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Erin Harty

October 6, 2014

Icabad Crane Crowned As Most Wanted Thoroughbred

Icabad Crane came up a little short on his previous trip to Pimlico Race Course, finishing third to Big Brown in the 2008 Preakness Stakes.

Given a second chance, however, he came out on top—only this time it was in his new career as an event horse, with Phillip Dutton and daughter Olivia taking turns in the irons.

October 7, 2013

Vaulting, Bridleless And Hounds—The Thoroughbred Did It All

On Day 2 of the Retired Racehorse Training Project's Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, held Oct. 6 at Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore, Md., you could almost forgive spectators for being a little ho-hum about seeing yet another attractive, talented, and workmanlike green Thoroughbred, going about his or her job with poise on the track's homestretch.

October 6, 2013

Yes, I Can Do That

If anyone ever had doubts that Thoroughbreds can do, quite literally, any job humans can think up for them, Day 1 of the Retired Racehorse Training Project's Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium cleared that misconception right up. 

February 26, 2013

OTTBs Leaving The Racetrack Behind

It turns out that five weeks is a pretty long time in the life of a green horse.

February 20, 2013

The 100-Day Challenge Is All About Showing Diversity In OTTBs

Steuart Pittman, Jr., is president of the Retired Racehorse Training Project, and owns and operates Dodon Farm in Davidsonville, Md., where the four horses participating in the 100-Day Thoroughbred Challenge are learning about their new careers.

January 21, 2013

OTTBs Getting A Fresh Start

Like you'd expect from any activity involving green horses, the 100-Day Thoroughbred Challenge offered spectators at the Maryland Horse World Expo, Jan. 18-20 in Timonium, Md., some thrills, spills and surprises. But it also offered inspiration (to ride better), information (on why Thoroughbreds off the track do some of the things they do), and a solid case made on behalf of ex-racers as excellent sport horses-in-waiting.

November 13, 2012

Ex-Racers Get Their Own Shoppers’ Showcase At TBs For All

It used to be that if you wanted to check out a promising horse coming off the racetrack, you needed an “in”—someone who could get you access to the backstretch and put you in touch with race horse trainers who might have good sport horse candidates. Those two universes—”race horse people” and “sport horse people”—well, it was often a case of “never the twain shall meet.”

July 17, 2012

Thoroughbred-Only Horse Show Proves The Finish Line Is Just The Start

On a muggy afternoon in July, the infield at Pimlico Race Course rumbled with the sound of galloping hooves of a different kind—an all-Thoroughbred horse show designed to showcase the versatility of the breed and raise funds for rehoming organizations.

August 7, 2009

Unraveling Matters Of The Heart

At the U.S. Eventing Association Safety Summit in the summer of 2008, it became apparent that there are many more questions than there are answers when it comes to some of the troubles that have bedeviled the sport of eventing.

But in at least one area, that’s going to change.

The USEA Cardiovascular Study Task Force has been teleconferencing regularly since the Safety Summit and is preparing to collect some baseline data on what happens to a horse’s heart and lungs during the cross-country phase via a pilot study at the Plantation Field CIC*** (Pa.) in September.

March 6, 2009

Celebrating 10 Years Of The Chronicle's Bulletin Board

The year was 1999. The Dow Jones Industrial Average had just closed above 10,000 for the first time. President Bill Clinton had recently been acquitted in his impeachment trial. The movie The Matrix had just opened in theaters, and pop singer Britney Spears’ debut single “… Baby One More Time” was atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Google was not yet a verb—merely a newly launched search engine prototype. And the Chronicle opened the virtual doors on its online discussion forum.

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