The Chronicle of the Horse Launches Inaugural Thoroughbred Issue

by Diana Pikulski,

On May 7, The Chronicle of the Horse launched its first “Thoroughbred Issue”. The Chronicle, established in 1937 is a weekly magazine read by virtually everyone in the horse show and eventing world. It is the ‘bible’ of American equine lifestyle.

For those of us who always rode off-track thoroughbreds in every discipline, we are thrilled to see thoroughbreds getting the recognition they deserve in real time- not only in historical and reminiscent pieces. As we at the Thoroughbred Adoption Network and many people in the Thoroughbred racing industry work to market off-track Thoroughbreds in second careers, coverage like this is invaluable.

“We enjoyed the opportunity to highlight a breed that has long been intertwined with The Chronicle of the Horse and its roots in field sports such as fox hunting and racing/steeplechasing,” noted Beth Rasin, president and editor of The Chronicle. “Thoroughbreds are now seeing a renewed enthusiasm from all kinds of sport horse enthusiasts, and we wanted to highlight some of the people responsible for that resurgence of interest as well as some of the ways in which Thoroughbreds are excelling in FEI and other popular competitive sports.”

We also looked back at horsemen like Dennis Murphy, who rose to great achievements on the backs of Thoroughbreds,” added Rasin. “Whenever we cover a competition, we look for interesting angles, underdogs and human interest, and stories about Thoroughbreds often touch all of those highlights. We never miss the chance to report on a TB who wins a grand prix show jumping class or FEI dressage competition. In our rosters, such as the popular Kentucky Preview issue, we highlight those horses who are OTTBs and Thoroughbreds, and in all of our coverage we strive to communication information about breeds and pedigrees.”

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