2015 Celebration Results

Zenyatta.com Celebration fan photo winner: Karen Klein

Celebration fan photo winner: Karen Klein

Happy Thursday!

We’re so happy to announce that the 2015 Zenyatta.com Celebration raised over $23,000 for Thoroughbred Rehab Center Inc! Thank you to everyone who made a donation of any size.

The winners of our auctions and prizes are as follows:

Grand Prize: An Invitation to Meet Zenyatta
Barbara Spencer—Tarzana, CA
Brian Helton—Scottsboro, AL
Taylor Wyss—Golden, CO
Wendy Slater—Puyallup, WA
Don Lindburg—San Diego, CA

Auction Lot 1: Zenyatta’s Halter

Auction Lots 2, 3: Zenyatta’s Shoe

Auction Lot 4: Breeders’ Cup Classic Saddlecloth

Auction Lots 5, 6, 7: Collector’s Magazines

Auction Lots 8, 9, 10: Signed Photograph

Bonus Auction: An Afternoon with Zenyatta

Zenyatta Shop gift certificate: Our favorite fan photo
Karen Klein—Califorina

Zenyatta Shop gift certificate: Celebration participant from our mailing list
Kimberly Butscher—California

Thanks fans, we couldn’t have done this without you!

Team Z


  1. Yay! Congratulations to the winners, especially the lucky person who gets to spend an afternoon with The Queen.

  2. Congratulations to All the Winners!! Thanks to Team Z!

  3. Congrats to all! Long live the Queen!!! 💜

  4. Huge congratulations to the very lucky winners.Enjoy your time with the Queen.Great to see the amount of $ raised to help our beloved thoroughbreds.Hugs SheenaX

  5. Congrats to all the winners and especially to the Zenyatta team for raising all that money for the Thoroughbred Rehab Center!!

    Guess I’ll have to wait for that visit and try again next year. Kisses to Zenny and the gang.

  6. Congrats to all the winners! For the rest of us, there’s always next year… love you Zenyatta!

  7. Isn’t it grand how Zenyatta’s spirit inspires many to help those wonderful thoroughbreds! It’s such a great way for Team Z to present it to the fans of the great mare, a Celebration!
    Hearty congratulations to all who participated and those who will cherish their visits and treasures!
    Love to you Zenyatta, Coz and Ziconic-kisses on those soft noses.
    Love to Team Z and all Zsters/dumplings.

  8. Bonjour Zenyatta!

    You are a great fundraiser.

    Lots of love to you, and I am eager to hear about the
    birth of your child.

    Lise from Maine

  9. My husband and I were so excited to win one of her shoes. Can’t wait to put it in a shadowbox on a wall of honor for our Queen. Thanks, Team Z, for creating this auction to make Z’s fans happy while helping out the other horses. It’s just awesome for you all to do this.

    1. Lucky shoe!! I couldn’t bid this year. Congrats!!!!

  10. The amount raised is wonderful!! Zenyatta fans prove, once again, how generous and loving we are. Thanks to Zenny of course!

    ♥ I’m curious to know if Barbara, and Don (who are from California), ever saw Zenyatta race live?

    Perhaps next year I will be able to bid on a shoe….I so want one of those Big Shoes!!! I want to place it next to my Beloved John Henry’s tiny shoe :-)

    This Thanksgiving I once again give thanks to Team Z and Lane’s End for sharing Queen Zenyatta XO I don’t know what we would do without this blog.

    HugZ to Zenny, CoZmic One, and Ziconic ♥
    Auntie Judy

    1. If they had Judy they will never forget it.

  11. RIP Tiago

  12. Congratulations to all the winners !! Thank you Team Z.

  13. Congratulations to all the winners. Looking forward to next year to try again to win a date with Zenyatta!

    How wonderful to have raised so much money for such a great cause.

    Thank you Team Z for all you do.

  14. That is great, such a good cause and Congratulations to all the winners!!

  15. Congratulations to all of the lucky winners!


    And a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING to TEAM Z, Zenny, the boys and all of my American cousins!!!!

    Sorry to have been a stranger here but I’ve been pretty busy saving horses from slaughter and taking a course in Chinese landscape painting. My print of American Pharoah that I donated to OLD FRIENDS raised $400 USD at their BC Barbecue & Auction. I also sold four prints and used the funds to rescue two mustang mares, both of whom were named in honour of Lady’s Secret’s son, Bear Witness, who was pulled out of a feedlot by a young couple but was just too broken down to save. They are heartbroken. So Maya Littlebear and her BFF, Felicitas Witness, will be running free in Bear Witness’ memory at Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary.

