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Entries now being accepted for The Horse's 23rd Annual Photo Contest

Entries are now being accepted for The Horse of Delaware Valley's 23rd Annual Photo Contest.

CONTEST ACTION No 1 Boyd Fair Hill MacNeill2Jennifer MacNeill won last year's Action category with this photo of Boyd Martin a=on Tsetseling at Fair Hill The deadline is Dec. 30. 2018.

The categories are Action, Candid and Pet/Animal photos.

The three top winners in each category will receive a certificate suitable for framing.

Winners will be announced in January, 2019.

Winning photos and Honorable Mention photos will be published in January, Action photos, February, Candid photos, and March, Per/Animal photos.

All entries must be of subjects from the nine state area served by The Horse, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, West Virginia and Connecticut, but the photos do not have to be taken in those states.

Action photos should be of a competition; Candid photos should be of a person or persons in a horse setting, such as a show, farm or event; and Pat/Animal photos can be of any animal, domesticated or otherwise. For example, a fox in the wild qualifies as a pet photo.

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Each entry must include the full identity and hometown of the subject or subjects with a brief description of the action the photo captures, plus the name, mailing address, e-mail address and telephone number of the photographer.

Entries that are clearly doctored to achieve some artistic effect will be disqualified.

Top N.J. trainer J. Willard Thompson died Nov. 6 at 83

OCEANPORT, N.J.-- Trainer J. Willard Thompson, 83, a Monmouth Park mainstay for more than 50 years, passed away Saturday night, Nov. 6, after a lengthy illness.

Willard ThompsonHe was not only a great horseman, but racehorse trainer J. Willard Thompson also should be remembered as a great gentleman.

The horse world lost a much-admired figure when he died Saturday at the age of 83 after a long illness.

Born in Atlanta, Ga. in 1935 Thompson got his start in racing as a steeplechase rider before switching to training in the early 1960s.

A fixture at Monmouth Park for more than a half-century, he dominated the New Jersey racing scene in the 1970s, winning three consecutive training titles at Monmouth Park from 1975-1977 and two at the Meadowlands.

After a more than 20-year hiatus, Thompson again captured the 2001 Monmouth title and saw record earnings that year of nearly $1.6 million for his runners, many of whom raced in the colors of Thompson’s Quiet Winter Farm.

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Bob Levy, a top thoroughbred racehorse owner, died Nov. 7

From the Thoroughbred Daily News

By Bill Finley

A gregarious figure who represented a different era in racing, when it was more a sport and less a business, Bob Levy died Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the age of 87. He passed away peacefully and died of natural causes close to his home in Bryn Mawr, Pa.

Levy EPRarely seen without a smile on his face, Levy campaigned at least three top horses in 1987 GI Belmont S. winner Bet Twice, 1990 and 1991 sprint champion Housebuster and GI Hopeful S. winner Smoke Glacken, who he owned along with partners Alex Karkenny and William Roberts.

Bet Twice finished second behind Alysheba in both the GI Kentucky Derby and the GI Preakness in 1987, but trounced his rival in the Belmont, depriving him of the Triple Crown. With Craig Perret aboard, he won by 14 lengths over Cryptoclearance, with Alysheba finishing fourth. Bet Twice went on to beat Alysheba a second time, in the 1987 GI Haskell.

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Eventing Performance Director Erik Duvander's thoughts on improving the U.S. team

FAIR HILL, Md--Following the U.S. Eventing team's eighth place finish at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, The Horse published an article about the Eventing Team's dominance in the sport for 40 years from the Tokyo Olympics in 1964 to 2008 and then the team's dismal results in the past 10 years when twice in championships the U.S. failed to finish a team and other times failed to even finish high enough to qualify for the Olympics.

Erik Duvander8 2Erik DuvanderIn October, 2017, the U.S. Equestrian Federation hired Erik Duvander as the new Performance Director for Eventing, and he has been working with riders for the past 10 months.

Duvander has definite ideas on what is needed to improve eventing in the U.S., and he has the resume to accomplish improvement. 

As a rider, Duvander competed for Sweden at World Championship and Olympic levels.

