Doctor JamesAugust 2014 – Doct0r James is currently competing at the Preliminary Level in Eventing and recently successfully completed his first one star event.
From Tiffany Wandy, Jame’s owner: Two and a half years ago, I finally found myself in a position to own a horse again. I had just finished graduate school and decided that I wanted to find the perfect OTTB to partner with in eventing. Day after day, I pored over online ads and watched countless videos of young prospects. I called many owners and tried many horses. None of them were quite right.
One night I was out with non-horsey friends and one asked me whether finding the right horse was like experiencing a “Say Yes to the Dress” moment. I responded with something less dramatic, a brief explanation of proper conformation, a trainable attitude, and natural athleticism. The next morning, I set off early to see two horses in Virginia. Neither one was exactly what I was looking for, but there was still time left in the day for a visit to Leighton Farm to meet Kim Clark and her horses.
I had emailed Kim previously about a gray mare that had been listed on her website. She told ...
FOLLOWING SATDNITEJUKBOX – Your Gifts Continue to GiveIn our Spring Newsletter, we told you about Satdnitejukbox. At the age of 10 years old, he had been stuck at the track for over 15 months after his last race with no prospects to get off until TPR got involved
Due to the generosity of donors like you, the TAA, TCA and ASPCA, he was able to get to foster giver, Sandra Tilghman and begin training for a new life after his race career ended.
Now just six months later, “Record” is a successful show horse for two young riders! He has gained over 100 pounds, healed from the skin disease and received flatwork basics and beginning jump training.
Expert handling coupled with his easy going nature has made him a perfect fit for young riders to have success at the local shows.
Record now has a solid future as a show AND pleasure horse! He will be offered to a qualified home so that Sandra can take on yet another retired racer and work her magic.
“Without the many supporters, “Record” would still be at the track waiting for a chance at a new life,” stated Kimberly Clark.
ROCKY TIMES AND KATIE FREI REPRESENT! Because of You, He is in the Right HandsSome retired racehorses are so athletic, so high strung and reactive that only the advance rider is a good fit. This isn’t a problem so long as the horse gets into the right hands. Rocky Times is one of those “high strung Thoroughbreds,” but lucky for him he got into the right hands so his hyper-reactiveness proved to be a great asset in his new career – Three Day Eventing.
Rocky Times wasn’t much of a racehorse, but once he got into the hands of Katie Frei, he became an incredible success as a Three-Day Eventer. “Houdini,” as Katie calls him, has risen to the top of his second career, successfully completing his first 4 Star Event at Rolex Kentucky, this year—the top level of difficulty in the eventing world.
It is because of the funds we receive from donors like you that horses like Rocky Times which were once less than mediocre can—in the right hands—rise to stardom in a second career. You make it possible for us to get race horses into the best possible hands. Our having such latitude allows each graduate from TPR to find his best career and eventually become ambassadors for the Thoroughbred. Thoroughbreds are bred ...
A SOLDIER SAVES A SOLDIER – Your Support at WorkAs “Soldier” stood on the line at the auction in New Holland, he wondered how he had gotten there. Frightened and alone, he did everything asked of him, even being ridden through the auction – he never took a wrong step.
Somehow he knew he was in trouble – this wasn’t a good place to be. “Soldier” didn’t know what was going to happen, but it was obvious by his “battle scars” he’d been through a lot. As luck would have it, someone bought him and got him out of there. Now he was on a farm, with a friend and he was safe – right?
The reality was that Soldier was living on borrowed time and he didn’t even know it. Once the new owners discovered that Soldier had vision issues in both eyes, they didn’t want him. If a home wasn’t found for him soon, he would be sent back to the sale to try his luck again with the kill buyers. Soldier’s need was urgent, but available TPR funds had already been devoted to horses like Mint, Midnight, and Sharon. One of the saddest things about our work is that there is always another – and another.
However, TPR sprang ...
The Breeder’s Bridge to High Performance Contest was hosted by JMS Sales and Beezie Madden. We submitted this video of Star. She ended up the winner and went to the Madden’s Cazenovia, New York Training Center to be ridden by top rider, Callie Schott under their training program in August 2012 for 90 days training. Click here to read about it.
Beautiful Star had been off the track since the age of two, being hacked and allowed to grow by a loving owner. Then at five years old she began serious work at Leighton Farm.
As she built strength, her incredible potential became obvious.
Star is 16 hands and has no vices. Click here to see all of her videos. See her only dressage show and first show ever! She won both classes with a 66% and 67%!
John Madden Sales, Inc. Announced Breeder’s Bridge to High Performance Contest Semi-Finalist!