    Love & hugs to all and to my little Princess who is loved forever

    1. FYI: Felicitas was named by Bear Witness’ rescuers. If you’re on FB, Bear Witness has a page and if you scroll down, you’ll see Maya’s picture there. The Kunz’s have been comforted by people’s support & compassion.

      1. Dear Abigail.I have seen Maya on Bear’s FB.He lives on.Hugs Sheena

    2. Thank you Team Z for continuing to allow us access to Zenyatta, who will reign forever with her fans. We love seeing and hearing what generous things happen on her behalf.

      Abigail, thank you for all you have done for our wild ones. They are deep in my heart and as part of our nations’s heritage I want them to survive and be free on our public lands. I am always grateful for those who step up and rescue any in jeopardy.

      I sign off with “Z3z hugs” to forever remember where we all met on Zenyatta’s wonderful blog.

  17. I add my congrats to the winners. @Sandy–Going to see Jim Curry tonight. I will give you a report tomorrow.

    1. Terry: So pleased to see you here!!! Sending you all my very best.

      1. Abigail–It is always a pleasure when you post. The blog is enriched by your presence. I was gone for a while but I am back now.

    2. @Sandy–Jim Curry was in fine voice last night. He sang Matthew at my request as I also had an uncle by that name.

  18. RIP Do One Dance aka Francis who has passed away at the age of 31yrs Old friends announced.At peace now.SheenaX

    1. RIP Francis (Do One Dance)
      Glad you got to live out your days at Old Friends — must be the best place next to heaven to be. The angels have you now, and you are safe at home.

      Hugs and Love

  19. Big Congratulations to all winners!
    Thank you to Team Z for the great work you do for the Thoroughbred Rehab Center and also for the love you have for horses. Endless gratitude for Zenyatta and for this blog, too.

    Hugs and Love

  20. Congrats to all the lucky winners! To those who have the honor of meeting The Queen, give her hugs and smoochies from all of us!

  21. Zenny is still a beauty…inside and out. One day we HOPE to be fortunate to see her nose to nose and show this great gal some love. A huge congratulations to all the winners.

  22. Congratulations to all the winners. I look forward to reading about your visits with Zenyatta. I am sure she will enjoy all the attention too.

    All of you are so very lucky.


  23. Thank you Team Z for all the time and work it took to put this fundraising event together. So many horses that are not as fortunate as Zenny thank you too.

  24. Condolences to Ann and Jerry on the loss of Tiago. From the article on Bloodhorse.com it seems Adena did everything possible to save him. So sorry for Ann & Jerry’s loss of this nice boy.

  25. I will do anything for my adorable Zenny,
    I love you.
    You welcome Team Z.

  26. Congrats to all winners. Enjoy visits and all special things Zenny.
    Will look forward to the visit reports and photos. Enjoy!
    Thanks Team Z.

  27. Congrats to the Winners. I will try again next year🍀🍀🍀

    1. Dear Laura J:

      Thanks so much for posting this article. God Bless Mr. Contessa for following up on this horse and for bringing this, sadly, too often recurring plight of TBs once they stop racing. Too many end up needing rescuing. Love and Hugs, JB

  28. Congratulations to all the lucky winners and a big high hoof to Team Z for raising so much money for the Thoroughbred Rehab Center. Hoofray!!

    RIP Francis and Tiago. I saw Tiago earlier this year and I know how hard Bill and the folks at Adena worked to take care of him. He couldn’t have been in better hands.

    1. Debbie
      I think you were with me 2 years ago when I saw Tiago. So sad.

      1. Dear Debbie and AJ:

        Didn’t know about Tiago until I read your posts. RIP beautiful boy. Love and Hugs, JB

      2. @JAG-Tiago was a champion in his own right. This is a loss for all who love horse racing.

        1. A champ indeed, Terry. So very nice to see your recent posts. We were fortunate to spend a little time with Tiago while visiting Zenyatta at John Shirreffs’ barn at HP. He was handsome as well as an excellent race horse.

        2. Always good to hear from the Kennedys, a class act indeed.

  29. Dear Judy.The peep has recorded another episode of Nerissa!Goodnight God bless you LM PC HT Cap Frank Hercules Bentley and all the sweeties.Love and hugs.SheenaX

    1. Dear Sheena:

      Left you a Goodnight Post on the next page of the Blog. Love and Hugs, JB

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