Post-Thanksgiving Blog Post

Photo by Alys Emson

Photo by Alys Emson

Happy Monday!

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! These photos from Alys show how Zenyatta enjoyed her holiday.

Now that the festivities are over, we have some updates in the works including additions to the shop (sneak peek: we’re launching a new line of greeting cards) and news about Cozmic One and Ziconic. Make sure you’re on our mailing list for early access and December promotions.

Team Z

Photo by Alys Emson

Photo by Alys Emson

Photo by Alys Emson

Photo by Alys Emson

Photo by Alys Emson

Photo by Alys Emson


  1. I hope this comes through.It’s very touching seeing horses reunite after some years apart.Sheena

    1. Thank you for finding this video. It is an inspiration.

    2. Dear Sheena:

      Wow, what a find. Thank you so much for posting this wonderful video. We can learn a lot from horses. Love and Hugs, JB

    3. Dear Sheena,
      Thank you for this! It is indeed very touching.
      Long may Arthur, William and Harry live and play together, happy and healthy.

      Hugs and Love

  2. Dear Max.I remembering watching that video a couple of years ago and”they”say animals are dumb!!Although Leopardstown will be sad not to see the Fly this year he will be back for the unveiling of his statue next year.Due to the generosity of the Boyd and Creighton families world renowned artist Siobhan Bulfin has been commissioned to create a bronze of the famous horse at the racecourse.
    I know Bryan Cooper did well to hang on yesterday.The Mullins team are firing now.Let’s hope Faugheen improves next time!Hugs Sheena

    1. I cannot forget Shorty’s attitude either. We would be in a better place if horses ruled the world. I agree that The Fly deserves this tribute. He is a world record holder in both racing and biting. Rock on, Fly.

  3. You will meet all those that have come to horse heaven Shared Belief. Still so sad you were called away so early.
    love, Auntie Sally B

    1. Zenyatta, you mean the world to me, take care of yourself and your baby in the tummy.
      love you with kisses and to your sons
      loving z princess and my dear Sir
      Auntie Sally B

    2. correction; that is Sally B. I am only an Auntie to Zenyatta and her clan.

  4. Dear Sally:

    Love and Hugs, JB

  5. Dear Sheena:

    Hope the weather has cleared up there. Goodnight. Love and Hugs, JB, LM, PC, HT, Cap, Herc, Frank, Bentley and all the Sweeties

  6. Dear Beautiful Mama Z, COZ, ZI and Montey:

    Goodnight. Stay comfy and cozy. Happy Dreams. Sweet Baby Dreams Z. Love You. Hugs, JB

    Z Princess, Dubai, will always love you.

  7. Dear Judy.Although the weather has improved the damage is done now and it will takes months to get back to normal.Summer is enjoying herself in Tucson 3 day cat show!Goodnight God bless you LM PC HT Hercules Frank Bentley and all the sweeties.Love and hugs SheenaX

    1. Dear Sheena:

      Yes, it will take time to rebuild where necessary. I hope the weather stays mild and storm free to give everyone an opportunity to recover.

      Glad Summer is having a good show. Love and Hugs, JB

  8. Hope everyone has a good week!
    Love to Zenyatta and family.

    Happy Birthday to The Chairman of The Board, Francis Albert Sinatra.
    He would be 100 today, and though he left us 17 years ago, he still lives on.
    What an artist! No equal — simply the best friend any song could have.
    He and The RatPack are no doubt performing nightly among the stars.
    Thanks for the movies and the unforgettable music.

    Hugs and Love

    1. Dear Marshall:

      He was one of my all time favorites. RIP Love and Hugs, JB

    2. Frank Sinatra’s birthday is December 12.

    3. Happy Birthday Blue Eyes.
      Turner Movie Channel is having a great line up of Sinatra entertainment all month! Enjoy.

    4. Oops, his actual birthday is the 12th, but CBS had a birthday celebration honoring him last night, Sunday the 6th. I enjoyed it.
      Sorry for the mistake on the date.


  9. Kentucky Derby winning horse Giacomo arrives in Portland via Federal Express;
    open house planned
    By Beth Nakamura | The Oregonian/ on December 06, 2015
    When Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo arrived at Portland International Airport two weeks ago via a Federal Express airplane, he became the second of two Kentucky Derby winning horses to reside in Oregon.
    The Thoroughbred, who won the derby in 2005, now makes his home at Oakhurst Thoroughbreds in Newberg, in a stall alongside Grindstone, who in 1996 also won the prestigious race. The two horses are available for breeding.
    Jack Root, a veterinarian who runs the farm, is leasing Giacomo for three years.

