Day At The Track

Are racehorses next for the chopping block?

06:32 PM 31 May 2012 NZST
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Janine Engelman - Riding one of her favourite horses - Tight Rockies
Burning Point - And her 2012 Rocknroll Hanover filly
Janine Engelman with Just Sioux Me - The horse that put her on the map
Janine Engelman - Has been involved in the rise and fall of many breeds
Janine Engelman's two daughters - Mari and Loren with Miss Rocki Star
Janine Engelman's - Two beautiful daughters Mari and Lauren
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Janine Engelman went through the market crash of Arabians, Quarter Horses and Paints and now fears that both the harness racing and galloping variety may follow suit. 'I have been involved in the rise and fall of many breeds,' said Engelman, who runs the 115 acre facility named Engelwood Paint Horses in Bloomsburg PA.

“We have a herd size that fluctuates between 100-150 horses. Ninety per cent of the horses are standardbreds,” Engelman told Harnesslink.

A former dental hygienist, who has a major in biology from the Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Engelman’s addiction and love of horses started as a small child in diapers with a father that was a horse enthusiast, breeder and blacksmith.

“My father would sit me in front of him as he rode endlessly. I had been given 2 driving ponies for my eighth birthday. At 11 years old, I was competing in Hunter Jumper Events and at 16 I started showing Paint Horses world-wide.

“I was 12 years old when I received my first pay check for training a pleasure horse. I was married to an Animal Chiropractor which led me to the racing industry,”Engelman, a Philadelphia native, said.

It was through the rehabbing of injured thoroughbreds and standardbreds, that she became interested in the racing industry.

“I have since become a breeder of standardbreds. Our most accomplished standardbred broodmare is Burning Point,” she said.

Burning Point (1:49.2), a permanent resident at Engelwood, is owned by Shelby Novick, of Delray Beach (FL). She last raced in 2007.

The now 12-year-old daughter of Camluck won 46 of her 140 starts and $3.1 million.

Engelman is a 41-year-old single mother of two girls - Mari (5) and Loren (3).

She has a staff of four working at her Engelwood business.

She is also an accomplished writer and perhaps her following article portrays the depth of her love of the magical equine beast.


Five thousand years ago, man harnessed the power of the horse. Our civilization was built on the power, speed and endurance of the noble animal.

During the American Revolution the horses’ greatest work was in the military. The Industrial Revolution replaced horses with the Steam Engine. The horse then found himself planting crops and used for recreational purposes.

Horses, the ghost writers in our Worlds History, continue to be a large part of Americas Economy. They are responsible for fuelling agriculture, business, entertainment, gaming, recreation and sport.

The AmericanHorse Council's last study in 2005 reported that there are 9.2 million horses in the United States. These horses have a 102 billion dollar impact on the US economy and generate 1.4 million full time jobs.

These are very impressive numbers for one single species.

The horse is an American icon without contest. Throughout the Worlds evolution the horse has been a steadfast symbol.

There is no other species that has evolved so gracefully and with such a large scope of purpose. Our current society has lost the importance of the horse. However, our past Presidents and Leaders knew the significant value of this majestic animal. The horse is a National Treasure throughout American History.

President George Washington was carried by a horse named Nelson when the British surrendered. Captain Miles Keogh's horse, Comanche, was the only survivor inthe Battle of Little Big Horn.

Comanche was found three days after the battle with arrows throughout his body. Thomas Jefferson proudly rode to his inauguration, unaccompanied by security, on his personal horse. President Cleveland had three horses of Hambletonian Stock and Grant had a Trotter. Napoleon, perhaps the greatest military leader of all time, had over 150 personal horses.

During the French Revolution, Napoleon was defeated at Waterloo on Marengo and the Peace Treaty was signed. Marengo was so valuable to Napoleon that the horse had a code name to protect him from capture.

Marengo survived multiple shots and captures. He then died at the age of 38 out living Napoleon. In 1875, 10,000 Americans cheered as a thoroughbred named Aristides won the first Kentucky Derby

Americas 2012 Kentucky Derby had a record breaking 165,858 people in attendance when Ill Have Another claimed his title. Perhaps one of America's greatest horses is a little sorrel mare named Sgt Reckless.

During the Korean War, she carried over 9,000 lbs of ammunition during 51 trips by herself through enemy fire in one day.

The marines promoted her to Staff Sergeant; she has two Purple Hearts and numerous military awards. The horse has proven himself without arrogance over and over again.

He is not just an American icon but responsible for the growth of our world as we know it.

Unfortunately, the horse is viewed as a rich man's hobby by society. This makes the horse disposable. Just ask someone who the Lipizzaner Stallions are and they reply, dancing horses. Most people do not know that the acrobatic skills of the Lipizzaner's were used in battle.

General George S. Patton saved the Lipizzaner's from extinction at the end of WWII. If not for General Patton's actions they would be extinct today. When people see the Budweiser Clydesdales...they think beer.

Clydesdale's have been the working breed that fed our country for years.

Racehorses, a symbol of American Spirit and Hope should not be next on the chopping block.

It is up to all of us to preserve our history, secure the future of all horses and fuel America's economy. Horses have successfully supported us for the last 5,000 years and now they need our support.

By Janine Engelman

Words by Ronald Duncan written in 1954 that inspire Engelman:


Where in this wide world can man find nobility without pride, friendship without envy or beauty without vanity?

Here where grace is served with muscle and strength by gentleness confined.

He serves without servility; he has fought without enmity.

There is nothing so powerful, nothing less violent; there is nothing so quick, nothing more patient.

England’s past has been borne on his back.

All our history is in his industry.

We are his heirs;

He is our inheritance

Ladies and Gentlemen - The Horse!

And perhaps the final say is best left with Engelman and her absolute love of horses:

“I’m livin’ a dream.”

Duane RANGER (editor)

(1) True horsemanship. Getting a real connection with your horse:

(2) The American Paint Horse:

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