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Warhorse Makeover Series: Hammers Terror and Danielle

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LOPE is doing a series of blog interviews with riders who are bringing warhorses or racing warriors to the 2018 Retired Racehorse Project TB Makeover. Warhorse Details About Hammers Terror How did you acquire Hammers Terror? A friend and past Makeover competitor adopted him from Second Stride, which is a Thoroughbred rescue in Kentucky. Due [...]

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Warhorse Makeover Series: Mount Diablo and Brittany

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LOPE is doing a series of blog interviews with riders who are bringing warhorses or racing warriors to the 2018 Retired Racehorse Project TB Makeover. Warhorse Details About Mount Diablo How did you acquire Diablo? I bought him from his trainer at Fairmont Park via Canter Illinois. What made you choose Diablo? What was special, [...]

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LP’s Tiger: A Veterinary Tale of Epic Proportions

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LP’s Tiger (aka “Elle”) is the most challenging rehab case we’ve ever had at LOPE. A true warhorse, she raced 141 times and retired at age 10 from the track. Elle is a petite mare (@15.1H) with an elegant, feminine build — and the huge heart of a champion. A village of aftercare groups came [...]

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Dressage Clinic and Raffle to Benefit LOPE

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Dressage Clinic to Benefit LOPE LOPE is excited to announce a special Benefit Dressage Clinic by USDF Silver Medalist and dressage teacher Crystal Forsell! The clinic is open to all types of riders (western, classical, jumper) and horses. If you are a dressage rider, come to the clinic to ride a test and have supportive, [...]

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LOPE + Amplify Austin 2018

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LOPE is excited to be a part of Amplify Austin Day starting on March 1, 2018. Amplify Austin is an annual 24-hr day of online giving for Austin-area charities. Please help LOPE achieve our Amplify Austin fundraising goal of $7,500 for the Racing Warrior Program! It’s easy — you can either donate on Amplify Austin [...]

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A good change: Shadow Warrior when he first arrived (left) and now.

Shadow Warrior and the Halter

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Shadow Warrior has had some difficult experiences in his life. Bred in KY, he raced 13 times there — and then went to Puerto Rico, where he ran 70 times in four years. In September 2017, two hurricanes devastated Puerto Rico. The racetrack barns were severely damaged — and several hundred racehorses (including Shadow) were [...]

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Best of 2017

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Here are some of the 2017 highlights at LOPE: Favorite Learning Moments “Every single thing this internship has taught me will help me become a better friend, employee, horsewoman, and all around person.” The LOPE interns had a great year of education with our horses! Read what they learned at LOPE (in their own words). [...]

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2017 in Review: A Tale of Two Teachers

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As the year draws to a close, I want to share a tale of two special equine teachers who came to LOPE. These two stories show why 2017 was such a big year for our charitable work — and why we are asking for your continued support of the LOPE horses and the young people [...]

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Rehabilitation Horse Makeover Project

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Overview Many deserving OTTBs are overlooked due to minor issues that limit them to flatwork or low jumping only. The OTTBs with some limitations (due to sports injuries and/or conformation issues) often have a negative image as being flawed or unsuitable mounts. They can need initial rehabilitation followed by consistent conditioning and retraining — which [...]

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Shadow arriving safely after his epic journey.

A Christmas Story: Shadow Warrior

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Shadow Warrior is the latest racing warrior to arrive at LOPE. His story is unusual — and a perfect tale for the holiday season. Bred in KY in 2008, Shadow Warrior has a distinguished pedigree. His sire was AP Indy and his dam was Victory Ride (by Seeking the Gold). His breeder had produced many [...]

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Paddock Foundation American Association of Equine Technicians and Assistants Sam Houston Race Park
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Thoroughbred Charities of America Scissortail Hill Equestrian Secretariat Foundation
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