Mario Deslauriers / CAN / Wishing Well Farm LLC / 0 | 72.960 / 0 | 40.510
5. Skara Glen’s Machu Picchu / Paul O’Shea / IRL / Machu Picchu Partners LLC / 0 | 70.460 / 0 | 40.890
6. Brego R’n B / Katherine Dinan / USA / Grant Road Partners LLC / 0 | 70.450 / 0 | 42.130
7. Comic / Luiz Francisco De Azevedo / BRA / Santa Cecilia Stables LLC / 0 | 72.430 / 0 | 42.240
8. Rocksy Music / Richie Moloney / IRL / Equinimity LLC / 0 | 72.100 / 0 | 43.080
9. Volnay Du Boisdeville / Teddy Vlock / ISR / Vlock Show Stables LLC / 0 | 68.740 / 0 | 45.210
10. Bull Run’s Prince Of Peace / Kristen Vanderveen / USA / Kristen Vanderveen / 0 | 69.510 / 4 | 40.440
11. Ginger Pop / Alison Robitaille / USA / Mr & Mrs Bertram Firestone / 0 | 73.000 / 4 | 41.000
12. Royce / Margie Engle / USA / Gladewinds Partners LLC / 0 | 72.990 / 4 | 45.380

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Mother’s helper. Catillac has learned how to do a lot during the pandemic.
Hopefully his episodes will be in a book someday. He’s working on it. Pam Farrior



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Buzzards (2)

I’ve always been captivated by a vintage barn. This view took my breath and the buzzard; well, that was icing on the cake. Pam Farrior.

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Mary Babick elected to a second term at USHJA (2)

LEXINGTON, Ky.--The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association Board of Directors elected Mary Babick to serve a second term as president of the organization during the Board of Directors meeting, held virtually on Monday, Sept. 14.

Mary Babick Mary Babick “I am honored to be elected president for a second term,” said Babick. “My focus will be to continue to build community, transparency and strength for our sport by working with a wonderful group of volunteers and staff.”

Per Association bylaws, an in-person meeting was not required as there was only one candidate nominated for the office of president.

Furthermore, as there was only one candidate, the Board resolved to waive the secret voting ballot provision in the bylaws and proceeded with a voice vote where Babick was unanimously confirmed as the next president.

Babick was selected for the nomination through a multi-step process.


MEMBERS submitted nominations for the office of President, which were then reviewed by the USHJA Nominating Committee.

The committee interviewed candidates before submitting to the USHJA Board of Directors their recommended nominee.

Having served as President of the USHJA since December 2016, Babick has dedicated her time to the betterment of the Hunter/Jumper community.

A professional for more than 40 years, Babick operates out of Knightsbridge Farm in Colts Neck, N.J., where she trains riders of all levels from beginner through national level championships and competitions.

Babick is a USHJA Certified Trainer and holds certification with the British Horse Society.

She is also a USEF licensed official, holding her “R” judges card for Hunter and Hunter/Jumping Seat Equitation and her “r” Jumper judges card.

Babick has extensive experience in sport governance, having served on the USEF Board of Directors and numerous USHJA and US Equestrian committees for more than a decade.

In addition to her current role as USHJA President, she also serves as chair of the US Equestrian National Breeds and Disciplines Council.

In addition to the office of President, elections will also be held this year for the offices of National Vice President and four Directors-At-Large during the USHJA Annual Meeting in December.

The Board also voted to move the 2020 USHJA Annual Meeting to a virtual format, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Meeting dates have been extended to accommodate more educational sessions and opportunities, and to avoid overlapping meetings.

The virtual Annual Meeting will now be held Nov. 30-Dec. 11.

To learn more about the USHJA election process and timeline, visit ushja.org/elections.

To learn more about the USHJA Annual Meeting, visit ushja.org/annualmeeting.

Plantation Field Eventing doomed because of USEA's ridiculous political correctness gone overboard (2)

UNIONVILLE, Pa.--Following the lead of Eventing Nation, U.S. Eventing Association has condemned the name Plantation Field as a racial slur, taking political correctness to a new and ridiculous high.

Plantation FieldThe property along Route 82 in Unionville has been in the ownership of the Plunkett Stewart, Hannum and Walker families for generations, and about 80 years ago, a Boy Scout troop approached the Stewart family, saying it would like to do something to earn a merit badge, and asking if it could plant trees on the property.

Trees were planted in the field and the name Plantation Field was born. 

Although not technically disallowing Plantation Field to hold events, refusing to use the name, choosing instead to call it P Field, makes it sound like using the N word, thus forever tying the Stewart, Hannum and Walker families to slavery.

To protect his families' names, Plantation Field owner Cuyler Walker has terminated eventing's lease on the property.


SO NOW, because of a couple of voices on the blog Eventing Nation, USEA and the USEF have caved in to over-the-top political correctness.

What's next?

Will the name cotton swabs will have to be changed because blacks picked cotton?

Major eventing and driving events are held at Charlotte Weber's Live Oak Plantation.

Will the Webers have to change the name of their property to appease Eventing Nation's political correctness gone overboard?

