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. No recent works for Ziconic, seems he is working about every two weeks.
    Looking forward to updates on the 1/2 brothers on Zenny’s site.

  2. HWPA photo award – photographer lying on the ground clutching his broken leg as
    a horse breaks through the rail and then veers back on the course – an amazing shot.
    The camera survived unscathed. – wonderful photo – hope the cameraman is recovering

    1. Dear Tizgood.Cameraman recovered well.I recall the race and incident.Dangerous sport.Hugs Sheena.

      1. Dear Sheena,

        Amazing that the same place is where he shoots all his photos; bad enough to have horses charging at you on the flat, but charging after jumping that hurdle. Poor guy, what dedication, he is so deserving of the award. A photo one will never see again.
        An amazing piece of photography, so glad it was only a broken leg and he has recovered only to take more wonderful photographs.

        All horse sports are extreme – even dressage (steerage – as horses are unpredictable and living creatures) My friend who had a lovely wonderful horse, “her best horse” of two was riding him, he put his nose down into a pile of fire ants while she was on him; and there was a rodeo like none seen before and she cracked her helmet in two and had a fairly severe concussion and that was in
        a ring lesson.

        1. stressage not steerage

  3. On this day in 1980 John Lennon was shot and killed outside the Dakota in NYC by crazed fan Mark Chapman.We remember John always.Sheena

    1. I can’t believe it’s been 35 years! It makes me sad to think of what might have been… he was sooooo talented. What a huge loss for all of us. I try to catch Paul and Ringo whenever they’re in concert here in L.A. – love those Beatles!

    2. Since December 8, 1980 over 1,100,000 have been killed by handguns in the United States. In memory of John Lennon, you’d think we could learn to do better. Shame on us.

    3. RIP JL. Love and Hugs, JB

    4. I can hardly believe it was 35 years ago; seems like “yesterday”. And you are so right,
      guns are even more dangerous now than then.

  4. Dear Kathy.It’s still incredidly mild over here I had to switch my heating off!There is a fascinating programme on called The Hunt”and how predators even share their prey.I never tire of watching wildlife programmes.Her Majesty sent a message of sympathy to the north-west today.There are floods in parts of Norway as well.It may take a year for folks to return to their homes in Cumbria.Pat Eddery’s funeral took place this morning in Oxford.May he find peace now.
    Kimberly’s RA has been playing up but Fubu is doing purrty good!!Looking after mama well.Zoe had a busy day yesterday visiting the veterans and remembering Pearl Harbour.I often wonder how they can operate on Cha-Cha’s thin little legs bless her she may need more surgery again.It’s Ray’s 3rd birthday today woo-hoo and his calenders are out!The ratties were having a bear fight!Mr Fibbs loves his teddy.No news about Mr No Ears for a while if only he came home for Christmas.Lovely pic of Princess Quevega on their FB yesterday.A real cutie.I hope she goes to Willie Mullins.Have a great day.Love and hugs to you,kisses for Holly,Nikko and Sugar.SheenaXOXOWookie’s meds are making him pretty sleepy Jill said.

    1. Dear Sheena,

      Gosh, are you sure you haven’t been transported to CA??? lol You’re right, wildlife programs are the best! Those poor people…out of their homes for an entire year! Yes, RIP, Pat Eddery. My heart goes out to Fubu. How much more will he have to endure? He must be SO confused. Zoe is so adorable and so patriotic. Bless her! I agree…it would be so tedious operating on legs as tiny as Cha Cha’s. Happy Birthday, Ray! Loved the pic of Fibbs and his Teddy. Hopefully we will get news of Mr No Ears soon. I checked out the pic of Princess Quevaga. She’s gorgeous! Have a wonderful day. Love and hugs from me, kisses from Holly, Nikko and Sugar. Kathy XOXO

    2. I do as well. My favorite Beatle from day one.

  5. hi Zsters :)

    im loving all the links. awesome.
    the weather is quite mild for dec. :) im not complaining tho. i hate the cold.
    love to u all.
    hugZ/prayerZ, vamp

  6. Hi Zsters😊

    Today’s devo:
    “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.” (Matthew 2:2)

    Over and over the Bible baffles our curiosity about just how certain things happened. How did this “star” get the magi from the east to Jerusalem?

