“I am happy to say that we will be submitting our final entry for Barrel Racing. To me, this is an accomplishment in itself. When I began this journey, that was my hope for Alvie, but I was willing to take it whatever direction suited him best.”
“Those game-changing moments are the most amazing feeling and they are what make all the struggles and frustrations worth it. You just have to work hard, be determined and wait for them to come.” (more…)
“Throughout our training, I had an idea of what my horse could be like, but … I was just riding on faith. I hadn’t really had many of those ‘glimpses of greatness’ … I just had a hunch that things would turn out okay… I’m feeling better about it with each ride.”
“Barrel Racing is of course a speed event, but it’s not the fastest horse that wins — it’s all about steps … I don’t need to train him to run, someone else did that! My main goal is to have a controllable, focused, and a correctly patterned horse at the Makeover.”
“If I had a dollar for every time I was asked how I manage to balance a full-time, demanding career with raising a toddler, riding, owning a farm, and being active around our community, I’d be richer than Scrooge McDuck … But really, it takes a village to make it possible.”
Riding and regular barn chores, unfortunately, aren’t actually enough to make us fitter if they’re the same thing we do every day: Marcella Gruchalak builds a fitness regimen that any rider can do at the barn!
“I will risk looking silly or incompetent to benefit myself and my horses all day every day! Anyone who considers themselves to be a horseman should be okay with that also. There is no resting place where you know it all — you never do.”
“Despite being highly educated and holding two advanced degrees, I can make some pretty dumb decisions. To some, taking on a three-year old OTTB after last season’s track record might make the top five list of ‘KB’s worst decisions that seemed like a good idea at the time.'”
American Lioness, aka Nessi, has been putting Marcella Gruchalak through the wringer recently, and an episode that made Marcella sprint across the pasture in fear for Nessi’s health is no different — with an unexpected outcome!
“There are many things that I may not be: I may not be the most talented, I may not have all the best resources, but what I do have is the best interest at heart for the horse. Sometimes that means another person gets the call to jockey. I really hope that I finally get the call for this horse named Awesome Choice.”
“Every day during feeding time, I feel like I am engaged in a game of chess.” American Lioness is testing Marcella Gruchalak’s creativity and knowledge in feeding, but Marcella has a few tricks up her sleeve.
“The Give Back to Go Scholarship may just have launched a movement — of paying it forward, looking outside of one’s own experience and raising awareness of off-track Thoroughbreds in new and creative ways.”
“What are the facts? Why would you not take a chance on a horse that has proven he can win, already broke and riding, and has the look… not to mention his $50,000 sale price as a two-year-old. Someone obviously saw some promise in this horse at some point!”
Combining the best parts of March Madness — so, you know, the bracket — with the 16 most popular Thoroughbred sires of sport horses, the Retired Racehorse Project has rolled out “Sire Madness” for another year.