Mt Hope Horse Rescue Closing the Barn Doors on November 1, 2012

Dear friends:

I must share some news from Mom that I received today:

Dear Pudge:

Due to the health issues, we will unfortunately need to close our gates and need to have the horses adopted by Nov. 1st.

We will still be open for riding lessons and boarding; however, due to health issues and lack of donations we are not able to function as a rescue any longer.

All of the horses at our facility will be taken care of as usual but need homes now! Because of this, we are offering our horses free to a good home. An Application is still required. Our horses are all up to date with their shots and have their teeth and hooves regularly checked.

The decision was not made lightly and we are taking every step necessary to find good homes for the remaining horses available for adoption.

Please let your friends know if they are interested in adopting Pippin, Ace, Patches or Spike, contact Pat at pat@mthopehorserescue.org or at 717-575-5635. You can view more information about our horses by clicking on the Meet the Horses link found in the menu under the Adoption tab. http://www.mthopehorserescue.org
Love Mom

Me and Willy will still be here on the farm with Mom and Dad but we are heart-broken that the rescue will be closing in a couple of months. We have always valued all the support from you far and wide and we continue to this day. Your support is now needed more than ever to help us find some nice luving homes for our four dearest friends: Ace, Patches, Spike and my most beluved Pippin. We have had so many wonderful successful adoptions here at Mt Hope and the horses have been blessed with luving forever homes. Now more than ever friends, we need to find homes for our last four barn babees. If you can help by adopting, sharing, donating we will be so grateful. Mom will still need donations to continue to with barn operations.

As we make this transition with the barn we will be so appreciative of your continued help and support.

All for now. Luv Pudge ♥

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A Special Thank you for the students of Family of Christ Christian School in Tampa Florida!!

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A Special Thank you for my friends in Florida!
Dear friends!

I am so happy to share with you that my Decorate the Stall Project was a huge success! I have received so many luvly drawings that it took me a couple months to sort through them all to create this nice slideshow! I am only one pony and even with four hooves it took me some time to get all the pictures taken of the drawings so that I could share them with you.

There were 108 drawings received from The Family of Christ Christian School located in Tampa Florida! The school’s principal Jennifer Snow in collaboration with many of the teaching staff and my dear friend Patti Harmon also from Tampa, coordinated the effort. Patti’s two daughters, Jun Wei and Hui Xian also submitted some super sweet drawings along with all the other very wonderful children. The talents of all the kids still continue to amaze me.

As I looked at each of the drawings I noticed some really cool things. The kids wrote to me in both Spanish and English which was a neat learning experience for me. At the time the kids prepared the drawings Cinco de Mayo was in full swing and at that time too Mom was busy preparing a big Cinco de Mayo party to introduce Rio who as you remember came all the way from Mexico to live here with us as the barn. So many kids referenced this special holiday and many drawings mentioned Rio and his long trek from Mexico to Pennsylvania. The children are all so smart and by evidence of the drawings we were so touched and impressed by the level of detail and intuition that went into their creation!

Pippin eating donuts was another cute theme that really caught on!! Patches, Spike and Fred were all there too and even our special equine friend who comes to help us with our events – Finale was in the drawings!! It is obvious to us here in the barn that the kids took a lot of time to learn about what it is we do at Mt Hope Horse Rescue and shared what they learned in their research. I just don’t really know how to express all the thoughts I have on this as a Welsh pony but suffice it to say they made it a point in the drawings to make us all feel very special. That truly touches each of our hearts in the barn. Patches was so thrilled with his drawings that he gave the entire barn the high hoof! Pippin flashed her brilliant smile and well Fred who is now adopted really loved the racing horse drawings and a most distinctive one of him that was sent. They were and are just so beautiful!!!

