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Penn Vet's New Bolton Center provides an internationally renowned standard of care. Located on a campus of some 700 acres in Chester County, Pennsylvania, New Bolton Center has one of the largest caseloads of any academic large animal hospital in the nation.

THE CHESHIRE HUNT in Unionville, PA seeks a qualified Stable Manager. Duties to include care and management of 6-12 staff horses and facility, must have a good driving record and be able to drive a truck and trailer. Salary and benefits included, housing possible for the right candidate. Contact Hunstman Ivan Dowling at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (484)643-2184.

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Penn Vet's New Bolton Center provides an internationally renowned standard of care. Located on a campus of some 700 acres in Chester County, Pennsylvania, New Bolton Center has one of the largest caseloads of any academic large animal hospital in the nation.

FULL TIME FARM MANAGER/PERSONAL ASSISTANT positiion available on small farm in Blue Bell, PA. Must be organized and independent and have riding experience. On site apartment living provided. Contact Brian at (484) 574-2604.

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Please join us Saturday, May 28thfor our BIG RED WHITE AND BLUE Horse and Tack Auction at Wolfe Auctions to celebrate Memorial Day, 137 Emmitsburg Road, Thurmont, MD. Tack auction begins at 3pm, Saddles at 5:30pm and HORSES AT 6PM. Be there for your best pick. 301-748-2924.

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FENCE AND BARN PAINTING - will travel the East Coast. Licensed and Insured, Quality Work, 25 years in Business, Owner Supervised,Excellent References, Same Day quotes. Call: 410-829-5198 (cell) or 410-820-6047.

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PART-TIME BARN HELP wanted for private horse farm in Limerick area. Mon thru Fri, 8-11:30 am. Clean stalls, turnout, blanket changes, general barn duties. Must have experience with horses. Must be reliable and have own transportation. 610-287-5830, leave message.

ONE 12x12 STALL available on private family farm, full-care, located in West Chester (Pocopson Township). Field with run-in shed, tack room, wash stall with hot water, outdoor ring, hack to BVA or Pocopson Park. $350/mo. 610-793-9704.

THE MARYLAND EQUINE Transition Service is a statewide initiative created to ensure that safe options and resources are available to horses when their owners can no longer keep them.Many horses are currently looking for new homes through METS. For more info, go to, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 410-970-6474.

DRY LEASE WANTED wanted (4-6 stalls). Looking in and around Kennett Square to West Chester, PA. Ideal features would include ample pasture, preferably w/option to leave horses out 24/7 when weather is good. Also ideal would be outdoor riding ring and access to hacking. Indoor nice, but not a deal-breaker. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with what you have.

Snap Decision wins the G1 Iroquois, Leslie Young goes into the lead in Trainer, Races Won (2)

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Facing Pistol Whipped (Ire), a touted hurdle winner from across the sea, Snap Decision, ridden by Graham Watters, hung just outside his foe during the $150,000, G1, 3 mile Calvin Houghland Iroquois Stakes, went into the lead on the final turn and went on to win by 7 1/4 lengths on Saturday, May 14.

Snap Decision leads over last in Iroquois 2Snap Decision leads over the last fence in the Iroquois Stakes (Photo by Tod Marks)Owned by Bruton Street-US, Snap Decision has now run his skein of wins over hurdles to 10, and he won the Iroquois for the second year in a row.

"He's the horse of a lifetime for us," said Charlie Fenwick, who along with Mike Hankin and Charlie Noell owns Bruton Street.

Snap Decision's win, along with the win of another Bruton Street horse, Proven Innocent, showed why Fisher has dominated the Leading Trainer lists for so many years.

"For both races, Jack laid out a plan, and then the jockeys executed the plans perfectly," said Fenwick.

Pistol Whipped, trained by Nicky Henderson, was a handicap hurdle winner in England and had been expected to be a serious contender in the seven horse field, and he did finish second, 2 1/4 lengths in front of Amschel (GB), trained by Cyril Murphy.

