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LOPE Open House Party on October 4th

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The LOPE Open House on October 4 will feature the terrific Austin band Hot Club of Cowtown, horsemanship demos, cool education booths on racing and retraining racehorses, delicious BBQ food from J Bar B Foods, several friendly ex-racehorses to meet and a silent auction at LOPE’s Wimberley location at the gorgeous Foothills Farm.

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The Bastrop wild fires. Photo taken September 4, 2011 in Bastrop, TX.

The Big D

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I have experienced four natural disasters (two floods, a mini-tornado/microburst and wildfires) in less than three years. All four were dangerous and required quickly moving horses out of harm’s way. Three happened in the middle of the night. Each was a freak event that “never should have happened,” according to local experts. As I sat [...]

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LOPE Featured in August Blood-Horse

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We are excited to announce that LOPE is the featured “Winner’s Circle” focus in the August 2 issue of Blood-Horse Magazine. Thank you to the Blood-Horse and writer Tayloe Clements for taking the time to highlight our story. Download the PDF here (Reprinted with permission of The Blood-Horse.)

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With our relocation to the west Austin area, LOPE now has access to a covered arena.

LOPE Moves to West Austin Area

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We are excited to announce that LOPE will be relocating to the West Austin area as of February 1st! LOPE will be operating out of two farms (one in Dripping Springs and one in Wimberley) and will have access to a covered arena, two barns and several lovely pastures with safe fencing. As part of [...]

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Highlights of 2013

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2013 was a terrific year for LOPE in many ways! Here are just a few of the most memorable highlights of the year: Favorite Media Coverage: CNN Derby Day story LOPE was featured in CNN.com’s big Kentucky Derby Day article about ex-racehorse placement programs in the US. We were thrilled that several photos of LOPE [...]

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Holiday Shopping Fundraiser

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LOPE is excited to announce that we will be holding a unique holiday fundraiser (and party) on December 14 in Spicewood, TX (3pm-6pm). The host of the event is Westridge Farm, a lovely hunter/jumper facility located on over 400 gorgeous acres on Highway 71. Shopping Inventory and Silent Auction The event will have an upscale [...]

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LOPE Launches Capital Campaign for New Facility

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LOPE is excited to announce the launch of our Capital Campaign for a new facility! After over a decade of building on our work, LOPE has finally outgrown its current farm and needs a new facility. We are ready to expand our programs for rehabbing, retraining and rehoming more ex-racehorses. In addition, we want to [...]

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LOPE Featured on CNN.com

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LOPE was featured prominently in a CNN article about racehorses and the challenges they can face after their track careers are over. It includes an update on Wooden Phone (one of LOPE’s favorite horses), along with several photos from LOPE in a wonderful photo gallery. The story will run on the CNN Living section as [...]

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Looking Back: Highlights of 2012

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2012 was a banner year for LOPE in many ways. We had some hugely significant steps forward in our work — as well as a heightened (and humbling) appreciation of how much the horse community cares about LOPE and the horses here. Here are just a few of the most memorable highlights of 2012: Biggest [...]

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Stepping Forward: The Future of LOPE

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A Decade of Learning Almost ten years ago, LOPE began its work. Our debut was modest — in 2003, LOPE was simply a website listing service for race trainers trying to rehome their horses from the track. The adoption ranch followed soon after — and we’ve never really stopped to think for a minute since [...]

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