January 2017 Issue - page 1

Vol. 24 No. 1
Our 24th Year
1993-2017
January 2017
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Stable/Trainer issue!
By Suzanne Bush
Tamara Rose came into the
world early. At 28 pounds, she
was a flyweight in the world of
foals.
Born six weeks prematurely,
the little Paso Fino would need
an extraordinary combination of
luck, love and veterinary magic
to survive. In the parlance of
Pennsylvania’s casino culture,
Tamara Rose hit the jackpot. The
combination of a devoted and
conscientious owner and prox-
imity to one of the world’s most
respected veterinary hospitals
proved to be a winning hand—or
hoof—for the youngster.
She’s a Fighter
Beverlea Roye-Manderbach
is the owner of Laota Spring
Farm in Sinking Spring, PA,
where Tamara Rose was born.
She says that the first signs of
trouble began in the sixth month
of the mare’s pregnancy. “She
(Chaperona) started to have some
problems and we weren’t sure
exactly what was going on. She
showed signs she was going to
abort.”
She consulted with veteri-
narians at the University of Penn-
sylvania New Bolton Center.
They put Chaperona on antibiot-
ics and hormones. “She was okay
for a while and then about maybe
eight months into it she showed
again.”
Roye-Manderbach says that
they still could not figure out
what was going on with Chap-
erona, but they put her back on
the antibiotics. The treatment
worked, but then the mare started
having problems again. They
started antibiotics again and
“then she had the baby.”
Workers at the farm found
the foal early on the morning of
October 17. Roye-Manderbach
said the baby was cold and mo-
Preemie Paso Fino filly Tamara Rose, shown at two months of age, was born so prematurely the bones in her legs and her vital organs
were not fully formed. She is shown with Dr. Michelle Linton of New Bolton, who helped the foal overcome sepsis, seizures, a blood
infection and other challenges.
Photo by Suzanne Bush
Paso Fino Foal, Born Six Weeks Premature, Is a Fighter Who Refuses to Quit
tionless, and “the mom was quite
interested in trying to get her
baby up, but the baby couldn’t
do anything.” They wrapped the
foal in blankets and put her in the
back of the car, loaded Chaperona
on the trailer and they took both
to New Bolton Center, where Dr.
Michelle Linton was waiting.
Tamara Rose’s situation was
critical. She was septic, and so
premature that the bones in her
legs had not formed completely.
“She didn’t have any bone in
her knee and her hocks. She had
some, but not much—mostly
cartilage.”
Chaperona, separated from
her baby by a gate, watched ev-
erything. “She was very attentive
to the baby. She stood over her
the whole time, watching what
was going on, just wanting to be
with her baby.” Unable to touch
the foal, and separated by a gate,
Chaperona paced and paced.
“Then Tamara Rose went into
seizures which preemies do. And
mom thought she was dying,
because every time (she had a
seizure) she became quite still
and mom became quite upset.”
Roye-Manderbach was
worried about Chaperona’s
Trainer, Stable and Camp
feature … pgs. 12-16, 18
Catch a 15-horse hitch at the
Pennsylvania Farm Show…pg. 4
Take the southeast PA Equine
Economic survey … pg. 10
It was a rough year for Pennsylvania
Thoroughbred breeders … pg. 8
…and much more!
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