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Thursday, July 27, 2017


Thom Brede, longtime Orefield, Pa. resident, a thoroughbred breeder and top horse show judge, died April 20 at age 78

Thom Brede, 78, who lived with his wife Wissie, nee Ann Mumma, in Orefield Pa., for 20 years, where the couple bred thoroughbreds, died April 20 in Stamping Ground, Ky.

After graduating from Rutgers University in New Jersey, Brede briefly pursued a career with Humble Oil and Esso.

He competed successfully as a junior, but it was judging later on in life that made him famous throughout the industry.

Brede held  his USEF "R" license in hunters, jumpers, hunter breeding and equitation, and, for over 50 years, he judged at all the major shows throughout the United States and Canada.

His first marriage to Karen Janssen ended in 1969, and in 1971 Brede married Wissie, and they lived at her family farm near Orefield where the couple bred and trained horse, held clinics, managed horse shows  and trained young riders as well as judging.

But suburban sprawl began to threaten the farm, and in 2001 they moved to Stamping Ground, Ky., where they established their new farm.

In 1998 Brede became chairman of the American Horse Shows Association (now USEF) Licensed Officials Committee, and from 2002 to 2012 he served on the U.S Hunter Jumper Association's Hunter Breeding Task Force,

He was inducted into the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pennsylvania Horse Shows Association and in 2010 was awarded the Daniel P. Lenehan Perpetual Trophy at the Capital Challenge Horse Show in Maryland for his service as a judge.

He founded The Taterland Foundation, which helps provide underprivileged children with winter clothes, fuel and food and sponsors educational programs in Scott County, Ky.

Brede was predeceased by his wife Wissie and is survived by his sister, Marlene Hylbert of Rochester, N.Y., his daughter Jessica and her husband Larry Eisenberg of Gaithersburg, Md., and two grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Taterland Foundation, 122 Treehaven St., Gaithersburg, Md., 20878, The Thoroughbred Retirement Fund ( or to Old Friends Rescue (

Ginny Jenkins returns as Ad Director, themed ad months return with Real Estate in Sept.

Ginny Jenkins, who served as the Advertising Director of The Horse of Delaware Valley during its first 10 years from 1980 to 1990, returned as Ad Director beginning June 14.

Ginny JenkinsGinny JenkinsOne of her first improvements is to resume themed months for advertisers, beginning with Real Estate in the September issue.

Jenkins served as Advertising Director of Natural Horse Magazine for three years, is an equine photographer and created the Horses of Chester County calendar.

The Horse of Delaware Valley is now up on Facebook, and its readership grows daily, with some ads now having been read as many as 40,000 times.

Now above each story on the website on The Horse are two icons, and when a reader hovers his mouse over them, each story can be shared or shared on Facebook.

For advertisers in themed months, every advertiser will receive a story, not longer than 150 words, that the advertiser must write.

For the Real Estate issue, each advertiser can submit a photograph of one property and a story about that property. If realtors want to feature more tha one property, they can submit additional ads for each property.

The Horse reserves the right to edit all stories.

Stories will appear in the Real Estate section on the Horse's website, with the stories of the advertisers with the largest ads going first, and after that stories will appear in the order in which they are received.

Deadline for advertising in the Real Estate issue is Aug. 15.

The theme for October is Trainers, and each trainer that advertises will receive a photograph and a story.

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Need work done or want to buy or rent? Check out fencing, pond repair, engraving, auction, manure removal, rentals and real estate

Now that the rain has finally stopped and the sun has re-emerged, it’s time to put up that picket fence around your house or build the fencing you need for your pasture, and Esch’s Fencing LLC is just the place to do it.

See Esch’s ad on The Horse’s website to get a 10 percent deduction on all fencing supplies.

Esch’s has split rail, post and board, locust and pressure treated wood and steel gates to keep your horses secure.

For privacy, there’s custom wood privacy and picket fencing.

If you prefer a different type of fencing, Esch’s has vinyl coated high tensile, woven horse wire and PVF fence and railing.

Call 610-857-1676 to get started.


The Devon Fall Classic will be held Sept. 14-17 at the Devon show grounds in Devon, Pa.

Click on the banner ad at the top of the Competitions page to get full information on the Fall Classic, which offers four days of exciting show jumping competition, plus live music, shopping, food, rides and games.

The 5th annual Devon Fall Classic also features a dog agility exhibition, the annual “What a Good Dog” Contest, music and many other activities.

Crowd favorite Laura Chapot will be out to regain the championship title from Mattias Trompe, who also won the $25,000 Devon Fall Classic Saturday evening.

Call 610-964-0550 for more information,


A beautiful 39.7 acre horse farm is being auctioned on July 20 at 6 p.m., by Hess Auction Group.

The farm is located in Pequea, Pa., but the auction will be held in Manheim, Pa.

To fully appreciate this farm, you’ll want to see this fully equipped equine facility located in the unincorporated community of Pequea, which is in Lancaster County.

Pequea is where Route 324 ends at the Susquehanna River, 12 miles south of Lancaster. The Pequea Creek empties into the river in Pequea, which is pronounced "Peckway."

The farm is located at 647 Sandhill Rd., in Pequae, but the auction will be held at 768 Graystone Rd., in Manheim,

Visit or call 717-664-5238 or 877-599-8894 for more information.


With hundreds of horse farms and a number of race tracks in Chester County and surrounding areas, there are many, many people who need to rent for a season or longer, and Open Door is the place to find the best rentals in the area.

Open Door rents cottages, farmettes and studios.

It has houses for rent of various sizes and prices in and around Chester County.

Call 610-444-8600 for more information.


If you have horses, you have manure, and for small to medium size horse facilities, Equi-Roll Transport LLC is the company to contact for the best service.

Mick Powers takes a dumpster to your farm and places it where it will be convenient for you.

Then, when the dumpster is full, just call Powers and off the filled dumpster goes with a new, clean dumpster in its place.

Powers also provides bedding, which he will off-load and store in your hayloft.

Powers is prompt and polite, and the service is excellent and fairly priced.

Call 717-405-2957 for further information.


Whether you want virgin acreage that you can shape to your own dream, a small farm or an exquisite, million dollar, fully loaded horse farm, go to Holly Gross Group, a member of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services.

Stephen, Holly or Stewart will provide you with honest, professional service.

Click on the Holly Gross ad on this website, and it will take you directly to the Holly Gross website, where you can view a beautiful five bedroom house on 22.8 acres for $2.75 million or see a lovely stone five bedroom house with a pool, listed at $650,000.

If you want to create your dream home for yourself, there’s 11.7 acres available for $349,000.

Call 610-486-6544 or 610-431-1199, ext. 2266 for more information.


An equestrian property with spectacular views located in Amwell Valley, listed at $1.5 million, is offered by Weichert Realtors.

The property features a beautiful home on 67 preserved acres and is a fully equipped farm ready to move into.

Click on the ad, and it directs to you Linda Haughey’s website, where you can see additional properties offered by Haughey.

The website introduces Haughey’s services and capabilities in Hunterdon County and the surrounding area.

Call Haughey at 908-328-9304 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to visit additional houses or see additional farms.


If you would like to add a pond to your farm, or if you have a pond that needs to be repaired, check out Rob Roy Farm, which is located in Nottingham, Pa.

Robert Rohrer also clears clogged waterways, which are a problem on many area farms.

Rob Roy excavates for riding rings, for building sites and for driveways.

Rohrer mows and clears brush and clears for terraces.

He serves northern Cecil County, Chester County and southern Lancaster County.

If you have work that needs to be done on your farm, call Rohrer at 610-656-5871 or 610-656-5870.


If you want your horse to look elegant, have The Engraver engrave his or her name on a handsome nameplate attached to the halter.

The Engraver also makes stall, bridle and saddle plates, and they’re available in solid brass, solid nickel and engraver’s plastic in a wide variety of colors.

The Engraver works quickly and on site at a number of shows, and you can have a nameplate in just a few hours.

But The Engraver offers much more than just nameplates.

There are wristbands, belts and much more.

There are padded two-tone bracelets, bets, dog collars and handbags.

Have your dog’s name and your phone number engraved on a nameplate for your dog’s collar. That’s a great safety backup.

The Engraver will be at the Devon show grounds for the Brandywine Summer Series, for the Devon Fall Classic and for Dressage at Devon.

Call 610-430-0123 for more information.

Pa. Breeders’ Awards stable for four years, nationwide uniform standard For drug violations

KENNETT SQUARE, Pa.—The annual battle to prevent the state of Pennsylvania from raiding more and more money from the Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association’s Breeders’ Awards fund may be over for the next four or five years, according to both PHBA President Roger Legg and Racing Commission member Russell Jones.

Russell JonesRussell Jones“Harrisburg took $30 million from the Awards last year,” said Legg at the annual meeting of the PHBA on May 17 at the Kennett Square Golf and Country Club in Kennett Square, Pa. “They understand enough is enough. We’ll lose about what we lost last year, maybe less.”

“We have a chance for stability now,” said Legg. “We can cruise along at this level for three or four years. We can rely on steady awards and purses for the next few years.”

“So breed a lot of horses,” said Legg with a laugh.

“No more money will be takes out of the fund,” said Jones. “The racing industry is on trial. Harrisburg is watching to see if we’re good for the state. We’ve got a four or five year window to prove that he money the state is plowing back into racing is a good expenditure on their part.”

“The problem is that every two years there’s a new group of legislators,” said Jones. “The new legislators want our money. It’s all in how we approach new people and get them educated.”

The breeding and racing industry creates thousands of jobs annually, ranging from those working at stables and on farms to vets, blacksmiths, farmers who provide hay and oats, drivers who move the hay and oats, businesses that sell the tractors and mowers and on and on.

But each new legislator has to be educated to that fact.


LEGG ADMITTED that 2016 had been a bad year.

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Todd McKenna suspended for just a year, a sentence many felt too lenient. Trevor McKenna also suspend one year, both for actions at Md. Hunt Cup

For his actions at the Maryland Hunt Cup, Todd McKenna’s National Steeplechase Association owner and trainer licenses were suspended until June 1, 2018, a punishment many felt far too lenient, but, actually, the amount of leniency may be in the wording of the Steward’s ruling, “may not reapply to be licensed until June 1, 2018.”

“There’s no guarantee his license will be given to him again next June,” said Duncan Patterson, one of the three stewards, along with chairman Dwight Hall and Francis Abbott, who heard the case on May 16.

Todd’s brother Trevor’s jockey license was also revoked until June 1, 2018.

Todd was seen by a number of people kicking Serene Harbor in the stomach, presumably in an effort to keep the horse, who appeared to be colicing, from lying down on his way to the paddock in the Maryland Hunt Cup on April 29.

Serene Harbor did lie down in the paddock and was subsequently scratched from the race by the veterinarian.

Trevor rode Great Halo, who stopped at the third fence in the Hunt Cup.

Trevor was seen by the large crowd around the fence to punch Great Halo.

The Maryland Hunt Cup Stewards suspended both brothers and referred the matter to the Stewards Advisory Committee for further review and determination of ultimate penalty.

The numerous people contacted by The Horse of Delaware Valley all criticized the terrible tempers of both brothers, the stupidity of their actions in front of thousands of spectators, the black eye they gave steeplechasing and their complete and utter lack of horsemanship.

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