Merry Christmas

Ann celebrates Christmas with Zenyatta. December 23, 2017. Photo courtesy of Zenyatta.com.

Ann celebrates Christmas with Zenyatta. December 23, 2017. Photo courtesy Zenyatta.com.


Merry Christmas, fans!

Ann braved the recent rain to bring Zenyatta some Christmas cheer. Look out for more photos from our trip in the coming days.

We wish everyone a day of peace, joy, love and peppermints 🎄

Ann celebrates Christmas with Zenyatta. December 23, 2017. Photo courtesy of Zenyatta.com.

Ann celebrates Christmas with Zenyatta. December 23, 2017. Photo courtesy Zenyatta.com.



Ann celebrates Christmas with Zenyatta. December 23, 2017. Photo courtesy of Zenyatta.com.

Ann celebrates Christmas with Zenyatta. December 23, 2017. Photo courtesy Zenyatta.com.

328 comments

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

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

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

  2. Dear Judy Berube,

    Thanks so much for the link to the video of Zi’s race. It never is completely satisfactory just to know the result. I want so much to see how he ran the race. Still think he needs Gary Stevens but who am I to say anything?

    Anyway, thanks again.

    Donna

  3. Dear Donna:

    You’re so welcome. I think there is merit in our Max’s suggestion that a change in venue and class may do the trick. An MSW at Golden Gate may bring our Red Prince his first win.

    God Bless him and his brother and little sis. Love and Hugs, JB

    1. Ann Moss I hope you see this message. I sent a message a month or so ago. One day I happen to see how curlin and zenyattas markings we so much alike only difference was zenyattas goes to the left and curlins goes to the right. I did more study on it and and another astrology search and horoscopes (I know u must think I am a nut) But ann after much much digging.. the markings on them put together is a perfect Secretariat marking and their maps I have done predict only great things that would come from them being bred even a possible foal that would be as great as secretariat.. please ann check it out. I don’t know any other way to try and get this to you. and if anyone else knows how o get this to ann please pass it along.

  4. Hovis is a bit late today.Poor mother has had a difficult week with backache,a hospital visit and nerve block.The wuss!!!Hovis’s words not mine.Safe trips to all horses and jockeys this weekend.Another Royal baby on the way Her Majesty’s granddaughter Zaea Tindall is pregnant.
    http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/blog/hovis-friday-diary-mother-hard-brie-641349

    1. Dear Sheena,

      I am in stitches with laughter! Honestly, the comedy team of Hovis & Karen is superb!
      Love all those hilarious images created by colorful narratives. :-)

      Thanks for posting our Hovis’ adventures of the week!

      Hugs and Love

    2. Just checked out what you think are Arctic conditions in Wales. Man, if it was 34 F in my coordinates, it would be balmy. Stay outside in the NE for longer than 10 minutes and you are a goner. I hope that Biscuits is in Florida, but it’s even cold there.

    3. Dear Sheena:

      Oh, poor mother. Just when she could relax with Hovis’ recovery, a health issue of her own. Wishing her well soon. Congrats to Zara Tindall and family. Love and Hugs, JB

  5. Lovely photo of beholder and her ever growing tummy.Take a look at her website!
    http://www.facebook.com/spendthriftfarm/

    1. Isn’t she something??? I didn’t even know that she HAD a website!!

    2. Dear Sheena,

      Our Beholder looks so adorable with her tummy.
      Thank you for her up date.
      Big hugs Ingrid.

    3. Dear Sheena:

      Thanks for sharing this photo of beautiful Beholder. Uncle Mo baby should be a cutie; but then, they all are. Love and Hugs, JB

    4. Thanks for letting us know with sending the link. It was nice of Spendthrift to post an update.

  6. Zenyatta and Ann couldn’t be more beautiful! Is Zenyatta having another foal soon or are they giving her a rest? Love and peace to all!

    1. She is in foal to Into Mischief for a late May 2018 foal.

      She will probably be left open for 2019 to reset her schedule and reduce her weight, like they did after Z Princess in 2014/2015.

      1. Do you think that Zenyatta looks heavy? I thought that she looked fairly slim in the above photos. I might be missing something because you are usually right.

        1. Looking at her picture from the December 1 blog, yes I do think she is carrying extra weight.

          Keep in mind in that December 1st picture she’s not due for 6 months, which means the foal is just a little larger than a cat. From 6 months to birth is when the foal will develop to the approximately 130+lbs ( average ) and it’s full foal size.

          So go back and look at her in December 1 and realize that none of her barrel size is foal, since the foal is just the size of a cat. She looks like a mare on track to foal in late February or early March, from size, but she’s going to go till mid May!

