Annie’s Project for Delaware’s Equine Industry Begins Feb 27

Annie's Project logoWhat is Annie’s Project?

Annie was a woman who grew up in a small town in Northern Illinois.  Her goal was to marry a farmer and she did.  Annie spent her lifetime learning how to be an involved business partner with her farm husband.  Together they did great things, but it wasn’t easy.  This is Annie’s Project- to take her experiences and share it with farm women living and working in a complex business.


To empower farm women to manage information systems used in critical decision making processes and to build local networks throughout the state.  The target audience is farm women with a passion for business and involvement in the farm operation.

Annie’s Project for Delaware Horsewomen

Annie’s Project has been such a success, we are offering the program again in 2015 with an emphasis on the equine industry in Delaware.  Classes will be held in the Harrington Raceway Board Room in Harrington, Delaware Friday afternoons from 1:00- 4:00 pm from February 27- April 17, 2015.  Each week we will begin with lunch and then enjoy the topic of the week.  Topics include:

  • Insurance and Liability
  • Business Planning
  • Understanding Credit and Financial Recordkeeping
  • Healthcare Options
  • Using Excel and QuickBooks for Your Business
  • The Next Generation
  • Estate Planning
  • Marketing and Social Media

We predict that you will learn as much from your classmates as you will from our group presenters.  The notebook, flash drive and other resources are well worth the $75 registration fee.  The class is limited to 20 participants.  To register online visit or by mailing the form and registration fee.  Special thanks to Harrington Raceway for their in kind support of this program.  For more information please contact Susan Garey (302)730-4000 or Tracy Wootten (302)236-0298

2015 Delaware Equine Industry Annie’s Project Registration Form

Be an Annie’s Graduate!

Cold Weather Increases Risks of Impaction Colic in Horses

The weather has turned drastically colder in just the last few days on Delmarva and snow has coated the ground in New Castle and Kent counties.  Horse owners should be watching their animals carefully for the warning signs of impaction colic.  Impaction colics are typically more common in the winter as horses do not consume as much water when it is cold or when the temperature of their water is cold.  Dry feed material slows down in the digestive tract and can become stuck or impacted in several locations in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.  Places where the horse’s intestines fold upon itself (flexures) and decrease in size  are common locations for impactions to occur.

Monitoring how much water horses are consuming as well as manure production, can help a horse owner know when to be concerned about the possibility of an impaction colic as signs and symptoms of an impaction colic can be more subtle then other types and more easily missed if you aren’t paying close attention.  Keeping horses stalled and therefore restricting movement as we tend to do when the weather is cold or snowy, can also affect motility or movement of feedstuffs through the GI tract.

Offering horses water that is slightly warmed as well as water that is flavored with some type of electrolyte or even simple drink mix can help increase water consumption.  I have a senior mare at home that is prone to impaction colics.  We always have strawberry lemonade powdered drink mix on hand in our barn cabinet as we discovered many years ago during an impaction colic episode that she loves that flavor and will drink that flavored water readily.  Having salt available for free choice consumption or adding a small amount to a horses daily grain ration can also help to increase a horse’s appetite for water.

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Delaware Ag Week Programs for Equine Owners

Mark your calendars for the 10th Annual Delaware Agriculture Week, January 12-16, 2015.  This is an excellent educational opportunity for Delaware agriculture stakeholders to learn best practices and new technologies, meet vendors and network with other agricultural producers.  This year’s event will once again be located at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington.  Delaware Agriculture Week provides numerous sessions that cover a wide array of topics including small fruits, fresh market & processing vegetables, small flock & commercial poultry, grain marketing, grain crops, hay & pasture, beef cattle, irrigation, direct marketing, and much more.  Nutrient management, pesticide, and certified crop adviser continuing education credits will be offered.

Delaware Ag Week is sponsored by the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, Delaware State University Cooperative Extension and the Delaware Department of Agriculture.