“Cazenovia, NY – April 11, 2012 – After careful review of 139 applications, John Madden Sales, Inc. is pleased to announce the semi-finalists for the Breeder’s Bridge to High Performance Contest. Entries were received from an impressive and wide variety of backgrounds and bloodlines.”
Star shows great potential in everything she does. With the jumping, ...
Rocky Times – From Untalented Racehorse to Super Talented EventerHoudini, JC name Rocky Times is an Advanced Level Eventer
September 24, 2012 – Hey Kim – here are some photos of our Rocky Times (Houdini now) and a blurb about him.
“I found him on your website as a 3yo and bought him as a gift for my boyfriend at the time who was generous enough to let me ride his Intermediate horse for a summer and go to NAYRC on it. Hewie was to be his thank you present. I bought him in the fall and for 3 nights straight he wiggled out of his blanket without undoing any of the straps. That is how he got his name Houdini and we called him Hewie for short.
Hewie has always been a shy horse. He is a very nervous and spooky type. I took him to a few starter horse trials and he won them all. My boyfriend then took over the ride and he went to his first recognized horse trial. It was all a bit too much for Hewie and he literally ran away from the first jump on cross country, through the ropes and back to the trailer.
The relationship didn’t last much longer and I took a job ...
ATM Machine – A VERY special horse.December 24, 2009 – Greetings Kimberly,
I wanted to send a quick note to let you know that Bling is doing great and I adore him!! He has such a great personality and a sense of humor to boot! I have ridden a few tines but the weather got the best of me and I have been unable to get back on. I wanted to send a picture of me riding him and his attempt to be a reindeer for Christmas. 🙂
I will keep up with the pictures and updates to let you know how he is doing. I greatly appreciate what you do in finding these wonderful horses a new life.
Wishing you and yours a safe and happy Holiday Season and a fabulous New Year!!
(Rhonda passed away in 2009. TPR was there to help “Bling”, now called “Moe”, find a new home.)
From his current owner~Always having had OTTBs since I was a kid, a friend directed me to TPR where I found ATM Machine, aka Moe Jackson. Since getting Moe, we’ve had fun eventing, fox hunting, trail riding, showing hunters, jumpers, dressage and even western pleasure! He is absolutely the sweetest most compassionate horse!! Thank you so much to TPR ...
THE MARYLAND THOROUGHBRED CHARITY HORSE SHOW – Donor Gifts Make Dreams Come True! The Maryland Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show to benefit TPR was a wonderful success this year. Sure, it was a great fundraiser for our work, but it was much more than that.
The horses we serve are so very lucky to have the best volunteers in the world! The show is planned, put together and run by people who have full time jobs and still find the time to devote to this wonderful event held to support the horses that TPR assists.
It would take an entire newsletter to tell the story of all the people who came together to make the 2nd Annual MTCHS a success, but the horses thank them all. Each and very one of them is an integral part of the work TPR does each and every day. I would like to share one of the many heartwarming stories that occurred during the show this year.
Erin Flannery and her mom came all the way from North Carolina to volunteer and support TPR. They adopted Stormin’ Hot from us last year. He is Erin’s first horse and a dream come true. What follows is something she wrote in her own words about what having “Bene” had meant to her and ...
JUST DAVID – Anything But Just Another Horse Your donor contributions made it possible for this seemingly ordinary gelding to prove that amazing things do come in small packages!
Everyone seems to want a big, young and flashy thoroughbred…
Taxi was none of these things. He was a small, slight, plain eight year old Thoroughbred gelding.
“I will always remember him as he had a sweet but sad face, and also a crudely shaven patch on his neck. I asked why it was there…”to make it easier for the vet to find the vein,” the owner said matter-of-factly. “He is sour to racing,” he added.
Registered name, Just David had raced in 49 consecutive races earning only $25,000 over 5 years. It was well past time for him to retire. Finally, when the time, came TPR answered the call and facilitated his placement with the perfect home.
Taxi is now a beloved member of the family and an accomplished Hunter/Jumper competitor. No more is he the “also ran” at the racetrack. His confidence has soared over each jump and new pursuit. Taxi brings the big heart he had as a racehorse to all he does.
Thank you for making this future for Just David possible.
NO TEARS FOR MEANT EVERY TEAR – What Happens to Young Colt with Chips in his Knee? If he is lucky, TPR is able to get involved. Because of you, we can take this beautiful boy to a foster farm, castrate him and let him down from racing. After all, colts are the most difficult to find homes for while geldings are the easiest. You made this possible for Meant Every Tear.
He is out of harm’s way on a lovely foster farm recovering; looking forward to his new life . Your contribution gave him a future.
Sadly, not every horse is lucky enough to receive this kind of ending to is race career.
Together, we will provide more happy endings in 2014.