But Snap Decision, a beautifully bred class horse, ran back to his top form and looks to be a force to deal with this summer.

Two other Fisher trained horses, Moscato and Brianbakescookies, were fourth and fifth respectively.

Iranistan, who won the Temple Gwathmey over Snap Decision, was done early and was pulled up, as was Historic Heart, both trained by Keri Brion.

Fisher said that Anthony Speelman's Pistol Whipped had been brought to this country to be sold, but that he wasn't interested in buying him and didn't know if anyone had bought the horse.


FISHER HAS said in the past that he wouldn't run Snap Decision in Saratoga, as both grade one races there are handicaps,and he would get loaded down with too much weight.

But Fisher said, after the Iroquois, that he had heard that Saratoga officials were unhappy that Snap Decision hadn't run there last year, so that he was considering possibly sending him this year.

"I might do it for steeplechase racing," said Fisher. "I need to talk to the owners first."

Proven Innocent, ridden by Conor Hankin, won the $40,000, 2 1/4 mile Maiden Hurdle by 3 1/4 lengths over Bickley, also trained by Fisher.

"He's a nice, sweet horse," said Fisher."He'll go to Saratoga."

"The plan was for him to come with one run," said Hankin, who recently finished a four year tour of duty with the Marines. "I'm the one who just gets to hop on him on the weekends. I was on the right horse today."

"We were hoping for and expecting a good run from him today," said Fenwick.

This was only Proven Innocent's second run over hurdles, having previously run on the flat for Stuart Janney.

Fisher said he had heard Janney was thinking of selling him and bought him after he won a maiden race at Belmont last year.

Henderson wasn't the only trainer who crossed the seas to take advantage of the huge purses at Iroquois.

Gordon Elliott brought Burn the Evidence (GB), now owned by Del Rio Racing and going to Ricky Hendriks to train, over to run in the $50,000 Filly and Mare Hurdle Stakes, where she ran second to Down Royal, trained by Kate Dalton.

Elliott recently served a six months suspension after an old photo was dug up that showed him sitting on a dead horse to keep wild animals from eating him while waiting for the van to pick him up.

After the filly and mare stakes at Iroquois, Fisher and Elliott were riding back to the stables in a golf cart with Hendriks in the back.

"I said to Gordon, `You're a slow learner, Why didn't you take the advice of your horse, and burn the evidence,'" said Fisher. "I heard Ricky laughing in the back, but Gordon never said a word."


LESLIE YOUNG saddled two winners at Iroquois, and those two, along with three wins at Willowdale the same day, propelled her into a four race lead in Trainer, Races Won, and also into the lead in Trainer, Money Won, with Brion standing second and Fisher third in both.

Leipers Fork Steplechasers' Fast Vision (Fr), ridden by Harry Beswick, won the $25,000 Ratings Handicap by 7 1/2 lengths over Shaka, trained by Dalton.

"I bought him last summer for 100,000 euros after he won a race in France," said Young. "He was running well at Far Hills last fall when a horse fell in front of him. He prefers a bit of a cut in the ground. This is his owners home meet, so his winning here was great. We'll see what his rating is and that will determine if he runs at Saratoga."

Young also saddled John Greene's Monbeg Stream (Ire), ridden by Tom Garner, to win the $20,000, 3 mile Allowance Timber by 2 1/4 lengths over Elusive Exclusive, also trained by Young.

"I actually wanted to jump out in front, because he's a bit keen," said Garner. "But Mikey (on Chosen Mate) gave me a good lead."

"He's a good horse," said Young. "I bought him at the Tattersall sale last year. "I think highly of this horse. They'll both run back this fall."

Cyril Murphy saddled Irv Naylor's Scorpian's Revenge, ridden by Barry Foley, to win the $75,000 Novice Hurdle Stakes by 3 1/4 lengths over Decisive Triumph, trained by Mark Beecher.

