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Horses Bound for Florida Seized in New Holland
by Suzanne Bush - December 2014

Three emaciated horses were seized in the parking lot of the New Holland sale barn on Sunday, July 27, 2014. For two of the horses, New Holland was the end of a tortuous road. The third horse, now called Anastasia’s Ally, is thriving at Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Woodbine, MD and will soon be available for adoption. Who bought these horses, and who sold them? How could anyone be so oblivious to their conditions? Where were they headed? The sad story of these three Arabians is another chapter in an all-too-familiar tragedy.

Patty Sherwood of McClure in Snyder County says that she was never in possession of the horses, but was an intermediary. She says that Charlie Fisher purchased all three Arabian horses from New Holland in May, and subsequently asked her if she knew anyone who might be interested in buying them from him. Sherwood has a Facebook page titled Miracles Happen for Horses, in which she posts pictures of horses that need new owners. She says that her organization is emphatically not a rescue. Instead, “our goal is to help save horses before they make it into the hands of Auction Barns, Kill Buyers and the Slaughter Pipeline.” She said that she knows Fisher’s father Carl, and has posted pictures of some of his horses in the past. She contacted a rescue group she knew in Florida, and they agreed to take the horses.

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Champion PA-Bred Hunter is Dream Baby for Dam and Owner
by Crystal Piaskowski - December 2014

Dip, dunk, splash. Bonnie, an aged Appaloosa mare, is calmly and rhythmically pulling large chunks of hay out of her flake and dunking them in her water bucket. Her soft, half-closed eyes hold a dreamy look, and her pregnant flanks move steadily to the motion of her chewing. Bonnie’s owner, Julie Potteiger of Ephrata, PA, bought her in 1997 when she was only two weeks old, solid bay, and with only a few little white spots on her rump. Now, almost nineteen years later and amidst health complications for both mare and owner, the pretty roan is the dam of a promising young hunter and in foal again.

Potteiger, a lifelong horsewoman, knew she had to have Bonnie the moment she saw her sales video. “She was the cutest thing I ever saw, and even though I didn’t know anything about her, it worked out really great,” said Potteiger. Bonnie grew to be a wonderful family horse, taking Potteiger’s daughter Sarah to 4-H States in Harrisburg, PA several times as well as enjoying lower-level dressage work.

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Todd Feaser Crowned East Coast
Equine Comeback Challenge Winner
December 2014

There were tears in the Large Arena of the Farm Show Complex as 10 rescue horses displayed their new found skills after just 90 days of training. Ultimately it was the amazing work of Todd Feaser of Newville, PA, and the rescue horse, "Lil' Red" that wowed the judges in the East Coast Comeback Challenge. The pair completed the obstacle course with ease and went on to exhibit incredible feats during their "freestyle" which included shooting a gun at balloons. Lil’ Red handled the gunshots better than the audience; adults jumped, children cried, and Lil’ Red did not turn an ear.

Feaser received "Red," one of 32 malnourished horses seized from a private Mercer County, PA, farm, in July. Red was badly emaciated upon rescue and in need of medical attention, but thanks to foster care, she put on hundreds of pounds in just a few short months. When she arrived at Feaser's Top Shelf Ranch in Newville, PA, she was timid and untrusting for the first two weeks until Feaser's daughter, Fallon, began working with her.

"She trusts kids," Feaser said of Red. "If she won't do something, just send a kid to her and she will follow them across fire. Literally."

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Sean McDermott & Delta Park Win Pennsylvania Hunt Cup
by Marcella Peyre-Ferry - December 2014

Sean McDermott on Delta Park won the $35,000 Pennsylvania Hunt Cup on a windy Sunday, November 2 near Unionville, PA. This was the 80th running of the prestigious steeplechase over a four-mile course with 22 timber fences.

Delta Park, owned by Arcadia Stable and trained by Jack Fisher, laid off the pace for most of the race, letting Justin Batoff on Major Malibu lead the first lap. The lead changed to Sovereign Fund with Annie Yeager up for the latter half of the second lap, while the rest of the six horse field followed, remaining in striking range.

By the time they hit the final fence at the top of the stretch the early leaders had been left behind, with Mark Beecher on Cornhusker, Delta Park and Willie McCarthy on Hot Rize jumping close together for the lead. McDermott had the most horse left for the final run, pulling out the win by a two length margin over Cornhusker with Hot Rize another two lengths back in third, in a winning time of 9:20 4/5ths.

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Pennsylvanians Sweep Dutta Corp Fair
Hill International CCI3*
by Jenni Autry - December 2014

Pennsylvanians dominated at the Dutta Corp Fair Hill International CCI3* in Elkton, Md., taking home four of the top five spots, with Jennie Brannigan taking home the big win aboard Cambalda, a 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Tim and Nina Gardner.

Redemption proved to be sweet for Brannigan, of West Grove, Pa., who led after dressage at this event last year only to pick up 20 jumping penalties with a refusal at the big double corner combination on Derek di Grazia’s notoriously challenging cross country course.

She conquered the corner combination this year and then some, jumping one of just four double clear show jumping rounds on the final day to clinch the win on 48.2 after Boyd Martin and Master Frisky dropped a rail as the final pair to go.

Her win on a score of 48.2 officially signifies the end of a bad luck streak for Brannigan, who has struggled in the last few years to reproduce the consistent top placings she

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New Bolton Recruiting Foal Sitting Volunteers
December 2014

Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center is recruiting volunteers to assist veterinarians and staff in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit during the busy foaling season.

Registration to be a volunteer “foal sitter” takes place in December, with an orientation to follow in January. Foal sitting volunteer shifts start in February and go through June.

For nearly 30 years, New Bolton Center has enlisted more than 90 foal sitters each year, about half of them returning volunteers. Some foal sitters have participated for years, and include local horse owners and enthusiasts, as well as university and high school students. Foal sitters must be at least 16 years old. Second-year Penn Vet students also foal sit for five shifts of six hours each as part of an elective course.

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