Maryland-bred Horse of the Year Ben's Cat always takes a winter break. This year's came in Virginia, at Stephanie Nixon's Horseshoe Hill Farm. TIHR's Maggie Kimmitt stopped in to see the veteran turf star, who will be back in action for owner/trainer/breeder King Leatherbury soon, a few weeks ago. Click on the photo below to launch a gallery.
America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred is back in action. With regular partner Phillip Dutton aboard, Icabad Crane graduated to the preliminary level at the Full Gallop Farm Horse Trials in Aiken, S.C. Feb. 25. The 10-year-old New York-bred finished a strong third with no penalties in the cross country or show jumping phases of the competition. This same farm was the site of Icabad Crane’s debut in eventing just 11 months ago.
It’s official. Icabad Crane is “America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred.” Graham and Anita Motion’s up-and-coming event horse bested competitors from nine other disciplines Sunday at Pimlico Race Course during the Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium.
When Keri Brion got wind that Sportswriter was being retired, she jumped at the chance to play a role in his second career. Brion, assistant to Jonathan Sheppard, had kept her eye on the gray gelding ever since her fiancé, Andrew Wolfsont, had ridden him for trainer Kim Graci.
Cold enough for you? As the Arctic air grips the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic racing states, Thoroughbreds of all shapes and sizes are training in sunnier climates. TIHR's Maggie Kimmitt dug into the photo drawer and found some 2014 images from popular winter training ground Camden, South Carolina. They can't help but bring a little warmth. Spring's just around the corner. Right? Right?
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Icabad Crane is continuing his steady progress up the ladder in three-day eventing. He makes his debut at training level today at the Fair Hill Summer Horse Trials with Olympian Phillip Dutton in the saddle. During a recent visit, Dutton had plenty to say about Icabad Crane – his education, his work ethic, and his ever-burgeoning fan base.
Some of North America’s stalwart stallions and other up-and coming second-crop sires were in the headlines again last weekend.
Joe and Jack Clancy stopped off at Northview Stallion Station and Heritage Stallions on the way to Salisbury University (where Jack is a freshman) Sunday afternoon. The stallions looked great, the people were optimistic, the food was great and the weather was superb. Taken with an iPhone, these photos won't rival Tod Marks any time soon, but they are a glimpse at some of the happenings at the two farms near Chesapeake City. Click on the photo to launch the slideshow.
Just back from international competition at the Luhmuhlen CCI four-star in Germany, Phillip Dutton was admittedly pleased and impressed with Icabad Crane’s progress over the past few weeks.