I have created a little slideshow so you can all see the drawings. I tried my very best as a pony can do with the lighting and the camera. My hooves are not the best to press the little teenie button but I do try! The drawings came in all sizes and colors and Flat Stanley was even in there!! I will send Flat Stanley back to the school as he has travelled all over the world but his real home is in Tampa. It will be interesting to find out where Flat Stanley travels next!! I will also send them a special gift package to express my gratitude for all that they did in the coming days. The kids also sent Mom and Dad some magnets and some really nice T-Shirts that they can wear too. Just so very thoughtful and they went all out 110%!!! I am so blessed to have such caring friends. Whoa but this is sure a wonderful year meeting all of you online and I luv you all from the bottom to top of my little pony heart. You are truly great, amazing, talented and so very thoughtful!

All for now. Luv Pudge ♥

Indy’s Racing Thoughts! The Splendid Summer in Saratoga Continues!

Your friend in racing! Indy!

A Splendid Summer in Saratoga continues!
Hi Friends and a hearty hello from my barn in Northeastern Pennsylvania to yours!! Saratoga on my mind and so wonderful it was! We were amazed with a track record, an iron horse, a dynamic duo for the win and so much more. It was a weekend of racing that thrilled me beyond compare. Pudge and I are still marveling over it. Now Pudge was pretty busy entertaining his human pals so he and I have been busy catching up and I shared some replays for him to enjoy! Pudge has told me that Willy is into a new diet and exercise program as he is out to impress the stunning Winter Memories now that she has retired from racing. Now to get his Mom and Dad to trailer him to her new barn! Whoa now that would be a lifetime dream Willy!

So away they go as the track announcers love to howl!

$500,000 Grade 1 Ballerina Stakes: Nice run at Saratoga on August 24th giving the new connections of Turbulent Descent their first win in the Grade 1 1 ¼ mile race on dirt. Whoa that filly did punch her ticket to the Breeder’s Cup Filly and mare Sprint!! This flashy filly now a 4 YRO has proved her brilliance in grade 1 races as a 2 YRO, 3 YRO and now this year as well. With Johnny V in the irons she pummeled the field with an impressive win. Derwin’s Star was the place and another nice filly All Due Respect ridden by Joel Rosario took the show. Turbulent Descent is trained by Steve Klesaris. This win now brings her $300k in additional career earnings to top off at over 1.2 million dollars! A whole hearted big congrats to this champion by sire Congrats! Great job by this filly and we will be looking forward to seeing her again at Breeder’s Cup!

Zagora Zips to a Brand New Track Record in the $250,000 Ballston Spa Stakes Grade 2 for trainer Chad Brown. The French bred 5 YRO mare came through in perfect form on turf to prove the bettors right! Her marvelous performance in this 1 mile and 1/16 race wowed the viewers of the race from their seats shattering the previous record that was set in 2005 by Leroidesanimaux! She was ridden by Ramon Dominguez and when he asked her she ran right on by Summer Soiree and put the rest of them away as she ran for home and the track record. With this win her lifetime earnings are now nearly 1.2 million dollars! It is probable that her next start could be in the Spinster Stakes at Keeneland in Kentucky in October! What a beauty she is and her talents are amazing. We’ll be looking for you in Kentucky!!

Contested makes the grade and passed the test in the $500,000 Grade 1 Test Stakes! Whoa but this 3YRO beauty by Ghostzapper really showed up for class in the August 26th running of the Test Stakes at Saratoga! A bit slow off the start Contested settled in nicely behind the blistering pacesetters. By the time she hit the final furlong she swung out to keep on going and leave her fellow students behind. This dazzling Bob Baffert trained filly is owned by Bob’s wife Jill and made them both proud of her win. No stranger to highly regarded stakes company this star also captured the TVG Acorn Stakes in May among other grand victories this year. Witnessing this spectacular thrilling finish after overcoming a tough start this filly really showed us she can move! She has now boosted her earnings to over $600,000! Could Breeder’s Cup be on her horizon, we’ll wait and see! We will be looking forward to her next start no doubt about it!!

