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Crazy Stunts with Olop - Jumping Backwards - Part 1
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Who is Olop, you ask? Well, that is my new nickname for Polo. Read on, and I daresay the reason will soon become clear. Those of you who know me will surely know that I am somewhat ‘lacking’ in the sanity division. In ...
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Why Maximum Security Was Disqualified at Kentucky Derby
11th May 2019   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
Days after the running of the 145 Kentucky Derby race fans are still debating the disqualification of Maximum Security. The owner of the horse made an appeal to have the decision overturned. But, officials, who have examined the video of the horse veering into the path of another ...
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Horse Racing Scandals and Cheats
8th Jul 2018   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
The newest triple crown winner may have been aided by a block. The newest Triple Crown winner may have taken his lead thanks to another horse, a long shot, Restoring Hope, swerving and then pinning another horse to the rail, keeping other contenders away from Justify. ...
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News From the Horse World
24th Jun 2018   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Wild horses in the Sandwash Basin in northwest Colorado normally deal with dry conditions. The area is about 250 square miles of arid desert. But this spring, after a particularly dry winter season, wild horse advocates claim the drought conditions have left the horses dangerousl ...
Interview with Magic Mike
21st Apr 2018   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Michael Kenneth de Vrye, AKA ‘Magic Mike’, is a 31 year old Equine Behaviourist from Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He was born into a horsey family, and began his equestrian career through work riding for his aunt – Diane Botes of ‘First for Horses’ – one of South Africa’s leadin ...
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Free Horse Stuff and Giveaways
3rd Mar 2018   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Ferreting out contests for free horse gear, horses and other horse paraphernalia isn’t easy, but if you do, there is some really great stuff to be won. Here’s a look at some of the contests and sweepstakes available to horse lovers. ...
The Worlds Richest Horse Races
27th Jan 2018   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
It’s been called the ‘sport of kings’ and high profile horse races have long been regarded as the place to ‘see and be seen’ by the rich and famous. So it always seems a bit ironic that most of the horses on the track are from small stables, run by dedicated but definitely not ri ...
Women Horse Jockeys
14th Feb 2017   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
In most equine sports, there is a fairly equal number of men and women who compete. In fact, if you attend many horse shows, you may feel that there are far more women than men. In polo, jumping, dressage and most other sports, men, and women compete with equal rules, numbers and ...
Why Do Fewer People Follow Horse Racing
24th Jan 2017   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
Despite the downward slide, horse racing is still within the top 25 sports worldwide, and according to an ESPN and a number other online polls. Several polls place it after the top six team sports which include North American football, football, rugby, and baseball. The number on ...
Race Horses With the Longest Careers
4th Jan 2017   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
American Pharoah won the American Triple Crown in 2015, and at the end of the year his life as a race horse ended. As a four-year-old, his athletic career was over. In much of the horse world, four years old is just the beginning of a performance horse’s career. So, why are raceh ...
Racehorse Barnyard Buddies
8th May 2016   |   General   |   Valkyrie
Even the Triple Crown hero needs a buddy! Smokey is a 6 year old gelding who trainer Bob Baffert purchased at auction to help calm nervous Thoroughbreds in his barn. The buckskin not only travels with Pharoah and Baffert's other racehorses, he also acts as a pony during workouts. ...
Horse Linebreeding Inbreeding and Outcrossing Basics
23rd Feb 2016   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Line bred horses will have the same horse in their pedigree twice, ideally once each on the mother’s and father’s side. Take a look at the pedigree of the most recent Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah. Tracing back through both his sire’s and dam’s pedigree, you’ll see that N ...
Horse Stories of 2015 [Video]
29th Dec 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
There have been a lot of great horse stories in 2015. Some captured the public’s imagination, others simply left many of us shaking our heads. Here’s a look at some of the horse headlines from 2015. ...
What is Next for American Pharoah
13th Jun 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
American Pharoah’s breeding value could ‘trickle up’ to his sire, a relatively unknown stallion named Pioneerof The Nile whose main claim to fame is coming second in the Kentucky Derby. This stallion too, riding on the coat tails of his now famous son, can demand a pricier stud f ...
Triple Crown Hopeful American Pharoah Name Registration Issue
27th May 2015   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
Did you realize that American Pharoah’s name is misspelled? My spellcheck picked it up right away! The Thoroughbred’s breeder, Zayat Stable held a contest to name their two-year-olds. And, the woman who submitted the winning name claims she checked the spelling before submitting ...
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Notable Horse Firsts
9th Jan 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
The first rider to promote a forward seat position over jumps was Captain Federico Caprilli. Caprilli’s contemporaries rode with longer stirrups and leaned backward as the Horse Rose over the Fences. He proved that a horse could jump with greater ease when the rider sat forward, ...
2014 Top Equestrian News
14th Dec 2014   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Several top equestrians lost their lives or were badly injured in 2014. The eventing world took a double hit in June when two riders died on the same day. A German died due to a rotational fall and a Canadian rider suffered cardiac arrest on course. Top polo player Carlos Gracida ...
