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Memorial Day – The Old Guard’s Riderless Horse

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If you can’t see the video that originally aired on CNN for Memorial Day 2008 click on the link.

Those of us Of Certain Age see a black riderless horse and automatically think:  Black Jack.

If that name doesn’t ring a bell, check out the story on the Chronicle of the Horse website about Black Jack, named for Gen. John J. “Black Jack” Pershing.

The origin of the tradition of including a riderless, also called “caparisoned” horse, in a funeral procession is a subject of debate.

From “The Lady, or the Tiger?” to “Felicia’s Ark”

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If you can’t see the embedded video of Felicia’s Ark: Horses from Geek and Sundry, click on the link.

In 1882, Frank R. Stockton published a short story that has frustrated the beejezus out of high school English students for generations. In the last line of “The Lady, or the Tiger?” either Stockton or the story’s narrator – if you want to go all “lit class” on it – asks readers to pick the ending. The title is says it all.

Little did Stockton know what the future would hold.

America’s Best Racing says, “Party at the Track!”

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If you can’t see the video by America’s Best Racing, click on the link.

How do you get a generation comfortable with posting videos to YouTube and live-Tweeting during TV shows AND sharing their whereabouts on Facebook to go out to watch horses run as fast as they can every half hour for maybe half a dozen times in an afternoon? Attracting a new generation to the track has been a worry and a priority racing industry visionaries.

The Jockey Club, the breed registry and a major keeper-of-the-racing-flame, ponied up $5 million and came up with is America’s Best Racing. A big part of ABR is the colorful bus carrying young industry professionals to attract young adults in the towns that host the big races this year. ABR has also been a sponsor on NBC Sports’ telecasts of the main 2013 Derby prep races.

Like its target audience, the ABR team is wired into social media on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and the group’s website FolllowHorseRacing.

One aspect of the sport they’re also highlighting, especially on TV? Horse racing’s interactivity.

DugDug digs us!

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The Winner's Circle at the Saratoga Racecourse. Photo by Rhonda Lane
The Winner’s Circle at the Saratoga Racecourse in the early morning during the racing meet. Photo by Rhonda Lane

We’re psyched to announce that The Horsey Set Net has been listed as one of DugDug’s Top Pet blogs for 2013!Yay!

DugDug is a new pet supply shopping comparison site as profiled in a New York Times Your Money blog post. DugDug doesn’t limit itself to coverage of house pets.  Here’s the DugDug blog’s horses page.

Other horse blogs listed with us are: