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Gene doping addressed at PHBA Annual Meeting

KENNETT SQUARE, Pa.--The ability of trainers using equine gene therapy to greatly improve the performances of their horses is apparently getting closer, according to Mary Robertson of New Bolton Center.

generic racing Presque isle CoadyRacing at Presque Isle (photo by Coady Photography)The Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association donated $300,000 to New Bolton Center to study equine gene doping, and Robertson addressed the Annual Meeting at the Kennett Square Golf Club on May 22, reporting on the use of that money.

"Gene doping is taking a gene and trying to manipulate it to make a better horse," said Robertson. "The technology has accelerated very quickly. We know it works, and it's threatening to the industry."

"We took the money PHBA gave us (for use in research), and we were able to develop a method whereby we can go out in the field and collect samples and we can also collect samples from tracks," said Robertson."We have developed a method to detect the vehicle that can inject the material into a cell. It's been six months since we received the donation, and things are moving quickly."

"People are going to start doping horses, and they can change the performance of a horse, perhaps indefinitely, unless we find a way to detect it," said PHBA President Roger Legg.

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Blue Mountain Pony Club places in Fox Hunting Challenge

NEWBURG, Pa.--Blue Mountain Pony Club of Newburg, Pa., recently placed third in the United States Pony Club's "Live Oak Hounds Fox Hunting Challenge" and was awarded a cash prize for their efforts.

Blue Mountain P.C. 1The Live Oak Hounds-USPC Foxhunting Challenge Award is made possible through the generous support of Mr. and Mrs. C. Martin Wood III, Joint Masters of the Live Oak Hounds in Monticello, Fla, and Past Presidents of the MFHA.

The award is designed to encourage Pony Club members who do not regularly hunt to try the sport, to reward those members who do hunt on a regular basis, and act as mentors to the younger and less-experienced Pony Club members.

Blue Mountain P.C. 2Awards will go to six Pony Clubs/Centers who regularly take the greatest percentage (based on total number of members) of active Pony Club members hunting, based on the required number of hunts needed by each member.

The 2019 Devon Horse Show & Country Fair Returns May 23 With Special Events Sure to Please the Entire Family

DEVON, Pa.--The Main Line is gearing up for another spectacular start to summer with the 2019 Devon Horse Show and Country Fair.

Devon fai merry go roundDevon fair merry go roundThis annual treasured tradition has benefitted Bryn Mawr Hospital for the past 100 years, with completion of a five-year $2 million pledge bringing the total donation to the hospital on behalf of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair to more than $18 million.

Complete schedules for the numerous equestrian and Country Fair events as well as ticket, raffle, and vendor information can be found on the Show’s website:

From the exceptional equestrian competition to the ever-popular Ladies Day, event highlights for the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, which runs Thursday, May 23 through Sunday, June 2, include:

▪ Thursday, May 23: Community Night, Alumni Night, Dog Show
The Show kicks off with free admission and free parking after 5PM.

Wear your spirit wear and help support local high school booster clubs promoting Conestoga High School’s football, baseball and rugby teams. Clydesdale Corner becomes Alumni Corner, welcoming all local high school grads with fun activities and special themed drinks and food specials.

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Horse Power for Life Summer camp for cancer survivors

GLENMOORE, Pa--Horse Power for Life is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides FREE therapeutic horsemanship sessions for men, women and children affected by cancer.

Horse Power summer campWe offer our services to cancer patients, survivors, and those who have lost a family member to this terrible disease.

We invite the entire family to participate and it is FREE for everyone.

Our goal is to help the individual focus on body, mind and soul rather than the disease while learning about horses in an atmosphere of professionalism, teamwork, and fun.

We also offer Summer Pony Camp to children affected by cancer.

Our Summer Pony Camp Scholarship spots are almost full.

We currently have 37 children registered and have a few spots left.

The four weeks of camp are June 17-21, July 8-12, July 29-Aug. 2 and Aug. 19-23.

The camp is located at 1646 Fairview Road, Glenmoore, Pa., 19343 and runs Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The camp if for beginner and intermediate riders, ages 5 to16 years old.

It includes horse related activities, grooming, care and riding, swimming and craft.