Beginning in June, Eventing Nation sent a series of letters and emails basically demanding Plantation Filed change its name, never opening a discussion or finding out the background of the name.

 Reportedly, originally USEA's board approved the name Plantation Filed but recently caved to Eventing Nation, refusing to use the name in reporting its events.

Feeling that the racial slur that USEA attached to the name is inescapable in the future and unwilling to change a name that has been a proud part of the family for generations, the lease for Eventing was terminated by Cuyler Walker on Monday, Sept. 14.

The Plantation Field International Event, Sept. 17-20, will be the final eventing competition to be held on the property, a very sad event for eventers of every level, as Plantation Field has hosted events of every levels for years.

If all riders got together and had their sponsors to stop advertising on Eventing Nation, perhaps a discussion to allow the name Platation Field could be initiated, thus allowing one of sport's largest supporters to continue.

Olympic medalists Phillip Dutton and Boyd Martin are both on the board of directors of Plantation Field.

"It's horrible," said Martin. "So many in the community have gotten behind this event. Plantation Field has donated so much to worthy causes."

One of Plantation Field's beneficiaries is Work to Ride, an inner city group that promotes riding for blacks.

"This is a setback for sports in this region." said Martin. "I hope there is some way to keep this great event going. It would be one thing if the Klu Klux Klan had been there, or slaves had worked this property. But Plantation Field had nothing to do with that. Instead, the name comes from a noble, special reward to a boy scout group."

"We're all devastated," said Dutton. "Cuyler donated the land to Plantation Field eventing. He didn't sign on for this."

"All of this could have been handled differently," said Dutton. "People should have sat down together to discuss it instead of just sending letters and emails."


DENIS GLACCUM, President of Plantation Field Equestrian Events, on Sept. 16 outlined the history of the name and gave the reason for Cuyler's decision, which he backs, to end evening at Plantation Field.

"We are sad to announce today that Cuyler Walker, a PFEE Board member and landowner of Plantation Field, has with great regret cancelled our lease for the property on which the Plantation Field International Three-Day Event is held. This is directly due to the attack on the name “Plantation” by Eventing Nation, an equestrian online news journal.

EN and their editors approached the equestrian media and the United States Eventing Association in June, 2020 to state that they felt the name “Plantation” was insensitive to people of color.

Let me explain the history of this property: in the 1930’s Plunket Stewart, who had purchased land in the early twentieth century, allowed the Boy Scouts to use a section of the property to plant hedges and trees. The dictionary defines the word “Plantation” as “an area in which trees have been planted”. Colonial Pennsylvania considered properties less than 100 acres a farm and properties with more than 100 acres a plantation. There is no reference to race in this definition.

The Unionville area is historically a Quaker community. The Quakers were one of the earliest abolitionist groups and fought against slavery. This area was also part of the underground railroad.

On a personal level, PFEE and the Unionville community have long supported Work to Ride, an organization in Philadelphia created with dedication by Lezlie Hiner, that gives disadvantaged, often minority, youth an opportunity to ride. This program has had impressive results with Kareem Rosser, who is an outstanding polo player, and who has taken lessons from PFEE Board member and Olympians Boyd Martin and Phillip Dutton.

The editors of Eventing Nation have aggressively led the campaign against the name Plantation Field. Consequently the USEA and USEF have since notified PFEE that they would not use the word “Plantation” in any media or articles. Plantation Field Equestrian Events, Inc. is the legal name of the Corporation and we will not accept censoring of our First Amendment rights.

I want it clearly stated that as a member of the USEA since 1960 and as a longtime resident of Unionville, I find it incredibly sad that the staff at a publication who do not understand the history of the area are directly causing the end of one of the best and most consistent events in the country.

A major factor in Cuyler’s decision was his feeling that he and his family were being called racist. He will not have his grandparents’ generous support of the Boy Scouts vilified by Eventing Nation and the USEA.

Having spent sixty years supporting the sport of Eventing in every capacity, I am extremely disappointed in the lack of leadership at the National level in dealing with this situation. This event welcomes riders from Elementary to the 4* level at multiple competitions at the local, National and International level each year. It is also local to numerous professional riders including several Olympians. The loss of Plantation Field will be a huge loss to the entire equestrian community."

Statement from USEA on the loss of Plantation Field (2)

UNIONVILLE, Pa.--The Horse of Delaware Valley received the statement at the bottom of this article from USEA following a telephone conversation with Rob Burk during which he said the USEA had worked all along to come to a mutually satisfactory resolution as to the use of the name Plantation Field.

Plantation FieldPlantation FieldHowever, in a letter to Eventing Nation dated Sept. 13 and signed by Rob Burk that The Horse received from a lawyer, Burk stated, "For your information, the USEA will be making clear moves to remove the use of the word plantation from our media, marketing and communications. Those moves will be made after we have been able to go through the proper channels and notify all involved with the competition and important stakeholders."

The Horse was told that this was the final straw that caused Plantation Field owner Cuyler Walker to terminate the lease.


