The Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization of Maine to Sponsor New England Regional Awards Program in 2015
The Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization of Maine (SPHO-ME) has announced its sponsorship of a 2015 New England Regional Awards Program (NERAP) designed to recognize and promote the talent and versatility of the
The new program offers annual high point Standardbred awards through participation in horse shows, trail rides and public demonstrations. Ranging from in hand to carriage driving to eventing, there are over 20 different divisions for the Standardbred exhibitor.
To support the program, SPHO-ME is seeking interested individuals and organizations to join the United States Trotting Association and other committed partners in sponsoring NERAP divisions.
Exhibitors and Standardbred owners residing in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont are encouraged to enroll in the NERAP program at a reduced rate prior to January 31, 2015.
DA's Bad Boy (Ace) wins 2014 awards in his first year competing
Judi Catchpole and Ace won the following awards
National Barrel Horse Association
Senior Rider (over 50)
Res Champion 1D time slot
Champion 4D time slot.
State Championship Show
Champion Buckle Senior 4D time slot.
American Saddlebred Association of Maine.
Res. Champion in Open Roadster Under Saddle and Standardbred Roadster Under Saddle.
Nominated to the New England Awards Program for 2015
Introducing The Super Girls of the Standardbred Demo at the 2014 Equine Affaire
Click the following link for video of the demo
Newest member of Racehorse Transformation Project
Bella the Racehorse and now Fella the pleasure horse
August 24, 2014 we were asked to put on a demo of some of our retired standardbred racehorses at Plainridge Racecourse for the USTA's Back to The Track Sponsored Event.
We showed up with 6 horses to display various disciplines of the breed. We had DA's Bad Boy with Judi Catchpole (Roadster). XFiles Hanover with Jody DeRoches (Dressage). Madam Adams with Deb Adams (Fox Hunter). Lights Out with Karen Fleming-Brooks (Fox Hunter). Pacific Raider with Jennifer Allen (Endurance). JP Lifester with Gayle Matheson (Trails and Hunter paces)
The day did not go according to plan. All horses made it on the track, but with all the activites and no rehearsal time at all, the horses were very keyed up and nervous. But the group showed their standardbred breeding by all going out on the track and parading in front of a large group and did some "meet and greet" with the fans afterwords. It was a great day and a ton of fun was had by all.
Photos from Back to The Track Day at Plainridge Racecourse 2014
JP Lifester's first day under saddle with new owner Gayle Matheson
Merlin (registered name "Parade") and Brianna jumping 4 ft this year (2014)
Nasty Nettie, the latest SPHO-MA adoptee is starting training with her young rider Leigha!
Leigha is working with her trainer, Brooke Markowitz. Brooke has an extensive and impressive background with horses.
Racehorse converted to Pleasure Horse Retires with honors
Slam Dunk Lobell, or “Duncan” as he is affectionately known, has been retired from competition at the age of 19.
He was a nine-time world qualifier in the National Barrel Horse Association, plus he has been shown in
Slam Dunk Lobell earned just under $60,000 on the racetrack from 1997 through 2001.
Slam Dunk Lobell's owner, Judith Catchpole, has adopted another off-track standardbred to train for the upcoming show year,
(Merlin and Brianna)
Merlin (Registered name "Parade") is a Conway Hall trotter that didnt make it at the track.
Have you hugged your standardbred today??
The versatile Standardbred (racehorse to babysitter)
Duncan (Slam Dunk Lobell) takes
Congrats to Orphine Hanover and Rosie Haseltine
***** Dare to Live ABOVE the Standard *****