This Horse Sold For 10 Million Dollars…As A Broodmare Prospect!
Jul31

This Horse Sold For 10 Million Dollars…As A Broodmare Prospect!

Havre de Grace sells for $10,000,000 at Fasig-Tipton’s November Sale on November 5, 2012! Her sale set a new world record price for a broodmare prospect sold at public auction! She was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent for owner Rick Porter. Havre de Grace was purchased by Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm. She was bred to Tapit in 2013. On February 7, 2014, she produced her first foalL a filly by Tapit. If you could spend 10 Million Dollars on a horse, what would you buy? Personally, I’d have to buy a ton of horses (and rescue even more), a ranch and….lots of other horse stuff! Share this on Facebook if you wish you had 10 Million to spend on horses!

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Take A Ride On American Pharoah – This Is Your One Chance!
Jul30

Take A Ride On American Pharoah – This Is Your One Chance!

Take a ride on the back of the nation’s most beloved winning horse and winner of the coveted Triple Crown, American Pharoah, as he completes his morning workout at Del Mar Race Track during opening weekend on July 18th. American Pharoah will race again for the first time since winning the Triple Crown in the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. Post-time for the Grade 1 Haskell is on Sunday, August 2, is at 5:52 p.m. Share this on Facebook if you loved watching it!

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Watch This Barrel Racer Hold On For Dear Life And STAY ON At Full Speed – INCREDIBLE!
Jul29

Watch This Barrel Racer Hold On For Dear Life And STAY ON At Full Speed – INCREDIBLE!

Holy Cow! How Could You Stay On This Horse!? Talk About Holding On For Dear Life! This rider takes self preservation to a whole other level…I’ve never seen anyone stay on a ride this bad! I know I would have flown right off this horse. Share this on Facebook if you are amazed that this guy was able to stay on!

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Watch The Horse Who Can Tap Dance!!
Jul28

Watch The Horse Who Can Tap Dance!!

This horse is tap dancing faster than any human I’ve ever seen! I can’t help but wonder what the hard cement is doing to his legs….it doesn’t look comfortable. Even so, the horse still amazes me! Share this if you think this horse has incredible talent!

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BOMBPROOF Saddle For Sale – Watch And Be Amazed!
Jul27

BOMBPROOF Saddle For Sale – Watch And Be Amazed!

I come across a lot of “Bombproof Horse” ads, but this is the first time I’ve seen a “Bombproof Saddle” ad.  I have to say it gave me a good laugh and I hope it gives you one too!  Thanks to www.facebook.com/BlackmanRanch for doing this video.  If you like this video, Share it on Facebook :)

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Leading Reining Stallion Poisoned And Other’s Injured…..$20,000 REWARD – Please HELP!
Jul26

Leading Reining Stallion Poisoned And Other’s Injured…..$20,000 REWARD – Please HELP!

reining by the bay

Source:  Facebook

Source: Facebook

Leading Performance Sire SG Frozen Enterprise Was Poisoned at Reining By The Bay this weekend.  Open Futurity Champion Thebettertohearuwith was let loose

SG Frozen Enterprise

SG Frozen Enterprise

from his stall and open Derby winner Mr Electric Spark had a nail driven through his foot.  This is SICKENING!

Michael And Michelle Miola (Owner’s of SG Frozen Enterprise aka Iceman) have released this statement:

HERE IS AN IDEA to catch this coward: I doubt very much that the sick individual responsible for this actually did it him/her self. Probably paid someone to do this to Iceman and the other two horses. So right now the reward officially stands at $20,000 ($10,000 from Brumley Management and $10,000 from Silver Spurs), I think more has been pledged but not official. Anyway, I will give the person that did it immunity from prosecution if they were paid by someone to do it and they can keep the $20,000 for bring the one responsible to justice. So fair warning to the person responsible, you will be caught and to the person that did the dirty deeds – here is your get out of jail free card plus $20,000!

UPDATE ON ICEMAN: I went to see Iceman at 8 AM this morning. He got home a little after 3 AM so he was laying down sleeping. I did not disturb him although it took all my restraint to not go into his stall and shower him with hugs and kisses. Michelle will be there around 10 AM to see him and our vet will arrive sometime this morning to examine him. So we are not out of the woods yet but things are looking up. I will keep everyone posted on his progress, your prayers are really working! – Mike

Update From Michael and Michelle Miola: UPDATE ON THE PERSON/S THAT DID THIS TO ICE AND THE OTHER 2 HORSES: Video’s are sufacing from the strangest places. They are all in the hands of the police now. Leads of certain thugs that have a history of doing things like this and were in the area are also coming in. The international man hunt is on!!! FBI might get involved. MESSAGE TO PERPETRATORS – Who did you think you were dealing with you morons. The reward fund is now $23,500 and our offer for immunity will expire so finger the rat that gave you the order collect the money and get out of Dodge while you have the chance. YOU WILL BE CAUGHT!!!

