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Have you Hugged your Standardbred today?

Joe Therrien and Dream On Darlin

(Photo by Judy Ray Therrien)


Yes, Standardbreds can jump!

Merlin and Brianna


The Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization of Maine to Sponsor New England Regional Awards Program in 2016

The Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization of Maine (SPHO-ME) has announced its sponsorship of a 2015 New England Regional Awards Program (NERAP) designed to recognize and promote the talent and versatility of the
Standardbred breed for its abilities as a pleasure horse, both in the show ring and on the trail. 

The new program offers annual high point Standardbred awards through participation in horse shows, trail rides and public demonstrations. Ranging from in hand to carriage driving to eventing, there are over 20 different divisions for the Standardbred exhibitor.
The program is designed to encourage moving up through the levels, balanced with a varied and broad range of choices.  Points may be earned by both junior and senior exhibitors participating in open classes and classes restricted to Standardbreds only. 

To support the program, SPHO-ME is seeking interested individuals and organizations to join the United States Trotting Association and other committed partners in sponsoring NERAP divisions. 
Sponsor names will be featured on the SPHO-ME website and Facebook page.  

Exhibitors and Standardbred owners residing in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont are encouraged to enroll in the NERAP program at a reduced rate prior to January 31, 2015.
  Additional eligibility details, forms and rules are located at www.sphomaine.net.  Contact SPHO-ME at sphome80@gmail.com for division sponsorship information and all other questions.

DA's Bad Boy (Ace) wins 2014 awards in his first year competing


Judi Catchpole and Ace won the following awards

National Barrel Horse Association

Senior Rider (over 50)

Res Champion 1D time slot

Champion 4D time slot.

State Championship Show

Champion Buckle Senior 4D time slot.

American Saddlebred Association of Maine.

Res. Champion in Open Roadster Under Saddle and Standardbred Roadster Under Saddle.

Nominated to the New England Awards Program for 2015



Introducing The Super Girls of the Standardbred Demo at the 2014 Equine Affaire


Click the following link for video of the demo



Panzo Two with Wendy Flowers




Gone to Carolina owned by Amy Higgins and
ridden by Kathleen


Parade owned and ridden by Brianna Touzjian

Treacherous Cat owned and ridden by Kelly Marshall



Newest member of Racehorse Transformation Project

Introducing Bellas Bombshell (New name Fella)

Bella the Racehorse and now Fella the pleasure horse

August 24, 2014 we were asked to put on a demo of some of our retired standardbred racehorses at Plainridge Racecourse for the USTA's Back to The Track Sponsored Event.

We showed up with 6 horses to display various disciplines of the breed. We had DA's Bad Boy with Judi Catchpole (Roadster). XFiles Hanover with Jody DeRoches (Dressage). Madam Adams with Deb Adams (Fox Hunter). Lights Out with Karen Fleming-Brooks (Fox Hunter). Pacific Raider with Jennifer Allen (Endurance). JP Lifester with Gayle Matheson (Trails and Hunter paces)

The day did not go according to plan. All horses made it on the track, but with all the activites and no rehearsal time at all, the horses were very keyed up and nervous. But the group showed their standardbred breeding by all going out on the track and parading in front of a large group and did some "meet and greet" with the fans afterwords. It was a great day and a ton of fun was had by all.


Photos from Back to The Track Day at Plainridge Racecourse 2014

Pacific Raider with Jennifer Allen

DA's Bad Boy with Judi Catchpole

Xfiles Hanover with Jody DeRoches
Madam Adams with Deb Adams
Lights Out with Karen Fleming-Brooks
Madam Adams with Deb Adams
Xfiles Hanover greeting the fans
JP Lifester with Gayle Matheson


JP Lifester's first day under saddle with new owner Gayle Matheson


Merlin (registered name "Parade") and Brianna jumping 4 ft this year (2014)


Peripheral Vision (aka Ray) retraining as a western pleasure horse!


Nasty Nettie, the latest SPHO-MA adoptee is starting training with her young rider Leigha!

(Leigha Brigham riding Nettie first time)

Leigha is working with her trainer, Brooke Markowitz. Brooke has an extensive and impressive background with horses.
Brooke said Nettie is a great mover. Very willing, and fast learner.


Racehorse converted to Pleasure Horse Retires with honors

Duncan running barrels and showing as a Roadster

Slam Dunk Lobell, or “Duncan” as he is affectionately known, has been retired from competition at the age of 19.

He was a nine-time world qualifier in the National Barrel Horse Association, plus he has been shown in
Dressage, Pleasure, Halter and Roadster Under Saddle and done well in them all.

Slam Dunk Lobell earned just under $60,000 on the racetrack from 1997 through 2001.
The son of Jate Lobell took a mark of 1:52.4 at the Meadowlands at both age four and five.
Slam Dunk Lobell’s dam was the Justin Passing mare Singing Strings, who made $565,326 while racing in the 1980s.

Slam Dunk Lobell's owner, Judith Catchpole, has adopted another off-track standardbred to train for the upcoming show year,
his name is DA's Bad Boy, or "Ace" as he is known. And he looks like a handful! Best Wishes to Judi for a successful 2014 show season!

DA's Bad Boy (Ace)

Who says Standardbreds cant jump!

(Merlin and Brianna)

Merlin (Registered name "Parade") is a Conway Hall trotter that didnt make it at the track.
He must have had his sites on jumping instead!


Midnight Promise
aka Tres Belle

Consealed and Rita Bellinger

Photo by
Lisa Cenis - Shoot That Horse! - Event & Farm Photography - www.ShootThatHorse.com


XFiles Hanover and Jody getting ready for their 2012 Show Season!

Have you hugged your standardbred today??

Photo by Julie Bosland
Emily and Jet

The versatile Standardbred (racehorse to babysitter)

Duncan (Slam Dunk Lobell) takes
Sammi for a ride!

Congrats to Orphine Hanover and Rosie Haseltine
who have been taking their share of the ribbons this year!


Click to see Standardbreds at The 2010 World Equestrian Games

WEG 2010 Standardbred Roadsters

(Xfiles Hanover and Jody)



Richard's Revenge

Lights Out
Photo by Eric Schneider

Lord John

JP Lifester


Twister and Linda

John Frost with Activation and Arvee Bee N

Cynthia Flaherty and Somekindapill
Photo by Denise Metayer

Mattaboy - Gymkhana


Our Mission

The independent Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organizations strive toward the education of Standardbred lovers and the general public alike in all aspects of horsemanship through a cooperative and fun environment.

Our goal is to promote the Standardbred as a non-racing performance and pleasure horse by offering opportunities to learn the proper care, maintenance, and training while encouraging participation in a variety of horse related activities from instructional clinics and seminars to therapeutic riding/driving programs to gymkhanas.

Aiming to demonstrate the performance aspect of the Standardbred sport horse through various types and levels of equestrian competition, combined with the aforementioned pleasure horse qualities, Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organizations are working to educate all individuals on the versatility of the breed and the many benefits from involvement with the Standardbred.

This site is open to everyone who wishes to learn about our breed.

There are independent SPHOs in several states.



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