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May 2010 - Synthetic Surfaces Debate Rages On
Back in late March the world's richest horse race was staged on a Tapeta synthetic track. Gloria de Campeao-- owned by a Swede and trained by a Frenchman in England-- captured the $10-million Dubai World Cup in a thrilling three-way photo finish.
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May 2010 - Eventer Jane Sleeper Still Aiming for the Top at Age 60
The saying is old but true: Age really is just a number to eventer and Coatesville resident Jane Sleeper, as she made her third run in four years at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event in April. At 60, not much deters Sleeper from successfully navigating the highest levels of eventing competition in the world, embracing horsemanship, and taking an active role in the equestrian community around her.
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May 2010 - Rafter Wins Both Top Prizes at 80th Radnor Hunt Races
Whenever you have a winner, you celebrate, and jockey Carl Rafter had plenty to celebrate at the Radnor Hunt Races. Rafter won both of the biggest prizes of the day with Keystone Thoroughbreds' Meet at Eleven in The Radnor Hunt Cup, and then The National Hunt Cup, aboard Country Cousin, owned by Oakwood Stable. That was not quite enough for the rider, who finished out the final race of the day with a win on Chadds Ford Stables' Saluda Sam.
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May 2010 - Owners, Jockeys Have Up and Down Day at Willowdale Steeplechases
Steeplechasing is full of ups and downs in addition to the jumping. At the Willowdale Steeplechases, held on a cold and windy May 9 in Kennett Square, PA, you could go from the winners' circle to DNF in one race.
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April 2010 - Quaremba's Refusal Sacrifices 50 Length Lead at Plumsted Farm Races
At the 10th annual running of the Plumsted Farm Races, Sun. April 18 in London Grove, Pa, Quaremba, owned by Donald Cochran and trained by Paddy Neilson, was blowing away his competitors in the Marshall W. Jenney & Richard I G Jones Memorial Cup Heavyweight Race. There were just two other horses in the field, No Cares (owned and ridden by Conrad Somers) and Move Up Stable's Delarun, a late switch from the Novice Race.
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April 2010 - Mrs. Hannum: Conscience of the Countryside
The news spread like a gusty March wind. It streamed through the rolling countryside of her beloved Unionville where spring was taking a crack at pushing winter away. Nancy Penn Smith Hannum had passed away on Tuesday evening, March 30.
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April 2010 - Radnor Races Celebrates 80th Running, Benefits Conservation
As long as they race steeplechase horses, stories will be swapped about Joe Aitcheson, Jr. With steely determination, stellar balance and wonderful hands, Aitcheson had an uncanny knack for finding the shortest way home.
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April 2010 - Horses at Penn National Now Face Happier Retirement
April, it turns out, is not the cruelest month if you happen to be a race horse on the verge of retirement. That's because in late March the owners of Penn National Race Course in Grantville, PA announced a new policy regarding the fates of race horses that can no longer race. Christopher McErlean, Vice President/Racing for Penn National Gaming, the company that operates the Grantville race track, says the policy has been in the works for some time.
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April 2010 - Grand Prix Rider Callan Solem Relocates to Chester Springs
Grand Prix rider Callan Solem has relocated her show stable to Chester Springs, PA. While Solem will continue to winter in Florida, she is embarking on a new business venture in Chester County, Pennsylvania with property owners Virginia and Collin McNeil.
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March 2010 - A Natural Approach Sets Trainer Jonathan Sheppard Apart!
Far from Kentucky's majestic stables, Jonathan Sheppard runs his operation out of a late 19th century dairy barn converted for racehorses.
Inside the main barn, a cluster of thick leather and brass halters hang from an overhead hook. A chestnut filly gets a foot trimming with very little fuss. A veterinarian administers vaccinations. Off in a corner a mash of hot oats is brewing in a steel kettle. Horses poke their heads out of adjoining stalls, while a pair of crescent horned goats wander at will keeping both animals and humans company.
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March 2010 - Willow Lake Farm Leads Horse Farms' Switch to Solar Energy

"I just think we use too much stuff. Too much of everything," Ellen Lea says, considering the world's dependence on fossil fuels, and the environmental damage that dependence creates. "There's got to be a bottom to everything, but not solar energy. I really feel like the carbon footprint is important," she explains, "I feel like this is doing my part." Lea is part of a fast-growing contingent of land owners who have made the leap to alternative energy. In a couple of months, engineers from Penn Renewables of Quakertown, PA will begin installation of panels that will convert the house, the barns and the stables to solar energy.
