Dallas Welcomes More Asses

August 23rd, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

There’s lots to celebrate at the Dallas Zoo! Not one but two rare Somalia Wild Ass foals were born in July. Kalila (“dearly loved” in Arabic) was born to Liberty on July 9 and Naima (“calm” in Arabic) born to Hani July 19. Abai their sire arrived at the Dallas Zoo in 2005 on loan from [...]

Celebrating Ruffian

July 7th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , , , |

“As God is my judge, she might be better than Secretariat…” (Lucien Laurin, Secretariat’s trainer, quoted in the Blood Horse’s Thoroughbred Legends: Ruffian) She was born April 17, 1972 at Clairborne Farm, Kentucky, owned and bred by the Janney family of Maryland. Born into a royal bloodline her dam, Shenanigans, was the daughter of Native [...]

SHE won the first Belmont Stakes – Ruthless

June 9th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , , |

She was owned and bred by Francis Morris of New York, foaled on Morris’s farm in Throgg’s Neck, New York. Her sire, Eclipse, and dam, Barbarity, were both imported. Morris bred the pair repeatedly producing several colts who accomplished little on the track but several award winning fillies. Track folks referred to the group of daughters [...]

The Derby’s First Female Jockey – Diane Crump

May 5th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , , |

Someone was going to be the first, the first woman jockey. In 1964, a petite 16-year-old dynamo received her license to gallop thoroughbreds at Sunshine Park (now Tampa Bay Downs). It was never her intent to break down sexist’s barriers, she just wanted to race horses. Diane's first race (center) By 1969 Diane Crump [...]

Dancer’s Image Won the Derby then Lost the Derby

May 2nd, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , , |

In 1968 Dancer’s Image won the Kentucky Derby by 1 ½ lengths guided by jockey, Bobby Ussery. Three days later he was disqualified and the second place horse, Forward Pass, was deemed the Derby winner. It was the first time in the Derby’s 133-year history that a winner was disqualified. So what happened? Was it Professor [...]

Pony Hugs Provide Relief for Stressed Airport Travelers

April 25th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

This past week America’s airports have been a source of news, not good.  Bad behavior exhibited by the airlines included dragging a man from his seat and breaking his nose and a flight attendant who brought a mother to tears when he wrenched a stroller from her hands. Flying is unnerving even on a good day. [...]

Historical Footnotes – Failed Olympic Equestrian Events

August 15th, 2016|Categories: Features|Tags: , , |

In modern times, the Olympics have indulged some downright strange competitions, many seem more appropriate of picnics and county fairs than a sporting event showcasing the world’s most elite athletes. When I was a kid, we used to do this in the neighbor’s pool oblivious that it was once a heralded Olympic event - the Distance [...]

A Century of Change Made by Leaps and Bounds – Olympic Eventing Then and Now

August 9th, 2016|Categories: Features|Tags: , , , |

Eventing began at the turn of the last century. Each phase was designed as a test to demonstrate the abilities of horse and rider; dressage a showcase of the horse’s elegance and obedience to rider, cross country a grueling test of stamina and courage and show jumping to prove the horse’s fitness. In 1912, eventing became [...]

Do The Swiss Love Their Horses More?

June 28th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Since 2008 Switzerland has initiated some of the toughest animal rights laws in the world. The government has invoked specific regulations on the equestrian community with regard to horse care and management. The guidelines are specific, perhaps even challenging, but the vast majority of folks in the horse community are in compliance. Following is an overview [...]

Boneco is the Bees Knees of Burros

May 27th, 2016|Categories: Features|Tags: , |

There are over 100 beekeepers in the the rural town of Itatira in the Brazilian state of Ceará. The region is arid and uncultivable but makes an ideal environment for bee keeping. The most successful beekeeping duo in the area is an unlikely pair with a unique method for harvesting. Manuel Juaraci, 59, and his donkey [...]