Sessions of particular interest to horse owners are on January 13, 2015 and include the Delmarva Hay and Pasture Conference and the Equine Pasture Management Session.  The program schedule is:

Delmarva Hay & Pasture Conference, Tuesday, January 13, 2015 9:00 am-3:30 pm

Commodities Building

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. “Welcome, Housekeeping Details and Evaluations” Dr. Richard Taylor, Extension Agronomy Specialist, University of Delaware

9:15 a.m. -10:15 a.m.Managing Forage Quality with Fluctuating Weather” Dr. Sid Bosworth, Extension Agronomist, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

10:15- a.m. – 11:00 a.m. “Improving Hay and Pasture Quality Through New Developments in AlfalfaDick Kaufman, Regional Manager, W-L Research, Columbia, PA

11:00-a.m- 11:30 am. “Weather Patterns that Influence Hay Making” Kevin Brinson, Associate State Climatologist and Director Delaware Environmental Observing System (DEOS), University of Delaware

 11:30 a.m.           LUNCH IN DOVER Building

 DE Pesticide Certification Credits: 0 MD Pesticide Credits 1 DE NM Credits 1.25 MD NM Credits 1 CCA Credits: 2

1:00 p.m.-1:15 p.m.Greetings From the National Maryland-Delaware Forage Council” Dr. Les Vough, President, Maryland-Delaware Forage Council

1:15 p.m.-2:00 p.m. “Improving Farm Viability Through Advanced Forage Crop Selection and Management” Dr. Sid Bosworth, Extension Agronomist, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. “When and How to Fertilize Your Pastures to Maintain Stands and Increase Productivity” Dr. Les Vough, Forage Agronomist, Southern Maryland, Resource Conservation and Development, Inc.

2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. “Nutrient Needs and Common Deficiencies of Forage Crops” Dr. Richard Taylor, Extension Agronomy Specialist, University of Delaware

DE/MD Pesticide Certification Credits: 0 DE NM Credits 2.25 MD NM Credits: 2 CCA Credits: NM: 1.5 CM: 0.5


Equine Pasture Management, Tuesday, January 13, 2015 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

Exhibit Hall

 6:00 p.m. “When and How to Fertilize Your Pastures to Maintain Stands and Productivity” Dr. Les Vough, Forage Agronomist, Southern Maryland RC & D

6:50 p.m. “Delaware State Police Mounted Unit” Cpl. Alison M Meadows, Delaware State Police

7:00 p.m. “Equine Manure Management: Your Options Part 1” Dot Abbott, Renewable Resources Extension Agent, University of Delaware and Lauren Torres, Environmental Scientist, Delaware Department of Agriculture

7:20 p.m. Break

7:30 p.m. “Equine Manure Management: Your Options Part 2” Presenters: Dot Abbott, Renewable Resources Extension Agent, University of Delaware and Lauren Torres, Environmental Scientist, Delaware Department of Agriculture

8:00 p.m. “Maintaining Pasture Stands for Improved Nutrition through Rotational Grazing” Laura Kenny, Program Associate, Rutgers University

9:00 p.m. Adjourn

DE NM Credits 2.75 MD NM Credits 3 CCA Credits NM 2.5

For more information on other programs occurring during Delaware Ag Week, please visit our Ag Week website:

USHWA Announces Pacing Divisional Winners

JK She’salady and Sweet Lou were landslide winners in Dan Patch Award voting announced Wednesday by the U.S. Harness Writers Association, but one of the six pacing divisions resulted in a rare dead heat.

Anndrovette and Rocklamation will share the Dan Patch Award for best older female pacer after each received 51 of 157 votes. The only previous tie for a Dan Patch Award came in 1965 when Cardigan Bay and Race Time finished in a dead heat for best older pacer.

JK She’salady, who was undefeated in 12 starts, came within one vote of being the unanimous selection for best 2-year-old female pacer. Sweet Lou, who set a record with six consecutive wins in faster than 1:48, was three votes from being the undisputed top older male pacer.

Completing the list of division champions were 2-year-old male pacer Artspeak, 3-year-old male pacer McWicked, and 3-year-old female pacer Color’s A Virgin. Artspeak received 90 percent of the vote in his group while McWicked had 82 percent and Color’s A Virgin had 68 percent.

Seven-year-old Anndrovette and 5-year-old Sweet Lou are repeat winners.

Pacer of the Year, Trotter of the Year and Horse of the Year will be announced at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Meadowlands Racetrack’s Victory Sports Bar. Thursday’s announcements will be streamed live on the racetrack’s website,

Anndrovette now has received a record four Dan Patch honors in the pacing mare division, and is tied with Eternal Camnation for the most honors for any pacer in history.

Rocklamation’s trophy is the first in the division for trainer Ron Burke, who has conditioned the six most recent winners among older male pacers.

This season, Anndrovette won six of 22 races and earned a division-leading $520,352 for driver Tim Tetrick, trainer P.J. Fraley, and owners Bamond Racing and Joe Davino. Her victories included the Roses Are Red Stakes and Betsy Ross Invitational.

Rocklamation, a 6-year-old, won four of 18 races and banked $517,364. Her triumphs for driver Yannick Gingras and owners Our Horse Cents Stables, Stable 45, and J&T Silva Stables included the Golden Girls, Artiscape, and Lady Liberty.

Artspeak won eight of 10 races and earned $742,185, with top wins coming in the Metro Pace and Governor’s Cup. He is owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco, and In The Gym Partners. He is trained by Tony Alagna, who also captured this division in 2012 with Captaintreacherous, and was driven by Scott Zeron.

After losing her first three starts of the year, Color’s A Virgin rebounded to win all but one of her next 14 races, with her victories including the Jugette and Nadia Lobell. She finished the campaign with 13 wins in 18 starts and earnings of $532,622 for driver Trace Tetrick, trainer Brian Brown and owner Emerald Highlands Farm.

JK She’salady won her final nine starts by a minimum of one length and closed her campaign with a stakes-record victory in the Breeders Crown. She equaled the world record of 1:50.1 for a 2-year-old female pacer in winning the She’s A Great Lady Stakes at Mohawk and also captured the Three Diamonds Stakes.

Owned by 3 Brothers Stables, JK She’salady is trained by Nancy Johansson. The filly was driven by Tim Tetrick in the Breeders Crown and by Gingras in her previous starts.

McWicked was the richest pacer of the year, with $1.47 million in purses for owner SSG Stables and trainer Casie Coleman. The colt won 12 of 23 races and hit the board a total of 21 times. He finished the season on a three-race win streak, which included the Breeders Crown and a stakes-record triumph in the Progress Pace.

Other victories for McWicked included the Delvin Miller Adios and Max C. Hempt Memorial.  His time of 1:47.3 in the Hempt at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is the fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old on a five-eighths-mile track. He was driven primarily by David Miller, with Brian Sears in the sulky for the Breeders Crown.

A Dan Patch Award winner in 2011 at the age of 2, Sweet Lou added a second trophy this year for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Larry Karr, and Phil Collura. He won 11 of 19 races for the season and earned $1.36 million.

Sweet Lou, driven by Ron Pierce, won the Ben Franklin Pace at Pocono Downs in 1:47, the fastest-ever mile on a five-eighths track, and won the Dan Patch Invitational in 1:47.2, the fastest-ever mile at Hoosier Park. Other victories for Sweet Lou included the TVG Free For All Series championship, William R. Haughton Memorial, U.S. Pacing Championship, and the Roll With Joe.

Complete vote totals for all awards will be released Thursday with the Horse of the Year announcement.