Update From Michael and Michelle Miola: ONE FINAL REQUEST RE ICEMAN AND THE OTHER 2 HORSES INVOLVED:
Over the past few days there has been a lot of speculation over “who in our industry did it.” I beg everyone please do not engage in this. Peoples career’s and reputation are at stake! I for one, until definitively proved otherwise, absolutely refuse to believe that any owner, trainer or competitor in our great sport had anything to do with this despicable act. When the individual/s responsonsible for this are finally caught I am sure they will not be reiners.
Side note – I apologize for referring to the other fine horses involved as “the other 2 horses” but I was asked not to refer to them by name and to limit my comments to Iceman. It is certainly not to diminish their importance.

We pray that these horses are able to make full recoveries.  Please SHARE This on Facebook and help catch the person who did this!

 

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Watch A Journey Through The History Of The National Cutting Horse Association
Jul23

Watch A Journey Through The History Of The National Cutting Horse Association

I love historic pictures so this was great to put together. The idea was to simulate an old film roll while talking about the creation and evolution of the National Cutting Horse Association and it's Members Hall Of Fame.

2015 NCHA Hall Of Fame Introduction.  I love historic pictures so this video was great to watch. The idea was to simulate an old film roll while talking about the creation and evolution of the National Cutting Horse Association and it’s Members Hall Of Fame.  If you liked this video, Share it with your friends on Facebook!

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How To Deal With Confidence Issues After A Fall – How This Rider Got Through Post Concussion Syndrome…
Jul21

How To Deal With Confidence Issues After A Fall – How This Rider Got Through Post Concussion Syndrome…

Photo by Brad Pettengill

Photo by Brad Pettengill

“What happened?” I asked.

They replied that I fell out of the cart my pony was pulling, and was knocked unconscious.

Minutes later, I asked again, “What happened?”

And this loop continued as my husband picked me up at the barn and took me to the hospital.

But I don’t remember any of this.

Two hours in the ER, then a scan of my brain was taken. I don’t recall having it done, but the report said it was clear. I was sent home with post-concussion instructions to rest in darkened rooms, not watch TV or read, no computer either, and seek counseling to deal with residual stress from the accident.

The right side of my lower body was black and blue; my vision was blurred and extremely light sensitive. All I wanted to do was sleep. When I went back to work, it was in sunglasses, with the office lights dimmed.

My doctor sent me to an ophthalmologist, a brain trauma specialist, and a Cranio-Sacral therapist. All were encouraging a full recovery, but I was dispirited, two months post injury and my eyesight was still fuzzy.

Horse buddies pitched in to help exercise the pony. She had no ill effects from the mishap and was eager to work. I, however, was afraid. Although I’d driven her hundreds of times in the past four years, PTSD kicked in. My fear was palpable—I felt out of control and didn’t want to re-injure my head with another fall.

So we started slowly—groundwork first and then short sessions with another driver with me in the cart. Sometimes the pony picked up on my nerves and became agitated herself, further escalating my own anxiety. We’d try to work through this and finish up on a calm and positive note.

Photo by Ann Markusen

Photo by Ann Markusen

The pony and I used to love dancing with other equines and their riders. Now, horses in the training arena unnerved me. My apprehension seemed hazardous to all. Barn mates were understanding and gave us space. Everybody pitched in to help. Shared stories of others coming back from concussions also gave me solace and hope. I wasn’t alone.

Eventually I transitioned to being solo in the cart, with coaching from the ground. Goals were modest—achieve small victories. We went back to basics: adjusting my sitting position, working on halt and half-halt commands with reins, body, and voice, as well as straightening and correcting her bend through turns, so she wasn’t pulling against the bit.

Incrementally, I regained confidence and trust in our relationship. While things aren’t completely back to normal yet, I’m happy to report that every time I’m in the driver’s seat, I enjoy the pony more.

John Killacky is Executive Director of Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, Vermont. He has authored numerous publications on the arts, written and directed several award winning short films and videos and is a regular commentator for Vermont Public Radio.

If you like this story Share it on Facebook!  You never know if one of your friends may need to hear John’s helpful word’s to help them get back on the horse or in the cart!

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