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Championship Horse Shows on the Web

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The Olympics may be winding down, but August is still a great month for equestrian competitions. Two major American show horse championships are in full swing this week with live pay-per-view webcasts.

But horse show fans without broadband and/or on a budget won’t be left out. Each event offers updates that don’t involve video stream downloads.

On the Saddlebred scene, the World Championship Horse Show, live from the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville, is under way now and runs through Saturday, Aug. 23, when champions are crowned.

But, if you want to get some updates but the idea of a video stream gives you a headache, you can catch up by checking in on the American Saddlebred Horse Association for photos.

Also underway live is the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville, Tennessee. The Celebration’s website has a link to the pay-per-view but also offers results for the videoless.

However, if you can watch video yet you don’t feel like forking over the dough for the Celebration pay-per-view, you can watch daily updates on What A Horse , a cable channel and Internet show about the Tennessee Walking Horse. Usually a paid subscription forum, What A Horse will offer free views of its Celebration updates.

As the horse show center ring announcers often say, “This is your gate call. It’s horse show time.”


Thanks for your patience

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I’m in the process of renovating the site, but it’s a DIY (do-it-yourself) project. I’m learning by doing — and as I go — so the process is slow.

That’s why you don’t see any horse pictures in the header yet, among other things. I’m working my way through the tutorials, which sometimes don’t seem to be in my own language. And I don’t trust myself.

I just barely got my fingers around FTP.

I think I need to hook up that fancy orange Feedburner button, too. Let alone social media. And there are “plug-ins?”

So, thank you for hanging in there while I get my mind around the jargon and decode these tutorials.

Keeping Up with Olympic Equestrian Events

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Just FYI, even if we miss the live online broadcasts of the equestrian events, we can still catch up with what we’ve missed. The equestrian page at NBC Olympics offers both highlights and entire events for playback.

So, if we have time to only watch highlights, we have that option. And, if we can spare an hour or two (sometimes three), we can watch the whole event. And we can pause playback for trips to the home concession stand. 🙂

Again, we need relatively new high-speed computers and Internet service, like broadband, to enjoy the full effect.

Welcome!

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Photo by Rhonda Lane
Photo by Rhonda Lane

Congratulations! You’re in on the ground floor, so to speak.

Welcome to The Horsey Set.Net. (Don’t forget the dot net. Very Important.) We’re going to have a great time here as we celebrate horses and their impact upon our culture. Check out the About page, too. So far, this post and that are all there is. For now. 🙂

I photographed the horse above at the Kentucky Horse Park. I think he thought I had treats.

He and his pals back there are Friesians, an ancient Dutch breed that’s heavy enough to carry knights in armor but graceful enough for modern dressage. We see Friesians in many movies from Ladyhawke to 300. They’re recognizable by their size, usually solid black color and the long feathered hair above their hooves.

Famous owners of Friesians are Martha Stewart and the family of Aerosmith’s Joe Perry.