    It does not say that it led them or went before them. It only says they saw a star in the east (verse 2), and came to Jerusalem. And how did that star go before them in the little five-mile walk from Jerusalem to Bethlehem as verse 9 says it did? And how did a star stand “over the place where the Child was”?

    The answer is: We do not know. There are numerous efforts to explain it in terms of conjunctions of planets or comets or supernovas or miraculous lights. We just don’t know. And I want to exhort you not to become preoccupied with developing theories that are only tentative in the end and have very little spiritual significance.

    I risk a generalization to warn you: People who are exercised and preoccupied with such things as how the star worked and how the Red Sea split and how the manna fell and how Jonah survived the fish and how the moon turns to blood are generally people who have what I call a mentality for the marginal. You do not see in them a deep cherishing of the great central things of the gospel — the holiness of God, the ugliness of sin, the helplessness of man, the death of Christ, justification by faith alone, the sanctifying work of the Spirit, the glory of Christ’s return and the final judgment. They always seem to be taking you down a sidetrack with a new article or book. There is little centered rejoicing.

    But what is plain concerning this matter of the star is that it is doing something that it cannot do on its own: it is guiding magi to the Son of God to worship him.

    There is only one Person in biblical thinking that can be behind that intentionality in the stars — God himself.

    So the lesson is plain: God is guiding foreigners to Christ to worship him. And he is doing it by exerting global — probably even universal — influence and power to get it done.

    Luke shows God influencing the entire Roman Empire so that the census comes at the exact time to get a virgin to Bethlehem to fulfill prophecy with her delivery. Matthew shows God influencing the stars in the sky to get foreign magi to Bethlehem so that they can worship him.

    This is God’s design. He did it then. He is still doing it now. His aim is that the nations — all the nations (Matthew 24:14) — worship his Son.

    This is God’s will for everybody in your office at work, and in your neighborhood and in your home. As John 4:23 says, “Such the Father seeks to worship him.”

    At the beginning of Matthew we still have a “come-see” pattern. But at the end the pattern is “go-tell.” The magi came and saw. We are to go and tell.

    But what is not different is that the purpose of God is the ingathering of the nations to worship his Son. The magnifying of Christ in the white-hot worship of all nations is the reason the world exists.

    HugZ❤ prayerZ, vamp

  7. I’m so behind on all the news and posts. Shocked by the loss of SB. RIP sweet boy. Happy birthday to everyone I’ve missed. Really looking forward to Santa Anita. Does anyone know if the Eclipse Awards will be televised? Great program on PBS “The Royal Paint Box”. Makes me see Prince Charles in a totally different way. Last doctors appt. for the year. Think I might make it after all. Changed my meds and my diet.

    1. Dear Vicki:

      That was a program I really enjoyed too. Prince Charles was so likable, I thought. Hope the change in meds and diet do the trick for you. Love and Hugs, JB

  8. Dear Sheena:

    Goodnight. Love and Hugs, JB, LM, PC, HT, Cap, Herc, Frank, Bentley and all the Sweeties

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

    Goodnight. Stay safe and cozy in your stalls. Love you. Happy Dreams. Sweet Baby Dreams Z. Hugs, JB

    Z Princess, Dubai, will always love you.

  10. You all remember Ferdinand and his tragic end.A granddaughter now awaits the same fate somewhere in Central California.Aged 19 and in poor condition she is “past her sell-by date”she has befriended a quarter horse and they huddle together giving each other some comfortI think she has had 7 foals and indeed looks as if she recently gave birth.It just makes me SICK!!Sheena

    1. Dear Sheena
      Why don’t you contact this organization, Friends of Ferdinand Inc. com/adopt-TB/
      I know they will help her.
      Hugs Ingrid.

      1. Dear Ingrid.I gave them the info.No more news yet.Hugs Sheena

        1. Dear Sheena,
          Wow, great, I hope they can help her.
          Please let us know.
          Hugs Ingrid.

      2. Dear Ingrid.I believe these 2 mares have been saved now but cannot confirm yet.Sadly there are so many to fill their places.Thank you for caring.Hugs Sheena

    2. Dear Sheena,
      So very, very sad. Do you happen to know where she is located? We will be going to CA in April/May. Even though a long time off, we would try to go by to check on her.
      Thanks. with love, Elizabeth

      1. Dear Elizabeth.It just says Central CA.A lot are donating to bail her but they both badly need a home or rescue.It seems once these TB’s have served their purposes they are discarded.The owners should be ashamed of themselves!Hugs Sheena.

