Eighteen of 30 Horses Survive Horrific Wreck
by Amy Worden - December 2016
On a Saturday evening last month four mares – two paints, a quarter horse and a Tennessee Walker - quietly munched hay in a comfortable barn in Honey Brook, PA. They were still wearing the yellow auction tags slapped on their backs.
Had it not been for the horrific wreck they survived in Tennessee a few weeks earlier they would likely have been on a dinner plate in France.
The mares were among 21 surviving horses pulled from a high-speed crash that left dead and injured horses scattered on Interstate 40 outside of Knoxville after a tractor trailer carrying 31 horses bound for slaughter in Canada smashed into the back of a flatbed truck as it tried to merge into traffic.
When first responder and veteran horsewoman Amy Neary arrived at the scene of the wreck around 9 p.m., Oct. 23 she was stunned at the scale of the disaster.
Standardbred Sale Nets $53.4 Million
At the 78th Annual Standardbred Horse Sales Company Annual Sale, held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex from November 7–11, 1,544 horses sold for $53.4 million dollars to horsemen from all over the world. Standardbred sold 868 yearlings during its three day Select Yearling Sale for $33.5 million, for an average of $38,608 that was second only to the record-shattering 2007 Yearling Sale, and that represented a 25 percent increase over 2015. The top selling yearlings were two trotting colts by leading sire Muscle Hill. Story Time Hanover (Muscle Hill – Shared Past) was sold by Hanover Shoe Farms to Jimmy Takter, Agt. (NJ) for $410,000, and Hip 32 Hey Jock (Muscle Hill – Sugar Wheeler) was sold by Concord Stud Farm Agent to Serge Godin, Determination Stable (PQ), for $400,000. Mr. Godin was the leading yearling buyer, purchasing nine yearlings for $1,140,000.
Leading Pennsylvania consignor Hanover Shoe Farms sold 215 yearlings for $10,047,500, averaging of $46,733. Other consignors with Pennsylvania farms include Vieux Carre Farms (Gettysburg), selling a total of 50 horses for $1,515,000 and an average of $30,300; Concord Stud Farm (Littlestown) sold 41 yearlings for $2,739,000 and a sale-leading average of $68,805; Diamond Creek Farm (Wellsville) sold 10 yearlings for $556,000 and an average of $55,600; and Pin Oak Lane Farm (New Freedom) sold 6 yearlings for $128,000 and an average of $21,333. Delaware Valley University’s student equine program sold 5 yearlings for $37,500 and an average of $7500, while providing many enthusiastic students to assist the sale crew.
Irv Naylor Wins Two on Pennsylvania Hunt Cup Day
By Marcella Peyre-Ferry - December 2016
Irvin S. Naylor made two trips to the winner’s circle as the owner of Pennsylvania Hunt Cup winner Ebanour, and Maiden Timber winner Henry San.
The 82nd running of the PA Hunt Cup was held Sun., Nov. 6 in Unionville, PA. A beautiful, brisk sunny day and good footing made for competitive racing over timber.
The featured $35,000 PA Hunt Cup drew a field of six starters with Ebanour and Super Saturday both running under Naylor’s colors. Super Saturday, trained by Katherine Neilson and ridden by Gerard Galligan, ran with pace setter Grinding Speed for much of the race. Nagel kept Ebanour in striking distance to make his big move as they headed into the final fences.
“It went very slow. I was trying to keep him in behind and keep him settled. I kind of wish there was a bit more pace in the race to get him into a rhythm,” Nagle said. “He was very good, he’s there when you need him. He was very clever at the last, he’s a very good jumper.”
Pennsylvanians Capture Morgan World and National Championship Titles
By Suzy Lucine - December 2016
More than 950 Morgan horses from across the country and Canada graced the rings during the 44th Annual Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show in Oklahoma City, October 8-15. They competed in more than 300 classes for more than $400,000 in prize money.
Matt Kwapich of Bernalillo, NM, was the show's manager, and Cindy Mugnier of Belchertown, MA, served as show chairman. "The 2016 Grand National was such a wonderful event," said Cindy. "The level of competition, the displays of horsemanship and sportsmanship, the pride in our country and our service men and women that our exhibitors demonstrated, the attendance of 13 members of the Swedish Morgan Horse Association and the participation of the Wishes4OurHeroes and Oklahoma City Thunder organizations all contributed to a memory-filled show.”
Mike Goebig and Dwayne Knowles, owners/trainers of Broadmoor in Kutztown, PA took 19 horses to the show. They came home with four world championships, four reserve world championships, one grand national finals championship, 10 grand national championships and three reserve grand national championships. Several of the performances were unanimous wins, and several exhibitors had back-to-back wins with their horses.
One of their amateur riders, Allyson Wandtke, set a record for the number of times she has won the World Ladies Park Saddle Championship with four different horses. This year, she won it unanimously for the second year in a row on her junior mare, Get Smart.