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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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LOPE has some terrific teachers lined up. In addition to our boring human staff, we have a new equine intern. Rudy is a 6 yo QH with a stocky build and kind disposition. He is undergoing on-the-job training to learn how to be the LOPE Academy pony horse.

2014 Year In Review

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Favorite Media Coverage: The Blood-Horse Article in Winner’s Circle In August, LOPE was featured in The Blood-Horse Winner’s Circle section. The story was titled “A Leap of Faith” and chronicled LOPE’s start as an organization. We appreciated that the reporter focused on LOPE’s interest in horsemanship and training for the ex-racehorses in our care. She [...]

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The Class of 2015: three young ex-racehorses at our Wimberley facility.

The LOPE Academy Opens

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The Education of LOPE LOPE is approaching its 12-year anniversary in 2015. That’s an exciting milestone, especially when you consider how far LOPE has come since 2003. We’ve helped over 1000 ex-racehorses find new careers. Our work has morphed from a simple listing service to multiple adoption farms. Our latest growth has been in the [...]

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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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