  11. Dearc Judy.I do pray those mares can be saved many are pledging donations.We do live in a sad world sometimes.
    On a lighter note Sparkle wore her reindeer outfit today.She was having fun posing.Goodnight God bless you LM PC HT Cap Hercules Frank Bentley and all the sweeties.Love and hugs SheenaX

    1. Dear Sheena:

      It’s just an on going battle; so many need rescuing. Breaks my heart.

      Summer is soooo adorable. Just love her. Love and Hugs, JB

  12. American Pharoah has won the Vox Populi as expected.Many congratulations!Hugs Sheena

  13. Waiting not so patiently for news on Zi and Coz…

    1. Me to ………

      1. pacing pacing pacing ……

  14. American Pharoah named Secretariat Vox Populi Award winner December 08, 2015
    Triple Crown champion American Pharoah, who was the first ever winner of Thoroughbred racing’s “Grand Slam” with his win at the Breeders’ Cup Classic, has been selected to receive the 2015 Secretariat Vox Populi, or “Voice of the People,” Award. The award recognizes the horse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the American public and gained recognition for Thoroughbred racing.

    From article: Zayat Stables’ Paynter received the Vox Populi Award in 2012, and American Pharoah joins other previous winners California Chrome (2014), Mucho Macho Man (2013), Rapid Redux (2011) and Zenyatta (inaugural 2010).

    1. Congratulations, American Pharoah!

    2. American Pharoah is truly “America’s Horse.” Could not believe any of the others would have a shot against him. Pharoah, Muchie and Zenny winning this award. What a trio!

  15. December 9 Cherokee Devotional

    When the first snowflakes catch on leafless trees and crisp cold wind sweeps our faces, we know winter is in earnest. It turns the bright green canes of the wild rose to gray and sprinkles hickory nuts and walnuts on the path to the woods.
    The entire landscape seems to be one color-but the variation is so subtle and low-key that it takes a little while to see the green lichen and the misty blue haze that hangs over the tiny stream.
    Life sometimes appears to be at a standstill, and nothing is beautiful-no color, no shape, no hope. But if we refocus, if we are sincere and we use wisdom, we will move toward a new spring, just as does the season.

    Whatever the fate of other Indians, the Iroquois might still have been a nation.
    Cayua Chief

    1. Dear Kathy,
      Love the analogy. I’m usually the one intent on watching a bug cross the road, not even hearing the mac truck about to squish us both! I see almost everything through an ‘artist’s lens’ – catching minute details. My husband has said many times that I see life through rose-colored glasses. I am tenacious in trying to right wrongs. As with us all, we’ve seen so many sad and tragic people and animals and situations. We think we can only do ‘so much’, but before and after the ‘so much’ is the important part – praying. God is in charge. I often say to Him, “I am wondering what are YOU up to?” Of course he often gives me His answer, and often doesn’t. I am so thankful He is here – He is everywhere. Hope you have a wonderful day. Look so forward to your devotionals every day. with love, Elizabeth

  16. Dear Elizabeth,

    Ah…you are such a joy. Have a blessed day. I’m so glad you enjoy the devotionals. Love and hugs, Kathy XOXO

  17. Dear Kathy.It’s wonderful to be with like-minded people on this blog.I once spent an hour watching a spider spin a web outside my kitchen window and marvelled.I thought of those poor mares all night and I pray we get some news another granddaughter of Ferdinand was rescued in Oklahoma recently.
    Ryan is doing very well in the international jockey’s challenge in the lead so far.It’s still pretty mild over here but more for the flooded areas.It’s amazing how quickly it disappears off the main news!!Seems Mark Zuckerberg’s little girl is called Maxima and Kim Kardashian’s baby is called Saint!Mango and mattie are getting so much mail they were worn out!And a very generous donation too.The ratties are looking forward to Christmas 1st in their home!Did you see the kitten on Joey’s page?asking for them to adopt her maybe???Ray finished off the last of his birthday cake lucky boy.We are fortunately getting lots of updates and pics of the gorgeous Treve.Cue Card is looking forward to boxing day and Coneygree seems well on the way to recovery.Zoe got to wear her nurse’s uniform yesterday and is visiting Mr Al this Friday.Happy hump day.Love and hugs to you,kisses for Holly.Nikko and Sugar.SheenaXOXO