        2. Thanks. I understand what you are saying. Seems correct.

        3. You’re welcome.

          Also that fits with how they went with her the first time.

          2012 foal
          2013 foal
          2014 foal
          2015 deliberately left open to reset schedule and reduce weight.
          2016 foal
          2017 foal
          2018 foal
          2019 suspect she’ll be left open to reset schedule and reduce weight.

          So a cycle of 3 years in foal/foal at heel and then 1 year off, which is kind of like 2 years because once Z18 is weaned, she won’t have a foal at heel until 2020.

        4. Dear Z13Rulz and Max:

          I thought Z looked rather big for this stage of her pregnancy too. Think you’re right that she will not be bred again until 2019. Love and Hugs, JB

  7. Shirlee – didn’t realize that we were onto a new page. Left some Saratoga info on the previous page as a reply to Donna’s post.

    1. Sandy,
      Saw your Saratoga tips to Shirlee. I live only a few minutes from where you stayed in Colonie. Please let me know if you come to Saratoga again!

    2. Sandy,
      Thanks. I’ll go back and page and read.

      Stay Warm!

  8. Dear Judy.Hope you are keeping warm.Central Park look beautiful this morning.Hermes was back at the station today with a please don’t feed me collar on.He actually arrived home from his adventure heavier!Goodnight God bless you LM PC HT and all the sweeties.Love and hugs SheenaX

    1. Dear Sheena:

      Yes, we’re cranking up the thermostats. Someone must have been seeing to Hermes dinner while he was away. Goodnight. Love and Hugs, JB, LM and all the Sweeties

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

    Stay comfy and cozy and Happy Dreams. Love and Hugs, JB

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

  10. Wow ,Congratulations to the old guys at Chepstow Raz de Maree wins the Welsh Grand National at 13yrs old with Alfie Spinner a very brave 2nd.Jockey James Bowen is only 3yrs old than his horse!
    Wishing Hovis’s granny Celia Drinkall a very Happy Birthday.

    1. Wow!
      Congrats to Raz de Maree on winning — 13 years old, well done! Congrats to all connections and to Alfie Spinner for taking second, too.

      Hugs and Love

    2. Wow! Congrats Raz. Love and Hugs, JB

  11. RIP Edvardo who died in a freak accident at Wincanton today he was brought down by another horse but seemed to gallop off He tripped over his loose reins and broke his neck according to reports To make matters worse the ground staff were rather slow in screening his body .RIP sweetheart yet another lost.My sympathy goes to you and those hard working grooms who cared for you.
    Mystery still surrounds the poor performances from Sizing John and Faugheen over the festive period.All tests have returned negative and both horses are fine.CCTV has been studied thoroughly and no unauthorised personnel were seen at the stables.Faugheen has been out cantering.

    1. Oh no, how awful!
      Poor baby — what a ghastly accident. RIP Edvardo, so very sorry.
      Condolences to all connections.

      Farewell, beautiful boy.

  12. Dear Sheena:

    Tears! RIP Edvardo.

    Love and Hugs, JB, LM and all the Sweeties.

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

    Goodnight and Happy Dreams. Stay warm and cozy. Love You. Hugs, JB

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

  14. Some more gorgeous pics of Coz.
    http://www.facebook.com/desousastablesllc/

  15. Dear Sweet Zenyatta; I am sure hoping that you have not gotten bigger than you should be in your term according to what I have read here as you are my forever love and I want the best for you and your baby to be. You will shine my Love.

    Love you with Kisses and to all your sons and daughters,
    my dear Sir
    Auntie Sally B

  16. Dear Judy.Coz looks to be settling in well at his new home.Keep warm.Goodnight God bless you LM PC HT and all the sweeties.Love and hugs SheenaX

    1. Thanks for a very sweet story of best friends, Max.
      May Triolo continue to be healthy and loved for a long time. RIP Simonsig.

      Hugs

      1. Marshall. Horses are God’s own creatures. I used to follow Simonsig when he was racing, but I had no idea about this tender back story. There may be many such stories from which we could learn to appreciate horses even more. Glad that you enjoyed it

    2. I remember Nicky in tears when Simonsig died that day saying ‘How are we going to tell Triolo’He fractured his pelvis in a race later on but recovered well and I think is with Tracy Vigors along with Bob’s Worth.

      1. Henderson was a class act when he publicly expressed his sympathies to Mullins when Nic passed. Same tragic circumstances.

