Ex-Racehorse Book by NJ Author
Beyond The Finish Line: Stories of Ex-Racehorses by New Jersey author, Loren Spiotta-DiMare is now available. A photo-illustrated, coffee table book, Beyond highlights 22 equestrians who have adopted both off-the-track Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds and retrained them for other disciplines and activities.
“I was inspired to write about ex-racers when I learned that many of these wonderful equine athletes end up at Auctions which can be the last stop before a slaughter house after their racing careers come to an end,” Spiotta-DiMare said. “Certainly an unfitting end for any horse but especially for those who have given so much of themselves for our sporting pleasure.”
“Several of my friends adopted Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds off the track which is how I became acquainted with Rescue Groups devoted to finding new homes and careers for ex-racers.”
“It was great fun accompanying my equine photographer, Martin Kavanagh on photo shoots. We were both impressed by the diverse talents of the riders and their horses. They were involved in every equine pursuit from Eventing, Polo, Saddle Seat, and Western Pleasure to Trail Riding and Civil War Reenactment.”
The breathtaking photographs in Beyond the Finish Line bring to life the various talents of the horses and the close bond that forms between horse and rider. Kavanagh’s venture into equine photography began many years ago when a friend asked him to photograph her horse. The success of the photo shoot led to similar requests from friends and a new direction in his photographic career was born. Soon after he was in demand for numerous private equine photo shoots and as well as hunter paces throughout New Jersey.
Born in Dublin, Ireland, Kavanagh moved to the United States in 1978. He studied at the New York School of Photography and his work has been exhibited at various New Jersey galleries.
A lifelong animal lover, Spiotta-DiMare has been writing about her favorite subject for over 30 years. She’s had four pet-reference books published, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Macaws, Siamese Cats and The Sporting Spaniel Handbook as well as eight picture books for children including: Madeline’s Miracle, Rockwell: A Boy And His Dog, Chelsea & The New Puppy, Daniel, Dog Camp Champ! Norman To The Rescue and Caesar: On Deaf Ears.
Recognized by the Dog Writers Association of America, Humane Society of the United States, Doris Day Animal Foundation and New Jersey Press Women, the author’s work has been published both nationally and internationally. She draws inspiration from her five dogs, several pet birds and Quarter Horse, Elwood.