Blog Tales from the LOPE Ranch

lope-amplify-austin-email-banner-v2

LOPE + Amplify Austin

0

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 [...]

(more...)

zeller-2

Official LOPE Artist: Joanna Zeller Quentin

0

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, [...]

(more...)

photo-1

2015 Year In Review

0

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 [...]

(more...)

watsonribbon

Top 5 Things I Learned at LOPE in 2015

1

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 [...]

(more...)

halter-1

American Pharoah Halter Endowed to LOPE

0

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 [...]

(more...)

nostirrups

No Stirrups November Challenge

0

Take the 2015 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 [...]

(more...)

santobbc

Buck Brannaman 2015 Clinic: Just Say No To Turmoil

11

In the past, I’ve had a conflicted relationship with Buck Brannaman clinics. On the one hand, I love the caliber of horsemanship and elegance that Buck presents. I can watch Buck ride all day (no mean feat for someone as physically restless and bleacher seat intolerant as me). The camaraderie of the riders and auditors [...]

(more...)

wittface

Colt Starting Clinic with Peter Campbell: Why Nice Is Not Enough

1

A generous sponsor donated a spot for LOPE in Peter Campbell’s clinic earlier this month. I signed up for the Colt Starting class and brought a horse that had been returned to LOPE by his adopters (due to unexpected changes in their situation). By their account, the horse had been in professional training earlier and [...]

(more...)

cs1

Colt Starting Class with Peter Campbell: Daily Overview

2

The “Colt” Witt’s Midway was adopted from LOPE in the fall of 2013. We had ridden him a few times before he was adopted. Witt impressed us with his confident, friendly personality. He was uncomplicated to ride and a pleasure to have at our ranch. To no one’s surprise here, an experienced and caring horse [...]

(more...)

wittwalk

CSI Witt: What Happened Before the Clinic

1

When I rode Witt way back in 2013, he was a happy-go-lucky, friendly horse. He showed no signs of aggression and handled his first post-track rides easily. The word that comes to mind is “uncomplicated” — and that is exactly the opposite of what I saw at the first day of the clinic. The people [...]

(more...)

Austin Equine Hospital Sugar Land Stables Schleese
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