In our last OTTB blog, you met Leah Lang-Gluscic and Emily Daignault-Salvaggio. We talked about how they found their amazing horses, AP Prime and Gin Joint. AP Prime is currently competing at Rolex, and Gin Joint had a superb 2015, being named the Retired Racehorse Project's
Thoroughbred Makeover Field Champion.
Both Emily and Leah’s programs are based upon routine. Emily starts her prospects from day one on their backs, building her partnership and giving the horse comfort in their routine. She stressed that finding something for each horse to do right every session and ending on a positive note is the cornerstone of her program. For Leah, her young prospects have a much more relaxed program, but they still stay on a regular program of work, minus the gallop and trot sets required of an upper-level eventer. AP Prime also has a rigorous program of therapy, including icing and massage, as befits any professional athlete.
Gin Joint’s road to success started out with walking over poles and boxes early on, so that he got used to seeing the items he would later be jumping. Emily took him out on paper chases to get exposure to different types of situations, other horses, and taught him over obstacles like logs and post and rail jumps outside of the ring before moving inside. She shipped him out to events, schooling shows and clinics. In 2016, Gin will get to try his considerably talented skills in jumpers, eventing, dressage and even hunter derbies. Emily stresses there is so much to learn from all disciplines, and she intends to take advantage this year.
AP Prime is at Rolex this year after having to scratch from the cross-country phase of the 2015 competition. His rise to this level of competing has been nothing short of meteoric – six months after purchasing him, Leah competed him in his first Beginner Novice event. A little over a year later, he went Intermediate, and a year and half later, Advanced. He’s now running solidly 3*** and showing no signs of slowing down, having just finished tenth at the Carolina International at the end of March.
A sentiment both Leah and Emily shared – If you give a Thoroughbred a chance, they can do anything. They both hope people continue to see how versatile the breed is and that people continue to turn to them for show and pleasure mounts. Their talent and potential is limitless; if you are willing to invest time and patience into a Thoroughbred, you won’t regret it!
About the Author:
Stacy Bromley Cheetham, MPA grew up riding horses. She currently resides in Raleigh, NC with her boyfriend, her two rescue Pomeranians, an ornery calico cat, and is working with a promising young OTTB, Indelible (Hanna No Sir) who came from the Track to Tranquility race rehoming program. She is a fundraiser for a local nonprofit and is the Silent Auction Chair for Duke Jump for the Children, an AA rated horse show benefiting Duke Children’s Hospital.