    1. Dear BGG, Love Giacomo! Thanks so much for posting this about him. He is one of my dream horses. I do wish an owner would take him home to a great place for the rest of his life. Will look forward to watching his colts and fillies. God’s blessings for a great day, BGG – with love, Elizabeth

      1. Elizabeth,
        You’re welcome. He is one of several I keep watch over.
        Will share any news.
        Sending a hug, BGG

    2. Dear BGG:

      Thanks for this info on Giacomo and Grindstone. Wishing them happy lives at Oakhurst. Love and Hugs, JB

    3. BGG,
      Thanks for post about Giacomo and Grindstone. Looks like a nice farm and they both look very good. Grindstone has a pretty good grandson, Swipe, who ran second in the Juvenile at Keeneland.

      I know how you lease a house or a car, but a horse??? Do the Mosses still own Giacomo?

      1. shirleeiinindy Leasing a hose is fairly common in the equestrian side.
        Even Olympic show jumpers can be leased. Here is an good article that describes why and how to lease a horse.
        The Benefits of Leasing a Horse
        How this alternative to horse ownership can help you get your horse fix without maxing out your budget. –
        By Linda Buchanan Allen from the February 2012 issue of Practical Horseman Magazine. –
        For the cost-conscious among us, leasing a horse is a practical way to make the most of available resources. The arrangement, essentially a formal rental agreement between an owner and a rider for a horse’s use, has shown signs of gaining ground in these economically challenging times. At its most basic, leasing a horse is a way for an owner to reduce the cost of her horse’s care without selling him or taking him out of work

        1. Dear Shirlee and BGG:

          There are a couple of horses at the farm that are or were leased by Angela to people that don’t have the means to buy a horse of their own. They pay a fee every month and they can ride and groom and spoil their charges. Love and Hugs, JB

        2. Thanks to all of you for the information about leasing a horse. Sounds like a good arrangement if you can’t afford ownership and the owner doesn’t have to lose her horse.

          Hope all of my Zster friends have a wonderful day.

      2. Dear Shirlee:

        The last I read some time ago was Giacomo was a shared ownership between the Moss’ and Stronach Stables. Don’t know if that is still the case. Love and Hugs, JB

      3. Dear Shirlee,
        I leased my first horse. She was a former QH race horse that I used to give riding lessons on. Both of her grandmothers were TB’s & she was 16.1 hands tall. She was a really nice horse.

  10. December 7 Cherokee Devotional

    She woke me at midnight to see the pink snow that lay on the ground-the only time I ever recall seeing aurora borealis, the northern lights playing in the far northern skies and tinting the snow.
    She called me to sit beside her on the doorstep to watch the evening star nestled in the crest of a new moon. It was the only time I ever remember such a thing happening.
    She got off of her horse on a rocky hill near the creek and said simply, “The horses are snorting. A rattlesnake must be nearby.” It was coiled and ready to strike-but she showed no fear. She took aim with a rock and we dragged it home on a rope for others in the family to see the rattles.
    She was an artist in her heart, a teacher, but most of all my loving mother.

    I had a dream…one small round stone appeared to me that the maker of all was Wakan Tanka.
    Brave Buffalo

  11. Dear Kathy.Our mother’s are the best teachers in the world!Our floods made the CBS news last night.Dave is putting his wellies on and visiting the areas affected today.It really is heartbreaking to see the damage.One couple were in the process of selling their house and had refurbished it was flooded out who will buy now?.There was heavy in North Wales too which may affect the Severn in time.Then there was the terrorist-related incident in a tube station in East London.Maybe they will take advantage of the busy time of year as the IRA did in 1983 with the Harrod’s bomb.
    Sadly Monday has come around again!It’s so warm I have my windows open unbelievable for December and someone on the radio said this morning there are “yellow perils”out in his garden!Hovis beware.Poor Ray has lost a lot of friends again bless him.No news of Fubu yet but Wookie and family had a lazy sunday I loved Dexter cuddling his toy and snoozing.The ratties went to Ohio and visted mum’s old school in Clebeland.Someone is trying to send them a license for Birginia.I think Judy’s having a party this week and Gizmo(the pony)took part in a nativity over the weekend I posted some pics on Hovis’FB.Remember to turtle-turtle.Love and hugs to you,kisses for Holly,Nikko and Sugar.SheenaXOXO

  12. Dear Sheena,

    Yes, we learn most of our early lessons from our dear mothers. Speaking of mine, this is the anniversary of her residency in heaven. December 7, 2001. Seems like forever that she’s been gone, but the memories are still so vivid of that day on the anniversaries. It’s amazing that you have a warm day today in Wales after all the storms. Heartbreaking flooding and so much damage. And yes, more terrorism. Seems the world is getting crazier and crazier as time goes on. Yellow perils! I hope Hovis watches out for them! Seems Ray is ALWAYS losing friends. Sure enjoyed the pics of darling Wookie yesterday. I sure hope they can keep him comfortable and that he can enjoy a good quality of life for some time. Dexter was adorable with his toy in bed together. The ratties have a lot of bizness to tend to. Hope Gizmo enjoys his party! Will look for those pics of the nativity. I will turtle-turtle as much as possible. Have a great day. Love and hugs from me, kisses from Holly, Nikko and Sugar. Kathy XOXO

