Saturday, June 7, 2014

Happiness Is......


MSJ Charmer (Charmeur x Dorina), Charlotte Dujardin’s new dressage foal from Mount St John Stud, Yorkshire.
Check out that hindleg action in canter!


this cow doesnt give a fuck

& while California Chrome didn't win...
I did!!!

can you believe I won the jackpot at the party?
everyone puts in the same amount, picks a horse's name at random in a blind drawing.
I got #11 who won!

I believe what California Chrome's owner said that "fresh" horses, ones who have not
competed in either the Derby or the Preakness, have an unfair advantage over
the other horses who have already run 2 very very hard races in a short time period.

have a happy and blessed day, my friends...
from home on the range...



Rena Designs said...

I agree with the owner of California Chrome too. I watched him make that statement, and I was shocked to hear that this was even allowed! These three races need to be tied together somehow, or at least keep the last race for those horses actually vying for the Triple Crown, ie: they have to have ran all three races to be considered. Congrats on your win!

Chiara T. said...

i adore these pics, so simple, natural and wilde!
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Katie Clooney said...

Congrats Marsha! Couldn't think of a nicer person to win! Thank you for starting off my Sunday with such gorgeous images!

Sally said...

Great photos, but I couldn't disagree with you more.
The Triple Crown is designed to suggest greatness; a winner is guaranteed value in the breeding shed, and his genes will influence the breed for generations. Only the great ones, who can beat all comers, should attain that status. Secretariat set records (which still stand) in each Triple Crown race; Seattle Slew overcame a badly troubled trip in the Derby and muddy Belmont to become the only undefeated TC champion.
Since that time we have lost stamina in the breed by not running valuable horses past their three year old year, and promoting certain unsound stallions who sire precocious ( and lucrative) juveniles and sophomores. The breed is only now slowly beginning to recover its stamina. There is no secret to the fact that Triple Crown winners are attached to decades in which strong sires of great stamina dominate the breed.
Your answer to the TC quest is to award the Crown only to horses who can beat other tired horses, taking us backward once again.
Prior to Tonalist, the last five thwarted Triple Crown runs were beaten by longshots of 30-1 odds or more. This may signify odds skewed by amateur bettors, and it also indicates the TC contenders simply couldn't stand the pressure of three grueling races. Those horses do not deserve to be a chef de race.
Steve Coburn's outburst, calling Tonalist's connections "cowards" for entering their horse in an open race, is the worst display of poor sportsmanship and low-class behavior that I have ever seen in a lifetime of racing.
Coburn knew the conditions of the race when he entered, and boldly claimed his horse would win it. Much to the sorrow of the racing public, Chrome didn't win--so Coburn blamed his loss on the exact conditions of the race which he knew going in. In fact, Chrome may have grabbed a quarter coming out of the gate, and that lost him the Crown.
Coburn's outburst was common and vindictive; Tonalist's owner quite correctly replied that Coburn's accusations did not merit the dignity of a reply.
There will be another Triple Crown winner, deserving of greatness--but lowering standards of behavior and cheapening the conditions of the race won't get us there.

Colleen Taylor said...

I love horses so much & that's why I paint them. My love of them started when I owned several & rode all the time. That cow among the bluebells is delightful. Congrats on your jackpot win! Thank you for these beautiful images.

La Contessa said...

Love the shots..........especially the COW!

Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

Congratulations on winning, Marsha...even though Chromie didn't..I think he was just plain tuckered out. I am a huge fan of thoroughbred racing and agree wholeheartedly with you and the owner that it just isn't fair to have a completely rested horse come into the last leg of the triple crown. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday! xoxo

Judy Castaillac said...

Im in France so I didn't see the race. But being a Californian, I am sorry that he didn't win. Love the blog this time. The photos made me breath deeply and relax. Thanks..

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

It's the perfect day to celebrate those magnificent creatures!
Congratulations on your win, Marsha!
My fave horse of all time was Seattle Slew! He and I share the same birthday.
He was the only horse to win the Triple Crown (by four lengths!) undefeated!
Being a person immersed in sports most of my life, I was a bit disappointed to hear Mr. Coburn's comments, but I don't hold them against him. I'll just remind him that Chrome tied for fourth, he wasn't second to the fresh horse.

therelishedroost said...

We he may not have won but my Kate did well today in a xcountry event with our Kieran so I am smiling!

Anonymous said...

I had the most wonderful clients who were from Oregon.....and raised and trained race horses! Aaron and
Marie Jones!

The most lovely people! they got tired of staying in a hotel in Pasadena for the Santa Anita season! they bought a house! They loved my "style" and I decorated it and filled it with things I knew they would love (I spoke to them at great length!)

Marie used to tell me how scared she would be when she saw these very expensive "colts" playing in the pastures!

Lovely people; lovely sport. I hope the new interest will continue!!

VM Creation Atelier said...

Live you Marsha!
And SO happy for you beautiful passion for horses and you win!!!
These photos makes me also joyful and glad:)))

Anonymous said...

Definitely agree with the owner of California Chrome. Way too close on those races and the horse does not have a chance to properly recover. He is such a gorgeous horse. Simple beautiful. And congratulations on winning the jackpot! What fun!

Anonymous said...

this is such a joyful post! The horses all look as though they have the best lives on earth... xox