Celebration Recap

Ann admires Zenyatta's growing bump. Photo by Kyle Acebo

Ann admires Zenyatta’s growing bump, Nov 6.

Z watches Jerry as he unwraps peppermints.

Z watches Jerry as he unwraps peppermints. Photos by Kyle Acebo

Happy Wednesday!

November has been quite the month for Team Z. We’ve been busy finalizing the Celebration results, stuffing envelopes, and planning a product launch for the Shop just in time for the holidays (hint, hint).

We’re proud to announce that the first ever Zenyatta.com Celebration raised over $10,000 for Thoroughbred Rehab Center, Inc. We couldn’t be happier with Zenyatta’s fans that contributed by purchasing the event’s signature Celebration Sticker or by bidding in our online auction. All of the stickers were mailed yesterday, and auction items will be shipped by end of the week. Look for yours soon!

As we previously mentioned, we decided to pick five winners for our Grand Prize, An Invitation to Meet Zenyatta. A complete list of winners is below.

Our next post will be all about Coz, with photos and video from our trip to Mayberry Farm.

-Team Z

Celebration Stickers were mailed yesterday. Photo by Tyler Matson

Celebration Stickers were mailed yesterday. Is one on it’s way to you? Photo by Tyler Matson

2013 Zenyatta.com Celebration: List of Winners

Invitation To Meet Zenyatta
Geri Whalen
Linda Daly
Kathleen Carson
Lisa Myers
Adrienne Ady

Auction: Zenyatta’s Halter
Sandra—Huntington, NY

Auction: Signed Zenyatta Breyers
Debbie—Eagle Point, OR
Mary—Ellensburg, WA
Janet—Edgerton, WI
Cathleen—Lake Worth, FL
Maureen—Warwick, RI

Auction: Limited Edition “Z” Mugs
Debbie—Eagle Point, OR
Lisa—Westerville, OH
Terence—Arlington Heights, IL
Bonnie—West Islip, NY
Beverly—Woodbury, MN

Auction: Signed Prints
Jennifer—Duluth, GA
Ann—Raleigh, NC
Brian—Dubuque, IA
Julie—Redwood City, CA
Linda—Lancaster, PA


  1. Dear Zenyatta,
    The pictures of you with Ann and Jerry are so wonderful. As always, you are so very lovely. I am so happy that the Zenyatta Celebration went so well and that we were all able to support such a worthy cause with such a great donation. Well done everyone!! Thank you Team Z for everything!! Congratulations to each of you that had winning bids and especially those that get to have a visit with our Zenny. Amazing!! Janet Newman, thank you for the beautiful post of the miracle of life. Barbara Wood, hope everything is well with you! Shari V and Sis Peggy, love to you. Sandy, thank you so much for the hymns, they are very special. The music playing in the attached card I am sending is one of my favorite songs, “Tis a Gift”. Happy Thanksgiving!!! Hugs, Dawn

    1. Judy, thank you very much for your wonderful Thanksgiving card!! Love to you my friend! Dawn

      1. Dear Dawn:

        Thank you for your beautiful card as well. Love and Hugs, JB

    2. Dear Sis

      Thank You so much for the beautiful Card. The song in the background reminds me so much of one of my favorite songs. “Lord of The Dance” So similar.

      Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

      1. Dawn

        Could it be the same song. Just beautiful..

        The Dance Goes On……………………………………………………………

      2. Dawn

        Could it be the same song. Just beautiful..

        The Dance Goes On……………………………………………………………

        1. OOP’s Sorry for the second post

    3. Dawn,

      A beautiful card and thanks for sharing.

    4. Thank you so much for sharing the beautiful card as well as the holiday wishes. May all the best of the season be in abundance in your heart as well as in your home. Thanks for sharing the bonds of our Queen Zenyatta.

      1. Thank you all for your kind responses. I am glad you enjoyed the card. Hugs, Dawn

  2. Jumping in at the 1/4 pole here, I want to refer to a couple of things.

    First, in the Nov 9th issue of Blood Horse (I am always a few weeks behind ( so may have been mentioned before), there are two very good Letters to the Editor (p.16): one on Kathy Ritvo and MMM and the other about Secret Compass. Very poignant.

    Second, thanks Judy Berube for that great horsey Thanksgiving card. :-)

    Third, to everyone, ESPECIALLY you Zenyatta, and all of your own and extended family, a very happy Thanksgiving. Special warm and safe thoughts for those in the inclement weather.

    P.S. I, too voted for MMM! Hard to resist.

    1. Dear Anne:

      You are so welcome. Love and Hugs, JB

  3. Oops, meant to mention, also in that same issue of Blood Horse is a great two page spread of a photo of top of the downhill BC Turf Sprint.

    1. Anne-A happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Anybody who has not been to the top of the downhill course can get a true perspective from these photos.

