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Merlin (registered name "Parade") and Brianna jumping 4 ft this year

We are raising funds for this years "2014" Equine Affaire. If you know of
anyone that can help, please drop us an email at cbouthillier@hotmail.com

DA's Bad Boy with Judi training as a barrel horse


"Always On Guard" with Ingrid Grenon enjoying retired life!


LP's Magic Smiling for the camera!


Peripheral Vision (aka Ray) retraining as a western pleasure horse!


Nasty Nettie, the latest SPHO-MA adoptee is starting training with her young rider Leigha!

(Leigha Brigham riding Nettie first time)

Leigha is working with her trainer, Brooke Markowitz. Brooke has an extensive and impressive background with horses.
Brooke said Nettie is a great mover. Very willing, and fast learner.


Racehorse converted to Pleasure Horse Retires with honors

Duncan running barrels and showing as a Roadster

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
Dressage, Pleasure, Halter and Roadster Under Saddle and done well in them all.

Slam Dunk Lobell earned just under $60,000 on the racetrack from 1997 through 2001.
The son of Jate Lobell took a mark of 1:52.4 at the Meadowlands at both age four and five.
Slam Dunk Lobell’s dam was the Justin Passing mare Singing Strings, who made $565,326 while racing in the 1980s.

Slam Dunk Lobell's owner, Judith Catchpole, has adopted another off-track standardbred to train for the upcoming show year,
his name is DA's Bad Boy, or "Ace" as he is known. And he looks like a handful! Best Wishes to Judi for a successful 2014 show season!

DA's Bad Boy (Ace)

Equine Affaire 2013

Standardbred Demo at the 2013 Equine Affaire

The Equine Affaire 2013 was a HUGE success. Special thanks go to Sarah Morcom for her excellent organizational skills,
the volunteers and especially the standardbreds that posed and performed in the demo and the stalls!
Great job done by all!

Sarah & Celeste Morcom pose with H Masterson (Harry) in the petting stall next to the breed booth.

The Volunteers (Nancy S, Grace, Kelly M, Liz T, Sarah M, and Celeste M)

Kelly Marshall and TC

Liz Tewksbury and Dreamy Starlet

SPHO of MA Proudly supports the purchase of Plainridge Racecourse
by Penn National Gaming
We have been proud to work with Plainridge over the years
and look forward to many more

Who says Standardbreds cant jump!

(Merlin and Brianna)

Merlin (Registered name "Parade") is a Conway Hall trotter that didnt make it at the track.
He must have had his sites on jumping instead!


Midnight Promise
aka Tres Belle

Consealed and Rita Bellinger

Photo by
Lisa Cenis - Shoot That Horse! - Event & Farm Photography - www.ShootThatHorse.com


XFiles Hanover and Jody getting ready for their 2012 Show Season!

Have you hugged your standardbred today??

Photo by Julie Bosland
Emily and Jet

The versatile Standardbred (racehorse to babysitter)

Duncan (Slam Dunk Lobell) takes
Sammi for a ride!

Congrats to Orphine Hanover and Rosie Haseltine
who have been taking their share of the ribbons this year!


Click to see Standardbreds at The 2010 World Equestrian Games

WEG 2010 Standardbred Roadsters

(Xfiles Hanover and Jody)



Richard's Revenge

Lights Out
Photo by Eric Schneider

Lord John

JP Lifester


Twister and Linda

John Frost with Activation and Arvee Bee N

Cynthia Flaherty and Somekindapill
Photo by Denise Metayer

Mattaboy - Gymkhana


Our Mission

The independent Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organizations strive toward the education of Standardbred lovers and the general public alike in all aspects of horsemanship through a cooperative and fun environment.

Our goal is to promote the Standardbred as a non-racing performance and pleasure horse by offering opportunities to learn the proper care, maintenance, and training while encouraging participation in a variety of horse related activities from instructional clinics and seminars to therapeutic riding/driving programs to gymkhanas.

Aiming to demonstrate the performance aspect of the Standardbred sport horse through various types and levels of equestrian competition, combined with the aforementioned pleasure horse qualities, Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organizations are working to educate all individuals on the versatility of the breed and the many benefits from involvement with the Standardbred.

This site is open to everyone who wishes to learn about our breed.

There are independent SPHOs in several states.



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