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“Saddlebreds of the Silver Screen” exhibit at the Kentucky Horse Park

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Video of “Blaze King” from TV’s National Velvet, which aired in 1961.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant. Carole Lombard, Joe Louis, Carson Kressley and William Shatner.

Then, there’s Fury (real name: Highland Dale), Blaze King from TV’s “National Velvet” and Flicka.

What do they have in common?

Farewell, CH Gypsy Supreme – 1987-2010

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From 2004, CH Gypsy Supreme greeted visitors to his retirement home/Photo by Rhonda Lane

For a decade, he was THE five-gaited American Saddlebred.

He won nine World Champion American Saddlebred titles.

He was voted the saddlebred People’s Choice for World Champion AND Horse of the Decade for the 1990s.

Then, it was time for his horse retirement. He spent the first decade of the new millennium greeting visitors to his retirement home at the Kentucky Horse Park.

His retirement home neighbors included such legends of the track as John Henry, Cigar, Alysheba and Funny Cide.

A couple of days after Christmas 2010, the Kentucky Horse Park released the news that its saddlebred resident of the Hall of Champions had been euthanized after his final battle against laminitis.

But, in his “golden years,” he wasn’t just a champion. He was an ambassador.

Quick Impressions of WEG 2010

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Say ... this coffee wagon serving up tasty beverages in the Equine Village at the KY World Equestrian Games looks kinda familiar . . . /Photo by Rhonda Lane

Yes, things have been mighty quiet here lately. That’s because I’ve been out gathering some awesome things for you.

I spent in KY during the final days of the World Equestrian Games, then I returned home for a couple of days to switch out suitcases and computer thumb drives before a weekend writer’s group retreat to work on the book.

Even though I was in KY during WEG, I didn’t just go to WEG. I only attended WEG for two days.

Now, I realize that some of you just fell out of your chair with shock. Only two days? Out of a week in Kentucky during the World Equestrian Games???

C’mon —  y’all know I didn’t spend that week lounging at the hotel pool, despite the 90-degree afternoon temperatures.

#ILuvLex List

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Visitors to the Kentucky Horse Park pet a Tennessee Walking Horse during a Parade of Breeds demo/Photo by Rhonda Lane

Sometimes crazy contests, goals and projects merge. Lexington, KY, was my home prior to moving to this suburb of Hartford. I like Lexington so much that I often return on vacation. Shh … that’s a secret.

The Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau has been running a contest involving social media. Tweet or Facebook your favorite things about Lexington with the hashtag #ILuvLex until later today. The prize is a free iPad.

I would love to have an iPad. I love to talk up Lexington and all its horsey fun. I’ve been posting Kentucky tourist tips in time for the 2010 World Equestrian Games.

I love it when a bunch of plans come together.  Since some of you aren’t on Twitter or Facebook, I’d hate for you to miss out on these tidbits.  So, I’m going to share them here.