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March 2010 - Pennsylvania Cowgirl takes Extreme Cowboy Races by Storm
Sally Addington of Polk, Pa., vividly remembers watching Craig Cameron's Extreme Cowboy Races on television. The races' emphasis on horsemanship and speed mesmerized her, and the tricky series of obstacles for horse and rider to navigate only made her more eager try her hand at this up-and-coming discipline.
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March 2010 - Be a Hero. Learn to Save Your Horse
Ed Childers is the kind of guy you want to have around in an emergency. When he's not working his day job as a manufacturer's representative for Siemens, or hanging out with his horses, he's a volunteer firefighter with the North Strabane Township Fire Department in Canonsburg, near Pittsburgh. But Childers the firefighter and horse lover turned into Childers the teacher after a barn fire at the Meadows Racetrack and Casino.
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March 2010 - Penn National Jockeys' Mutiny Sinks Owner Michael Gill
Score one for the jockeys. And their sport's image. Controversial owner Michael Gill, who led all North American owners in wins and purse earnings in 2009, is liquidating his stable so that he can leave racing. Again. Gill’s actions were the result of the firestorm that erupted following two breakdowns at Penn National Race Course in late January. Since the early 2000’s Gill has operated out of Elk Creek Ranch, a large training center in Oxford, Pa.
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February 2010 - Be a Hero. Learn to Save Your Horse
Ed Childers is the kind of guy you want to have around in an emergency. When he’s not working his day job as a manufacturer’s representative for Siemens, or hanging out with his horses, he’s a volunteer firefighter with the North Strabane Township Fire Department in Canonsburg, near Pittsburgh. But Childers the firefighter and horse lover turned into Childers the teacher after a barn fire at the Meadows Racetrack and Casino.
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February 2010 - Building Trust Key in Overcoming Starting Gate Issues
If you tuned into the Breeders Cup races last November you saw two days of spectacular racing at Santa Anita Park with a backdrop of the majestic San Gabriel mountains.
You also witnessed the frightening sight of Quality Road refusing to enter the starting gate for the most anticipated race of the weekend, the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. In the weeks leading up to the Kentucky Derby he was considered the horse to beat, but never made it to Louisville because of foot issues.
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February 2010 - Eighth Annual Pennsylvania Horse World Expo Features Top Clinicians, Theatre Equus
The weather outside may be frightful, but inside the 25-acre climate-controlled Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center, tens of thousands of horse enthusiasts will be warm and comfy and dreaming of the warm weather riding season to come. The eighth annual Pennsylvania Horse World Expo will bring the nation's leading equestrian clinicians and entertainers, and tens of thousands of horse owners eager to learn from them, to Harrisburg, PA, for four non-stop days of education, entertainment and shopping, February 25-28.
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February 2010 - Jousting Comes to Pennsylvania
Jousting is the state sport in Maryland, but so far it has only made small inroads into Pennsylvania. A group of riders based in southern York County would like to see that change and are hoping the sport will grow through the Pennsylvania Jousting Club.
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February 2010 - Kate Miller—With Lots of Help--Creates Happy Ending for Keystone Wallis
When Kate Miller was just 6 years old, a gray Standardbred named Keystone Wallis was the horse of her dreams. Twenty years later, Miller still remembered her dream horse, and came to the mare’s rescue when she was facing the killers at auction.
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February 2010 - A Look Back at Super Sire Storm Cat
Born to greatness, he will be remembered as a special racehorse and a magnificent stallion.
On the southeastern edge of Lexington's blue grass country, there is a dark bay horse strolling his hillside three-acre paddock. His name is Storm Cat. For most of the past 15 years, he had been the most valuable horse in the world.
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February 2010 - Three PA Horses Are Among 2009 Dan Patch Award Winners
Three of the twelve winners of the United States Harness Writers’ Association 2009 Dan Patch Awards, announced on December 28, 2009, have Pennsylvania connections. The three, Broadway Schooner, Lucky Jim and Buck I St Pat, will be honored at the organization’s annual awards dinner, to be held February 28 at Yonkers Raceway in New York.
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