A Derby winner at the Travers anyway?

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Just because Big Brown is passing up Saturday’s Travers Stakes doesn’t mean that TV viewers won’t get to see a Kentucky Derby winner on TV.

Travers contender Tale of Ekati might be ponied by, at one time or another, 2003 Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide.

Yes, as a 3-year-old, Tale of Ekati was born the same spring that Funny came to fame.

Funny Cide, a gelding, didn’t have a second career as a breeding stallion ahead of him. So, his trainer Barclay Tagg gave him a second career as one of his stable ponies.

So, if you spot footage of Tale of Ekati with a chestnut pony, that pony could very well be Funny Cide. And, better yet, the ESPN announcers might tell us if it is. Coverage begins at 4:30 pm EDT.

As I said before, this August is a big month for coverage of equestrian competitions.

Championship Horse Shows on the Web

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The Olympics may be winding down, but August is still a great month for equestrian competitions. Two major American show horse championships are in full swing this week with live pay-per-view webcasts.

But horse show fans without broadband and/or on a budget won’t be left out. Each event offers updates that don’t involve video stream downloads.

On the Saddlebred scene, the World Championship Horse Show, live from the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville, is under way now and runs through Saturday, Aug. 23, when champions are crowned.

But, if you want to get some updates but the idea of a video stream gives you a headache, you can catch up by checking in on the American Saddlebred Horse Association for photos.

Also underway live is the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville, Tennessee. The Celebration’s website has a link to the pay-per-view but also offers results for the videoless.

However, if you can watch video yet you don’t feel like forking over the dough for the Celebration pay-per-view, you can watch daily updates on What A Horse , a cable channel and Internet show about the Tennessee Walking Horse. Usually a paid subscription forum, What A Horse will offer free views of its Celebration updates.

As the horse show center ring announcers often say, “This is your gate call. It’s horse show time.”


Thanks for your patience

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I’m in the process of renovating the site, but it’s a DIY (do-it-yourself) project. I’m learning by doing — and as I go — so the process is slow.

That’s why you don’t see any horse pictures in the header yet, among other things. I’m working my way through the tutorials, which sometimes don’t seem to be in my own language. And I don’t trust myself.

I just barely got my fingers around FTP.

I think I need to hook up that fancy orange Feedburner button, too. Let alone social media. And there are “plug-ins?”

So, thank you for hanging in there while I get my mind around the jargon and decode these tutorials.

Keeping Up with Olympic Equestrian Events

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Just FYI, even if we miss the live online broadcasts of the equestrian events, we can still catch up with what we’ve missed. The equestrian page at NBC Olympics offers both highlights and entire events for playback.

So, if we have time to only watch highlights, we have that option. And, if we can spare an hour or two (sometimes three), we can watch the whole event. And we can pause playback for trips to the home concession stand. 🙂

Again, we need relatively new high-speed computers and Internet service, like broadband, to enjoy the full effect.