Meet Pittsburgh’s New Police Horse

October 18th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Guiness.Photo: Pittsburgh Public Safety Department Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was looking for ways to cut their budget in 2003. Terminating the nearly century year old mounted police unit was just one of many difficult decisions made that year. This spring the city announced that they were looking at ways to bring the mounted unit back. The [...]

First Horse Show Powered by Manure

October 6th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

The electricity used at this year’s Helsinki International Horse Show will be produced entirely with horse manure at Fortum’s Järvenpää power plant. Producing the energy needed for the event requires the annual manure output of 14 horses. This is the first time in the world that the electricity for a major horse show will be produced entirely with horse [...]

Klimke Clinches Gold

August 24th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Ingrid Klimke receives her Individual Gold medal. Photo Courtesy equipe-foto.de Ingrid Klimke, 49, won her first individual gold medal at the FEI European Eventing Championship in Poland this week. Ingrid competed with her 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding, Horseware Hale Bob OLD, aka “Bobbie”. In addition to the individual gold medal, Ingrid won silver as [...]

Dallas Welcomes More Asses

August 23rd, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

There’s lots to celebrate at the Dallas Zoo! Not one but two rare Somalia Wild Ass foals were born in July. Kalila (“dearly loved” in Arabic) was born to Liberty on July 9 and Naima (“calm” in Arabic) born to Hani July 19. Abai their sire arrived at the Dallas Zoo in 2005 on loan from [...]

Celebrating Ruffian

July 7th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , , , |

“As God is my judge, she might be better than Secretariat…” (Lucien Laurin, Secretariat’s trainer, quoted in the Blood Horse’s Thoroughbred Legends: Ruffian) She was born April 17, 1972 at Clairborne Farm, Kentucky, owned and bred by the Janney family of Maryland. Born into a royal bloodline her dam, Shenanigans, was the daughter of Native [...]

SHE won the first Belmont Stakes – Ruthless

June 9th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , , |

She was owned and bred by Francis Morris of New York, foaled on Morris’s farm in Throgg’s Neck, New York. Her sire, Eclipse, and dam, Barbarity, were both imported. Morris bred the pair repeatedly producing several colts who accomplished little on the track but several award winning fillies. Track folks referred to the group of daughters [...]

The Derby’s First Female Jockey – Diane Crump

May 5th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , , |

Someone was going to be the first, the first woman jockey. In 1964, a petite 16-year-old dynamo received her license to gallop thoroughbreds at Sunshine Park (now Tampa Bay Downs). It was never her intent to break down sexist’s barriers, she just wanted to race horses. Diane's first race (center) By 1969 Diane Crump [...]

Dancer’s Image Won the Derby then Lost the Derby

May 2nd, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , , |

In 1968 Dancer’s Image won the Kentucky Derby by 1 ½ lengths guided by jockey, Bobby Ussery. Three days later he was disqualified and the second place horse, Forward Pass, was deemed the Derby winner. It was the first time in the Derby’s 133-year history that a winner was disqualified. So what happened? Was it Professor [...]

Pony Hugs Provide Relief for Stressed Airport Travelers

April 25th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

This past week America’s airports have been a source of news, not good.  Bad behavior exhibited by the airlines included dragging a man from his seat and breaking his nose and a flight attendant who brought a mother to tears when he wrenched a stroller from her hands. Flying is unnerving even on a good day. [...]

Historical Footnotes – Failed Olympic Equestrian Events

August 15th, 2016|Categories: Features|Tags: , , |

In modern times, the Olympics have indulged some downright strange competitions, many seem more appropriate of picnics and county fairs than a sporting event showcasing the world’s most elite athletes. When I was a kid, we used to do this in the neighbor’s pool oblivious that it was once a heralded Olympic event - the Distance [...]