After Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, I’ve been thinking a lot about Throughbred racing and the horses around which the sport is based. These athletes do go through so much at such a young age, and I think it’s wonderful that there are people and organizations that give the retirees of all ages chances to excel in second careers. A friend of mine founded Club OTTB, a website that sells adorable OTTB-inspired shirts with proceeds directly benefiting “the responsible retirement of racehorses.” Check out their Facebook page for fun pictures and to share the story of your personal OTTB!
Events Opening Today: Stoneleigh-Burnham Summer H.T (Massachusetts, A-1), Valinor Farm Summer Horse Trials (Massachusetts, A-1), Horse Park of New Jersey Horse Trials II (New Jersey, A-2), Event at Rebecca Farm (Montana, A-7), Cobblestone Farms H.T. (Michigan, A-8)
Events Closing Today: Groton House Farm H.T. (Massachusetts, A-1), Genesee Valley Hunt H.T. (New York, A-1), Horse Park of New Jersey H.T. (New Jersey, A-2), Inavale Farm HT (Oregon, A-7), Abbe Ranch H.T. (Colorado, A-9)
News and Notes:
SportAccord views equestrian sports unfavorably: Interviews of SportAccord (the global union of international sports federations) delegates have reported that equestrian sports are among those listed as declining in relevance in future years. What the heck? For graphs and possible reasons behind this trend, visit [Horsetalk]
Rebecca Broussard Travel Grant applications are due on June 15: [USEA]
Gelding sires filly: Okay, this sounds like something out of an equestrian tabloid, and I did a double-take after reading the headline. Thistledown Poposki, a gelding who competed in this year’s Badminton Horse Trials, has sired a filly via frozen semen that was collected before he was gelded. How cool is that? [Horse & Hound]
Post-war therapy from a rescue horse: Polly, a mare who was found malnourished and tangled in a fence, has become a steadfast therapy horse for war heroes suffering from injuries and PTSD. [Horse & Country]
Video of the Day: Check out the footage from the Bromont CCI*** water complex, courtesy of RNSvideomedia!