Thursday, March 22, 2018

Alfie and Madison Update

The extremely cold winter weather has not had a positive impact on my riding so far this year. I pulled Alfie out in January and took him to a small show with no prep, no riding, and he tried to be a good boy but as we all know, getting older is not easy. He needed a "tune up" which typically happens in mid-Spring, so we moved it up a few months. 

Miss Madison has been in "camp" since late 2017 and all of her hard work is starting to pay dividends.  We debuted her in the "Pre Greens" in mid-January in heavy company and she pulled her weight but the competition was a bit stiff for her at this stage. In early March she showed again and did very well.

Last weekend, I tried my luck, debuting at 3'0 with no prep and no practice. In fact, I had not jumped Madison since last fall.  But she came through and we won two of our three classes (beating Alfie in two of them).  So we are off to a good start. I had zero expectations.  It was a good Saturday for horse showing.

This is a picture from last fall with the trainer, but I had a smile like that too.  So looking forward to a great career with this little bay mare!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Derby Dressing

It's not too early to find that cute Derby Dress and hat for early May. It will be here before you know it!  Here are a few finds to assist you in your shopping search.

I love this yellow dress from Draper James!

This Draper James dress is already sold out in many sizes (I understand why) and would make a cute Derby Dress.

I love this cute Kate Spade dress and it's on sale!

This Talbots dress would be great for the Derby and for weddings too.

I love Sara Campbell dresses and this one would be perfect for Derby Day:

While I personally don't wear maxi dresses, I really like this dress from Banana Republic.

With a great hat this dress will be stunning from DVF:

Vineyard Vines Launches Kentucky Derby Collection for 2018

The Run for the Roses is coming sooner than you think.  I've been watching and waiting for Vineyard Vines to launch their Derby Collection and it's here!  I can't say that I am loving it, but it does give you some options for Derby Party dressing.  This is the cutest dress from the collection. I wish it came in other colors.  But the style is very nice. And I like the length.

Here's the Shep Shirt, again in white (not sure why) but it is still very cute and collectable.

Here's the girls' version if you are small enough to wear the L or XL.

This is my favorite from the collection, this mint julep scarf. They are skimping on the fabric this year - this is cotton, not with some silk or wool like in the past. 


If you prefer roses, then you'll like this one too!

You can see the collection here.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Ariat is Not Just for Riders

Ariat is my "go to" brand for riding breeches. It's also my "go to" brand for casual clothes that I wear around the farm. You don't have to ride or even like horses to love this brand. And it's gotten better over time.  The quality, the fabrics, the selection, well, it seems to grow better with age.  The Ariat price point is also reasonable and it's a great time to shop the brand for end-of-season sales you can wear now (thank to a very long and tiring winter) and into next year.

I live in these shirts in warm weather.  Wear with jeans to run errands.  Run in them.  Ride in them.  They come in a variety of colors.  They run TTS or even a bit small.

I have this sweater in black from a few seasons back and it's perfect for this time of year when it's too warm for a coat but you need a little warmth.  The cream colored one pairs well with a cream and brown horse patterned top Ariat has on sale right now.  The quality is very good and it is very comfortable. These hold up well.

These are great for warm weather.

I have this vest and I love it. It's not too heavy but it's warm and I can easily wear it through spring.  Great bargain at the moment too!

It's difficult to see the patterns in these cute tops but the brown and cream horse print top is so cute in real life. 

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Talbots Does Not Disappoint This Spring

While my old J Crew seems to keep stumbling and falling, Talbots keeps surprising with their cute new clothes and their new roll-out does not disappoint.  I can't wait to make a visit to the store this weekend!  Here are some of my many favorites.....

This dress comes in pink and black.  Both are so adorable.

There are just too many cute items to pick from this rollout.  You can shop till you drop here.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

The Long and Winding Road to the Kentucky Derby

If you are following the prep races leading to the Kentucky Derby then you'll know what a muddled road it has been so far this year.  With a few stand-out performances from Bolt D'Oro and McKinzie, there have been few stars and lots of horses that have demonstrated mediocre performances who were expected to win their prep races.  And every now and then a new horse flashes up that was not on anyone's radar.   Yesterday at Oaklawn, a similar repeat - the favorite, Solomini, finished second to an unbeaten horse who had won only small races up until yesterday, Magnum Moon.  And Bob Baffert claims to have the winner in Justify, who never raced as a two-year-old. No unraced two-year-old has ever won the Derby.

There are still a few more major races on the calendar that will help determine who the favorite might be.  

Horses  acquire points based on their race results and this year it looks like it's going to take more point than usual.  There are few horses who are most likely "in" already but there is still so much up in the air this season.

These horses are most likely locked for the Derby:

1. Bolt d’Oro (64)
2. Enticed (63)
3. Bravazo (54)
5. Magnum Moon (50)
6Quip (50)
7McKinzie (40)
8Good Magic (34)
9. Solomini (34)

I would hold off any wagers until late April this year.  With the Santa Anita Derby, the Wood Memorial, the Blue Grass Stakes, the Florida Derby and others still left to run, there is no telling who is going to win the Run for the Roses in 2018.



3rd, 2018 Risen Star (G2) View Video
Mar 24 - Louisiana Derby (G2)

2nd, GP AlwOC (2/4/2018-R8)

3rd, 2018 Swale (G3) View Video

1st, 2018 Mine That Bird Derby (LS) View Video
Mar 25 - Sunland Derby (G3)

1st, OP AlwOC (2/19/2018-R10)
Mar 25 - Sunland Derby (G3)

1st, 2018 Patton Stakes (LS) View Video
Mar 31 - UAE Derby (G2)

7th, 2018 Southwest Stakes (G3) View Video
Mar 24 - Louisiana Derby (G2)

5th, 2017 Breeders Cup Juvenile (G1) View Video

7th, 2018 Rebel Stakes (G2)

5th, 2018 Fountain of Youth (G2) View Video

3rd, 2018 Tampa Bay Derby (G2) View Video

2nd, 2018 Fountain of Youth (G2) View Video
Mar 31 - Florida Derby (G1)

4th, 2018 Sam F. Davis (G3) View Video

10th, 2018 Rebel Stakes (G2)
Apr 14 - Lexington (G3)

6th, 2018 Fountain of Youth (G2) View Video

8th, 2018 Rebel Stakes (G2)

1st, 2018 Rebel Stakes (G2)
Apr 14 - Arkansas Derby (G1)

6th, 2018 Rebel Stakes (G2)

6th, 2018 Tampa Bay Derby (G2) View Video

3rd, 2018 Gotham (G3) View Video
Apr 7 - Blue Grass Stakes (G2)

7th, 2018 Fountain of Youth (G2) View Video
Mar 31 - Florida Derby (G1)

5th, 2018 Tampa Bay Derby (G2) View Video

4th, 2018 Risen Star (G2) View Video
Apr 7 - Santa Anita Derby (G1)

1st, 2017 Remington Springboard Mile (LS) View Video
Apr 14 - Lexington (G3)

1st, Tam MSW (1/20/2018-R7)

8th, 2018 Risen Star (G2) View Video
Mar 24 - Louisiana Derby (G2)

7th, 2018 Risen Star (G2) View Video

4th, 2018 Rebel Stakes (G2)

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