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Letter: Writer surprised at Parker's columns

Posted: May 17, 2018 3:46 p.m.
Updated: May 18, 2018 1:00 a.m.

I am writing to respond to both articles written by Kathleen Parker concerning the life of thoroughbred race horses.

I am a trainer of race horses in Camden and am surprised that a syndicated columnist would publish an article that was based on the opinion of a person not related to the industry at a social club without substantiating her facts. I would like Ms. Parker go visit one of the farms in Kentucky or even visit one of  the stables in Camden to see how well these 2 year olds are treated. They are treated better than we treat the people in our country.

The majority of race horses move on to be hunters, show horses, eventers and pleasure horses and have great lives. The Carolina Cup has never run 2 year olds. Steeplechase horses are never schooled as 2 year olds and are only allowed to run over jumps late in their 3-year-old season.

Flat horses in this country have it much better than they did 30 years ago. Back then, 2 year olds ran 10 to 12 times a year; currently our 2 year olds may run four to five times a year, if at all. This year’s Derby winner did not even race as a 2-year-old.

Times have changed and Ms. Parker might not think so, but most owners love their horses and want them to have a happy ending. There are a lot of pet owners that don’t treat their pets as they should, but let’s not categorize the horse industry as the villain. What a way for Ms. Parker to cut ties with a place she once called home!

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