"Every timeI sit on this horse he keeps improving," said Foley. "He's a tricky horse because he needs to drop in behind. I wasn't concerned with being so far back. I know I couldn't go any faster so I figured they couldn't either."

"I was a lot more concerned on the backside than Barry was," said Murphy. "But we kept to a plan and it worked."

Dalton saddled Joseph Fowler's Down Royal, ridden by Bernie Dalton, to win the $50,000 Filly and Mare Stakes by 2 3/4 lengths over Burn the Evidence, ridden by Davey Russell, who went into the lead at the start.

"Davey's horse was jumping green the first time around," said Bernie Dalton. "I just took advantage of that. Down Royal has been the apple of my eye since the day she was born.  And, as old as I am, any win is good."



Leslie Young wins three at Willowdale, goes into the lead in Trainers, Races Won (2)

KENNETT SQUARE, Pa.--While Leslie Young was in Nashville, Tenn., saddling two winners at Iroquois, three of her horses won at Willowdale Steeplechase on May 14, propelling her into the lead in both Trainer, Races Won and Trainer, Money Won.

Andiami right Storm Team duel early in VGCAndi'amu, right, and Storm Team duel early in the Virginia Gold Cup, as Andi'amu went on to win (Photo by Tod Marks)Ballybristol Farm's Andi'amu (Fr), ridden by Freddie Procter, won the featured $35,000. 3 1/2 mile Willowdale Steeplechase Timber Stakes by 16 1/2 lengths over Withoutmoreado and Awesome Adrian, both trained by Kathy Neilson, in a three horse field.

Andi'amu ran second for most of the race, going to the lead on the final turn and extending for the win.

"For years we've followed  the same plan of running him in a steeplethon at Great Meadow and timber stakes at Middleburg and the Gold Cup," said Young. "But after he won the Gold Cup last week, he was bucking and kicking. So when the race at Willowdale came up so light, we decided to enter him. With the end of timber racing now, we'll put him away for the summer and run him again this fall."

Leipers Fork Steeplechasers' Perfect Tapatino (Fr), ridden by Procter, won the $10,000, 2 1/4 mile Apprentice Rider Hurdle by 19 3/4 lengths over Chief Justice (GB), trained by Cyril Murphy.

"I was disappointed in his performance at the Queens Cup," said Young. "He got into a speed duel there, tired, and was pulled up. We wanted an easier spot for him for his confidence. He got weight off with Freddie ridding."

"I got him for $11,000 at a Keeneland sale," said Young. "He's got ability. We'll think about sending him to Saratoga."


SHARON SHEPPARD'S Mohave (GB), again ridden by Procter, won the $15,000 Maiden Claiming Hurdle by 3 3/4 lengths over Daddy's Cozy, trained by Danielle Hodsdon.

"Mojave is a lovely horse," said Young. 'I bought him at a Tattersall sale. We ran him at the Gold Cup during Covid, and we put blinkers on him for that race. That made him so keen that he go a tendon."

This was his first race back after a year's lay off.

"We'll run him next at Colonial," said Young.

"It's fantastic," said Young of moving into the lead in both Trainer, Races Won and Money Won. "I have a great staff. Our training track is still  only halfway done, so they jogged the horses on roads all winter. And I have great owners that let us pick the spots best for the horses."

Jack Fisher, while saddling winners at Iroquois, also had a winner at Willowdale with Riverdee Stable's Twenty Years On (GB), ridden by Teddy Davies.

Twenty Years On went to the front and extended his lead to win by 31 3/4 lengths over Don't Shout (Ire), trained by Young.

"Teddy rode him great," said Fisher. "I though he and the horse would go together."

Fisher said it was great to see young American riders like Davies, Parker Hendriks, who is currently the leading steeplechase jockey, and Skylar McKenna all winning races.

"We need to support them,"said Fisher.

Davies rode two other winners at Willowdale.

