Reid McClellan

Exercise Riders a Shrinking Pool of Talent

When Lorna Chavez moved from England to the United States in 1995, the land of abundance had a surfeit of skilled participants willing and able to don helmet and boot and join the nation's ranks of exercise riders. "I started in Delaware," said Chavez, a former jockey, of her time as an exercise rider for Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard. But that was a quarter-century ago. "Now, there aren't enough riders around," she said. "Especially good ones." And that means busy racetracks of a morning are increasingly populated with...

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USVI To Serve As Home To Training Program In Advanced Horse Care

Edited Press Release The US Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections has partnered with the Virgin Islands Equestrian Equine Therapy Project, Inc. (VIEETP), to provide The Elite Program, a training course in horse care and horse training, to eligible inmates at the Golden Grove Correctional Facility in St. Croix. The goal of the program is to provide job skills and equine assisted therapy to incarcerated men and women thereby lowering the rate of recidivism and increasing wage-earning opportunities for the inmates upon release. Horse behavior, anatomy and physiology, first aid, ground...

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