(141 of 157 votes)
Western Ideal – The Art Museum – Artsplace
Yearling Price: $100,000 at Lexington Selected Sale.
Breeders: Brittany Farms, Melvin Hartman.
Owners: Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco, In The Gym Partners.
Trainer: Tony Alagna. Driver: Scott Zeron.
Races: 10-8-0-2. Purses: $742,185. Mark: 1:50.2 at Mohawk.
Top wins: $613,640 Metro Pace; $502,850 Governor’s Cup.

JK She’salady 
(155 votes; one abstention)
Art Major – Presidential Lady – Presidential Ball
Yearling Price: Homebred.
Breeders: 3 Brothers Stables.
Owners: 3 Brothers Stables.
Trainer: Nancy Johansson. Drivers: Yannick Gingras, Tim Tetrick.
Races: 12-12-0-0. Purses: $883,330. Mark: 1:50.1 at Mohawk (equals world record).
Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $441,600 She’s A Great Lady; $377,360 Three Diamonds.

(128 votes)
McArdle – Western Sahara – Western Ideal
Yearling Price: $35,000 at Standardbred Horse Sale.
Breeder: Andray Farm.
Owner: S S G Stables.
Trainer: Casie Coleman. Drivers: David Miller, Brian Sears.
Races: 23-12-5-4. Purses: $1.47 million. Mark: 1:47.3 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs (world record).
Top wins: $531,250 Breeders Crown; $500,000 Hempt Memorial; $400,000 Adios.

Color’s A Virgin 
(106 votes)
Always A Virgin – Full Color – Allamerican Ingot
Yearling Price: Homebred.
Breeder: Emerald Highlands Farm.
Owner: Emerald Highlands Farm.
Trainer: Brian Brown. Driver: Trace Tetrick.
Races: 18-13-2-0. Purses: $532,622. Mark: 1:51 at Meadowlands.
Top wins: $298,100 Jugette; $176,500 Nadia Lobell.

Sweet Lou 
(154 votes)
Yankee Cruiser – Sweet Future – Falcons Future
Yearling Price: $38,000 at Standardbred Horse Sale.
Breeder: Birnam Wood Farms.
Owners: Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Larry Karr, Phil Collura.
Trainer: Ron Burke. Driver: Ron Pierce.
Races: 19-11-3-1. Purses: $1.36 million. Mark: 1:47 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs (world record).
Top wins: $500,000 TVG Final; $500,000 Ben Franklin; $463,300 William Haughton Memorial.

(51 votes)
Riverboat King – Easy Miss – Big Towner
Yearling Price: Private sale.
Breeder: Golden Touch Stable.
Owners: Bamond Racing, Joseph Davino.
Trainer: P.J. Fraley. Driver: Tim Tetrick.
Races: 22-6-4-4. Purses: $520,352. Mark: 1:49.1 at Mohawk.
Top wins: $303,600 Roses Are Red; $250,000 Betsy Ross.

Rocklamation (51 votes)
Rocknroll Hanover – Art Sale – Artsplace
Yearling Price: $50,000 at Standardbred Horse Sale.
Breeder: Perretti Farms.
Owners: Our Horse Cents Stables, Stable 45, J&T Silva Stables.
Trainer: Ron Burke. Driver: Yannick Gingras.
Races: 18-4-5-2. Purses: $517,364. Mark: 1:48.3 at Meadowlands.
Top wins: $183,450 Golden Girls; $178,000 Artiscape; $177,750 Lady Liberty.


Source:  United States Harness Writers Association news release

U.S Harness Writers Association Announces Trotting Divisional Award Winners

USHWA logoThe fastest trotter of all time and the richest Standardbred of the year were among the six trotters to receive divisional honors in Dan Patch Award voting announced Tuesday by the U.S. Harness Writers Association.

Divisional honors for pacers will be revealed Wednesday, followed by the live announcements of Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year, and Horse of the Year at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Meadowlands Racetrack’s Victory Sports Bar. Thursday’s announcements will be streamed live on the racetrack’s website,

Sebastian K, an 8-year-old who won in 1:49 in June to become the fastest trotter in history, was voted harness racing’s best older male trotter of 2014. Father Patrick, who earned $1.69 million this season to lead all Standardbreds, was named the sport’s best 3-year-old male trotter.