Willy Beamin beams himself a big win in the King’s Bishop! Way to go! You really rock my friend! Willy only had just a mere 3 days rest coming off a win in the 1 1/8 mile Albany Stakes and boy did he show how the iron horse runs! I must say it was impressive. His jockey Alan Garcia rode him to victory in the 7 furlong race and his horse made it look like it was smooth as silk. This strapping NY bred gelding who is trained by Rick Dutrow showed his owner that he was up to task. When asked by local media if he thought his horse could do it, Willy Beamin’s owner, James Riccio was supremely confident that his horse could do it and did do it and expressed that most succinctly. On the fast rated track this dirt monster took to his closing and left the rest in the dust, hooves down! He was in some pretty stoic company and those barn babees are good, but it was Willy Beamin the 25,000 hard knocking but very talented former claimer that showed them all who was much the best! I commend you on your fine effort Willy and I hope that you get a chance to go to Breeder’s Cup. You are a fine rated performer! We’ll be watching for your next start! Fort Loudon another super horse took the place while Unbridled’s Note was the show. Doctor Chit was fourth. Good luck and thank you for a thriller of a race!

Travers Stakes Made History!
In my lifetime I have been aware of what a dead heat is but never really saw one, let alone in a major race of this type! In fact just a couple of weeks ago Pudge had emailed me asking about what a dead heat was. Apparently Willy and Ace were running in the pasture and Ace laughed at Willy and told him that he just ran a dead heat. Well go figure! A Dead Heat is exactly what happened in the Travers too! For weeks now we have learned of the retirements of many of the greats in the 3YRO division and as we drew closer to the day the historic race would be run many of us in the barn were wondering as to just who was going to fly across the finish line first that day and have the tremendous honor of winning the midsummer derby! Wait no more; we saw not one but two flyers across that finish line! Alpha and longshot Golden Ticket! Both trainers are childhood friends and to see them both very happy about the outcome was a nice moment to witness. The only other question we had that day was what about the canoe!!! Stay tuned for next week and we’ll follow up on that one! Mike Repole had an idea for that too I think! Mike won last year with his talented colt Stay Thirsty and that was one happy day too! Thrilling race with a rare outcome. Sometimes good things come in pairs friends!

TVG Pacific Classic for Dandy Dullahan as he sizzles on the West Coast!

TVG’s Pacific Classic win by Dullahan also set a track record! This Dale Romans trained colt really took to the synthetic and put the competition away! Game on Dude took 2nd. At this point we have not heard officially if Dale will send Dullahan to the Classic or not. He is expected to ship back to Churchill Downs for a next start on turf! We are proud of his fine win out West against pretty tough graded stakes company. Dullahan proved he was much the best. Congratulations to you Dullahan!!

Friends it was one heck of a racing weekend! Pudge has been enjoying some of the replays and he is full of wonderment to this day. I have been really enjoying this summer and I am looking forward to the Breeder’s Cup racing. After what I have been seeing on the tracks this summer I have no doubt we will be in for a real treat! So take care in the week ahead and look for my next feature! I am sure to find out more about those canoes!!!

Your friend in racing: Indy!

Finale writes to Rio the Spirit Horse, Whoa!

Pretty Finale!

Dear friends! It seems my friend Finale enjoys writing to Rio as much as I do!! She is so sweet, thoughtful and pretty. Just like Pippin. Those fillies are a treasure to behold my pony eyes!!

Rio you are one cool dude!

