The Pedlar's Assistant Editor, Kathryn Selinga interviewed Bill Warren & Bill McMullin of Warren McMullin Dressage at Drywater Farm in Stoughton, MA. See the full story in the upcoming September 2011 issue!
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — He watched on the dusty television hanging from the ceiling of a cramped office that is always full of people and that perpetually smells of the horses that snort and whinny and shuffle in the adjacent stalls. It was 5:31 p.m. on a recent Saturday, and Todd Pletcher was back in the same barn where his day had begun 13 hours earlier, with him checking feed tubs and taking the temperatures of nearly 100 racehorses.
One of them was a filly named Savvy Supreme, who now was, on the television screen, gliding into the far turn at Monmouth Park Racetrack as if she had wings on her feet. Pletcher had put her on a van at 5 a.m. for the journey to the Jersey Shore and the $159,000 Monmouth Oaks Stakes. Whether or not it was the right decision, he would know in less than 30 seconds. Read Full Story
In the spring of 1960, as the nation’s leading 3-year-old thoroughbreds vied in the Triple Crown, Carl Hanford began training horses for Allaire du Pont at her Bohemia Stable in Maryland. One of his first projects was a 3-year-old who had been gelded by his previous trainer to help him gain weight and to calm an ornery disposition. His name was Kelso. Read Full Story
WILLCOX, Ariz — Sturdy, highly strung mustangs from wild herds in the Rocky Mountains are playing a growing role as the U.S. Border Patrol takes its hunt for smugglers into the most rugged terrain on the Arizona-Mexico border.
The Tucson sector horse patrol took possession of six mustangs from Colorado this week, and is harnessing their sharp hearing, keen eyesight and stamina to track drug smugglers and illegal immigrants trekking up through areas so remote even all-terrain vehicles cannot reach them. Read Full Story
BOLTON, MA — Twinkle is a white miniature horse with a sad look in her blue eyes. Her 2-month-old colt — born prematurely with several medical problems, including dwarfism — frolics around their stall at the Century Mill Stables.
Both were one truck ride away from the slaughterhouse when Jai Rezac snatched them from what is called the “kill pen,” a place where animals to be slaughtered for meat, or for pelts made into handbags and clothing, are held. Read Full Story