He turned to coaching after his riding career and has worked with Japanese, Swedish and New Zealand eventing teams and has coached teams and individuals to WEG and Olympic medals, including most recently leading the New Zealand team to a fourth place finish at the 2018 Rio Olympics.

During an interviews at Fair Hill on Oct. 21, Duvander said that he was familiar with the dominance and then downfall of U.S. team over the past 50 years as he is a student of eventing.

He acknowledged that his is a difficult job given the present state of evening in this country.

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New York trainer Rick Violette died Oct. 21 of lung cancer

Trainer Rick Violette Jr.,65, who retired in 2017 after 10 years as President of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and more than 25 years as a member of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association Board and also served as President of the National Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, passed away Oct. 21 at his home in Delray Beach, Florida, after a battle with lung cancer.

rick violette.jpg 760x480 q85 crop subsampling 2 upscaleRick VioletteViolette was born Jan. 30, 1953 in Worchester, Mass., and showed hunters and jumpers as a teenager.

After his graduation from Lowell University, Violette turned his attention to the racetrack and, at age 24, began training thoroughbreds full-time.

He saddled his first starter on June 25, 1977 at Suffolk Downs in East Boston, Mass., and his first win came less than two months later with Catch the Action on Aug. 18 at Rockingham, N.H.

Following his training start, Violette worked as an assistant to Emile Allain at Woodbine Racetrack in Ontario, Canada, before moving to New York as David Whiteley's assistant trainer. He resumed his own stable in 1983.