  13. Dear Kathy.A sad date for me too.My favourite aunt would have entered her 100th year today.She died aged 65yrs in 1982.We can only cherish the memories and always keep them in our hearts.Our loved ones live on.Hugs SheenaXOXO

  14. hugz/prayerz to all those who lost loved 1s dear to them including furbabies. loss is always hard. my codolenses to u all. <3
    looking at Zs pics is always soothing and comforting. she looks so serene and peaceful. luv the big girl <3

  15. Hi Zsters☺

    Today’s devo:
    Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?” (Matthew 2:1–2)

    Unlike Luke, Matthew does not tell us about the shepherds coming to visit Jesus in the stable. His focus is immediately on foreigners coming from the east to worship Jesus.

    So Matthew portrays Jesus at the beginning and ending of his Gospel as a universal Messiah for the nations, not just for Jews.

    Here the first worshipers are court magicians or astrologers or wise men not from Israel but from the East — perhaps from Babylon. They were Gentiles. Unclean.

    And at the end of Matthew, the last words of Jesus are, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations.”

    This not only opened the door for us Gentiles to rejoice in the Messiah, it added proof that he was the Messiah. Because one of the repeated prophecies was that the nations and kings would, in fact, come to him as the ruler of the world. For example, Isaiah 60:3, “Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.”

    So Matthew adds proof to the messiahship of Jesus and shows that he is messiah — a King, and Promise-Fulfiller — for all the nations, not just Israel.

    HugZ❤prayerZ, vamp

  16. American Pharoah has won the President’s award at the HWPA today.Trainer and international trainer went to John Gosden,Jockey of the year was our Frankie,owner Anthony Oppenheimer and best of all Alastair Down was writer of the year.Congratulations to all.Sheena.

    1. Congradulations to all of the winners.

  17. California Chrome’s dam, Love the Chase, arrived today at Taylor Made for a date with a new stallion in 2016. No announcement yet on which stallion was selected.

    1. Dear Especially Horses:

      Thanks for this info on Love The Chase. Many wonderful Champions at TM. Love and Hugs, JB

  18. On this day in 1941 the Japanese invaded Pearl Harbour.Lest we forget.RIP.Sheena

    1. RIP. Love and Hugs, JB

  19. Long Live the Pharoah (Multimedia)
    By Heidi E. Carpenter Dec. 7 2015
    Long Live the Pharoah: a multimedia journey through AP’s career & my experience shooting his @BreedersCup Classic

    1. Wow! This is just wonderful BGG! As I’ve said a hundred times, I don’t know how you find these things, but we are certainly the lucky benefactors 😊. The story is so well-told, and the pictures are amazing. She had a view that 99% of us who were there did NOT have. Great to relive the experience with the video too. Thanks so much❤️

      1. Thanks Sandy.
        Heidi Carpenter is a terrific photo-journalist.
        She put together s a great story.
        Sometimes I just get lucky. BGG

    2. Dear BGG:

      Thank you for this. So very well done with magnificent photos. Love and Hugs, JB

    3. Dear BGG,
      Thanks a million for this great link. Brilliantly written, beautiful photos and the race replays — what a great article! Loved it. :-)

      Hugs and Love

    4. Absolutely amazing! What a wonderful article/blog post and the photos!! Just Wow! Thank you for sharing here, BGG! Made me cry.

  20. Dear Judy.The rain is back tonight as if they need more in the North West.There is talk of a number of fatalities.
    There was some good news for Ed Dunlop’s team when Red Verdon in the famous Red Cadeaux colours broke his maiden at Wolverhampton on Saturday.Faugheen and Don Cossack dead-heated for Horse of the year in Ireland.Willie Mullins was trainer of the year who else?Summer did well in her show.Goodnight God bless you LM PC HT Cap Hercules Frank Bentley and all the sweeties.Love and hugs SheenaX

    1. Dear Sheena:

      Sorry to hear you’re still battling inclement weather. Hope it passes soon.

      Congrats to Red Verdon and Willie M. and congrats to Faugheen and Don Cossack on their shared Horse of the Year award.

      Yes, Summer did great. What a Sweetheart she is. Love and Hugs, JB, LM, PC, HT, Cap, Herc, Frank, Bentley and all the Sweeties

  21. Max, Sheena, Judy, and other Ft. Larned fans – I was lucky enough to see him at Adena Springs in KY, but I believe he has been relocated to their Florida operation at least for now.