He rode Buttonwood Farm's The Silent Trainer, trained by Keri Brion,, to win the $15,000 Maiden Timber by 1 3/4 lengths over Tiepolo, trained by Elizabeth Korrell and ridden by her daughter Virginia.

Teddy also won on Armata Stables' Our Friend (Ire), trained by his father Joe Davies.

Our Friend won by 5 3/4 lengths over Mercoeur (Fr), trained by Young.

Todd Wyatt saddled Jennifer Pitts' Lear Avia, ridden by Colin Smith, to win the $15,000 Maiden Claiming Hurdle by 13 lengths over Seville Barber, trained by Brion.

Joe and Teddy Davies win two at Potomac (2)

SENECA, Md.--Joe Davies saddled two winners at Potomac Hunt Races on Sunday, May 15, both ridden by son Teddy.

Teddy DaviesTeddy DaviesGerry Brewster and Richie Blue's Grey Ghost won the $1,500, 2 mile Maiden Hurdle by 1 1/2 lengths over Peace Nicker, trained by Julie Gomena.

"We claimed Grey Ghost a year ago and then ran him back on the flat at Colonial," said Joe Davies. "He was second in a $50,000 Maiden race with Forrest Boyce riding."

Davies ran him back on the flat a number of times after claiming him, with that second at Colonial his best finish.

"This winter, Teddy has been schooling him over fences," said Davies."This was his first start over fences.He's entered back at Radnor, and hopefully he'll go to Colonial this summer."

Davies saddled his wife Blythe's Brave Deacon, again ridden by Teddy, to win the $1,500 Open Hurdle by 2 lengths over Golazo, trained by Alicia Murphy.

"Brave Deacon fell in a race last fall, then this spring he was second at the Blue Ridge Point-to-Point," said Davies. "Then he won Saturday. It was only a two horse race, but it was still a good win. He'll run back at Colonial."


MARK BEECHER saddled The Hundred Acre Field's Cracker Factory (GB),ridden by Brett Owings, to win the featured $2,500 Open Timber by 3 lengths over Overdrawn, trained by James Piper.

Irv Naylor's Family Tree (GB), trained by Neil Morris and ridden by Paul Cawley, won the $1,000 Open Flat first division, and Virginia Young's Tanka Tough, trained by Courtney Young and Ridden by Owings, won the second division.

Willie White rode his own Night Sounds, trained by Elizabeth McKnight, to win the $2,500 Novice Timber as the only of four entries to finish, as two went off course and the third lost his rider.

Yomar Ortiz on Lickety Split won the Small Pony race, Cambrie Franks on Sugar won the Medium Pony, and Jaitlyn Shore on Mini won the Large Pony race.


Graham Motion saddled three winners in one day, including a G1 Stakes winner, while Houghton had five winners and Matz, Dickinson and Jenkins also scored (2)

ELMONT, N.Y.--Graham Motion had three winners on Saturday, May 14, including Highland Chief in the G1, $700,000, 1 3/8 mile Man o' War Stakes on the turf at Belmont.

Highland Chief the Man o War Janet gGaragusoHighland Chief winning the Man o' War Stakes (Photo by Janet Garaguso)He is also still planning to take Spendarella to England to run in the Coronation Cup at Ascot on Friday, June 17..

"Spendarella will leave on June 7," said Motion. "We'll go over the week of the race. I'll probably breeze her the Monday before the race."

Mrs. Fitriani Hay's Highland Chief, in winning the Man o' War, ran second early on, swung four wide into the stretch and went on to win by 1 length in only his second race in this country.

The 5-year-old stallion had previously run in England, where he was stakes placed.

"He came to me last fall," said Motion. "We gave him a little break and then ran him in an allowance race before this race. He'll run in the Manhattan on Belmont day."

Motion also had two winners at Pimlico on May 14.

Wertheimer et Frere's Serifos won a $46,690, 11/16 mile Maiden Special Weight by 3 lengths, and The Grass is Blue won a $56,000, 5 furlong Allowance Optional Claiming race by 2 3/4 lengths.

