Becoming a Whisperer

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If I use the term “horse whisperer,” who or what pops into your mind?

  • Buck Brannaman?
  • Monty Roberts and his book?
  • The Nicholas Sparks book?
  • Robert Redford movie made from Sparks’s book?
  • A different clinician?
  • The 19th century British Toadmen?

Well, it certainly isn’t me. I hope not. I’m more of an equine squeak toy.

Besides, my horse time has been curtailed. As in, like, BOOM. That’s it.

Many of you are in a similar same boat.

So, I’m making the best of things, if possible. I aspire, for the foreseeable future, to become an Instacart whisperer.

A New Feature … Patreon!

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After I shot this video and the Patreon cleared away the “Congrats You Launched” page you see above, I realized most of you who follow this blog on RSS or via email won’t see this until Derby Day, not today, Kentucky Oaks Day.

Oops. Sorry.

Yup. I launched my Patreon page on Kentucky Oaks Day 2019.

Anyway, after years of MacGuyer telling me about Patreon, because he’s a fan of founder Jack Conte’s musical duo Pamplemouse, I finally figured out what I’d like to do with a Patreon page.

To be clear and not cast MacGuyver in an unsupportive light, he wasn’t hinting all that time, but he knew I wanted validation as a writer and artist, plus I dreamed what I did would have enough value for people to pay me for it.

I’d always known I’d launch a page if I could figure out what I could offer.

Why a Patreon page now?

When and Where to Watch the 2019 Kentucky Derby, Plus Update on Post Position Draw

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Ailing–but improving–cats, as well as another deadline or two,  may be occupying my time, but it’s Derby Week.

Which means, it’s the holidays here.

Time for the annual where/when/how to get in the spirit post if you can’t be in Louisville. Or if you’re in Louisville and are allergic to crowds.

Heads Up, the Post Position Draw

The Post Position Draw has been moved from TV to online streaming. Last year, it was on Facebook. This year, it’ll be on the Kentucky Derby website starting at 11 am ET on Tuesday morning.

Derby Weekend

NBC Sports is producing coverage and will offer a live stream on its website.

This article on TechRadar lists where and when to watch if you’re a cord-cutter or you live outside the US.

A note from me

Back in 2009 when I started this tradition of “when and where to watch the Derby,” our options were cable or regular TV.

Also, NBC Sports has a long-term contract for the Triple Crown races, so the outlet covering the races is going to be the same for a long time.

Yet, I’m always amazed at how many people turn to this blog to learn more about when and where to watch. Even now, as blogs receive less traffic and social media rules the internet.

So, thank you for your trust.

And thank you, NBC Sports, for the following graphic, which I helped myself to.

4-6 p.m. ET
Kentucky Derby Access
12-6:30 p.m. ET
Kentucky Oaks Race
12-2:30 p.m. ET
Kentucky Derby Prep
2:30-7:25 p.m. ET
145th Kentucky Derby






And Now Technical Difficulties, Too

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Rocky and Me
When selfies go sideways. Rocky, my current lesson pony, and me.

The icing on the cake that is first quarter of 2019 is the most recent update of the WordPress theme I use for this and my other blog. Text formatting is now gone from my posts, turning them into clunky blocks of text. Web Wizard Denise and I are on the case, but it’s a stumper.

Just wanted to let you know.

Update, as of April 15: The line spacing may be fixed! Yay!

Watching the 2018 World Equestrian Games at Home

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Andalusian Horses
From the 2010 World Equestrian Games at the Kentucky Horse Park/Photo by Rhonda Lane

The World Equestrian Games is returning to the US to Tryon, NC, on Sept. 10 – 23.

We can watch some of the action from the comfort of our homes. Even though Tryon is inland to the west, kind of between Charlotte and Asheville, I hope Hurricane Florence restrains her enthusiasm when she barges on into the MidAtlantic and Carolina coast. #BeSafe

The Schedule


Most of the action we can watch on our digital devices will be on NBC Sports Network (cable), the Olympic Channel (online and see below), and on your regular NBC affiliate but only for the show jumping on Sept. 23. The FEI live stream starts on Sept. 11.

The Asheville Citizen-Times , you need to click on the link and scroll all the way down to see the schedule, has the most comprehensive listings.

BTW, the Olympic Channel is online streaming, apparently free if you have cable. I could be wrong about that.

FEI TV will stream events live and has a special WEG package under $30US.

If I’ve left anything out or you find new information, please let me know. Thanks!