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Meet Flavor

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Flavor is an incredible racing warrior. He’s 11 years old and just retired from racing in 2017. What an amazing athlete! And yes, Flavor is actually his registered name. Just one word – Flavor. That seems appropriate for a celebrity as big as Flavor (kind of like Elvis). Flavor is a Claiborne homebred, with a [...]

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Sally peacefully passed on Valentines Day, a holiday especially associated with Sally, her sweet heart and her fondness for wearing heart-shaped chapeaus.

In Memoriam: Kissing Sally Falls

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Kissing Sally Falls had a spectacularly unsuccessful racing career. She retired after two races. Sally finished in last place for her first race. In the second race, she passed one horse to finish next to last. That horse had stumbled in the homestretch, allowing Sally to leisurely lope by him. Her race trainer told me [...]

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In Memoriam: Lightening Ball

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Lightening Ball (aka “LB”) won over $300K in 59 races. He was known for hanging back, then surging past the field to sweep the win at the last minute. At age nine, LB was still running in lower level claimers in WV. His original race owners (Bob and Pat Orth) claimed him back to retire [...]

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2016 in Review: A Tale of Two Horses

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As 2016 comes to an end, I want to share a tale of two horses who came to LOPE. Of all the horses this year, these two stories show why we are so passionate about our charitable work — and why we are asking for your continued support of the LOPE horses. The holiday season [...]

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No Stirrups November Challenge 2016

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Take the 2016 No Stirrups November Challenge, and drop your stirrups for LOPE! Improve your riding position, get in shape and have fun with your horse — all while helping the LOPE horses. Here is how it works 1) Find supporters to pledge a dollar amount for each day you ride without stirrups during the [...]

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Lava Man Halter Online Auction

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Lava Man is a famous Thoroughbred racehorse. He won over $5.2M and became a social media sensation after his retirement from racing. Lava Man then became a much-loved pony horse and coach to young racehorses in famous trainer Doug O’Neill’s racing stable. A true class act, Lava Man likes to support racehorse adoption charities (he [...]

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LOPE + Amplify Austin

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LOPE is very excited to be a part of Amplify Austin Day starting on March 8, 2016. Amplify Austin is an annual day of online giving for Austin-area charities. Please help LOPE achieve our Amplify Austin fundraising goal of $15,000! It’s easy — you can either give a donation on Amplify Austin Day or you [...]

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Official LOPE Artist: Joanna Zeller Quentin

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LOPE is delighted to announce a partnership with renowned equine artist Joanna Zeller Quentin of Dallas, TX! Joanna’s award-winning artwork has been exhibited internationally and her images have appeared in the Chronicle of the Horse, Southwest Art Magazine, Horseback Magazine, and Horses in Art. Her work has hung at The International Museum of the Horse, [...]

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2015 Year In Review

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2015 was one of the biggest years ever at LOPE! Here are some of our favorite highlights. Most Historic Donation: American Pharoah Halter In 2015, Bob and Jill Baffert donated one of American Pharoah’s halters to LOPE! They sent the halter in honor of LOPE graduate Wooden Phone, who was trained by Bob Baffet during [...]

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Austin Equine Hospital Schleese
Paddock Foundation American Association of Equine Technicians and Assistants Sam Houston Race Park
Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance The Ranch Broker Moose Pants Studio
Thoroughbred Charities of America Scissortail Hill Equestrian Secretariat Foundation
Treaty Oak Equine Express