University of Pennsylvania Newsmagazine Posts Story on Barbaro Team

The University of Pennyslvania's bellwether has published a story about the team that has been treating Barbaro since he shattered his right hind leg in the Preakness Stakes on May 20. The story also appears on the publication's web site.

"It Takes a Team to Mend a Horse: How New Bolton Center Staff Joined Forces to Help Barbaro," details the timeline of Barbaro's arrival, fracture repair, healing progress, development of laminitis, and his continued treatment. The story introduces a few of the other patients who were in the hospital at the time of his arrival, and it describes some of the many gifts that were sent to the school, including a $500 gift from the University of Notre Dame swim team for upkeep of the recovery pool, where surgeons allow Barbaro to recover from anesthesia following surgeries or cast changes.

The overflow of interest--both from the media and the general public--is a major theme of the article. The public relations staff handled more than 500 interview requests and granted 250 interviews, and they held five press conferences to keep the world updated on Barbaro's healing progress.

Accompanying the story is a series of photographs by Sabina Louise Pierce, who has been photographing Barbaro since his initial fracture surgery on May 21.

About the Author

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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