Work to Ride


CBS aired a great story during its evening news on a unique polo team's story in Philadelphia. Steve Hartman reports Lezlie Hiner founded a non-profit horse stable and named the program "Work to Ride."



"I was watching the race and thought it was pretty impresive, like whoa." -- Co-worker Marta

Assistant starter Miguel Ramirez’s remarkable save on Royal Currier in last Saturday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Bay Shore By Dan Silver

“When he was moving forward, I started yelling ‘no no no’ to let Roy know he wasn’t comfortable, and right at that moment he reared up and then broke through the gate. It happened so quickly that I didn’t even really know what was going on, I acted purely on instinct.”  -- NYRA Assistant Starter Miguel Ramirez

 This article explains how horsemen have instinct. How people can just tell what an animal is thinking, especially Thoroughbreds who have interesting tendencies sometimes, is inspiring. Growing up with an animal really does tune you in with who they are, and not just what they are. I grew up with dogs and can tell what a dog is thinking or going to do, but horses I did not grow up with and do not know in such an intimate way. I am willing to learn though.


Own 2010 Breeders' Cup Classic winner Blame!

Rickelle Nelson, a Lexington-based equine artist, has donated a beautiful original portrait of 2010 Breeders' Cup Classic winner Blame for raffle* to support Hopeful Farm.

Your donation supports the work of Hopeful Farm, where families impacted by special needs find the time to focus on each other, build relationships, and gain refreshment in an escape from the exhausting grind of everyday life.

It's their first ever charity art auction and it's for a great cause. You can read more about the portrait - which will be autographed by Al Stall Jr. and Garrett Gomez and signed by the artist - over at

*Thanks LauraJ for the correction (originally said auction)


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FYI the portrait of Blame is being raffled off, not auctioned (one ticket for $10 or three for $25). Better for those of us on budgets!

13 Apr 2011 7:29 PM

That's a great story about the polo team! I taught inner-city girl scouts how to ride horses and about caring for horses for several years. It was so much fun seeing the transformation from "scared to touch the horse" to actually wanting to pick up a pitchfork and help out after their rides. I wish more kids had the chance to interact with horses these days!

13 Apr 2011 10:50 PM
Dawn in MN

Thanks for bringing this inspiring story to Bloodhorse.  The story is a testament to the deep power of the bond between humans and horses.  Somebody said the outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man, and I agree.  The experience of knowing horses is truly empowering.  

14 Apr 2011 5:58 AM

What an amazing story. Horses open up so many things for children, look what it did for these young boys. Thanks for writting about it, what a great story to start up the day.

14 Apr 2011 8:37 AM

I hope this Polo story opens the doors for more inner city kids and others even in the countryside.  There is just something about a horse for anyone, its great.

Whether you are riding, brushing, feeding or shoveling manure, its a wonderful thing.  I hope others catch the feeling of horses.

14 Apr 2011 12:56 PM

I'd much rather buy a raffle ticket for a portrait of Zenyatta.

14 Apr 2011 5:16 PM

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