On the backstretch of Saratoga's Oklahoma Training Track is Gary Contessa's training stable. On Tuesdays in August 2016, thoroughbred racehorse trainer Gary Contessa presented clinics on different aspects of horse racing. I attended his recent talk at his barn on the Oklahoma Training Track backstretch on Horse Psychology. A rapt audience soaked up his stories about ...
Embed from Getty Images Yeah, we hear it all the time. "The horse does all the work." Or, "The rider's just sitting there." And don't get me started on what I've seen on Twitter. C'mon. You know The Great Ones at anything make what they do look easy, right? The hard work, let alone the 10,000 hours ...
Just a quick heads-up, especially if you're interested in writing a horse book. (more…)
Embed from Getty Images I know you'll enjoy reading this article by Sam Knight in the New Yorker as much as I did. The article mentions the mirrors as training tools. In other news, I finally remembered I can embed the free images from Getty Images here on this blog.
Embed from Getty Images I'd been looking up where and how to watch the equestrian action from Rio and found myself zipping around multiple sources. I realized, if I found it complicated, I had an opportunity to write a blog post, aka "news you can use." (more…)
Embed from Getty Images I thought you guys might like a virtual tour of the venue for the equestrian events in Rio. If I'm curious, I suspect you are, too. (more…)
The 2016 Olympic Games begin on Aug. 5 and end on Aug. 21. As of this writing at the end of July 2016, many of the horses are just arriving. (more…)
Remember our story earlier this year (2016) about the horse leaving the Old Guard Caisson Platoon and up for adoption? They found homes, one with an old friend.
Think about it. The Blood Horse has been publishing since the year before Man O'War was born. Here's an interesting history of the magazine written by Tom Eblen in The Lexington Herald Leader. Enjoy!
The documentary "Palio," one of the most anticipated films of the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, is now available on Netflix, as of this writing in July 2016. Who knows when it will leave. Just sayin.' Watch it ASAP if you plan to. The Palio, an Italian medieval tradition with loads of passion mixed with obsession and frankly, ...