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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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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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