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The second annual MidAtlantic Horse Rescue All Thoroughbred Benefit Horse Show, held Saturday, June 1 at Heavenly Waters Park in Bel Air was “Super,” said MAHR co-founder and executive director Beverly Strauss. “We had even more entries than last year and ran til dark.”

Three judges pinned more than 50 classes. “Don Litz did a superb job judging the in hand and his commentary on each horse was fascinating,” said Strauss. “Susie Hart (from Hart Farm in Virginia) judged the hunter ring and commented on how many lovely horses were showing, horses that could easily compete in the rated shows against the warmbloods.9915 10151420133000598 724456787 n

Steuart Pittman judged the jumper ring, leadline and event horse classes and was impressed with many of the horses and riders–this ring really highlighted the versatility of the
breed.”

Overall High Point Horse of the Day was the gray 8-year-old Buddha gelding Deep Threat, winning ribbons throughout the day while ridden in a variety of classes by students of Claddagh Manor.

High Point War Horse was Positively Macho (gr./ro.g., 2004, Runaway Macho—Positive Appeal, by Tax Appeal), ridden by Olivia Stanley, with top ribbons in several jumper divisions. War Horse in Hand was won by the classy Nkosi Reigns, owned by Sue Smith, director of Canter PA. A 12-year-old son of Out of Place, Nkosi Reigns made 87 starts during his career, which took as far away as Dubai, and was a multiple stakes winner of $552,647 and won the 2006 Spend a Buck Handicap-G3.

High Point Adopted Horse, PC/4H Horse, and Junior Jumper, was Fort Myers (Shown as Southern Voice), ridden by Taylor Cox and adopted 16 months ago from MAHR. He is a 5-year-old son of Real Quiet.“It was a great day,” added Strauss. “Thanks to our sponsors, competitors, volunteers and friends, we raised over $12,000 for MidAtlantic Horse Rescue. We rescue Thoroughbred ex-racehorses from kill pens and feedlots and after QT and evaluation, place them in homes as sport horses.”

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