Go get a beverage. Maybe a snack. This one is a bit long. I found a lot of interesting things on Twitter this month.
From Burghley to walking horses (no zebras, though) and a lot of juicy stuff in-between, as well as a touching tribute to an equestrian lost.
Ya know, I’m going to miss my Saturday afternoon dose of racing on TV now that Summer at Saratoga via @NBCSports is over. Keeneland soon.
Actually, Autumn at Keeneland will air for two weekends starting Friday, Oct. 7 , on NBC Sports, either NBC or Versus but mostly on Versus. Check your local listings and this article from the Blood Horse for more information.
RT @ntra: A big congrats to John Velazquez on becoming the 2nd winningest jockey in the history of Saratoga!
I’m all for updating the backstretch facilities, but skyboxes? Really??
Wowzer! A lot! RT @susieblackmon: Major proposed changes rolled out for Saratoga Race Course – from @ttimeshttp://bit.ly/n5prFZ
Say “burghley” to me, and my brain flashes to acres of broad tobacco leaves. You can take the girl out of Kentucky … But the English have the Burghley Horse Trials.
Fashion parade! @Oliver_Townend made our Top Ten – Burghley Jog Fashion Review: Our Top Ten Picks! @HorseJunkiesUtd
RT @trotontv: What a fantastic Burghley-great to see William Fox-Pitt get a record sixth win!!
Tennessee Walking Horses
For eleven days in late August with the final night being the Saturday night of Labor Day weekend, the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration goes into full swing. Sometimes with both day and evening sessions. Between classes, other breeds and equestrian disciplines do demos. No doubt, they put the “show” in “horse show.”
Watching demo of gaited mules @ Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration. One in English, other in western. Diggin’ those flappin’ ears.
Even I have trouble fitting in all the action, which gets the live pay-per-view treatment on the Internet. It’s a lotta programming, so I end up getting the Championship Weekend shows. Still, my inner clock takes a licking.
Stayed up late Fri and Sat to watch stake classes at walking horse celebration. My body likes night owling. Normal sked a struggle.
I tend to watch the last three nights on the Internet live feed. Classes can run up to 1 am EDT. That’s about when Game World current World Grand Champion Aged Stallion stepped up for his roses. He was a late bloomer, by walking horse standards, after having been a young ugly duckling.
Where walking horses tread, controversy follows. A checkered past with a tarnished present present makes a tempting target. Will Game World be the last of a college football halftime tradition? The UT athletic department has changing-of-the-guard, so PETA sees a window …
PETA goes after the Tennessee Walking Horse WGC appearance at UT’s AgWeekend/Homecoming Game @TonyBasilio http://ow.ly/6DaLw
The food is good. The locale is gorgeous. Watching Other People’s Money change hands is thrilling. You can go the morning if you have an afternoon flight out of LEX cuz it’s close to the airport. And you can sit where you don’t have to worry about scratching or sneezing and coming home with a living, breathing souvenir.
Ever thought of going to a Keeneland sale just to be a lookie-loo? Well, you can. Link for sales calendar, too….
Then again, you can watch a lot of the action on the Internet. For free.
Your “TV Guide” for the Keeneland Yearling Sales. http://ow.ly/6rKdJ And the live stream with the “scorecard” http://ow.ly/6rKj7 🙂
Fantastically detailed app for keeping up with the Keeneland Sales.
Don’t you bet she’ll get a good price?
Break the piggy banks and max out credit cards! 🙂 RT @ttimes: Half sister to Zenyatta offered in Keeneland Nov. sale http://bit.ly/qIZGmz
She may not be riding here in the US, but Julie is showing the boys her heels again – and I don’t mean stilettos.
WooHOO! Go, Julie! RT @jockey101: Julie Krone escapes retirement to yet again steal the show at St. Leger, Doncaster
Even hockey players dream of horses.
Story of an ambassador of racing, RT @susieblackmon: Ex-NHL Player Keith Jones Living Equine Dream w/All of the Above http://bit.ly/qVaHD1
Be an “angel,” fund the Jock doc
Hmm … do you think it’ll catch on here in the US? Might be a good PR move?
Get in the mood for NBC’s Autumn at Keeneland by reading this travel piece about Kentucky’s Bluegrass region.
Now I’m proud, mellow and homesick. The SF Chronicle visits Kentucky’s Bluegrass. http://ow.ly/6tvD8 Enjoy w/a glass of iced tea.
Empty saddle in Vienna
Harald Bauer, veteran rider from Vienna’s legendary and dreamt-of Spanish Riding School in Vienna was found dead. He also gave riding clinics here in the US.