Author Michelle Holland and the New Forest Pony

A few years ago, a story made the rounds on the internet about the New Forest Pony being listed on the U.K.'s Rare Breeds Survival Trust , along with Clydesdale and Shire horses. Then, author Michelle Holland approached me about appearing here on the blog as she releases her second book for young adults. New Forest ponies ...

Memorial Service for Penny Chenery

Penny Chenery Tribute page at Secretariat.com. And now, the original post: First, pardon me while I air out a related matter regarding Penny Chenery. When American Pharoah took the Triple Crown, NBC Sports flubbed coverage of a special moment in horse racing history. While Pharoah's trainer Bob Baffert hurried toward the winners circle, the most famous Triple Crown-winning horse ...

Horses in Heaven for Sam Shepard

The only video I could find of Sam Shepard with a horse is this scene from the movie "Ruffian," portraying her maiden race, in which Shepard plays her trainer Frank Whiteley. https://youtu.be/0TvugZaJpi0 Thoughts of Sam Shepard may be more of theater, space exploration, and passionate family drama -- less like a Norman Rockwell painting but more like ...

Serendipity and the Saddle Box

Businesses often pitch me to post on this blog. I turn down most requests. Others, especially if the email pitch feels "boilerplate," I ignore. The owner of a family-owned company offered me a free Saddle Box via email. If I wanted a free box, business owner Phil Van Treuren said, I could send him my postal ...

Royal Ascot on TV: Comments on the Coverage

https://youtu.be/c4AmyKw-UkU Featured in the telecast was this custom Royal Ascot globe made by Bellerby & Co. The broadcast featured a story about the making of this globe, plus images of the Royal Ascot globe were used for transitions between the program, a.k.a., "bumps." In Summer 2017, NBC Sports aired horse racing live from Royal Ascot for the ...