The Last Days of our Celebrity Horses Explained
3rd Mar 2014   |   Horse Stories   |   Winniefield Park
Like human celebrities, horse celebrities come and go. Most retire to greener pastures, while a few go on to other careers. Here's a look at a few famous horses and what they did after their fame waned. Everyone knows that Roy Roger's horse Trigger was taxidermied and was on d ...
To Win The Triple Crown - Epilogue
31st Oct 2012   |   Horse Fiction   |   Stay Untamed
After the Belmont I go into retirement. My legs were apparently damaged. When I ran the Belmont, I damaged them even more. I finally had to get surgery in my front right leg. Swiss comes with me to the breeding barn. We get stalls next to each other and we get put into the pas ...
To Win The Triple Crown - Part 5 - The Belmont
24th Oct 2012   |   Horse Fiction   |   Stay Untamed
As Marie heats my legs again that night, the vet, Amy, comes and checks them. She seems happy that the heat wraps are working and says it's a good sign. I hope so; I want to run this race for myself and for Marie. I want to win for Eric and Bill. I want to win for myself, to prov ...
To Win The Triple Crown - Part 4 - The Preakness
17th Oct 2012   |   Horse Fiction   |   Stay Untamed
I start to jog a little next to the guide as we get closer to the gates. When we do, I'm number seven again, so I have to wait as the horses in front of me load in. One horse, a bay, refuses to go in. The jockey has to get off, then he gets into the gate. The jockey remounts him ...
To Win The Triple Crown - Part 3 - The Kentucky Derby
12th Oct 2012   |   Horse Fiction   |   Stay Untamed
By the time spring rolled around, my brown coat shined in the sun. My legs have grown longer and leaner, meaning I'm about seventeen hands high and my stride is huge. Muscles ripple along my shoulders and back when I walk. I notice people stopping and watching me as I walk by. I ...
To Win The Triple Crown - Part 2
3rd Oct 2012   |   Horse Fiction   |   Stay Untamed
The day after the race, Marie loads me into my trailer and we drive home. My home is filled with people and horses and dogs hustling and bustling about. I had grown up there, so I knew every nook and cranny. I usually stayed in the South barn, where the female racing horses where ...
To Win The Triple Crown - Part 1
29th Sep 2012   |   Horse Fiction   |   Stay Untamed
The dirt hits my face, flying into my nostrils and stinging my eyes. My rider, Eric, holds the reins tightly, preventing me from going around the horse in front. I run next to the rail boxed in by a chestnut horse to my right and a black horse in front. The horse in front speeds ...
The Right Thing
2nd Jul 2012   |   Horse Fiction   |   No Walkin Farms9
He turned to go down to the track, Martha still holding his hand, the camera’s still following him, when a gasp rose from the crowd. Greg stopped, rotated, and saw what the crowd was reacting to. Sultan’s jockey, Ashley was slowing the Thoroughbred as fast as she could. Greg r ...
My Sweet Victory - Part 5
18th Apr 2012   |   Horse Fiction   |   MySweetButterfly
“Come on boy,” I led Victory out of his stall. He had been living here at Blue Creek for about a week now; he should’ve settled. He looked great all tacked up and immaculately groomed. I couldn’t wait to ride him! I led him up to the block and stepped onto it. Boy, he looked b ...
Yearbook2011 App Let's You Track Every Horse Race
3rd Aug 2011   |   Equine Technology   |   FloridaCowgirl
Equibase Company LLC, Thoroughbred racing's official source, has introduced Yearbook2011, an app that puts the year's best horseraces at your fingertips. The database contains videos, stats and results for every major race including the Triple Crown races, the Breeder's Cup races ...
Chasing The Carnations - Final Chapter
7th Jun 2011   |   Horse Fiction   |   No Walkin Farms9
I pulled back on the reins as Sultan's stride got even choppier. He was more than happy to comply. Fighting panic, I guided him to the outside rail and away from most of the traffic. I leapt off Sultan and rushed to steady him. "Easy, boy. It's going to be ok, old man," I coo ...
Chasing the Carnations - Part 5
18th May 2011   |   Horse Fiction   |   No Walkin Farms9
A Production Assistant rushed up and fussed with the microphone attached to my shirt. One of the producers had wanted me to wear my jockey silks but I'd refused. Thankfully Tanner Scott, the reporter doing the interview, had sided with me. There was more to me then just being a j ...
Chasing the Carnations - Part 3
7th May 2011   |   Horse Fiction   |   No Walkin Farms9
He led us to a paddock with a group of yearlings. He whistled and the four horses trotted over to us. Each had sleek Thoroughbred lines and showed good breeding. If John was purchasing one of these horses, I could forget about the horrible moniker. Mr. Crosby attached the lea ...
Chasing the Carnations - Part 2
29th Apr 2011   |   Horse Fiction   |   No Walkin Farms9
I dashed to my locker, grabbed my books and hustled to homeroom, arriving just in time. The lunch period arrived, it seemed, in a blur. I was sitting at my usual table with Beth and a few other friends when Tiffany approached. "I hear you won another big horse race," she comm ...
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