Campers bring their own lunch

Please contact Karen Wilson, Student Outreach Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (610) 724-4369.

Winterthur Races cancelled

WINTERTHUR, Del.--After over an hour of officials trying to make racing conditions safe, Winterthur Races were cancelled at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 5.

Photo by Ben Fournier 1 1Photo by Ben Fournier Horses came to the paddock at about 1:45 for the first race.

There is one place in the race course where horses must run across a road that goes through the field where the races are held, and after about 15 minutes people in the paddock started hearing that one of the outriders had crossed that road and his horse had slipped badly.

The rumor going around was that there had been a mat placed across the road and that mulch had covered the mat, and that officials were going to remove the mat and recover the road.

At about 2:15, it was announced that there would be a 45 minute delay, so horses were to be untacked and returned to the barn, and the first race would be run at 3 p.m.

At about 2:50 all trainers were asked to meet in the barn, and about five minutes later it was announced that the races were cancelled as it was not possible to make the track safe.

Despite the rain and chilly temperature, there were still hundreds of tail-gate picnics and lots of spectators, and prizes were awarded for the best dressed lady and the best tail-gate picnic.


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  1. U.S. team for Mexico Nations Cup on May 5
  2. Winterthur races features the Winterthur Bowl Stakes
  3. Adele Paxson, side saddle competitor at Devon and thoroughbred breeder
  4. Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Named Horse Show of the Year by National Show Hunter Hall of Fame
  5. Dolores A. Swann, Ashley Meadows Farm show manager, died Feb. 7
  6. World Cup qualifiers include Devin Ryan of Long Valley, N.J.
  7. Devon co-manager Peter Doubleday elected to the Show Jumping Hall of Fame
  8. Letter to the Editor 4
  9. Tequilita finished third in her final race before retiring to a life as a broodmare
  10. Sloane Coles elected to Foxcroft School Sports Hall of Fame
  11. Something for everyone at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair
  12. Jane Simone, former Director of Development at New Bolton, died Dec. 30
  13. Tack Swap to benefit Pa Racehorse Rehoming, Rehabilitation, and Rescue
  14. Letter to the Editor 3
  15. Letter to the Editor 2
  16. Laura Chapot is in a familiar spot, leading the Circuit Standings for Overall Jumper Rider at WEF
  17. Samuel McMichael's edits and comments on Andrews Bridge article
  18. Dispute continues despite Judge's ruling on Andrews Bridge Foxhounds
  19. All recognized steeplechase races will be steamed live starting this spring
  20. Exhibition honoring the late Phyllis Mills Wyeth
  21. Three Differences Between The American Grand National and English Counterpart
  22. Rosbrian Farm is Steeplechasing's Leading Owner, and Jack Fisher is Leading Trainer
  23. Dr. Matthew Mackay-Smith, 86, died Dec. 8
  24. Phyllis Wyeth, 78, carriage driving enthusiast and thoroughbred breeder, died Jan. 14
  25. Ryan Keefe awarded $5,000 training grant for Eventing
  26. Jessie Allred, foxhunter and owner of a Md. Hunt Cup winner, died Jan. 2
  27. Clineschmidt, Glaccum and Sherman took the top three Action photos in the Photo Contest
  28. Ricky Hendriks has 2 in contention for Eclipse Awards, two Pa-breds also in contention
  29. Phillip Dutton and Olivia LaGoy Weltz are on Eventing & Dressage Elite lists
  30. Tobey McWilliams of Oley, Pa., elected as USHJA director at-large, four Delaware Valley residents named as Discipline Directors
  31. The Kentucky Three-Day Event Receives Five-Star Status from FEI
  32. New programs at The Horse and members of its staff
  33. Ralph Caristo presented with USHJA Lifetime Achievement Award
  34. The father of Emanuel Andrade, a fixture at the WEF, to be sentenced Nov. 27 for money laundering
  35. Entries now being accepted for The Horse's 23rd Annual Photo Contest
  36. Lee McKeever, McLain Ward's longtime groom, wins the 2018 FEI Best Groom Award
  37. Top N.J. trainer J. Willard Thompson died Nov. 6 at 83
  38. Bob Levy, a top thoroughbred racehorse owner, died Nov. 7
  39. Eventing Performance Director Erik Duvander's thoughts on improving the U.S. team
  40. New York trainer Rick Violette died Oct. 21 of lung cancer
  41. Russell Jones inducted into Parx Hall of Fame
  42. The 2019 Nations Cup qualifier for the Finals will be held at Palm Beach Masters
  43. Laura Graves and Verdades first ever Americans to top FEI Dressage World Rankings
  44. Devon's new parking lot, to be competed in a couple of years, will double the present lot size.
  45. The U.S. show jumping team earned Best of September honors, announced the U.S. Olympic Committee
  46. Kathee Rengert, executive director of the Pa. Hunt Cup, died Oct. 6
  47. U.S. teams outdo themselves in 5 of 6 disciplines competed at WEG
  48. Long time Zone 2 chef d'equpe ralph Caristo wins the Old Salem Farm Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award
  49. Ronnie Houghton, jockey, trainer and breeder, dies at 79
  50. Amwell Valley Hounds on Sept. 29 has relocated to The Ridge
  51. Lynn Symansky 9th individually in Eventing, the U.S. team is eighth. Dressage Freestyle is cancelled
  52. Endurance competition cancelled at WEG, U.S. stands third halfway thru team Dressage
  53. Update to weather conditions at WEG
  54. World Equestrian Games are threatened by hurricane Florence
  55. Weg set to begin with Endurance, Dressage, Reining and Eventing scheduled for the first week
  56. Jimmy Fairclough, Misdee Miller and Chester Weber to compete in Driving at the WEG
  57. Leo Kuntz, founder of the Nokota Horse Conservancy, died
  58. The show jumping team for the WEG
  59. Pa-bred Unique Bella retired to be a broodmare after fracturing a sesamoid during a morning work on Aug. 18
  60. Renowned artist Peter Williams died Aug. 13
  61. Olympic team gold medal veteran Laura Kraut headlines U.S. show jumping team for Dublin
  62. Devon H.S. & Country Fair enjoyed a banner year
  63. U.S. Dressage team prepares for Aachen
  64. Youngsters from Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia to participate in the 2018 The National Steeplechase Foundation Domestic Young Rider Trip.
  65. Six Pony Club members received college scholarships
  66. Photo and story of Skeeter wins first in Pets & Pet Stories, Lucy and a "custom canine egress" second with the love getween the horse Thunder and the dog Mugsy third
  67. Jonathan Sheppard bred two Pa-bred champions and was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award
  68. Kenny Kraus, longtime Devon announcer, died June 26
  69. William D. Teter died
  70. 24 Delaware Valley riders in the Joe Fargis clinic for the Emerging Athletes Program
  71. "The Mission", Bank Official Dreams Big, Risks All in New Novel by J. Willard Thompson
  72. Norman Dello Joio and Authentic two of four inducted into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame
  73. Letter to the Editor
  74. Sports betting in long prepared Delaware and New Jersey will benefit horsemen
  75. Eugene duPont Weymouth, top steeplechase jockey and trainer, died June 11
  76. Fair Hill receives $1 million funding to upgrade facility
  77. Pennsylvania lags behind neighboring states in getting a share from legalized sports betting for horsemen
  78. NEW CONTEST- photos and stories about your pets
  79. Kent Farrington wins the FEI World’s Best Jumping Rider, HH Azur named World’s Best Jumping Horse, and dressage and jumping short lists for World Championships announced
  80. PHBA investigates new drug testing for racing
  81. North American Riders Group refocuses its attention but continues to work to improve shows
  82. Paddy Neilson and Dixon Stroud elected co-masters of Mr. Stewart's Cheshire Foxhounds
  83. The Brandywine Polo School: “The most fun you can have on 4 legs!”
  84. Two past winners among the 11 entered for the Maryland Hunt Cup
  85. Honorable Mention Pet Photos 29
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  87. Honorable Mention Pet Photos 27
  88. Her Majesty The Queen's Supreme Ridden Showing Champion, Barbers Shop, set to retire at the 75TH Annual CHI Royal Windsor Horse Show
  89. McLain Ward to defend his World Cup title beginning April 11 in Paris, France
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