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Canadian "Horse Whisperer" Chris Irwin will be at Snowslip Farm in Lake Placid on Thursday at 6:30pm.  Photo: Chris Irwin
Canadian "Horse Whisperer" Chris Irwin will be at Snowslip Farm in Lake Placid on Thursday at 6:30pm. Photo: Chris Irwin

How one leading horse expert connects with clients: finesse over force

One of the world's leading "Horse Whisperers" visits Snowslip Farm in Lake Placid this week. Chris Irwin has worked with horses around the world. Todd Moe spoke with him about tips for connecting with horses through finesse rather than force.  Go to full article

Deadly encephalitis found in St. Lawrence County

St. Lawrence County health officials don't plan to spray for mosquitoes, even though a horse has been found with the deadly Eastern Equine Encephalitis. A 4-year old girl died of triple-E earlier this summer in Central New York. Oswego County health officials there sprayed to kill mosquitoes.

Sue Hathaway is director of the St. Lawrence County health department. She says Central New York has seen many incidence of the disease, so it made sense for them to spray.  Go to full article
Scott VanLaer's horses are selling for upwards of $100,000
Scott VanLaer's horses are selling for upwards of $100,000

Adirondack breeder builds a business around winning horses

This week, we've been talking about the history of North Country horseracing, from the harness buggies that raced the county fairgrounds in the early 1900s to the storybook run of Funny Cide for the Triple Crown. But horseracing also has a future in the region. A thoroughbred breeder in Ray Brook, in the Adirondacks, is raising top horses that are competing on tracks around the world. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article
A slow day at the track in Saratoga (Source:  Brian Mann)
A slow day at the track in Saratoga (Source: Brian Mann)

North Country harness racing tradition gambles on a future

The North Country has a big presence in horse-racing, from a top thoroughbred breeder in Ray Brook, to the group of friends in Sackets Harbor who raced into the record book with a horse named Funny Cide. Their success on contemporary tracks draws from a long tradition of racing in the region. This week, we'll wrap up the summer by telling some of their stories. For many fans in the North Country, the sport of choice has always been harness racing. That means sturdy, standard-bred horses pulling drivers in stripped-down racing carts. You can still see cutthroat competitions at county fairs from Malone to Westport. But harness racing has fallen on hard times in recent years. As Brian Mann reports, new efforts to bring the sport back have meant bigger purses and also new controversy.  Go to full article
On the trail...
On the trail...

Audio Postcard: On Horseback In The Laurentians

For many, the Labor Day weekend is a time for getting out on the road - but it's also a great time to get out on the trail. Brian Mann made a quick trip to the Laurentian Mountains north of Montreal, for a day of horse back riding. He sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Promise & Scandal as Saratoga Opens

The New York Racing Association may have it's greatest season yet at the Saratoga Racetrack, with the appearance of the almost Triple Crown winner Funny Cide and the opening of the movie Sea Biscuit. But the troubled racing association is also still smarting from a scathing report by the state Attorney General that focuses on corruption. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

Draft Horses and Antique Tractors Till Outside Canton

It's a common sight this time of year in the North Country--tractors with plows and discs breaking up great clods of earth, prepping fields for spring planting. And while most farmers dream of the latest and best farm equipment available, there are some that prefer a slower way of doing things. Last weekend, draft horses and restored tractors plowed a small plot of land just outside Canton. Todd Moe reports.  Go to full article

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