Father Patrick is from the stable of trainer Jimmy Takter, who also conditioned Pinkman, the Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter, and Shake It Cerry, who was one vote shy of being the unanimous selection for best 3-year-old female trotter.

Shake It Cerry and Father Patrick also were honored last year at age 2.

Completing the list of this year’s award winners were 2-year-old female trotter Mission Brief and older female trotter Classic Martine.

A total of 157 ballots were returned. Mission Brief, Pinkman, and Sebastian K joined Shake It Cerry in exceeding 89 percent of the vote in their respective divisions. Father Patrick received 60 percent and Classic Martine garnered 58 percent.

Yannick Gingras was the primary driver for three of the trotters to receive Dan Patch honors: Mission Brief, Pinkman, and Father Patrick.


Classic Martine won nine of 18 races this year and hit the board a total of 16 times to lead all older female trotters in purses with $438,912. Her victories included the Armbro Flight Stakes, Miss Versatility Series championship and the Ima Lula Series final in a then-world-record-equaling performance.

Trained by Chris Oakes and driven primarily by Tim Tetrick, Classic Martine is owned by Hauser Bros. Racing, Susan Oakes, Conrad Zurich, and Edwin Gold.


No harness racing horse earned more money this year than Father Patrick, who banked $1.69 million for the Father Patrick Stable ownership group. His victories included the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male trotters, Canadian Trotting Classic, Beal Memorial, Zweig Memorial, Stanley Dancer Memorial, American-National Stakes, and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship.

His 1:50.2 win in the Beal Memorial on June 28 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is the fastest mile ever by any 3-year-old on a five-eighths-mile track.

Father Patrick joins Lucky Chucky, Muscle Hill, Deweycheatumnhowe, and Donato Hanover as male trotters in the last 10 years to receive a Dan Patch Award at both ages 2 and 3.


Mission Brief trotted the fastest mile ever by any 2-year-old, stopping the clock in 1:50.3 in winning her division of the International Stallion Stakes on Oct. 2 at The Red Mile. It was the third time Mission Brief either equaled or lowered the world record. She finished her campaign by winning the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly trotters in a stakes-record 1:51.4.

For the year, Mission Brief won nine of 13 races – she went off stride in all four losses – and earned $591,070 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. She won eight of her starts by at least three lengths and had a combined margin of victory of 65-3/4 lengths – an average of more than seven lengths per triumph.

In addition to the Breeders Crown, her wins included the Merrie Annabelle Stakes and New Jersey Sire Stakes championship.


Pinkman, who was entered in November’s Standardbred Horse Sale’s Mixed Sale before Takter reconsidered, won six of eight races and earned $566,960 for owners Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland and Herb Liverman. Named after a character from the television series, “Breaking Bad,” the gelding’s victories included the Breeders Crown, in a stakes-record-equaling 1:53.2, and Valley Victory Stakes.

Takter-trained horses have been named best 2-year-old male trotter three times in five years, with Pinkman following Father Patrick in 2013 and Pastor Stephen in 2010.


Sebastian K arrived in the U.S. this season after a record-setting career in Europe. The Swedish-born stallion trotted a world-record-equaling 1:50.1 in his debut at the Meadowlands and capped a record streak of four consecutive victories in 1:50.3 or faster with his 1:49 triumph at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

Owned by Knutsson Trotting Inc., Sebastian K was driven by trainer Ake Svanstedt and finished the year with eight wins in 13 races and $663,853 in purses. His victories included the Cashman Memorial, Crawford Farms Open Trot, and Cutler Memorial.


Shake It Cerry won 15 of 17 races this year, earning $1.23 million for the Solveig’s Racing Partners ownership group and driver Ron Pierce.

