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The Pooches Rule Spring Circuits

North Salem, NY – May 13, 2009 – Following an amazing debut at the southeastern Winter Circuits The Pooch Paddock, the first on-premise “doggie day care” service for horse show exhibitors, is giving northern Spring Circuits at Old Salem Farm a real treat.

This fetching new venture is the creation of owner/operator Alison Kratish, 37, a veteran equestrian competitor who divides her time between homes in New York City and Gainesville, FL. Participating at the Old Salem Spring Horse Show was “somewhat of a homecoming for me”, Alison said. The native New Yorker sponsored the $1500 Old Salem Farms Canine Puissance, a howlingly popular event since it’s inception in 1994. Broken down into three divisions based on size, these furry competitors are every bit as fierce as two time Olympic gold medalist McLain Ward or legends like Norman Dello Joio and Leslie Howard- all on hand to watch or possibly pick up some tips from these tail wagging super jumpers. “It was almost comical,” began Alison, “We’ve got some the world’s best show jumping riders here, yet all eyes-including them-were on the canine jumpers.” Despite on and off showers the crowd grew thicker as the pooches took to the field. The Small Doggie division with various breeds of terriers proved it’s not wise to think of these guys as “ankle biters” when winners Bean and Elizabeth Moloney easily cleared 33 inches. The Medium Doggie section comprised of 6 “thinking pooches” was won by an Australian Shepherd named Rugby for owner Jenny Carolan when they cleared 45 inches. However, it was the Large Doggie division which made some history as three-time champion Sue, a Greyhound Lurcher, handed her title down to son Summer when his 64-inch clear jump surpassed dear ole mom. Owner of both canine athletes Ciaren Murphy was all smiles and expressed tremendous pride in both dogs performance.

Each division winner was presented with a $500 check from Old Salem Farm along with a special basket of dog goodies from The Pooch Paddock, which included free day care for the duration of the OSF show plus some bones, treats and a Pooch Paddock baseball cap and collar tag. “I am proud to be a part of this prestigious horse show. It’s very exciting to come home to NYC and be so well received by such a remarkable group of horse people…and amazing pooches!” said Alison.

Alison gave up a successful job as a marketing manager for a top real estate development firm and a beautiful office on Manhattan’s posh Park Avenue to move into an RV camper and live on the road for 35 to 45 weeks a year. “Some of my friends think I’m nuts, but I love my new life and believe this service was needed. No regrets at all!” said Alison and then added with a giggle, “though I do miss my doorman at times!” The Pooch Paddock is set in a fenced and covered area at the horse shows which is sectioned to accommodate small, medium, and large dogs. All staff are required to attend courses in canine first aid and be trained in other important aspects of dog handling to ensure the safety and comfort of precious pets while they enjoy their play dates. Dogs are entertained all day, have plenty of fresh cool water, treats and toys. But more importantly, the dogs are out of harm’s way and run no risk of being a nuisance or a danger to the horses and show attendees.

After the Old Salem Spring Shows, The Pooch Paddock is scheduled for the HITS on the Hudson Series in Saugerties, NY May 20th thru June 7th; Skidmore College Saratoga Classic Horse Show in Saratoga, NY June 10th thru June 21st; and the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT July 1st thru August 9th.

The Pooch Paddock is accepting advance reservations now for all summer events. To learn more or to reserve space for your pooch, you can contact Alison by calling 917–664–3435 or drop a note to poochpaddock@gmail.com and be sure to visit them on the web at http://www.poochpaddock.com.



Photo Credit: “Summer” and "Sue" Murphy courtesy of The Pooch Paddock

 

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