HI Rio, this is just too cool!!! You will be happy to know that my stable mates Cheyenne and Cisco were painted ponies too!! Mom and Aunt Angela painted them last summer..I think.. and took them for a ride and it was great fun for them. I have not had my chance to get painted yet but I have been decorated up as a Christmas Pony and I was a Princess at Halloween time, Cisco was a zebra can you imagine. Now you don’t know Cisco yet but he was a stable mate of mine and he is a black and white paint. My Mom and her friend Carly came up with the brilliant idea to paint stripes on him since he was already black & white that worked just great he made a very handsome Zebra in deed. Mom had planned on having a Halloween party last year but it snowed and not many people were able to brave the elements. Can you imagine snowing on Halloween??? Go Figure!!! Wouldn’t it be a hoot if we could get together some day and have our Peeps decorate us together and go for a trail ride!! Who knows stranger things have happened!!! I am so very happy for you Rio and so is Mom, we love hearing all about your new adventures at your new forever home! Please keep in touch and Happy Neighs To You!!
Love Nallie and Mom ♥♥♥♥♥

Donna’s Thoughts on Mt Hope Horse Rescue’s 2nd Annual Campout Fundraiser

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Dear friends!

Today my friend Donna who is one of our loyal volunteers and huge supporter of Mom and Dad’s efforts here at my barn sat down with me at my stall and we shared a few moments to discuss the 2nd Annual Campout fundraiser held this weeeknd. It was alot of work to prepare for the grand event but it was well work the time spent. We had an absolute blast! I was pretty tired by Sunday but it was just so much fun.

Perhaps our turnout was a bit lighter than what we had hoped for but those wonderful humans who did come to spend their time with us brought with their big hearts of luv. I was so happy to see one and all and I also spent time with my equine friends that trailered in for the event from other barns. It was just a swell day.

Donna is always one I enjoy talking with. She speaks from her heart and I so much treasure that. In fact I hang on her every word. She also has a carrot or two stashed in her pocket and if I am on my best behavior she’ll give me one or two or three…

So here we go and I hope you enjoy and learn from what she shares!

Well here it is another Benefit down and the summer coming to a close already where the heck did it go? Pudge, know you will put these thoughts in perspective and please remember I speak only for myself and Finale. The campout was really nice and the evening was just perfect for being outdoors enjoying the night air, hearing the sounds of evening and smelling the camp fire burning. The kids had a wonderful time running around with each other, spooking the adults much to their delight! Marshmallows, s’mores and hot dogs cooking over the fires being enjoyed by all! The best part however was sharing company with family and friends both new and old. Both adults and kids catching up on old times and making new friends, was wonderful to experience all the camaraderie and hearing lots of laughter from all!

Morning came very quickly and it was time to get up and feed the horses, wash our dirty hair and try to get cleaned up as best we could. Angela has come up with a new perfume fragrance called “Summer Horseshow”..lol..I love it..smell of horses and fly spray and VETROLINE..does not get any better than that…lol…!!! Cook Stephanie was in charge of the grill for breakfast and she did a wonderful job everything was yummy! After breakfast it was time to get ready for the afternoon’s activities, getting horses ready, Pat cooking away in the kitchen and getting everything set up for our guests.

All the horses that gave pony rides were on their very best behavior and the MHHR horses made Finale, Cheyenne and Chazzy all feel welcome as did everyone else @ MHHR!! I have to say I was sad at the actual public turnout since everyone put in such hard work to get the event in place, BUT, the folks that did show up had a great time, both adults and children alike. My biggest disappointment was having my boyfriend’s band come, set up, get ready to play then came the showers. We had to make a decision as to whether to move them indoors or just pack it in for the day and since the crowd was so thin I just told them to they might as well call it a day. It just was not worth the risk of ruining any expensive equipment under the circumstances. Kudos to the guys that drove a long way to help us with the benefit!
I hope I can make it up to them in the near future and special thanks to Jeff (Bo) for all the hard work he put into bringing the band together as a favor to me and MHHR! My heartfelt thanks to all the guys in the band for trying!!!

And speaking of special heartfelt thanks, thank you to all the volunteers for the hard work you did to help put this benefit together and also to all those that donated for the event. Honestly I do not know what more we could have done to have attracted more public attention and I am a bit frustrated regarding the turn out. I don’t know if it’s because people just don’t have the money to donate any more or if there is something more we should be doing?? I just don’t know at this point, I guess we just have to keep plugging along and hoping and praying our next event will be more successful as far as actual attendance goes. And most important is thank you to the guests that did come to support MHHR, without your support we could not continue with our efforts of “SAVING ONE HORSE AT A TIME”.

