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Category: LOPE Ranch

Wooden Phone

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Wooden Phone is our most famous racehorse here. He won over $830,000 — his biggest win was the $500,000 Strub Stakes in 2001. Jim and Marilyn Helzer and Tom Durant donated him to LOPE. With his incredible history, Wooden Phone is staying here — he is a wonderful “spokeshorse” for LOPE. But like many big-money [...]

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Pony Club Visit

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Members of the Hill Top Pony Club visited the LOPE Ranch recently. They volunteered their excellent grooming skills — the LOPE horses received extreme beauty makeovers, thanks to the Pony Clubbers! Afterward, three vet techs (Anne, Meredith and Julia) from Austin Equine Associates gave a great presentation. They demonstrated vet exam techniques, did a full [...]

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Boring Days at the Ranch

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Sometimes we have boring days at the ranch. Those are the days when I go to the feed store, stack hay, do paperwork or clean out the water troughs. There are lots of especially mundane chores that go into the ranch work here — and every once in awhile, an entire day (or week) gets [...]

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Tulsa Mambo

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Back in 2003, I had just opened the racehorse placement program. Each weekend, I walked the tracks, looking for horses that need new homes, trying to build relationships with race trainers. I love the track and all its vivid personalities, both equine and human. One August day that year, Keith, an engineer-turned-race-trainer, led Tulsa Mambo [...]

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Zuper

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I want to tell you about Zuper, my “right hand” helper here at the ranch. We first met in 2004, as I walked along the shedrows of Sam Houston Race Park. “Hey, lady!”, an outrider reined his horse by me as I walked along the track shed rows. He was tall and hard faced, with [...]

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American Association of Equine Technicians and Assistants Paddock Foundation Soft Ride Boots
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Blanco River Academy Equine Express Sam Houston Race Park