Tuesday, March 13, 2012

This and That with More On The Horizon

Spring is here in Lexington.  Daffodils are in bloom and a few blooming trees are beginning to open up their flowers.  It's always a promising sign of good things to come. 

This weekend Ollie and I are heading over to a clinic with James Houston.  I'm looking forward to it for many reasons.   One of them is that I hope to come away with new ideas and exercises I can work on with Ollie.  It's like getting more idea ammunition so I don't fall into a rut and bore him to death.   The videos from the Retired Racehorse Training Project gave me ideas which were super helpful.  Can't wait till Robin Coblyn, owner of Four X The Trouble (aka Tempyst) comes out with their other videos...

I'll give a full report from the clinic.  Another thing I'm excited about with the clinic is that I'll be heading over to a barn where horses from Touchstone Farm are being trained.  My friend, equine chiropractor and photographer - Shirley McQuillan - owns Touchstone Farm.  She bred and owns a horse named Rhett who is ridden by Jim Koford.  They are on a mission  to compete at the top levels.  I'm proud and happy for Shirley and her horses.

In the meantime, I thought I'd post some photos I grabbed at Keeneland one sunny morning as well as some photos of artwork in progress by my famous sculptor friend, Alexa King

Keeneland training track

Keeneland training track

Keeneland training track and a distant barn with a quilt

She Be Bunny (she was born on Easter day in 2009)

not sure who this is but it's a pretty horse

This is Bederman, a 3 yr old, not raced yet and in training with Kenny McPeek.

Hackney stallion sculpture in progress by Alexa King

Hackney Stallion

Alexa King


  1. I love the pictures at the track, especially the one with the barn in the background with the quilt detail. Actually I like all of them :)
    Also, the sculpture pictures - your friend is very talented.
    The weather there sounds awesome. Have fun with the training!

  2. New to your blog, but I've been reading your older stuff, and I'm hooked! I can't believe I haven't found you before now:)

  3. Aw! Thanks! Can't believe I'll be having a 3rd yr anniversary of Jag's passing soon. So much has happened since then! Can't believe I've been blogging that long!

  4. Loved these pictures. If I ever get back to galloping I want you to take pictures!!! Breaking our last yearling out this fall!!!