One other thing I would like to add Pudge is this: Above all else what really made this event special is the sheer joy on the faces of Pat, Stephanie and Chris on the pictures of their riding experience!!! A special Neigh Neigh to Finale’s newly found “Aunt Chris”!!! What a beautiful thing to be able to share such a new and special bond that Chris and Finale formed in just short period of time, speaks volumes of Chris and my beloved horse and both their characters!!

God Bless and love to all at MHHR, both two and four legged!!!
“D”

In this moment I would like to add that the support and generosity of all our friends who helped, donated and shared their time prior and during the event meant a lot to me, Mom, Dad and all the volunteers who work so hard to keep us healthy and happy. We simply could not do it without you and it is with our deepest gratitude that we say thank you!

All for now. Luv Pudge ♥

Letter from Rio!!! I am a Spirit Horse!!!

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Hi Friends!!
I am truly blessed to announce that I recieved a luvly letter from Rio. Gee but my dear friend is so happy and now he is a SPIRIT HORSE! Yes friends, Rio has now reinvented himself into a spirit horse. How divine!! The pictures are marvelous and you can see how contented this barn babee is. He really luvs his person so much. Sweet and adoring Bethany takes such good care of Rio and enjoys spending time with him! I am so happy in my pony heart for him. My Rio has certainly come into his own!

So without further wait here is his beautiful letter!!

Hi Pudge,

What a wonderful week we had last week! I got to spend the whole week with Bethany and we rode almost every day! She spoiled me so much and even painted me like an Indian Pony with the help of her good friend Ernie, a full blooded Indian! Then they gave me nice sudsy bath and lots of treats.

I also showed her how to canter and that it is so much fun. Cathy and Rox helped a bit, but gave me most of the credit! They told me that not just any horse could do that and that it takes a special horse. I feel very proud that they trust me so much!

Now when we ride, Bethany and I can canter once we are all warmed up. We always start out slowly and trot a lot to loosen me up, then go on a mini trail ride with Ethel around the farm to cool off.

I have been on 2 real trail rides with Rox, Ethel and Cathy and that is so much fun too! I am very brave and love to look at all the things out there, but there is one really scary gigantic rusty metal tank thing out there that I am trying to get used to. Rox tells me it’s ok and won’t hurt me and I try really hard to believe her……. But you should see this thing! I am going to try really hard not to let it spook me next time. I’m sure you and Pippin wouldn’t be afraid of it and neither is Ethel, so next time I’m going to ride right past it!

Give everyone a big hug for me! I have lots of extras to spare because Bethany gives me them all the time.

Luv,
Rio

Friends Rio even has barn babee pals and really luvs Ethel. Ethel is an Off the Track Thoroughbred just like my Pippin! How exciting – he is really living the good life now.

Kudos to you Rio my Spirit Horse Friend! I can’t wait for your next update. They keep getting better and better!

All for now. Luv Pudge ♥

Indy’s Racing Thoughts! Oh what a weekend it was!

Your friend in racing! Indy!

Dear friends!

A hearty hello to one and all from my barn in Northeastern Pennsylvania! Oh my golly but it sure was another fantastic racing weekend once again. I was thrilled and thrilled over and over again by the talents of our racing superstars! Each race seemed more spectacular than the one before if that’s possible.