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  1. Russell Jones inducted into Parx Hall of Fame
  2. The 2019 Nations Cup qualifier for the Finals will be held at Palm Beach Masters
  3. Laura Graves and Verdades first ever Americans to top FEI Dressage World Rankings
  4. Devon's new parking lot, to be competed in a couple of years, will double the present lot size.
  5. The U.S. show jumping team earned Best of September honors, announced the U.S. Olympic Committee
  6. Kathee Rengert, executive director of the Pa. Hunt Cup, died Oct. 6
  7. U.S. teams outdo themselves in 5 of 6 disciplines competed at WEG
  8. Long time Zone 2 chef d'equpe ralph Caristo wins the Old Salem Farm Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award
  9. Ronnie Houghton, jockey, trainer and breeder, dies at 79
  10. Amwell Valley Hounds on Sept. 29 has relocated to The Ridge
  11. Lynn Symansky 9th individually in Eventing, the U.S. team is eighth. Dressage Freestyle is cancelled
  12. Endurance competition cancelled at WEG, U.S. stands third halfway thru team Dressage
  13. Update to weather conditions at WEG
  14. World Equestrian Games are threatened by hurricane Florence
  15. Weg set to begin with Endurance, Dressage, Reining and Eventing scheduled for the first week
  16. Jimmy Fairclough, Misdee Miller and Chester Weber to compete in Driving at the WEG
  17. Leo Kuntz, founder of the Nokota Horse Conservancy, died
  18. The show jumping team for the WEG
  19. Pa-bred Unique Bella retired to be a broodmare after fracturing a sesamoid during a morning work on Aug. 18
  20. Renowned artist Peter Williams died Aug. 13
  21. Olympic team gold medal veteran Laura Kraut headlines U.S. show jumping team for Dublin
  22. Devon H.S. & Country Fair enjoyed a banner year
  23. U.S. Dressage team prepares for Aachen
  24. Youngsters from Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia to participate in the 2018 The National Steeplechase Foundation Domestic Young Rider Trip.
  25. Six Pony Club members received college scholarships
  26. 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
  27. Jonathan Sheppard bred two Pa-bred champions and was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award
  28. Kenny Kraus, longtime Devon announcer, died June 26
  29. William D. Teter died
  30. 24 Delaware Valley riders in the Joe Fargis clinic for the Emerging Athletes Program
  31. "The Mission", Bank Official Dreams Big, Risks All in New Novel by J. Willard Thompson
  32. Norman Dello Joio and Authentic two of four inducted into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame
  33. Letter to the Editor
  34. Sports betting in long prepared Delaware and New Jersey will benefit horsemen
  35. Eugene duPont Weymouth, top steeplechase jockey and trainer, died June 11
  36. Fair Hill receives $1 million funding to upgrade facility
  37. Pennsylvania lags behind neighboring states in getting a share from legalized sports betting for horsemen
  38. NEW CONTEST- photos and stories about your pets
  39. 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
  40. PHBA investigates new drug testing for racing
  41. North American Riders Group refocuses its attention but continues to work to improve shows
  42. Paddy Neilson and Dixon Stroud elected co-masters of Mr. Stewart's Cheshire Foxhounds
  43. The Brandywine Polo School: “The most fun you can have on 4 legs!”
  44. Two past winners among the 11 entered for the Maryland Hunt Cup
  45. Honorable Mention Pet Photos 29
  46. Honorable Mention Pet Photos 28
  47. Honorable Mention Pet Photos 27
  48. Her Majesty The Queen's Supreme Ridden Showing Champion, Barbers Shop, set to retire at the 75TH Annual CHI Royal Windsor Horse Show
  49. McLain Ward to defend his World Cup title beginning April 11 in Paris, France
  50. Honorable Mention Pet Photos 26
  51. Honorable Mention Pet Photos 25
  52. Honorable Mention Pet Photos 24
  53. Honorable Mention Pet Photos 23
  54. Support The Horse's advertisers, they are experienced and cover a wide spread of services
  55. Honorable Mention Pet Photos 22
  56. Honorable Mention Pet Photos 21
  57. Honorable Mention Pet Photos 20
  58. Honorable Mention Pet Photos 19
  59. Honorable Mention Pet Photos 18
  60. Honorable Mention Pet Photos 17
  61. Honorable Mention Pet Photos 16
  62. Honorable Mention Pet Photos 15
  63. Visitors to The Horse's Facebook commented on one of The Horse's Marketplace advertisers
  64. Honorable Mention Pet Photos 14
  65. Thrilling competition and much, much more for Devon spectators
  66. Honorable Mention Pet Photos 13
  67. Honorable Mention Pet Photos 12
  68. Honorable Mention Pet Photos 11
  69. Honorable Mention Pet Photos 10
  70. Honorable Mention Pet Photos 9
  71. Honorable Mention Pet Photos 8
  72. Honorable Mention Pet Photos 7
  73. Honorable Mention Pet Photos 6
  74. Honorable Mention Pet Photos 5
  75. Honorable Mention Pet Photos 4
  76. Honorable Mention Pet Photos 3
  77. Honorable Mention Pet Photos 2
  78. Honorable Mention Pet Photos
  79. Four Foxcroft School girls qualify for Zone 3 IEA Finals
  80. Elizabeth Bewley wins Photo Contest Pet with a photo of "Jungle Cat," Adrienne Morella is 2nd & Karen Kennedy 3rd
  81. Team named for Wellington Nations Cup, Laura Chapot dominates in Leading Open Jumper Rider circuit standings
  82. Honorable Mention Candid Photos 8
  83. Gillian King wins USEF Side Saddle Horse of the Year Award on Alta Mira
  84. Triumph in Tryon raised over a half million dollars for the USET Foundation
  85. Palm Beach Masters features a World Cup Qualifying Grand Prix.
  86. McLain Ward awarded Equestrian of the Year and HH Azur wins International Horse of the Year title
  87. Erik Duvander, new Eventing Performance Director, aims for successful WEG
  88. Show manager and course designer Michael Rheinheimer died
  89. Letter to the Editor
  90. Show jumping gold medalist Bill Steinkraus died Nov. 29
  91. Maryland trainer Jack Stedding died on Oct. 23 after a long illness
  92. Hunter Harrison, a major benefactor of show jumping, died Dec. 16
  93. February Barns and Equipment issue
  94. Devon donates $400,000 to Bryn Mawr, reaching over $15 million in total
  95. Ginny Jenkins returns as Ad Director, themed ad months return with Real Estate in Sept.
  96. Leading Mid-Atlantic freshman sire El Padrino died Nov. 22
  97. Carmella Clark, rider, biochemist and cancer researcher, died Sept. 4
  98. Headline in the Trainers section is incorrect - Kai Handt is chef d'equipe of para-equestrian
  99. Wendy Lofting, actress and artist, died at 70
  100. Devon's Gold Ring renamed in honor of Sallie and Kenny Wheeler family
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