"It was a really good day," said Motion. "It's been a while since I had a day that good, Highland Chief is an exciting horse. Grade one races are hard to come by."


MOTION had another stakes winner in True Valour (Ire) at Laurel on April 23.

Larry Johnson's 8-year-old stallion True Valour won the $100,000, 5 1/2 furlong King T. Leatherbury Stakes by 1/2 length.

That was True Valour's fifth stakes win, and he now has earnings of $582,237.

"He'll run in the Jaipur Stakes on Belmont day," said Motion.

Motion has had five other winners over the past few weeks, beginning with Stonestreet Stables' Willakia winning a $100,000, 1 1/16mile turf Maiden Special Weight for3-year-old fillies at Keeneland on April 15.

Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners' Speaking Scout won a $110,000. 1 3/16 miles Allowance turf race at Keeneland by 1 length on April 29, Hillwood Stable's Twist'n Twirl won a $49,892, 1 mile Maiden Claiming race at Laurel by a neck on May 1, and Sycamore Hall Thoroughbreds' homebred Wet My Beak won a $43,180, 1 1/16 Maiden Claiming race by 3/4 length at Pimlico on May 12.

BERNIE HOUGHTON also had five winners recently, all at Penn National.

Two of the wins were by a horse owned by Edward Madden, with his Screen Star winning a $10,800, 6 furlong Claiming race by a head on April 20, and then running back May 6 to win a $12,058, 6 furlong Claiming race by 1/2 length.

Houghton also saddled two winners for his mother Betsy and one for himself.

Betsy Houghton's Sylmar Farm's homebred Bourbon Music won an $18,000, 6 furlong Starter Optional Claiming race by 3 3/4 lengths on April 22 and ran back May 7 to win a $32,996, 6 furlong Allowance race by 1/2 length.

Bernie's W.M.T. Stable's homebred Chain Reaction won a $21,500, 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race by 41/4 lengths on April 27.

MICHAEL DICKINSON saddled Gallagher's Stud's homebred Rheaume to win a $75,000 1 1/16 mile Maiden Special Weight by 2 lengths at Belmont on April 28.

MICHAEL MATZ saddled Runnymoore Racing's In a Spin to win a a $36,928, 1 mile Starter Optional Claiming race by a neck at Laurel on May 1.

RODNEY JENKINS saddled Hillwood Stable's homebred Hello Amigo to win a $32,700.6 1/2 furlong Maiden Special Weight by 6 1/4 lengths at Charlestown on May 7.



World Equestrian Center gets permission to hold USEF rated shows (2)

OCALA, Fla.--The USEF has granted permission to the World Equestrian Center to hold at least a few rated shows, and the first of those will be held this summer.

World Eq CenterWorld Equestrian CenterThe World Equestrian Center – Ocala will host inaugural FEI CSI 3* Show Jumping competition during the 2022 Ocala Summer USEF Hunter/Jumper Horse Show Series.

Exhibitors who have  competed at either the World Equestrian Center's Ohio or Ocala facility says the venues are spectacular and offer horsemen every amenity.

The FEI CSI 3* competition will be held June 21-26 (Week III) and June 28-July 3 (Week IV).

Feature classes include the $50,000 FEI Welcome Prix 1.50m and $140,000 Grand Prix 1.50m, taking place under the lights in the Grand Arena.

The finest riders in the world will contest the top show jumping events.


CHECK OUT the exciting list of FEI competition during weeks III and IV.

Week III – June 21-26 & Week IV – June 28-July 3 Schedule


$6,000 1.40m FEI Speed | 8am Start
$37,000 1.45m FEI Speed | Following the 1.40m FEI Speed

$50,000 1.50m FEI Welcome Prix | 7pm Start

$37,000 1.45m FEI Power and Speed | 8am Start

$140,000 1.50m FEI Grand Prix | 7pm Start

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