Jackie of Regarding Horses and My Journey with Ace has invited me to participate in a Six Horsey Things meme. I have the impression it started as a 6 Things, but she adapted it to 6 Horsey Things. Which we, of course, like very much.
Anyway, I’m absolutely thrilled to be invited to play this reindeer game, so I’ll try not to mess up. Because I apparently have rules to follow.
Here are the rules for the 6 Things:
- Link to the person who tagged you.
- Post the rules on your blog.
- Write six random things about yourself. (In this case, horse related.)
- Tag six people at the end of your post.
- Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
- Let the tagger know your entry is up.
So, here we go.
1. My connection with the Kentucky Horse Park
My birthday in 1978 was the day the Kentucky Horse Park first opened those big iron gates. I’ll always remember the hitched team of shires out front. Plus, that’s where my husband and I had out first date, right after the first 3-Day Event in 1979, back before it became “The Rolex.” We walked the cross country course. Rod isn’t “horsey,” but he loves animals, especially our three cats.
2. Do I ride?
I’m a good enough rider to know that I’m lousy at it. (What? A horse blogger who’s stupid enough/bold enough to confess to being a lousy rider? ) I’m a nervous rider, so I reflexively use my hands too much. I’ve had sporadic lessons, but “life” and health issues get in the way of much improvement on my riding skills.
3. Another of my horsey projects
I’m writing a mystery novel set in Kentucky horse country inspired by family friends who followed the county fair horse show circuit. “Inspired by” not “based on,” because my friends were much nicer than those mischievous scoundrels in my book. Nice people being nice all the time makes for a boring read. Like many things, writing a novel is a lot harder than it looks.
4. A touch of horsey Hollywood
I got a postcard from someone on the crew of the old TV western Bonanza , which had its heyday back when I was a child. I had written to to the show at NBC because I had noticed that Little Joe was riding a different horse. Some kind crew member sent me the post card to tell me that I had been correct, that Little Joe now rode a different horse. I lost track of that postcard a couple of decades ago.
5. Two Kentucky Derbies – but not in the infield
I’ve attended two Kentucky Derbies (1983 & 1985) and one Preakness Stakes (1983). I was a hang-around with the TV crew, of which my husband was a part. His boss got me a press pass to stand on the roof of the old press box at Churchill Downs. My old spot is now gone, thanks to the recent renovations. But, when you look at the grandstand in pre-addition, late 20th-century photos, you can see where I stood — on a rooftop ledge next to that left hand side spire.
6. If you’re so horsey, why did you leave Kentucky?
Career advancement. A little background here — working at a local TV station is like playing on a minor league baseball team. You live and dream about your call to The Show. In our world of local TV — the Big Leagues are the Major TV networks.
I met my husband when we worked together at the CBS affiliate in Lexington, KY. We moved to central Connecticut two weeks after our wedding in 1979 to take jobs with a then little-known fledgling cable TV network called ESPN. Not exactly one of the Big Three then, but I saw possibilities.
No, I don’t still work at ESPN, but he does. And, no, I wasn’t canned. My life is full of those seemingly baffling yet crazy-like-a-fox decisions.
That’s six. Now — who can I tag?
But first … some info
I like finding new voices, especially diverse voices within my niche of interests. The Pegasus Galaxy is vast. Access to the Web offers anyone a voice.
What I don’t see, among the rules above, is a deadline for posting to this project. 😉 So, you bloggers that I’ve tagged, feel free to take your time.
My Bloggers Tagged
Editor’s note: In April 2102, I disconnected the links to the now-defunct blogs. Farewell, y’all.
I just cyber-met Nicole at Hopelessly Horseless . She’s also the New York pet products writer for the Examiner.
Aakfe, also known as Clouddragon is a horsewoman, artist and saddlemaker who doesn’t just write about her Arabian horse. Her personal blog opens a door to a wider world.
Six authors of horse mystery novels — Laura Crum, Jami Davenport, Kit Ehrman, Jody Jaffe, Mary Paine and Michele Scott — blog at Equestrian Ink about their horses and their lives with horses. One of them is bound to be scheduled to post soon but can’t think of a topic. 🙂
Natasha is a professional photographer who you often find in center ring at horse shows. She shoots a lot of action shots, but I especially enjoy her candid photos and portraits.
listens (starts with lowercase) is a common sense, savvy trainer with a photo blog about her horses, most recently her adventures with field trials.
Jo, one of my sistah Blog Mastermind students , is just starting up Promoting Horses, about how marketing equine-related businesses. She’s using the same WordPress theme that I do, which demonstrates her good taste. 😉
Now – it’s time for me to go visit all those blogs and give them the good news that they’ve been tagged.