Monday, February 23, 2009
The Florida State grad is hoping to complete the film next year and have it appear in movie theaters in time celebrate the 40th anniversary of Diane Crump’s history-making ride at Hialeah on February 7, 1969.
JOCK about the first generation of female jockeys who in the late 60's and early 70's fought for the right to ride as professional jockeys. This year marks the 40th anniversary of their equal rights victory and their first historic races as professionals. Production on JOCK will begin in February with Barbara Jo Rubin's 40th Anniversary event at Charles Town Races & Slots on Feb. 21st.
JOCK was recently the cover story in the "Florida Horse" Magazine. Director, Jason Neff was a guest speaker at the FTBOA meeting in Florida and the HBPA meeting in Pennsylvania, where he presented a 13 minute archival reel to the their Board of Directors.
During the Kentucky Derby, Jason appeared live on NBC with Barbara Jo Rubin and PJ Cooksey to talk about the film.
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The VRC, at its meeting in January, had suggested two possible compromises. While Colonial Downs did not embrace either compromise, they are required to run the mandated days. The agreement calls for the VA HBPA to provide the "gap funding" which is required at the beginning of the race meet to insure all purses will be paid. This bridge loan covers the purse dollars that will be generated from the start of the live meet until December 31, 2009.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Simply put, Halsey Minor is suing the city of Hialeah.
In 2008, Minor was unable to make a deal with Brunetti who has been a controversial figure in racing since his purchase of the South Florida fixture back in 1977. Once one of the most beautiful racetracks in America, Hialeah ceased live racing in 2001 and is now in a collapsing state of disrepair. The barn area has been torn down, and the remaining facility suffered major damage from Hurricane Wilma in 2005.
Frustrated with Brunetti, Minor has turned to the courts in his bid to purchase and renovate the 206-acre property that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is an official sanctuary for the American Flamingos that helped make the track famous.
It would seem logical that the city would be easier to deal with than Brunetti.
(Thanks to the Paulick Report for the copy of the lawsuit linked above.)
Monday, February 9, 2009
His breeder, Robert H. Lloyd, purchased a season to Wheaton in the 2005 VTA Stallion Season Auction, and the resulting foal won five out of six races last year and $202,530.
In his only start at three, Russell Road won the Dancing Count to up his total career earnings up to $232,905.(Photo by Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
Graduation of our second class – On January 8, 2009, Reid McLellan of Groom Elite certified four new graduates of our program. This week we are welcoming three new trainees. These men will join three others who have been in the program several months under the direction of Officer Jesse Barker and our graduate teaching assistants. We are finding that each group learns faster than the previous group, thanks to having so many trained professionals in the barn every day. Our next graduation will be in May or June.
Keep in touch with us by emailing StateFarmHorses@aol.com.
Middleburg, Va., January 22, 2009 - Despite the cold, windy, day about 100 people turned out for Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension Center’s holiday card recognition and educational event on Saturday, January 17, 2009. Sara L. Withrow, 17, of Spotsylvania County’s Stars ‘n’ Blazes 4-H horse and pony club, was recognized for her award winning artwork. Displayed above, the design appeared on the center’s 2008 holiday card. Following the award presentation, Virginia Tech alumni and faculty shared their educational and career journeys with the audience.
Sara Withrow lives with her parents, Jennifer and Scott, and her 14-year-old brother, Kenny, in Spotsylvania County. Withrow began riding horses when she was nine years old and learned to ride on her now retired mare, a 28-year-old Hungarian Warmblood named Maggie.
Currently, Withrow rides her seven year old Morgan Thoroughbred cross, Lady. She enjoys participating in Gymkhana classes, which are “games on horseback”. An active member of the Spotsylvania County 4-H horse and pony club, Stars ‘n’ Blazes, Withrow was accepted to be a 4-H All Star this year. The Stars ‘n’ Blazes 4-H horse and pony club is part of the comprehensive youth development program of Virginia Cooperative Extension. The club’s website is http://www.starsnblazes.com/.
Everyone enjoyed the educational journeys of Becky Carter, postdoctoral researcher at New Bolton Center, Shea Porr,superintendent at the MARE Center and Crystal Smith, animal science agent for Warren County, Va., and how each of these inspiring women became associated with Virginia Tech, the college and the MARE Center.
The audience, comprised mostly of 4-H horse and pony club members from throughout the State of Virginia, listened with eagerness and enthusiasm as these women shared their experiences. Becky Carter, a past graduate of the MARE Center, studied the effects of equine obesity and its relation to laminitis. Carter grew up in the suburbs of Reading, Pa., and began riding lessons at the age of eight. Always a horse fan, she became involved in endurance riding and in 2001 competed in the Pan American Games where she rode a 100-mile endurance race.
Carter, who was always interested in science during her early school years, decided to pursue her educational degree at the University of Delaware where she studied biochemistry and was a member of the equestrian team. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, she became a graduate student studying equine nutrition through Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Soon after Carter enrolled in the college, she came to the MARE Center to live and conduct research on the horses that live at the center. In the summer of 2008, she applied to the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center as a post-doctoral researcher where she is continuing her devoted study of the horse.
Crystal Smith was born and raised on a horse farm in central Pennsylvania and she was active in 4-H and in her local horse and pony club. She showed her horses at the national level and this, combined with her 4-H experience, led her to pursue a B.S. in animal science at Penn State.
During college she was a member of Block & Bridle and Ag Advocates eventually pursuing her master’s degree. Smith often gives presentations at equine seminars and events across the state. Her on-going excitement for all that she does made Smith’s presentation exceptionally enjoyable, as was evident by the many comments from the audience. Smith is currently working as the animal science Extension agent in Northwest Virginia.
The MARE Center’s superintendent, Shea Porr, bought her first horse only after much lobbying of her parents. Her first horse was a Morgan/Thoroughbred Hunter that she rode and showed throughout high school. During college, Porr bought an Appendix Quarter Horse that she trained and showed.
She considered becoming a vet but decided against a career where she would deal constantly with sick and injured horses. Porr graduated from Texas A&M University in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in animal science. Then in 1993, she graduated from the University of Florida with a master’s degree in equine nutrition and physiology, and in 1996 she received her doctorate degree in equine nutrition and exercise physiology from Virginia Tech.
She began her career as a teacher, researcher, and Extension agent at Ohio State University, then spent some time as a nutritional and sales consultant for Buckeye Nutrition before accepting employment with Virginia Tech. Porr is a board member of the Virginia Forage and Grassland Council, and an active member of the Equine Science Society, the Virginia Horse Council, and the Virginia State Animal Response Team.
The event ended with a wonderful catered lunch by Mill Valley, Inc. (http://www.millvalleybbq.com/) and with tours of the MARE Center and Lazy Lane Farm in Upperville, Va.
Virginia Tech’s Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension Center’s mission is to advance the health and well-being of the horse through graduate education for equine professionals, nutritional and pasture management research, and community educational programs. Located in Middleburg, Va., the center is one of 13 Agricultural Research and Extension Centers located across the state that serves the commonwealth's agricultural needs.
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“The back of his foot grabbed his quarter coming out of the gate,” said co-owner Roy Jackson. “It’ll be a bit painful. … But we got the first race in him, and we’ll go from here.”