      1. I just love that turf course. Makes it a very interesting and exciting race.

  4. Dear Bluegrass Girl

    Thank you ever so much for sending the picture of Orfevre. I just can’t wait to see him. It is going to be very sad for me, though. Oh my goodness. He’s just beautiful and I just love him so much. I have followed his career from early on. It’s just not going to seem right not looking to see him. A girl that worked with us. Is moving to Japan. Her husband is in the Airforce.. She had been living in Idaho, but was just back here in Ga as her husband is from here. She came in to visit us just a few weeks ago and I told her that I was going to have to come over to see them. Now I know someone there.

    Judy, Max, don’t know how I’m going to handle Dec 22.. Hope so much for his safety and pray so hard he comes out of this last race safe. I’ll worry about this first, then try to figure out how I can get to Japan.

    1. Dear Peggy:

      We will pray to St. Francis to keep “O” safe and sound. I do hope you can visit your friend in Japan and then get to see Orfevre. Dream come true. Love and Hugs, JB

  5. Dear Z-sters, today is not only the day before Thanksgiving, but it is also the birthday of our dear Sandy in Northeast Ohio, for whom we give thanks every day! Here are the musical stylings of my doggies and kitties for Sandy on her special day, wishing her happy birthday and many more! http://www.bluemountain.com/view.pd?i=298415826&m=1038&source=bma992&c=embm63459&utm_medium=internal_email&utm_source=pickup&utm_campaign=confirm
    Happy birthday, Sandy!
    Love in Dumplinghood,

    1. happy birthday Snady
      Have a Zentastic day
      I am so thankful we are friends.
      Love Sue

      1. sorry it was 4:23 am and I was to sleepy to type. Sandy

        1. Thought maybe it was a redneck version of my name – Ha Ha. Thanks for your good wishes Sue – I’m thankful we’re friends too. How long until the next cappin’ contest? :-)

    2. Happy Birthday to Sandy!!! Thanks for sharing the card and the reminder, Trina!

      1. Thanks very much Celeste!

    3. Trina-Thanks for the reminder of the birthday of one of our top contributors on the blog. Sandy-You are a wonderful person and I hope your birthday is the best ever.

      1. Awwww . . . thanks Terry :-)

    4. Happy Birthday Sandy! It was a pleasure to have met you at the TROTT party. I hope you have a wonderful day.

      1. I was glad to meet you too Rosemary – wish we had had more time to talk. Thanks very much for the Birthday wishes :-)

    5. Trina – Thank you for the link to the delightful musical card. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

      Merriest of Thanksgivings to all…tomorrow…
      no one get trampled on Friday….I stay home and put up Christmas decorations
      Love you Zenny….Work hard at those lessons Coz….Red Red where are you…
      kisses for all soft noses

      1. Thanks Carol – hope you and the hubby are hanging in there! I also plan to be no where near the crowds on Friday (have to see what happens in the next chapter of Dude vs WTC!).

    7. Thanks, Trina — I’m bleary still this morning, and that one almost woke me up too much!

      Sandy, have a very Happy Birthday, you deserve it! I hope you have some Grand Birthday plans, besides preparing for tomorrow.


      1. Thanks Vicki! So glad we were able to share such a good time at the BC. Have a nice Thanksgiving with your friends.

    8. Happy Birthday Sandy!

      1. Thanks Janet – it seems like Alaska here today – please recall the weather :-)

    9. Happy Birthday to, Racing’s #1 fan !
      Hope you have a very special day.
      Love and hugs, Ann

      1. Thanks Ann. I may not be the the #1 fan, but at least I’m trying! So glad to have you back here on the blog with us :-)

    10. Dear Trina:

      So adorable. Thank you. Love and Hugs, JB

      1. Dear Sandy:

        Happy, Happy Birthday. Love and Hugs, JB

        1. Thanks Judy – hope you and Lola Mae are having a good day. Give PC a pet for me when you see him.

    11. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SANDY!!!! Dumpling love to you my friend!

      Dearest Trina, your shared kindness for us all is wonderful. Thank you for making our birthdays so very special!! The card was just “too cute”. Love and hugs, Dawn

      1. Thanks Dawn and thanks for the beautiful Thanksgiving card. Hope all is well in Colorado – best to you and your Mom.

    12. Many thanks to Trina for the adorable card – starring animals that look remarkably similar to her pets!! The card was a great treat as were all of the Birthday greetings (I see that Birthdays have now been trumped by a gorgeous young colt in a new blog :-) If anyone is still reading here, heartfelt thanks to all of you for sharing the day with me ♥♥♥♥♥

    13. Happy Birthday to my dear friend Sandy. I hope you are having a fantastic birthday. Cute card, Trina!

    14. Dear Sandy:
      Wishing you a very Happy Birthday with many, many more to come. Also wishing you a great year ahead.

      Love and Hugs,

      – Linda

  6. Dear Sandy Hope you and a wonderful Birthday and Thanksgiving day too.Here’s to many,many more. Enjoy!!! Love and Hugs SheenaX

    1. Thanks Sheena – just had a chat with my cousin in Scotland! Amazing how small the world really is :-) Some fans of Mr. Hovis are suggesting that another race be staged so that he can participate (I think they are really serious about this – a Hovis gathering!). You’ll have to go and be our representative!

