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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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Kentucky Triple Crown Raffle

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Win a chance to meet American Pharoah and own the halter of famous Belmont Stakes winner! In support of the 2016 LOPE Benefit Horse Show, LOPE will have an exclusive Kentucky Triple Crown themed package for raffle on Nov 19 at Scissortail Hill Equestrian in Austin, TX. The raffle package includes: Tour for up to [...]

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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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Top 5 Things I Learned at LOPE in 2015

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By Suzanne Minter Suzanne Minter is a LOPE staffer and lifelong equestrian. She adopted Wooden Phone (aka “Watson”) from LOPE in 2012. Suzanne has studied classical dressage since childhood and regularly competes in local shows. She especially likes horses with “interesting” personalities, expressive faces and natural aptitude for dressage movement. Ex-Racehorses Aren’t Just for Pros [...]

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American Pharoah Halter Endowed to LOPE

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Wimberley, TX – November 25, 2015 – LoneStar Outreach to Place Ex-Racers (LOPE), a Wimberley-based nonprofit devoted to retraining and rehoming ex-racehorses, was the recipient of a generous donation by Bob and Jill Baffert of a gorgeous leather halter worn by Triple Crown and Grand Slam winner American Pharoah. The Bafferts donated the halter in [...]

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American Association of Equine Technicians and Assistants Paddock Foundation Soft Ride Boots
Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Two Socks Designs Moose Pants Studio
Thoroughbred Charities of America Scissortail Hill Equestrian Secretariat Foundation
Blanco River Academy Equine Express Sam Houston Race Park