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Owner of Seized Morgans Appeals;
Care Tops $110,000 with No End in Sight
by Amy Worden - March 2014
When Amy Kaunas opens the stall door, a petite black mare stretches out her nose to greet her, leaning in for a good neck scratch. Kaunas, the executive director of the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area, obliges, telling a visitor only months ago the horse now known as Sioux would cower in the back of her stall, terrified of human contact.
“They have such bonds with people now, for having been wild,” said Kaunas.
It has been a long road to rehabilitation for Sioux and the more than two dozen other horses, most of them Morgans, seized from horrendous conditions at a Palmyra farm more than a year ago.
And their ordeal is not over yet.
Arrest Made in Shooting That Killed Horse
by Stephanie Shertzer Lawson - March 2014
An arrest has been made in the drive by shooting of a horse pulling an Amish buggy in Lancaster County, PA on November 24. The horse died shortly after it was shot.
Timothy Antonio Diggs, 24, of Ronks, Lancaster County, was charged February 12 with five counts of reckless endangerment, one count of propulsion of missiles, and one count of cruelty to animals. Police consulted with the Lancaster County District Attorney before filing charges, said East Lampeter Township Lieutenant Robin Weaver. “Those were the charges that we agreed upon as appropriate,” he said.
The break in the case came as East Lampeter Township police investigated Diggs as a suspect in burglaries in East Lampeter and Upper Leacock Townships. Police executed a search warrant at his home on December 2, where they found stolen guns and a stolen motorcycle. Police believe one of the guns was the firearm used in the shooting of the horse.
A Silent Language:
Paralympic Rider Rebbeca Hart Gets New Mount
by Crystal Piaskowski - March 2014
Norteassa. Lord Ludger. And now…Romani. After six long months of community effort, Rebecca Hart, 29, of Unionville, PA, is at last partnered with the 11-year-old Danish Warmblood mare, Romani. “There’s something about her body type and movement, and her willingness to work with my disability, that is so special. She’s the first horse I’ve ever sat on that hasn’t hurt my hip.”
It Takes a Village
Born with Familial Spastic Paraplegia, Hart endures muscle wasting and lack of control from her waist down. While she can walk short distances, a wheelchair or cane assistance is needed for longer ones and she competes with two breakaway straps for her legs. Despite her degenerative disability, Hart has become an enormously talented and decorated dressage rider. A five-time national champion at the USEF ParaEquestrian Championships, and a representative of the United States in both the 2008 Hong Kong Paralympics and the 2012 London Paralympics, Hart has remained modest and thankful for every person who has contributed to her success.
Strong Prospect Top Billing Hits Derby Trail
by Terry Conway - March 2014
So far the flashy chestnut colt has lived up to his name. Top Billing stamped himself as a top-flight Derby prospect with a decisive victory at Gulfstream Park in late January. Dropping eight lengths behind the field of seven after a half mile, the handsome chestnut colt circled the field on the far turn and rolled home a 2¾ lengths winner.
Top Billing made easy work of a first-level allowance field in his third start, winning under a confident ride by Joel Rosario. He hit the wire in a sharp 1:42.66 on a fast track at 1 1/16-mile. His final time was less than a second off the track record after going five wide.
"He was the best horse in the race," Rosario remarked. "He always takes himself back a little bit, but when he's ready to go, he goes. I was very happy with the move he made. He just has such a quick turn of foot and when he's ready, he gives it to you. He's an honest horse."
Look Out, Prince Philip! Perkiomen Creek Pony Club
is Coming for the Cup
by Suzanne Bush - March 2014
They call themselves the Avengers, but they look more like pony-crazy young girls, trotting and cantering their ponies in wide circles, waiting to start practice. They’re bundled up against the cold, gray February afternoon, while their moms huddle under blankets along the side of the giant indoor arena. The ponies are fresh and eager to get to work—or to buck and spin. These shivering Avengers are not unlike the cool, notorious British super-agents. But their feats of derring-do are done on horseback. They’re the junior Mounted Games team from Perkiomen Creek Pony Club in Montgomery County and they are prepping for a trip to Lexington, KY in April.
As one of the four regional champions in Mounted Games, they will be part of a Pony Club contingent competing for the Prince Philip Cup at the Rolex Three-Day in April. As juniors, they will compete against other junior teams. Wayne Quarles, the US Pony Club’s Activities and Events Director, says that teams from all over the United States competed at championship events in 2013. Championships Midwest in Kansas City included teams from the West and Midwest; Championships East, which was held in Lexington, VA, included teams from the Eastern US. Four teams were selected based on their cumulative scores in the games and scores in Horse Management. “We had junior games at the Midwest with only a few teams,” Quarles explains. “Three of the four top teams came from the East.”