09/02/2016 2:20PM

Hogan honored for work with retired racehorses

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association has chosen the veterinarian Patricia Hogan as the first recipient of its newly created EquiStar Award for her dedication and outstanding work on behalf of New York’s retired racehorses.

The EquiStar Award recognizes individuals or organizations that enrich the New York Thoroughbred industry through their compassion, hard work, and generosity.

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Hogan will receive the award in a ceremony at the annual NYTHA Pac Golf Tournament on Oct. 11 at the Rockville Links in Rockville Center, N.Y.

Hogan is being recognized for donating her time to provide surgical and medical care to dozens of retired racehorses, including those retired through NYTHA’s highly successful Take the Lead program.

NYTHA Aftercare Committee chairman Rick Schosberg said: “Not only is Dr. Hogan one of the top equine surgeons in the world, but she gives back to the industry like no other. Many of our Take the Lead aftercare candidates pay a visit to Patty for a final exam and tune-up to prepare for their second careers, and she does it all out of the goodness of her heart. She is a real angel for the industry.”

Hogan, who operates her own practice, Hogan Equine at Fair Winds Farm in New Jersey, said: “Horses have been taking care of me my whole life and have given me a career, and I consider it a real privilege to take whatever skills I have and offer them back to horses in need in order to provide them with an opportunity to move on from racing and enjoy another career.”