    1. Dear Sandy:

      Thanks for this info on Fort Larned. Wonderful that you got to visit him. Love and Hugs, JB

    2. Dear Sandy.Thanks for the news of Fort Larned.You were lucky indeed to meet this beautiful horse.Hugs Sheena

  22. Dear Mama Z, COZ, ZI and Montey:

    Love all of you so much. Goodnight. Happy Dreams. Sweet Baby Dreams Z. Hugs, JB

    Z Princess, Dubai, will always love you.

  23. Dear Judy,

    Here is the Hennessey Chase from UK racing – found it on You Tube – Smad Place just
    gobbles up the ground – an amazing horse.

    Love and hugs

    1. Dear Tizgood:

      Thank you for posting SP’s win. Beautiful boy. Love and Hugs, JB

  24. Haskin, Burroughs Named to Media Honor Roll
    By Blood-Horse Staff December 7, 2015
    Turf writers Steve Haskin and the late Raleigh Burroughs have been elected to the Joe Hirsch Media Roll of Honor, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame announced Dec. 7.
    From the article: “I have long admired Steve’s engaging writing as well as his knowledge and respect for the history of Thoroughbred racing,” said Edward L. Bowen, chairman of the Hirsch selection committee. “He ranks with the best who have ever written on racing.”

  25. December 8 Cherokee Devotional

    Elegant is the word for gulls flying overhead. Their graceful movements and backswept wings showed only black and silver as they glinted in the sun. They swooped and darted and flew in wide circles over the meadows as they fed on high-flying insects in the mellow sunlight.
    Gulls in flight show the simplicity that living should have.Though they are very swift, they appear not to hurry; they go silently and they do not quarrel with each other. A person can say, “I want to be like that”-to have a purpose and to go about it without ruffled feathers and demanding attention for all the wrong reasons.

    All living creatures and all plants are a benefit to something.
    Teton Sioux

  26. spare good kind Shared Belief, quick changing from stall rest to quick breezing was, when i was healthy i was bringing by hands water to 16 18 horses,, when some of them stayed in lil far paddock they neighed to me bring water, bring treats and hay, horses like to drink clean not cold water, horses drink slowly long time, i always wait all of horses, breezing is heavy work for all parts of body of horse to belly too, i like videos when Shared Belief first time came on course and when he rest in stall, he looks joyfull there, videos are on Shared Belief page on fb, may be way was to keep quiet home stall routine and lightly to walk and to rush not long time on racecourse ;-( ;-(,,,,,,,, Giacomo on new place sleep in deep soft straw, drink clean not cold water, eat green light hay apples and lil lower amount of oats first week, try to keep your usual home stall routine, walk on air with groom near new stable mates, not too near, at first see, carefully, Giacomo ask your team, may be will be possible to record photos and videos with relayable guests of farm and walk with groom and quietly carry light weight passengers for not high payment, may be on bridle without saddle,, interesting video of Runhappy on his page on fb, there are light vet bandages on his forelegs, he keep balance on his hind legs, move his front hooves under him and glidely carefully lay his 450 kgs of weight on soft sand, then he roll, then he stretch his forelegs and push by hind legs, then he shake sand off, cute

  27. Coz and Zi, looks like horse can breeze ten or eleven quick races, dont breeze 5 furlong often, Zenny breezed one and lower race in month, Coz and Zi see changes of weather and condition of course, dont breeze on frozen ground, better breeze on soft or sloppy course say to mates too, Coz and Zi sleep in deep soft straw, drink clean not cold water, eat green light hay treats apples, walk on air with groom, beautyfull Zenny you look well, walk on air with mates, warm in stall, eat apples, care of health, beautyfull Zenny Zi Coz and mates stay comfy and cozy eat apples kiss your soft noses, lil 14z filly Dubai im remembering you

  28. Hi Zenny: You look as beautiful as ever. When are you due? I can’t wait to hear news on Coz and Zi. I was hoping John would race them at the Belmont this past September.

    Has anyone heard any news regarding the Secretariat “Vox Populi” Award? It seems to me the list of contenders is usually posted by this time.

  29. Sambista, the first mare, to win the Champions cup – makes a big win in Japan in
    front of a huge racing crown – Girl Power !!!!

    1. Great race. Grand sire: Sunday Silence*:*

      1. Dear Mary Margaret,
        Amazing – Sunday Silence was her granddaddy- he lives on. Our big mistake sending him to Japan. So very happy that he was such a success over there so all of those who looked down on him in the US, see how wonderful he was when he was here. He beat the wonderful, well-bred, prince Easy goer and created a dynasty that Easy Goer was unable to create in the US.
        Love and hugs

  30. Victor Espinoza may be dancing again in his stars and stripes helmet if he win the
    jockeys challenge in Japan – will his partner show up – a very pretty lady is presenting
    his helmet – Go Victor and Ryan Moore !!!

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