September 2014 Issue - page 1

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PERMIT 280
LANC., PA 17604
Vol. 21 No.9
Our 21st Year
1993-2014
September 2014
Inside...
Proposal would require $30 license to ride on
PA Game Lands … pg. 32
Ordinance would restrict number of horses on
Chester County farms … pg. 9
Penn National Race Course clocker pleads
guilty to wire fraud … pg. 18
Feral Nokota horses provide growth and
learning therapy to humans…pg. 34
Pennsylvania Equestrian welcomes Phyllis
Hurdleston … pg. 16
... and much more!
Photo © Rein Photography
Rico Suave, shown in the insert upon seizure from a starvation situation, is a personable horse who
loves to hang out with his new trainer, Kimberlee Strauss. Kimberlee and Rico will compete at the
Equine Comeback Challenge at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show October 14, then Rico will
be available for adoption.
Photo credit: Kimberlee Strauss/ECC
There’s an interesting ex-
periment underway, the results
of which will be unveiled in
Harrisburg, PA in October. Is
it possible for a group of horses
that have been so badly mistreat-
ed they are lucky to be alive,
regain trust in humanity and
become useful riding compan-
ions – or more?
Rico Suave is the name
rescuers gave to an 8 year old
thoroughbred stallion who was
seized with 14 other emaciated
horses from a farm so covered in
junk, “it looked as though a B52
flew over with roll-off dump-
sters and bombed the place with
garbage,” rescuers said.
Humane officers found two
dead horses, both still wearing
their halters and racing shoes,
partially eaten by coyotes. The
others were locked in a ramshack-
le barn or fenced into a barely
Horses Lucky to Be Alive
Train for a Career in the
Equine Comeback Challenge
Finals to Be Held at the PNHS
half acre paddock of mud. Those
had resorted to eating the bark off
trees and the wooden fence posts.
The tiny paddock was strewn
with debris – old building mate-
rials, scrap pieces of metal, old
wooden boards with nails poking
out of them, old farm equipment
and appliances, pieces of cars and
trailers. The humane officer said
they were “in the worst condition
[I’ve] ever seen for horses,” and
had body scores of at best 1.5 to
2 (out of 9 in the Henneke Body
Condition Scoring System). One
horse had a broken leg that had
gone untreated for a month or
more. Another had injured itself on
the debris in the paddock and had
a large, festering wound.
Their 53 year old owner, who
had obtained them from a nearby
racetrack, was convicted of 15
(Continued on page 12)
Currently competing, and
winning, in Europe, the Unit-
ed States Show Jumping team
is letting the world know it is
ready for the World Cup Finals
and beyond. These same horses
will travel back to the USA
US Team Heads to Harrisburg for PA National Horse Show
for the Pennsylvania National
Horse Show, held at the Farm
Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA
October 9–18. Last year’s show
jumping competition was domi-
nated by the riders from Ireland.
Come cheer on the USA riders as
they seek to reclaim top honors at
one of America’s most competi-
tive events.
With more than $485,000 in
prize money, 1,400 horses and
(Continued on page 38)
Pennsylvania National Horse Show Preview
Overview...page 4
Special Events...page 6
Vendors...page 8
Grand Prix...page 10
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