SINCE the article appeared on the website of The Horse yesterday, Sept. 16, The Horse has received numerous phone calls, tests and emails supporting The Horse's article and stating support for Plantation Field and bemoaning the loss of this superlative eventing venue.

This email is typical of the type of communications received by The Horse, which are too numerous to include here.

Letter to the Editor:

I am personally outraged about this situation with Plantation Field, where I had the honor to complete at an amateur level & have had many friend also complete at both amateur & professional levels. To have watched this event grow over the past years has been a source of pride in our region. Where can we the people of the region who love Plantation Field contact National Eventing to let them know our displeasure with this atrocity. Please provide us who love plantation field with a way to fight back against this ridiculous over the top attack. Just where does this stop. This political correctness is going overboard.

Jennifer Yoder


A JOINT statement from the United States Eventing Association (USEA) CEO Rob Burk and USEA President Max Corcoran.

"Having this historic competition close isn't the right result for the sport, and the USEA is working hard to find a solution. The organizer and landowners operate exceptional events on a beautiful piece of land. We are deeply sensitive to the history of the word "plantation" and its connection to slavery; however, this property has no known connections to slavery and was instead named after 'plantings' on the property. We understand that neither the organizer nor the landowners have ever intended to cause any discomfort related to the name of the event and to imply otherwise is a disservice to our organizers, landowners, and our sport. The USEA does not have the ability to require an event to change its name as we are required to carry the USEF licensed name of the competition on our calendar of events. However, we are hopeful that an acceptable solution to this issue can be reached."


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Augustin Stables' Theodora B, trained by Michael Dickinson, wins the TVG Stakes at Kentucky Downs (2)

FRANKLIN, Tenn.--Michael Dickinson saddled George Strawbridge's Augustin Stables' homebred Theodora B to win the TVG Stakes at Kentucky Downs on Sept. 16., beating odds-on favorite Mrs. Sippy, trained by Graham Motion by 3/4 length.

Michael W Dickinson "It was a great win,"said Dickinson. "We knew going into the race that Mrs. Sippy is a very good horse. But Theodora B is mentally and physically improved as she gets older."

"The Strawbridges keep their horses in Pennsylvania in the winter and turn them out  in a 100 acre field with 10 other horses," said Dickinson. "They come back bigger and stronger."

"I called Mr. Strawbridge after the race," said Dickinson. "I said,`You know there is a lot of pressure training for Augustin. After Augustin won the breeder's Eclipse last year, if you don't win with one of Augustin's horses, it has to be the trainer's fault.'"

"I told him that I was kidding, that the real pressure in not training for Augustin," said Dickinson.


HE SAID that he was looking a the E.P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine as the nest race for Theodora B.

"I'll talk to Mr. Strawbridge about the Breeders' Cup, but Theodora B likes a firm going," said Dickinson. "The track at Keeneland will be pretty cut up by then, and it has tight turns. Theodora B is a big striding mare. I don't think that track would suit her."

Theodora B has now won three of her four races this year and a record of six wins, six seconds and three thirds from 18 starts and earnings of $647,911.

MOTION also saddled 2019 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Filly Turf winner Sharing to win the G3 Edgewood Stakes for 30year-old fillies on the turf at Churchill Downs on Sept. 4, winning by 1 1/4 lengths.

RICKY HENDRIKS saddled two winners for Debra Kachel, Sandy Lane Kitten in a $22,800, 1 mile Allowance turf race at Mountaineer on Sept. 16 and Epic in a $20,000, 1 mile and 70 yard Claiming turf race at Parx on Sept. 9.

BERNIE HOUGHTON had a winner for Sandra Kim Eshelman, Brave Deacon, in a $14,400, 1 mile and 79 yards Claiming race at Penn National on Sept. 11.

MICHAEL MATZ saddled Caroline Forgason's Miss Marley to win a $41,200, 6 furlong maiden Special Weight for 2-year-old fillies at Laurel on Sept. 5, and JONATHAN SHEPPARD's homebred Bet the Pot won a $32,000, 1 mile and 70 yards Allowance race at Presque Isle on Sept. 1.

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Marketing Manager: Heather Mullen

 Since 1980


Monthly Advertising Themes


  • March
    Spring/Summer Show Previews & Trainers, Barns & Equipment
  • April
    All Natural Products & Services, Spring/Summer Show Previews & Trainers, Barns & Equipment
  • May
    All Natural Products & Services
  • June
    Footing & Fencing, All Natural Products & Services
  • July
    Footing & Fencing, Equine Education & Colleges
  • August
    Fall Show Previews & Trainers, Equine Education & Colleges, Equine Insurance, Legal & Accounting
  • September
    Fall Show Previews & Trainers, Equine Artists/Photographers & Galleries, Equine Insurance, Legal, & Accounting
  • October
    Trailers & Equine Transportation, Equine Artists/Photographers & Galleries, Me & My Horse
  • November
    Holiday Gift Guide, Trailers, Real Estate, Me & My Horse
  • December
    Stallions/Breeding, Winter Care & Gift Guide
  • January
    Stallions & Breeding, Photo Contest & Winter Care
  • February
    Barns & Equipment, Photo Contest

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