The Takter-trained filly finished her season by winning the Breeders Crown in a stakes-record 1:52.2. She also won the Matron Stakes in a stakes- and track-record 1:52.4 over a “good” surface at Dover Downs, the American-National in a stakes-record 1:52.2 and equaled the stakes record of 1:52.1 in capturing the Elegantimage.

Both of Shake It Cerry’s parents were Dan Patch Award winners. Donato Hanover was Horse of the Year at age 3 in 2007 and Solveig was voted best 2-year-old female trotter in 2004. Solveig also was trained by Takter, who named the filly in honor of his mother.

Shake It Cerry joins Passionate Glide and Pampered Princess, both also trained by Takter, and Check Me Out as female trotters to receive Dan Patch Awards at ages 2 and 3.

Complete vote totals for all awards will be released Thursday with the Horse of the Year announcement.



PINKMAN (144 of 157 votes)

Explosive Matter – Margie Seelster – Angus Hall

Yearling Price: $77,000 under name Traffic Jam at Lexington Selected Sale.

Breeder: O Narutac Equine Nursery.

Owners: Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland, Herb Liverman.
Trainer: Jimmy Takter. Driver: Yannick Gingras, Sylvain Filion.
Races: 8-6-1-0. Purses: $566,960. Mark: 1:53.2 at Meadowlands.
Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $463,690 Valley Victory.



MISSION BRIEF (150 votes)

Muscle Hill – Southwind Serena – Varenne

Yearling Price: $150,000 at Lexington Selected Sale.

Breeders: Steve Stewart, Black Creek Farm, Andrea Lea Racing Stables Inc.

Owners: Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables, Weaver Bruscemi LLC.
Trainer: Ron Burke. Driver: Yannick Gingras.
Races: 13-9-0-0. Purses: $591,070. Mark: 1:50.3 at The Red Mile (world record).
Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $352,050 Merrie Annabelle.




Cantab Hall – Gala Dream – Enjoy Lavec

Yearling Price: $105,000 under name Royal Press at Lexington Selected Sale.

Breeder: Brittany Farms.

Owner: Father Patrick Stable.
Trainer: Jimmy Takter. Driver: Yannick Gingras.
Races: 17-12-3-0. Purses: $1.69 million. Mark: 1:50.2 at Pocono Downs (world record).
Top wins: $613,800 Canadian Trotting Classic; $500,000 Breeders Crown; $500,000 Beal Memorial.



SHAKE IT CERRY (156 votes)

Donato Hanover – Solveig – Yankee Glide

Yearling Price: Homebred.

Breeder: Solveig’s Breeders.

Owner: Solveig’s Racing Partners.
Trainer: Jimmy Takter. Driver: Ron Pierce.

Races: 17-15-0-1. Purses: $1.23 million. Mark: 1:51.2 at The Red Mile.
Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $368,100 Elegantimage; $224,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity.



SEBASTIAN K (141 votes)

Korean – Gabriella K – Probe

Yearling Price: Homebred.

Breeder: Knutsson Trotting AB.

Owner: Knutsson Trotting Inc.
Trainer: Ake Svanstedt. Driver: Ake Svanstedt.

Races: 13-8-2-0. Purses: $663,853. Mark: 1:49 at Pocono Downs (world record).
Top wins: $300,650 Cashman Memorial; $236,000 Crawford Farms Trot; $175,000 Cutler Memorial.




Classic Photo – Drinking Days – Andover Hall

Yearling Price: None (sold privately at age 3).

Breeders: Todd Schadel, Christine Schadel.

Owners: Hauser Bros. Racing, Susan Oakes, Conrad Zurich, Edwin Gold.
Trainer: Chris Oakes. Driver: Tim Tetrick.

Races: 18-9-5-2. Purses: $438,912. Mark: 1:51.1 at Meadowlands.
Top wins: $244,720 Armbro Flight; $121,500 Miss Versatility.


Ken Weingartner


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Harness Racing Communications


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