Blog Tales from the LOPE Ranch

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What Have the LOPE Interns Learned in 2017?

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Eliza: The importance of emotional discipline “One of the most valuable things I’ve learned yet is how to control my emotions when working through challenges with a horse. Often times, before working with my current project horse Eli, I would find my self struggling to stay positive when I faced difficulties with my own horse.” [...]

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Bluegrass and Bourbon Raffle

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The LOPE raffle now offers THREE chances to win! Win a chance to meet American Pharoah and other great “Sport of Kings” collectables. In support of the 2017 LOPE Benefit Horse Show, LOPE will have an exclusive Kentucky “Sport of Kings” themed package for raffle on November 4th at Scissortail Hill Equestrian in Austin, TX. [...]

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Meet LP’s Tiger

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As a mare, LP’s Tiger is an unusual warhorse! She’s 11 years old and just retired from racing in late 2016. A fan favorite at Penn National, LP’s Tiger was known for her grit and determination. She ran a whopping 141 times, earning $244,676 over her eight years at the track. What’s especially impressive about [...]

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Meet Fiesty Day

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Fiesty Day (registered name looks like typo) is a classic racing warrior! He’s 11 years old and just retired from racing in 2017. A hardworking racehorse, Fiesty Day ran 58 times, earning $219,541 steadily over his many years at the track. Despite his athletic ability Fiesty Day has gentle ground manners. His race trainer used [...]

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Eliza helps Jammer with short serpentines at the Buck clinic.

Meet LOPE Intern Eliza

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Our junior interns will be posting regularly on the LOPE blog. Below is the first post in the series (by Eliza Jones). Eliza is committed to good horsemanship. She has ridden in multiple clinics with Buck Brannaman. Her horse (Jammer) has benefited greatly from Eliza’s dedication, patience and skill as a rider and steward. Welcome, [...]

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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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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