Eclipse! No, THE Eclipse!

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Calendar pageOn my desk calendar for weeks has been an entry for Aug. 21, 2017 – Eclipse!

A flip forward to future weeks with quick glance always caused me to do a doubletake:

“What? This early?”

Every. Time.

I had to hastily scrawl a “The” above “Eclipse” to stop the “What?” and involuntary spike in adrenalin.

My days have enough of those.

So, “Eclipse” refers to this:

Solar Eclipse Diagram
Image courtesy NASA

Not that:

Saratoga Family Awe

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If this works, I’ll be able to post directly to the blog from my phone. I’m at home now, but I was in Saratoga for the 2017 Whitney a couple of days ago. I only used the phone camera instead of schlepping the Nikon to the track, so I had to conserve power in the phone to last the, yes, twelve hour day.

You’ll see more photos from the track soon. #WinAndYoureIn #BCSWEEPSTAKES

Anyway, it DOES work.

I can’t set up keywords through the WordPress app on the phone, nor can I caption and title the photo file, but y’all should be able to see the post and photo. Which is, IMO, what counts for now.

That I could only live post to Facebook or Twitter bothered me. You guys are the ones I like seeing my stuff first.

However, I can add keywords and edit when I access the blog dashboard via the desktop. (I know, that’s tech stuff, not horses, so blah, blah, blah. 🙂 😉  )

Also, SnapSeed

I’ve never really been happy with my phone photos. The husband of one of my writer pals took a course in iPhone photography, and he’s now shooting fine art photos with an emphasis on street scenes. Bill Carito posted on the Jungle Red Writers blog about how he learned. Most of it is translatable to the Android, which is the phone platform I use.

Because I shot the photo to show how families can enjoy together time at the racetrack, I wanted to focus on the horses and the children in the photo. I used an app Bill recommended called Snapeed to vignette, or “burn in,” the edges of the crowd to focus on the horse, its connections, and the children in the front of the fans.

BTW, if you don’t know, Bill is married to novelist Barbara Ross, whose Maine Clambake mysteries will take you on vacation.

 

 

Horses in Heaven for Sam Shepard

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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.

Thoughts of Sam Shepard may be more of theater, space exploration, and passionate family drama — less like a Norman Rockwell painting but more like Anakin Skywalker’s family.

But Shepard was a horseman, too. A former hot walker, rodeo rider, team roper, polo player, and breeder of race horses.

Serendipity and the Saddle Box

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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 address. Phil said nothing about being on the blog, nor mentioned “free for an honest review,” but obviously his inquiry arrived because of this blog.

Googling Saddle Box and browsing the site told me Saddle Box is a curated collection of equestrian-themed sample goodies designed for and delivered by subscription. It’s a family-owned and run business complete with photos of the Van Treurens on the website.

I liked what I saw but wondered what I’d do with whatever came in the box. Once a week, I ride school horses, someone else’s horses. I already invest in lessons, fly spray, peppermints, cooling shirts, and various items of equestrian apparel.

Then, I decided to keep what I wanted and give the rest of the box to my riding instructor Christine.

Meanwhile, back at the barn