  7. Dear Trina Have a very Happy Thanksgiving. Good to see you back posting Love and hugs SheenaX

  8. November 27 Cherokee Devotional

    Long ago I had a teacher who was nicknamed “Buffalo,” partly because of her great shoulders clad in black crepe, but mostly because she threatened to whip shy students for going blank at the blackboard.
    Years later she attended a school reunion. We assumed that the nickname would no longer fit, and that something soft and gentle would have taken the place of the harshness we’d known. We were wrong. She came with the same attitude, the same overbearing manner, and informed most of her former students that she did not remember them at all.
    Whole lifetimes can be lived without learning the importance of kindness. We had the privilege of knowing we were right in our judgment, but the greater lesson was that we had learned gentleness and that a real buffalo-unlike this human one-was quite amiable.

    Perhaps the hardest duty in the performance of parenthood was not so much to watch the conduct of their children as to be ever watchful of their own.
    -Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota

  9. Happy Birthday Sandy! Today is also my grand niece Arcadia’s first birthday.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all Z-sters!

    Hugs to all,

    1. Thanks Kathy, and happy mutual birthday to Arcadia (what a lovely name). My grandnieces and nephew are too far away to visit – I hope yours are closer.

      1. Dear Sandy,

        I’m in Riverside in southern CA and Arcadia is in Santa Clara in the Bay Area. So she’s about 8 or 9 hours away. Thank goodness for Facebook!

        Hugs, Kathy

  10. There is a wonderful story by Steve Haskins on Bloodhorse.com. It is about Finn Green who is connected to Muchie but also tells about how he came withing $5,000 of purchasing our dear Zenny. Great heartwarming story.

    1. Dear Shirlee:

      Here’s the article you referenced I think. Never knew Mr. Green’s story or his connection to MMM. Love and Hugs, JB


      1. Thanks, Judy B., and Shirlee!
        What a great article!

  11. Dear Kathy A very Happy Birthday to Arcadia. We had many nicknames for our teachers but never”buffalo”When I see the behaviour of the some of the younger generation,it’s a shame there aren’t more “buffalos” around. Ray,Boo Buddy and Joey must be looking forward to their turkey treats tomorrow. I don’t think a day goes by when I don’t remember my Katie, she was a gorgeous cat.Happy Thanksgiving To you and your family. Hugs to you Holly, Sugar and Nikko.Sheena

    1. Hi Sheena,

      Thank you on all counts. Thanks for all the wonderful animals and all the wonderful people in our lives.

      Hugs from me, kisses from The Pack.

    1. Great story Sue – I saw him on TV a while back, but this was a much better production! A nice treat for today :-)

  12. Terry Crow, I hope you see the Redneck Club posts on page 4:

    1. Vicki-Thanks for pointing this out. When I saw your message, I went over and reviewed the posted titles. It sounds like someone has written my biography and stretched it out to several volumes. Time for some relatives of rednecks jokes?

      1. I’ll see what I can do, Terry. I will be out of town for the holidays, but maybe I’ll find some inspiration to write up something. Glad that booklist “spoke” for you!

  13. Dear Sue Just love this horse.He painted a beautiful pic in memory of Homer the blind cat. Hugs Sheena

  14. Have had great luck “stalking” Cigar last couple days…..probably not today….his paddock is full of snow

    1. Oh boy!
      That means, Zenny is seeing snow and the 13 is putting his warm fuzzy winter coat to good use. Stay warm kids!

  15. The posts are coming out of order again ….

  16. Good morning all:
    This just in from Paulick about the MTB movie. Hope it comes here!

    1. I can’t wait to see it! :-) I love ♥ Birdie!!!

  17. Nice video done of a photo shoot. Rosie Napravnik and Old Friends retiree Patton
    I think Rosie could have a second career as a Cover Girl.
    Although the ultimate Cover Girl is Zenyatta. I would add Black Caviar to the equine models as well.


  18. Dear Sheena, Ann, TC, Peggy, Trina, Max, Marshall, Sue, Mary P, Sandy, Janet and Z Family:

    Love and Hugs to all of you, JB

  19. Dear Z, COZ, Red Prince and Baby Z:

    Sweet Dreams. Love You. Hugs, JB

  20. Dawn: Thanks for the lovely e-card. I wish all of the American friends of Zenyatta.com the happiest of Thanksgiving. Here in Canada we celebrate our Thanksgiving in early October-don’t know why–think it’s to do with the long week-end. We have more holidays in Canada than in the US & they all centre around long week-ends except Remembrance Day(Nov. 11)-your Veteran’ Day. All my best to you & yours.

  21. Max: I’d like to know more about your connection to Zenny. I believe you are Canadian-Upper Canada- somewhere? Here in NB there is no Thor. racing, as you know & harness racing is dying a slow death. I’d like to know if it is just flat-racing you are interested in or steeplechase. The Grand National used to be broadcast here during the 60’s, but no more. I have to watch the Grand Nationion on YouTube.

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