Starting off at our summer in Saratoga we were enthralled with the amazing brilliance of Questing as she glided on to the finish line in speedy form by nearly 9 lengths in the Alabama Grade 1 race. Trained by Kiraran McLaughlin, this 3 YRO filly proved that she has what it takes to make the distance in this first time running for all fillies at the mile and a quarter. She had a pretty deep field of competition but she was much the best as she flew by the Grandstand like a spectacular wind of grace. In Lingerie was second and 17 lengths from the first place finisher was Viva Vellaggio. Zo Impressive was fourth but unfortunately sustained a fracture to the right front leg. Zo was checked and then vanned off to her barn. I understand that she is doing very well and will be heading to Kentucky for further treatment. Plans for her after that will be forthcoming. We wish her well. Grace Hall was fifth and then rounding out the race was Sea Island and Uptown Bertie. Questing was also gallant in the CCA Oaks, another grade 1 race that she performed superbly well. Questing has certainly improved her racing record by being a stupendous performer on dirt! Ridden to victory by Iad Ortiz, Questing also showed us that she does not like the whip! Winning so well with a little zig zag one has to wonder how much further ahead she’d be with running straight! Good luck Questing in your next start! You have shown us just how wonderful and talented you truly are!! We look forward to seeing where you run next.

Next up at Saratoga is the run of Point of Entry in the Sword Invitational! Whoa but this boy sure did charm. Talented and fast this beautiful son of the great Dynaformer wowed us with a dynamite race to victory. This grade 1 race on turf was a sight to see. Owned by Phipps stable this 4 YRO majestic son got a perfect rail trip. Turbo Compressor set the pace while our winner tracked the front runners in behind. He had to deal with a little bit of traffic but Johnny V expertly guided our boy out of it and from that point on he sailed home to the finish while the excited onlookers in the Grandstand roared! Ali Khali was second and the flashy Brilliant Speed was third. Another deep field of talent and we were positively taken in by this talented colt once again. This colt is trained by famed trainer Shug McGaughey who was very pleased by how his colt handled the race. With this win the colt is inching closer to being a millionaire winning champion for the Phipps family.

Though there were many races to see and all so very exciting I must get on with one of the biggies – The Arlington Million. This grade 1 race on turf at 1 ¼ miles was won by the Dale Roman’s superstar, Little Mike! This colt is owned by Pricilla and Carlo Vaccarezza and is the 5 YRO son of Spanish Steps and dam Hay Jude. Because this race is another win and you’re in for Breeder’s Cup, Little Mike punched his all expenses paid ticket to the grand event in November! This win was spectacular and increases Little Mike’s career earnings to just over 1.4 million!! While many of the prestigious races at Arlington were taken by the European runners, Little Mike made all his fans here and abroad very proud. Congratulations on your breathtaking performance.

As noted the Europeans were supreme in the Secretariat Stakes won by French bred Bayrir, The Beverly D taken in earnest by the Irish with I’m a Dreamer and of course the American St Leger dominated by a win by Jakkalberry a wonderfully poised Irish bred.

So friends there we are. Though I have highlighted but a few of the bigger stakes races, make no mistake there are many other races being tested by some of the best horses around. We are not lacking in talent or races during these fabulous days of summer. Pennsylvania’s Penn National Racecourse hosted the Dauphin Miss, Louisiana had several fine races, Del Mar, Monmouth and Woodbine all waiting for our watchful eyes linger over the most graceful and beautiful horses to grace the Thoroughbred tracks.

Pudge has been so intrigued by all these new racing experiences and we continue to have many long chats and texts during the racing days. What would we ever do without our smart phones and live racing apps!!

I wish you well in this week ahead and next week will be a super spectacular racing weekend. At Saratoga we’re going to be witness to the Ballerina Stakes on August 24th and on August 25th it will be a racing extravaganza with the running of the Balliston Spa Stakes, the Foxwoods Kings Bishop, the Test stakes and the highly anticipated Travers Stakes!! Also on the same date in Del Mar will be the Del Mar Handicap! Sunday, August 26th we’ll wind out the weekend with the Personal Ensign Invitational at Saratoga and the Del Mar Mile at Del Mar of course and the historic TVG Pacific Classic. So keep the entire weekend open, you’ll be glad you did!

All for now from Indy, Your friend in racing!!!!!!!