2017 Zenyatta Celebration: Fans Meet Zenyatta

Winner: Judy Gadwood

Winner: Judy Gadwood

Last fall we held our fifth annual Zenyatta Celebration, raising over $20,000 for Thoroughbred Rehab Center Inc. Five participants were chosen in a random drawing to win the grand prize, An Invitation to Meet Zenyatta. Each winner was invited to travel with a guest to Lane’s End Farm to meet Zenyatta and receive a tour of the farm. These photos document their visits. Photography by Alys Emson.

View the complete set of photos from these visits in our 2017 Zenyatta Celebration Photo Gallery.

Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for a special birthday blog post!

Winner: Kelly Davis

Winner: Kelly Davis

Winner: Jodi Sheridan

Winner: Jodi Sheridan

Winner: Pati Szpyra

Winner: Pati Szpyra

Winner: Debbie Pofelski

Winner: Debbie Pofelski


  1. There I am! :D

    1. Dear Pati:

      WONDERFUL. So happy for you. Love and Hugs, JB

    2. YAY, Pati!!

      So glad to see you with our beauteous Queen!
      Makes me happy to know you had a visit with Z. 😊

      Great to hear from you.
      Hugs and Love

  2. Great photos of some very lucky gals!

    Our Zenny looks sweeter than ever…. Could it be because there are peppermints involved?

    Thank you, Team Z, for giving all of us this fantastic chance every year. Sure beats the PowerBall and MegaMillions any day!

  3. Great to see the hostess with the mostest greeting her visitors.Thank you for sharing the lovely photos Team Z.Love and hugs.

  4. Dear Z Visit Winners:

    Lucky, Lucky you. How absolutely sweet Z is to her adoring fans. Love and Hugs, JB

  5. Dear Sheena:

    The smiles say it all. Congrats to all the winners. Enjoy the weekend races. Goodnight. Love and Hugs, JB, LM and all the Sweeties

  6. Will you be having another Invitation to Meet Zenyatta? Although I’ve seen her in the paddock and on the track, I’ll always regret that I never took a chance to meet her even though I lived near Hollywood Park.

  7. Dear Mama Z, COZ, ZI, BBG and DC:

    Z, you made a lot of fans very happy; but then, you always do.

    Goodnight and Happy Dreams all. Love all of you so much. Love and Hugs, JB

    Z Princess, Dubai, Baby Z, will always love you.

  8. Oh my gosh, what LUCKY, LUCKY people! This trip is something you will ALWAYS remember and cherish!

    Happy Good Friday to all who are celebrating and blessed Easter as well.

  9. Team Z, LE and all who made these visits possible,

    Thanks so much for posting these happy encounters! It is so uplifting to see pure happiness. We truly feel the love!

    Hugs and Love

  10. I’m thrilled to see the pics of our visit. That is Judith Berkshire Jones with me.
    We visited on a very wet, windy, cold day but the moment we met Princess Z17 our hearts melted. What a sweet baby girl 💞 I hugged her and kissed her – I told her how much I love her and her mommy. She must have thought “who is this nut!” LOL

    When Zenny saw us she strolled over from the other side of her paddock (which she shares with 2 other mares). Zen was loveable like always. The Mrs. Pastures Cookies helped (wink, wink).

    Zenyatta rolled in the dirt for us but couldn’t quite roll all the way over ☺ When she got up and started walking away – back to the other side of her paddock – my eyes filled with tears. In my heart, I know I will never see her again. I said “Goodbye, Zenyatta! I love you!”

    Thank you Team Z and Lane’s End for the visit. It was wonderful to see A.P. INDY in his paddock.

  11. Beholder’s colt by Uncle Mo has a name! It’s QB One. The QB stands for Queen B and One is because he is her first foal.
    I am anxiously awaiting to hear what your filly will be named, Zenyatta! I think she is absolutely beautiful and I hope that she will race at Saratoga someday so that I will be able to see her “in person”. I am a little envious of, but happy for, the fans who were able to meet her & you, Momma Z.
    It’s wonderful to see that Coz looks very happy in his new career. I hope that little brother Ziconic is also doing well.
    I want to wish you a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ZENYATTA!!! a little early as I will be very busy tomorrow. Happy Birthday to Ziconic, too. May this year be wonderful for both you.

    1. Dear Donna Z:

      Thank you so much for this info; clever name and cute! Love and Hugs, JB

    2. I love this name for Beholder’s first born. Thank you for sharing.

  12. I just love seeing the people get to visit Zenyatta! She looks like she enjoys it a lot. Maybe one day I’ll be one of those lucky winners, that would be a dream come true!

  13. So wonderful to see Zenyatta with fans who truly love her! Congratulations to all the winners! And the Queen looks as beautiful as ever. Praying for her and the little one on the way!


  14. Tickled pink for the winners, green with envy

    1. Perfectly stated Julie. That is exactly how I feel.

  15. All the winners appear to be cherishing their moment with Zenyatta and 17Z…..Only wish I was there!

  16. Major congrats to the winners!!!! And thanks to Team Z for making dreams come true! I will keep trying!!!!

  17. So wish I could kiss that sweet nose! Just watched (finally!) the Zenyatta documentary – what a treasure she is and gosh, it made me miss Hollywood Park… I wish Zenyatta a very happy 14th birthday and Ziconic a very happy 5th birthday on Sunday!

  18. Dear Judy.Yes,the visitors had a great day with Zenyatta.I forgot to post Caravaggio and Churchill are shuttling to Australia this season.I do pray Hovis’s abscess will fully heal now.He has had such bad luck this past year bless him.Goodnight God bless you LM PC HT and all the sweeties.Love and hugs SheenaX

  19. Thanks for the pictures of Zen and those lucky winners. . . . When is her foal due by Into Mischief?? Should be pretty soon . .

    1. Not until late May or early June.

  20. Cirrus celebrates the birthday of his mum Corine and also John Gosden plus the incomparable Galileo.Happy Birthday all.Love and hugsX

  21. Dear team Z.
    Loves the photos, lucky ladies!
    I cannot wait until tomorrow .
    Big hugs Ingrid.

  22. My heartfelt congratulations to all the winners. I am sure these are precious memories, never to be forgotten. Thank you Team Z for sharing. Kissing Zenyatta or hugging that beautiful neck would be a dream come true. Happy Easter weekend, Happy Passover weekend to all. Love and hugz, Darlene

  23. What sweet, loving pictures! Especially like the one of the kisses on our precious Queen’s nose. Of course, I would love to have been in their places but happy for them to get such an honor. Love to sweet Zenny, the boys and Z17.

  24. Happy 29th Birthday to A P Indy! Many more happy and healthy years. He looks really good for 29!

    When can we expect news about what is happening in Dubai?

  25. Wow Mendelssohn smashes the course record on his dirt debut at Meydan.He wins by 18 and 1/2 lengths.Congratulations to all the coolmore gang.Kentucky derby here we come.Also a 3rd gold cup for Vazirabad and papa Christophe.

  26. Congrats to all Z Fans. Zenny is a great hostess and little Z is just like Mom.

    Biscuits, Biscuits, BISCUITS!!!!!!! WOW!!!! Congrats on your come from behind win. Zenny, how great was that! Now, come home, relax, on to your side business. So proud of you.
    Cloud nine.

  27. Congratulations to the lucky winners. Mama Z., it is great to see you looking so good. We are getting closer and closer to delivery time later in the spring. Prayers for safe, healthy delivery. Hugs to all.

    1. Dear Ann:

      Oh, that’s great. Didn’t know Biscuits won. Have to find the replay. Congrats beautiful Chestnut boy. Love and Hugs, JB

  28. A great win for Biscuits in the Golden Shaheen he did a Zenyatta.I wonder what Gun Runner would have to say?He’d be very proud of his friend.Lovely pic of the Player taking the weight off his hooves on FB.He is doing well so far.

  29. Thank you so very much for sharing these lovely photos of the winners’ visits with our Queen. Zenyatta looks like such a happy hostess and the smiles on the faces of her winning fans says it all. Congratulations! It is so awesome we are continuing to be given this site to celebrate our love for Zenyatta and her family. Thanks!

  30. Look who’s enjoying his 29th birthday today with carrots and cakes.Will he share some with Zenyatta?Happy birthday APxx

    1. Dear Sheena:

      AP looks good; God Bless. Happy Birthday beautiful boy. Love and Hugs, JB

    2. Happy Birthday to A.P. Indy! Glad he had a party and treats. Looking good, A.P.!
      Thanks for sharing, Sheena.

      Hugs and Love

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