Category: Success Stories

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Virga Wins Big at Horse Show

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Virga was a cute filly when she came to the LOPE Ranch as a three year old. When Terron adopted her to be a pleasure riding mount, we had no idea just how much Virga would excel at showing. Terron reports: “I just wanted to give you an update on VIRGA. She and I went [...]

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Success Story: Proper Music

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Recently I received an email from Jim and Maeghan about Proper Music, a mare they found through the LOPE trainer listings: “We just want to share a success story about a horse name “Proper Music” that we found on the LOPE website. Music has now gone thru 6 months training and has become one of [...]

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Success Story: Tricky Storm

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Tricky Storm was one of our favorite horses here. A true racing “warrior,” he retired at age 10 with lifetime earnings of over $400K. We wanted Tricky to find just the right home, with an owner who would appreciate his handsome looks, illustrious race career and sweet temperament. Recently, he was adopted by Leslie, a [...]

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Mardi Gras Gets Adopted!

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One of our recent arrivals here was Mardi Gras Dancer. A bay two-year-old gelding, Mardi Gras had the pedigree of a race champion. But he had the heart of a couch potato – Mardi Gras just wasn’t fast at all. After ten races, he showed such little interest racing that his owner decided to donate [...]

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Beau’s Town and Amy

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Beau’s Town came to LOPE in 2008. A handsome 10-year-old gelding, Beau won almost $700,000 at the track before retiring a couple years ago. But Beau was bored just being out in pasture, so his race owner donated Beau to LOPE, hoping we could find Beau a new vocation. Beau immediately impressed us with his [...]

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Virga’s First Blue Ribbon

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Virga was donated to the LOPE Ranch in 2006, where she spent a couple of months letting down from the track after a short and unspectacular racing career. She was a pretty bay filly with a sweet personality, but despite her Seattle Slew bloodlines, her heart just wasn’t in racing. Terron saw her photo on [...]

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First Show

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This is Ivy on John, a handsome bay gelding who came to the LOPE Ranch in 2005. And John brought his family with him — eight other horses! His breeder was getting out of the business and decided to donate all of her favorite young horses and broodmares to LOPE. John still hadn’t been started [...]

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Outlaw: From Racetrack to Riding Trail

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Outlaw was a hardworking pony horse at the racetracks. He would patiently pony young horses during their morning workouts. And then at night, he would help pony racehorses to the starting gate. Being a pony horse is a big job and lots of hard work. Outlaw’s owner decided to donate him to LOPE, so he [...]

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Scarlet: A Dressage Star in the Making

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I just got an email from Patti in New Mexico. Recently, she bought a horse from the trainer listings on the LOPE website: “I wanted to give you an update on ‘Scarlet,’ who I purchased from a Texas race trainer about 3 months ago. “Based on a single photo and a phone conversation, I immediately [...]

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