Peyton Place- Update 16

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Peyton had an easy month, including mainly trail riding and a few fitness rides. We are continuing our dressage lessons. The plan was to go to a dressage show this week, however, the horse show entries were full. We plan to enter a dressage show in August and compete at the St. Augustine horse trials, which is similar to the one we competed in earlier this year. Please visit MAHR Team Peyton Place RRP 2020 Facebook page to follow Peyton’s training until the new 2021 Mega Makeover. To read Peyton's previous update, please click here.
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Getting her final set of x-rays Two months ago, I shared with you the story of our club's generous funding of the rehabilitation of Spooky Moon. (If you haven't read about it, I encourage you to do so now.) At the time of that original article's publication, Spooky Moon had been in the care of TRRAC for a little over two weeks. She had seen some progress, even in the early stages of her rehab. Now I'm pleased to announce that not only has she completed her rehab, but she also has found her forever home! Spooky Moon and her…
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Shamrock Kid, a five year old gelding, was claimed for our club at Monmouth in October 2020. Trained by Jesse Cruz, he moved to Charles Town and earned two wins for us last fall and winter. Unfortunately, during morning training on March 17th, 2021, Shamrock suffered a life-ending injury. His co-owners were deeply saddened by the news and suggested we do something in memory of this special horse. Following our normal procedures, I reviewed Shamrock's financials and shared with his co-owners that he had a positive return. Whenever there is a positive return on a horse, I ask for a…
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Peyton Place- Update 13

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Submitted by Alyssa Kelly Since our last update, Peyton has been braving the terrible snow and ice storms in Maryland. This meant no foxhunting or fun trail riding, so we were stuck indoor all month. I am very grateful for the indoor that we have, which enables us to be able to still ride in the terrible winter months, but it gets a tad boring from time to time. I think Peyton enjoys the outdoors for foxhunting and paper chases more. We were very excited to be able to show at C-Line Stables again last weekend for their winter jumper…
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Peyton Place- Update 12

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Submitted by Alyssa Kelly During this last month, Peyton has continued foxhunting with Wicomico Hunt Club most weekends when it’s not snowing. Last weekend Peyton competed at St. Augustine Pony Club’s jumper show at C-line stables in the 2’3” division. He placed 2nd, 4th and 5th with a young junior rider. Peyton has continued his dressage lessons working specifically on canter collection and transitions. We are looking forward to warmer weather to continue showing and getting back to the cross country field. Please visit MAHR Team Peyton Place RRP 2020 Facebook page to follow Peyton’s training until the new 2021…
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WVS Aftercare Auction

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With tracks closed to spectators, I asked our ambassadors to find a different way to engage the community. Over the past two months, we've had an assortment of activities: a mock award ceremony held pool-side (and virtually) in Florida, online trivia contests, history discussions, and an auction of thoroughbred memorabilia. Maryland ambassador, Don Walsh, suggested this aftercare auction a few months earlier. When creative alternatives for track meetups were requested, he offered to help run this auction. From our club members we solicited 37 items. Each club member suggested an opening bid and chose what percentage to donate to aftercare…
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At Wasabi Ventures Stables, we are dedicated to safe and secure aftercare not only for our own horses but for all horses. As such, almost every week we promote a retired racehorse who is available for adoption. We also interview aftercare groups on a regular basis to promote their programs. With the impact of COVID-19 affecting so many people and businesses, I decided that this month rather than interviewing a new group, I'd reach out to aftercare groups whom I'd previously interviewed to see what they need in these challenging times. Below I have listed suggestions that were shared with…
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This month’s aftercare spotlight focuses on a different type of program, the Equine Science program at the University of Minnesota at Crookston. I was able to speak with Jonathon Holland to learn more about this program and its relationship with Thoroughbred racing. MPK: Tell me a little bit about this program. JH: We offer an Equine Science major and an Equine Science Pre-vet major. In the fall of 2020 we will begin offering an Equine Business Management major. MPK: Can you tell me about the history of the Equine Science program? JH: Our program has been in existence since 1972.…
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Kind of a Big Dill – Part 8

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Kind of a Big Dill is happily recovered and training again, per our last update. His workouts are continuously improving and he is galloping into his first barrel series that starts in April. We are incredibly excited that KOABD, formerly Vineyard Harbour of WV Stables, has made such a wonderful recovery and is now ready to compete again. His trainer Samyi has been working hard to get him back into tip-top shape for his first competition. With only about two and a half months to go before the barrel races, he still has some work to do but is getting…
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Aiken Equine Rescue

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Where is Aiken Equine Rescue based? It is based in Aiken, South Carolina.  What makes your program unique? We are one of the only aftercare facilities that is also involved in racing as far as owning race horses.  The President/Executive director and his wife own race horses of their own. Because of that we are able to work from the inside out because we have developed friendships and acquaintances through the industry, whether it is through sales or direct relationships with owners, trainers, grooms, exercise riders, and jockeys.  We are pro-racing and think it is a great sport when it is done…
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