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Operating as usual


- When my instructor repeats to me: ′′Straighten your shoulders and open your chest!” He’s not just teaching me how to stand up. He's teaching me that in life we should always walk straight and face problems head on.

- When my instructor asks me to lower my legs and keep them close to the horse, he teaches me that in life we do not allow distractions and that little is enough to deviate from his path.

- When my instructor tells me "Too much hand, don't hang on to the reins! "He teaches me to give and not to take, with the greatest respect of others.

- When he yells and repeats endlessly: "Look forward in the direction you want to go!” He teaches me the importance of setting goals and never losing sight of them to achieve them.

- When I ask to move up or do more and my instructor says I'm not ready, he teaches me that in life you must always respect your rhythm and never skip the steps.

- When I fall and get back up, I learn that there are always setbacks, times when we back up, but the important thing is to get up more determined than before.

- If I hold my breath during a ride and he jokingly tells me "breathe! You are purple!” I understand that you have to let your emotions flow in order to get rid of them.

- When at the end of the course I am happy with the work done and my instructor says to me′ ′Well done, thank your teacher′′ I know he is not referring to himself but to my horse.

- Now you, you who are watching a rider pass in the saddle, keep saying that riding is not a sport because it is the horse that does everything. I agree. Horse riding is not a sport. It is a life lesson.


Always a great cause—
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The holiday season is the perfect time to show our appreciation for Thoroughbred lovers, like you, who do their part to ensure that every retired racehorse has a home and a purpose beyond the track. There are more than 20,000 Thoroughbreds born in the United States every year, and they average no more than four years at the track. But they have so much more to give when their racing careers are over. Thank you so much for your support! Without you, we would not be able to fulfill our mission.

TAKE2 was created to help provide bright futures for retired racehorses. More than 2,500 Thoroughbreds have competed across the country in the TAKE2 Hunter and Jumper divisions. More than 1,000 horses have made a smooth transition to a second career through our TAKE THE LEAD Program. You have contributed to a happy ending for every one of those horses.

If you'd like to make a gift to TAKE2 and TAKE THE LEAD this holiday season, you can donate online at https://secure.givelively.org/donate/take2-second-career-thoroughbred-program-inc/happy-holidays-to-our-take2-family, text FORTHEHORSES2023 to 44321, or send a check to TAKE2 to P.O. Box 21028, Floral Park, NY, 11002.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Wishing you and yours all the best this holiday season,

Rick Schosberg, President
Andy Belfiore, Executive Director
Cinthia Ane McGreevy, Vice President
Pat Kelly, Treasurer
Board Members Adele Einhorn, Herb Oster, Michael Shanley, Patti Violette Taylor
Dionne Johnson, Bookkeeper
Kristen Mason, Aftercare Coordinator

Timeline photos 23/12/2023

Something to never forget, something Bill Steinkraus said years ago---(Something like this)

"When you do well, people tend to praise you too lavishly. When you do badly, people tend to criticize you too harshly."

Basically "people", generally, don't know their ass from their elbow about much of anything. If you have a good day, good round, good show or event, good. Now go home and try to get better.

If you have a bad day, bad round, bad show or event, tough. Now go home and try to get better.

Ignore all the yada-yada-yada from the peanut gallery. What they think has no bearing on anything. Let THEM get on horses and go prove it if they know so damn much.

Do YOUR thing. It's the only thing over which you have control.

Photos from JudgeMe Online Horse Shows's post 23/12/2023

Congratulations to Thoroughbred -Queen Of Corona
JC: Overthink. A thoroughbred saved from eminent death. KHJA Champion in the Beginner Hunters 2022. Champion in the Baby Green and 2’6” Thoroughbred Hunters 2023
High Point Horse in Baby Greens & Thoroughbred Hunters 2023


Unbridled With Jimmy Toon

Jimmy Toon has truly done it all in the equestrian world, from standing with horses at kids’ parties to winning at Madison Square Garden. He has raised multiple Horses of the Year, racked up accolades including champion at Capital Challenge on Fade To Black, coached clients to wins at Indoors and judged prestigious shows across the country—which he continues to do today. He runs his JT Farm from South Salem, New York, with his wife, Ellen, one of the winningest amateur competitors in the country—and also one of Jimmy’s students, which is how they met.A lot has changed in the industry since Jimmy got what might be, by today’s standards, a “late” start at 17, but he’s hopeful for the future of the sport. He and Ellen donated the In Disguise Perpetual Trophy to be presented to the trainer of the World Championship Hunter Rider Amateur Owner 3’6” National Champion at the Capital Challenge Horse Show; In Disguise, Ellen’s horse that started with Jimmy, is one of the few hunters ever to score a perfect 100, was USEF Horse of the Year in 2004 and will be inducted into the Show Hunter Hall of Fame this year.

Get to know Jimmy in this month’s edition of Sidelines magazine! Link below! 👇


Photos courtesy of Jimmy Toon


This is the best! Top rider discussing ever step!!!



If you depend too much on the reins and try to pull your horse into a frame …

Imagine the bit being in front of your horse’s mouth. Instead of pulling back, you want to push him forward into the bit for a softer, springier horse.—Phillip Dutton

Seven-time Olympic eventer Phillip Dutton won Olympic team gold medals at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics and individual bronze at the 2016 Games. He has competed in seven World Championships and won two U.S. team Pan American gold medals in 2007 and 2015. He is based out of True Prospect Farm in West Grove, Pennsylvania, and Buck Ridge Farm in Loxahatchee, Florida.

🎨: Sandy Rabinowitz


Margie Sugarman Sports psychology column 🧠

“Last year I accomplished so many of my goals with my horse. We qualified for WCHR, The Pennsylvania National Horse Show and the Washington International Horse Show—in a very competitive division. We even earned a few ribbons indoors! Now I’m in the middle of the 2023 season not doing nearly as well and wanting to qualify for indoors again this year. I think that the pressure I’m putting on myself is affecting me, but I don’t know how to get over it. Help!”

Confidence is the single most important factor when it comes to sports. There are so many things that can affect our confidence: family pressures, negative thinking, having ridden poorly in a previous class, and issues at the barn, just to name a few.

Read more of Margie’s column at the link below!l👇


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📸Photo by Ali Kelman


It's getting hot out there, so keep an eye on your oils. Heat can cause oils, such as corn oil, and even powdered fat-based calorie-boosting products to go rancid within a few days.


Bill Steinkraus told THM in 1983: “I cannot stress too much the vital importance of restoring all aids to their normal state as soon as the horse has complied with them. Once the horse has gone forward, ease up on your driving aids; once it has shortened, open your fingers again enough to reward. It is very common to see exactly the opposite: the rider gets the horse to come back once, but never releases his closed fingers again, and spends the rest of the hour hanging in the horse’s mouth, or, having gotten the horse to go forward, spends the rest of the day with his legs stuck halfway through the horse. The reason you want your aids to be effective is so that you can teach the horse to respond to them more and more sensitively – and so that you can use them less and less."

Photos from C. Kent Thames, DVM's post 18/04/2023

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Tip #1 The Pelham Bit in the Hunter and Equitation Ring.
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2nd place Crossrail Hunter Division
1st place cross rails hunter division
2'-2'9" Equitation Division
Results of the 2'-2'9' Equitation Division
Results of the 2'-2'9" Hunter Division
Results of the 2'-2'9" Hunter Division