Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Fall For Horses Charity Horse Show in photos... NJ and Thoroughbreds: Perfect Together

Volunteers are gearing up in Maryland for next weekend's Furlongs to Fences Thoroughbred Show. The following week, Virginia kicks off the November Thoroughbred Celebration Horse Show. But this past weekend, Thoroughbreds ruled the Garden State.  
On Sunday, the Fall For Horses All Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show was hosted at the Horse Park of New Jersey by Second Call Thoroughbred Adoption and Placement, a registered nonprofit organization dedicated to New Jersey’s off-track Thoroughbreds. Serving as the exclusive aftercare program for Monmouth Park, Second Call's mission is to assist and ensure that retired racehorses find a second career. 

In addition to picture-perfect weather and over 30 diverse Thoroughbred-only classes, the show featured an eclectic group of vendors (food, gifts, equine/pet supplies, radio stations, volunteer organizations), pumpkin painting, book signings, raffles, special racehorse guests, prizes, and kids' games.
It's not easy to keep an event as big as a horse show running smoothly, but the NJ volunteers made Sunday's outing a wonderful success. It was a well-organized show, with helpful volunteers, great prizes, and a very fun atmosphere. I rarely show my horse, but I think that even I could be convinced to enter a few classes next year.  
Highlights of the day were the $1500 hunter stakes class, sponsored by Turning For Home, and a $250 jumper stakes class sponsored by Brandon W. Furlong, M.V.B. Equine Veterinarian, but the varied prize list also included dressage, costume, equitation, itty-bitty jumper, and fresh-off-the-track classes.

 Although I only had a little time to spend at the show that morning, I was treated to a dazzling display of what the Thoroughbred has to offer, from graceful dressage horses, to elegant hunters, to high-octane jumpers, to game equitation horses, to classy in-hand models.

Tyra Wiegers, trainer Emily Daignault, and Zreasun (1-0-0-0; $0)

I was delighted to see a few familiar faces, both from the racing world and from the rescue world. The last time I saw Fagedaboudit Gal, she was very thin and sore, and was sold to the feedlot at Camelot Auction. 

Fagedaboudit Gal (30-2-2-1; $86,932)
Now, she is sleek, shiny, and sound, thanks to Second Call Thoroughbred Adoption and Placement and her new owner. During the show, she greeted visitors and happily accepted carrots from fans.

Fagedaboudit Gal (30-2-2-1; $86,932)
Fagedaboudit Gal (30-2-2-1; $86,932)
Fagedaboudit Gal (30-2-2-1; $86,932)
Here are a few other horses who might be familiar faces to racing fans:
Stakes winner Fleet Valid (28-9-6-5; $382,516)
Stakes winner Fleet Valid (28-9-6-5; $382,516) and Erin Inman
Thewifedoesntknow (32-3-7-4; $95,144) and Carole Davison

Sher Got A Shot (4-1-0-0; $10,045) and Kirstyn Nuenson

Oula Moola (4-1-0-0; $11,400) and Madison Dorschutz
Saintly Sir (1-0-0-0; $250) and Jennifer Duelfer
True George (17-3-2-3; $45,016) and Melissa Smith
Hearts Flashy Fire (67-7-8-9; $178,421) and Damon Sheppard

Horses and Hope 2013 Calendar
With the help of Gina Keesling of HoofPrints, my 2012 debut calendar contained over 100 photos of auction horses. Thanks to the support of horse lovers all over, it raised nearly $40,000 for One Horse At A Time, helping hundreds of horses in need directly, and untold others indirectly through increased public awareness. Now that we have one calendar's worth of experience to draw upon, the 2013 version promises to be even more exciting, even more creative, and as always, inspirational and positive.  

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