    3. What a great story! Thanks, Max 😊

    4. Dear Max:

      Our beloved horses do indeed form strong bonds with each other. These two were a unique example of how strong the bond can be. Thank you so much for sharing.

      The paragraph in the article about mares being given time to be with their foals who did not survive, made me think of little Baby Z16 and Mama Z. Bonds not easily broken. Love and Hugs, JB

    5. Thank you, Max.
      Loved reading this about those two precious boys.

  17. Dear Judy.Such high temps in Sydney around 50C no wonder our cricketers melted.Hope you are coping with the bitter cold.Goodnight God bless you LM PC HT and all the sweeties.Love and hugs SheenaX

  18. Hope this link works. A lovely donkey story.
    http://www.facebook.com/PartyAnimalsDodo/

    1. My Dear Sheena:

      Wow, two stories of love, courage and strength; both Ronnie’s and the woman who rescued him. God Bless them both. Thanks for sharing. Love and Hugs, JB

    2. Dear Sheena,

      Thanks for posting this sweet donkey tale. It warms the heart to know there are such angels who rescue and love these marvelous creatures. Bless them.

      I also scrolled down to stories about “Grandpa Waffles” (~30yr old Belgian Draft horse) and a super-sweet Lexy (11 yr old pitbull). I am smiling with both my face and heart! So much love to share.

      Hugs and Love

  19. Thistlecrack is ruled out of the Gold Cup for the 2nd year running due to a small stress fracture at the top of the tibia.Why this horse didn’t stick to hurdles I will never understand.He was brilliant.Former Champion Chaser Finian’s Rainbow leaves Tracy Vigors for his new home in the US today.Safe journey.

    Remembering the King on his 83rd birthday also wishing the girl from Tiger Bay Dame Shirley Bassey a fantastic 81st birthday today.

  20. Dear Sheena:

    We’re having a heatwave here; 35 degrees. Healing prayers for Thistlecrack and safe travel Rainbow. Goodnight. Love and Hugs, JB, LM and all the Sweeties

    1. Hi, Judy,

      We’re having a heat wave here, too; 24 degrees this afternoon after a low of 9 below 0 on Sunday morning! We may even reach 50 on Thurs. before going back to highs in the 20s by next weekend.

      Does anyone know how cold it got in KY? I know that the far below normal temps reached all the way from the North Pole to the US Gulf Coast.

      1. Dear Donna:

        We got to -4 degrees overnight last week. Yup, supposed to be in the 50s here too later this week.

        I checked the forecast for Kentucky and although it’s in the 40s and 50s during the day, it goes down to the 20s and even the teens overnight there. Z and BBG and all the horses stay comfy, cozy and warm! Love and Hugs, JB

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

    Have a pleasant evening and Happy Dreams. Love You. Hugs, JB

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

  22. Dear Judy.Enjoy your heatwave!Still coldish here.Did you see the photos of Princess Charlotte on her first day at nurseryShe is growing so fast and her hair is longer too.Goodnight God bless you LM PC HT and all the sweeties.Love and hugs SheenaX

  23. Little Princess Charlotte starts nursery school.
    http://www.facebook.com/TheBritishMonarchy/

    1. Precious!
      Her Mommy really takes some great photos.
      Thanks for sharing.

    2. Dear Sheena:

      She’s adorable. A natural posing for photos. Love and Hugs, JB

    3. Dear Sheena,

      Princess Charlotte is so cute — very photogenic! She looks perfectly lovely in her beautiful outfit. I do hope she enjoys nursery school. The Duchess takes wonderful pictures.

      Thanks for posting!

      Hugs and Love

  24. Hi Zenny
    Thinking of you, and hope you are enjoying your day.

    Love you.
    Linda in NJ

  25. Dear Sheena:

    So glad COZ seems to be acclimating well. Goodnight. Love and Hugs, JB, LM and all the Sweeties

  26. Dear Beautiful Mama Z, COZ, ZI, BBG and DC:

    Stay comfy and warm. Happy Dreams. Love and Hugs, JB

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

  27. Dear Judy.Milder here tonight too.I hear there has been 16ins of snow in the Sahara!3rd time in about 40years.Charlotte looks more confidant than George.Goodnight God bless you LM PC HT and all the sweeties.Love and hugs SheenaX

  28. One of the oldest Silverbacks in the world has died at Longleat safari Park.Nico was believed to be 56yrs old and passed peacefully on sunday the 7th.I well remember watching him and his partner Samba on Animal Park in the early 2000’s.Much sympathy to his long time keeper Mark Tay and all staff at Longleat.RIP dear Nico.
    http://www.facebook.com/longleat/

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