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Kill Buyer Starts Controversial Rescue with a Ticking Clock

by Amy Worden - September 2015

In 2006 the Virginia-bred mare, Striding Victory, wore the roses in the winner’s circle at Charles Town. Last month, the 14-year-old thoroughbred was literally on her last legs, trotting across the concrete pavement outside the New Holland auction in Lancaster, destined for the slaughterhouse.

Days later she was “bailed out” for $778. But her fate is still uncertain.

Striding Victory was one of some 30 horses - Appaloosas, paints, Morgans, Tennessee Walking Horses, Arabians – diverted from the slaughter truck that week by the most unlikely of rescuers – a kill buyer himself.

Brian Moore, of Jonestown, PA, a fixture at the New Holland auction for decades, regularly buys horses from New Holland to ship to a slaughter house in Canada. Now Moore is shipping some of his horses closer to home in nearby Lebanon County and, through a family friend, making them available for rescue - but with a date stamp attached.

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Bethlehem Mounted Police Receive $10,000 Donation
by Marcella Peyre-Ferry - September 2015

On July 28, 2015, Mrs. Marcia Pepper and Wellington Equestrian Realty presented the Bethlehem Police Mounted Unit with a very generous donation of $10,000.  The presentation to the Friends of the Bethlehem Mounted Police Foundation was made at the Bethlehem Police mounted facility at the Burnside Planation in West Bethlehem, PA. 

Mounted police units have proven effective as law enforcement tools, but keeping a mounted unit viable is expensive. The Bethlehem Police Department’s mounted unit is funded by the city, but depends on donations to help make ends meet and keep their horses on duty.

It is through Pepper’s love of horses and her successes with them that she is able to offer this generous donation to the Friends of the Bethlehem Mounted Police Foundation. Pepper, her horse Mariett and Lars Peterson, Mariett’s trainer and rider, are well known competitors in international dressage competition. Based in Wellington, Florida during the recent 2015 competition season, they won three CDI Freestyles at the Winter Equestrian Festival. As the Owner’s Award, sponsor Wellington Equestrian Reality contributed $5,000 to a charity of the winning owner’s choice. Mariett’s three victories resulted in the $10,000 donation to the mounted unit and a $5,000 contribution to Habitat for Horses.

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Swan Song for Quentin Fall Hunter/Jumper Show
by Suzanne Bush - September 2015

The Quentin Fall Show—the Hunter/Jumper showcase that had been a tradition among equestrians for many years—is now the centerpiece of the Swan Lake Fall Festival. “What we envision is having a premier, AA-rated hunter show with 3* and 4* jumpers,” Nathan Panetta, the manager of Swan Lake Horse Shows announced in an April press release.

For equestrians who grew up showing at Quentin, and who have fond memories of the Lebanon, PA riding club’s show grounds, the announcement seemed ominous. Was this a harbinger of major changes at Quentin? Will there still be horse shows at this venerated facility?

Larry Minnich, President of Quentin Riding Club’s Board of Directors, says that there were lots of good reasons to find another venue for the historic Quentin Fall Show. “We’d like to have a horse show every day but if it doesn’t make any money and doesn’t make any sense then there’s no reason to do it. And that was the case the last five years or so.” He said that entries in the Quentin show had declined. And there are certain requirements for the rated shows that were difficult for Quentin to accommodate.

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Pennsylvania Morgan Barns Open their Doors
by Suzy Lucine - September 2015

On August 7th and 8th, Andrew Beiler of Sunrise Stables, LLC in Gordonville, PA, organized a two-day open barn and farm tour of four Morgan training and breeding farms in Lancaster and Lehigh Counties.

Early Friday morning, 90 visitors started the day enjoying coffee and donuts after driving in from the tristate area, Ohio and Indiana. They boarded two tour busses at Sunrise Stables to visit Allan and Mark Fisher’s Alpha Star Morgans in nearby Kinzers. Guests were offered more coffee and donuts while watching Mark and his family present eight of their Morgans.

Horses sired by Man In Motion (Man About Town LPS x Devan Melmore), Illegal Motion (Man In Motion x UVM Unity), the late SpiceOLife Present Tense GCH (Arboria Noble Victor x Spiceolife Allura B) and JDS Paladin Pazazz (ZZ Top x HVK Fancy Lass) were shown. As each horse was brought out of the barn, their bloodlines were discussed as well as what was happening during the presentations. Weanlings were presented in-hand, a two-year-old was long lined and another was jogged in harness.

Then guests were back on the bus, heading to Kutztown, home of Broadmoor, where owners/trainers Mike Goebig and Dwayne Knowles, along with assistant trainer, Stacey Myers and staff had a lunch set up on the lawn outside the barn.

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US Equine Industry Shows Signs of Growth, Study Finds
September 2015

The equine industry has found stability and shows positive signs of growth, especially among young adult horse owners and event participants, according to results of a survey by American Horse Publications sponsored by Zoetis. The survey included responses from over 10,662 horse owners.

Among the highlights, the third online nationwide equine industry survey shows:

  • For 2016, 88.6% of respondents expect to own or manage the same number of horses or more horses.
  • This year, 93% of respondents plan to enter the same or more competitions than last year, and 95.1% expect to compete in the same or more events in 2016.
  • A high number of respondents (84.7%) rely on their veterinarians for vaccination advice, and respondents are increasingly relying on veterinarians for deworming advice.

“It appears the industry is beginning to recover from the Great Recession of 2008, as indicated by the percentage of respondents participating in the industry, either through owning/managing horses or competing with them, at the same or greater levels than three years ago,” said Jill Stowe, Ph.D., associate professor of agricultural economics at the University of Kentucky, who analyzed the data and consulted on the results.

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