Archive | March, 2018

2018 RRP Candidate: Sassy Ashley

We are excited to announce that we have accepted another CARMA Placement Program Graduate into the Neigh Savers program that will be aiming for the Retired Racehorse Project!  Sassy Ashley is a five year old mare with impeccable pedigree credentials, a blue-blood from the esteemed Calumet Farm in Lexington, KY.  Sassy raced 21 times in the California circuit and was letting down from the track at San Luis Downs when the December tragic fire broke out that took the lives of so many fine race horses.  She is a survivor of that fire and afterwards her connections retired her for good, as they were already thinking about it after her last race in October 2017.

Now, in partnership with Kalley Krickeberg Balanced Horse Training, we are once again paving the road to Kentucky and the Retired Racehorse Project for the third consecutive year and for the third time with a CARMA horse. We would like to thank CARMA Project Manager Natalie Reitkirk for her help in this placement. We look forward to many updates from Kalley as she begins prepping Sassy for Kentucky.  Ashley has been adopted by Kalley and is officially off the market.

You can keep an eye on Ashley on her dedicated video update page!





Bear Creek Programs Update

Los Gatos High School Freshman spent a muddy weekend learning how to communicate safely and effectively with retired thoroughbreds. They learned how to apply and release pressure to begin a dialogue and how to read the horses facial expressions and body language. Each student practiced round pen skills to gain trust and understanding of the horse. Later, the group hand walked the horse on the trail practicing quieting skills.  The students also mucked stalls, groomed horses, cleaned tack and then hugged plenty of OTTBs.  The students were required to complete 10 hours of community service and will present their projects in an open forum.  We are pleased that we could offer this service to the community at large.
A special thanks to Bear Creek Creek Stables’ NS volunteers, Team Leader, Jenny Whitman and to Diane Azevedo and Karen Read for providing rain gear and refreshments to all the participants.