Happy 5th birthday to us! When The Horsey Set Net first went live in late July 2008, I had no idea what I’d be blogging about, as this first post indicates.
Back then, the Olympics were just about to begin in Beijing, except we horsey folk were paying particular attention to the action in Hong Kong, where the equestrian competitions took place. The World Equestrian Games, slated for American soil for the first time ever, loomed ahead in 2010 like a shiny city of dreams.
Have we had fun since then, or what? Harry Potter in “Equus.” Zenyatta Mania. Falling in love with Joey in both incarnations of “War Horse.” Living the Derby dream each and every year since.
Boston suburbanites driving near Somerville will soon see this white tent rise on the horizon (click on the link to see the video.)
Cavalia’s Odysseo is coming to Boston, then Washington, D.C., Vancouver and Seattle.
I always like to let people know when equestrian events are scheduled for both regular and cable TV, but especially regular TV. A lot of cable TV systems don’t offer HRTV or TVG, the cable and satellite channels for horse racing and equestrian sports coverage.
NBC’s “Summer in Saratoga” series will continue this summer with seven Saturday broadcasts, beginning on July 27 and ending on Aug. 31.
Via video, that is! Check out this YouTube video by YouTube user rawhidenlace99:
If you can’t see the embedded video, click on this link.
Cowboy Mounted Shooting is a growing sport that combines barrel racing with target shooting with special black powder blanks.
Don’t forget to scroll down into the comments to see more suggestions! We’ve got some good ones.
Every couple of years, I like to suggest horse stories for summer reads and list them according to equestrian discipline. This year, we’ve got both mysteries and western romance as well as a highly anticipated mainstream coming-of-age novel.
Tags: beach reads, Bushwhacked, Dappled Grey, Equestrian Beach Reads, horse stories, Once Tempted, Other People's Horses, The Sea Horse Trade, The Summer at Mustang Ridge, The Yonahlassee Riding School for Girls
To see the international viral video of Breeze, the orphan Dartmoor Pony foal, with his Teddy bear click on the link if you can’t see the video embedded above.
Perhaps you’ve seen the a photo of a foal snuggled up to a giant Teddy bear or the now-viral video of the baby with long spindly legs and the plush toy in the straw. I’ve seen the questions in the comments on the YouTube video: how is he?
Well, first, did you know there’s another Dartmoor Hill Pony foal that arrived at the same facility about about a month before Breeze?
Congratulations to Palace Malice, who despite all those numbers to the left, made it down the seemingly endless Belmont stretch first with Oxbow and Orb in pursuit. If you read the article, the previous sentence should make more sense. You still may scoff at dosage, but that’s okay. Plenty of people do. So, enjoy this article through the lens of hindsight.
I don’t claim to be a handicapper, even though I do have a rather popular and sought after article on dosage, a concept most handicappers ignore and even sneer at except for Triple Crown time.
Anyway, dosage is a numerical representation of a horse’s potential in regards to his (mostly, his) ancestry. Still, dosage, especially dosage profiles A guideline of thoroughbred breeding is “breed the best to the best.” Of course, anyone – any horse, even – can have a bad day.
Here’s quick and oversimplified summation of the Dosage Profile so you can follow along: