Beyond the Blinkers

Esther Marr commentary on Thoroughbred retirement, aftercare, and interesting stories

March 2011 - Posts

Women Riders Stepping Up

As I mentioned last week, I would like to share an interview I composed with Karma Kitaj, author of the book “ Women Riders Who Could…and Did: Life Stories of Top Level Equestriennes .” The book features the stories of women professionals from various areas of the equine industry, including the now retired jockey Julie Krone. Krone became the first female jockey to win a Triple Crown race when she... Read More

Retired Racehorse Spotlight: Icy Edge

Sometimes it seems that certain horse-rider combinations were just meant to be. Such was the case for Stephanie Church, editor-in-chief of The Horse magazine, and her sister, Sarah, video intern for The Blood-Horse , who will always cherish the good memories they had with their Thoroughbred ex-racer Icy Edge. Stephanie and Sarah, who are both lifelong horsewomen , sat down with me the other day to... Read More

Retired Racehorse Spotlight: Felicity and Windy

Jackie Cross of Maryland wrote me a few weeks ago to tell me about her 14-year-old cousin, Gabby Gordon, who recently adopted a retired Thoroughbred racehorse named Felicity. The 9-year-old daughter of Tarakam, who raced under the name Susies Cameo Girl, made 48 starts on the Texas circuit, winning seven times, with seven seconds, and six thirds. Throughout her four-year career, Felicity consistently... Read More

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