Monday, August 29, 2016

Bob Baffert's Revenge

If you were lucky enough to watch the famed Travers Stakes late Saturday afternoon at Saratoga, then you saw one serious race horse.  If you remember, last year, we were all terribly disappointed when American Pharoah lost the Travers.  But this year, Baffert came back with a bang and his ability to pick out good horse flesh was on full display as the lightly raced Arrogate not only won the race by 13 1/2 lengths but smashed the track record at Saratoga by going a mile and a quarter in a stunning . 1:59.36.  This was the fastest Travers in the history of the race, going back 147 years!

His regular jockey declined the ride on the leggy gray colt (he rode to the second place finish on another Baffert colt, American Freedom) and is likely kicking himself.  And incidentally, jockey Mike Smith, who rode the gray colt to the win, also rode Arrogate's dad.  But no one expected the gray colt out of Unbridled's Song to come out and win this race in stunning fashion.  Baffert has another clear winner on his hands for sure.  The Breeder's Cup Classic in November is looking to be quite a race with the likely addition of this blazing fast colt.

Bred in Kentucky by Clearsky Farm, Arrogate was a $560,000 Keeneland September Yearling purchase.  Third in his first start at Los Alamitos in April, the colt came back nearly two months later to win by 4 1/2 lengths at Santa Anita. Progressing through his allowance conditions in two more starts, Arrogate continued to win for Baffert, improving his pre-Travers record to three wins from four starts. The Travers victory improves the colt's overall earnings to over $880,000. Stay tuned!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Worst of McMansions - Virginia Style

We're going way off topic today.  The connection here is that this house is in Virginia, albeit Northern Virginia, which is more akin to Northern New Jersey than the Virginia Hunt Country, thank goodness.  If you live in the 'burbs around Washington, D.C., sorry for the slam.  This will give you a good chuckle today. But the place is full of houses like this with insane price tags, no land, and no taste at all whatsoever.  Enjoy!  Please start reading here. I haven't laughed this much all week! 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The English Tack Trader

Someone asked me about places to buy and sell used tack and riding clothes.  The English Tack Trader on Facebook is a good place to sell and buy and I am sure there are many other sites that are also good.  Here is a link to this site.  Here is some stuff for sale on the site at the moment.....

Happy shopping or selling!!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

I Heart Poshmark

Say adios to Ebay and hello to Poshmark, a much better way to sell your fashionable, brand name clothes, and to find great bargains on lightly used clothing and accessories. If you have not tried it, you should. See it here.

Here's how it works.  Take a picture of the clothing you want to sell with your phone. You have, of course, loaded the app on your smart phone.  The picture is downloaded. You add, size, price, description, color, etc. and it goes to your "closet" where the items you are selling are housed.  A buyer can bid on your item.  You can accept it, turn it down, counter offer.  Once a price is settled on, a shipping label is emailed to you.  The buyer always pays for shipping.  You pack it up, take it to the post office and off it goes.  The buyer has a few days to accept your item and sellers are rated.  Once accepted the money goes to your account, Poshmark keeps a small percentage.  You can request a check or use your account funds to buy off Poshmark.  It is so easy.  You can buy high end brands like Hermes and Gucci and I have found it a great source to sell my J Crew items that are sitting in my closet, that have rarely been worn.  Try it out.  I think you'll never use Ebay ever again to buy and sell clothing and accessories.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Middy N' Me, Again

I love Middy N' Me clothing and some of their new fall styles do not disappoint.  These long skirts and shirts are not available yet (should be in September) but scream1970's hunt ball to me.  Love these styles even if I don't have anywhere to wear it. The one of the far left is my favorite.  The shirt is bright pink. 

You can see their Facebook page here.

The prints are fabulous.  Made to order.  Made in the USA.  Terribly expensive.
Happy Monday!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

A Gold Medal for the Old Guy

What an incredible way to end the Olympic Show Jumping Competition in Rio on Friday.  Talk about highlighting an already outstanding career on the horse of a lifetime, Big Star.  I love that the "old guy" won it, Nick Skelton at age 58.  He's Britain's oldest gold medalist since 1908, he's the oldest medalist in Rio (as of Friday anyway) and he is the oldest medalist ever in Olympic equestrian history.  And I also love that he rides in an old Stubben saddle!

Not that Skelton has never seen gold, he did win the team gold in London on the same horse and he's been to seven Olympic Games.  But he didn't have a stellar Olympics in the team competition at Rio.  He came into the individual competition by placing 33rd in the team competition which meant he had to go first in the order. You never want to go first in the order but this time it paid off because his horse had more time to rest between the three rounds.  He was one of 13 to jump clean and six were in the jump off for the gold medal. He went first in the order and was one of only two clear rounds.  He has said that he will retire when Big Star retires. But what makes the win even more sweet is that this horse and this rider have each seen their share of injuries.  Skelton suffering an almost career ending injury right before the Sydney Olympic Games but managed to come back.  He needs a carefully placed stepladder to mount a horse.  What an amazing feat to overcome a lot of adversity and rise again to the pinnacle of sport. 

You can read about Big Star here.  Kudos to a masterful team.  What a way to top off an already illustrious career!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Ellie's Nightmare - A Tragic Horse Story

This story is a horse owner's worst nightmare, a tragic ending, that just did not have to be.  Just like in any business, there are good companies and terrible ones.  This one is certainly in the latter category. As horse lovers and owners we need to spread the word about this company and make sure that you and anyone you know never uses them, ever.  Please help get the word out.  Horses don't just die from being shipped.  This animal was clearly abused by anyone's standards. It could not be saved.  It had a health certificate before it got on the trailer. 

See the story here.

See the owner's story here.

Help spread the word please!
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