  18. Dear Sheena,

    Yes, we have some wonderful people here. We are lucky to be a part of Z-family! I was thrilled that AP won the Vox Populi award. So much going on right now, awards, births, holiday preparations, etc., etc., etc.! I’m trying to make a batch of fudge before I go to work today, so I’d better get started. Have a wonderful Hump Day. Love and hugs from me, kisses from Holly, Nikko and Sugar. Kathy XOXO

  19. Congratulations to the Pharoah for winning the Secretariat Vox Populi award! That will give him and Our Queen something to discuss if they have a date in the future. I think Pharoah should also have been named Time’s Personality of the Year, but German Chancellor Angela Merkle got the nod. I’d think someone who made so many millions of people so happy and gave all of us continued inspiration during a very hard year for our world deserves the title.

    1. Dear Deb E,
      Wonder if you missed the post, Zenyatta and AP nick is a C +, not a good match.
      So doubtful they will have a date.
      Love and hugs

      1. Awwwww, that’s too bad. I was hoping AP and Zenny would meet someday. Well, we can’t have everything, can we? They would have been a perfect pairing, despite what their genes say.

        1. You are right Zenny herself and AP himself would get along great and be soul mates, but unfortunately their offspring would most likely not share any of their wonderful qualities – genetics can be a drag sometimes but so important.

          Love and hugs

      2. Can you explain for me (a very unknowledgeable horse lover) where the problem is with a Zenyatta/Amer Phar match is? I know it’s somewhere (probably several somewheres) in the bloodlines, but where?


        P.S. Say prayers for rain in So. Calif!

        1. Dear Cheryl.You are more than welcome to all of our rain!!Sheena

        2. Seems to be the cross between Empire Maker and Mr. Prospector that
          is not a good match.

  20. Runhappy is getting ready for the Malibu – December 26, 2015 – Good Luck Boy – you are a talent !!!!!

  21. South African champion jockey wins the International Jockey challenge- a great battle by
    Ryan Moore on the first two legs to come in second. Sylvester De Sousa won the first leg – British champion jockey – now in the US

  22. News about Trendy Cielo.Abigail got in touch who she thought was her last owner but it’s seems this person had sold her as a broodmare prospect years ago and he is very distressed.He is getting in touch with the Auction page.The bail has been paid but she is desperately in need of a home like today!!!While we rightly celebrate our champions we must NEVER forget the also-ransSheena

  23. morn zsters :)

    todays devo:

    Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

    Around this time of year, stress is difficult to escape. From gift-buying to managing family relationships to busyness smack-dab in the middle of an already busy schedule, it can be an overwhelming and downright stressful time of year – a time when our thoughts and minds can become focused on the chaos. This year, let’s challenge ourselves to “Phillipians 4:8 it.”

    What does it mean to “Philippians 4:8 it?” Screen each thought, emotion or reaction by thinking, “Is this true? Is it lovely? Commendable? Worthy of praise?” This season, let’s focus only on those truths, those things worthy of praise.

    A good way to “Philippians 4:8” it? Let’s look for constant visual reminders to help set our minds on things above, not on earthly things. Here are a few ideas to help set the mind on truths all day every day during this season:

    Remind yourself of things that are true and lovely at home. When gathering around the table with family, a visual reminder of blessings may be able to help transform a spill at the table or a difficult family situation into a moment of grace and truth. A more personal idea is having your family write down things for which they are grateful, serving as a constant reminder of blessings in the midst of a chaotic time.

    Add reminders at the office. At the Christmas party or potluck, or in the midst of a stressful season at work, something as simple as a quote at your desk can filter out noise, help you remember things worthy of praise and can even quietly speak truth to those around you.

    Add a sprinkling of personal reminders. A piece of jewelry with a meaningful phrase or blessings written down next to your grocery list in a notebook or journal are two simple ways to focus on things that are true and excellent. While jotting down your to-do list, turn and re-read your list of blessings. Or while running what seems like the millionth errand to buy that last-minute gift, glance in the rearview mirror and remind yourself of the truth inscribed on your necklace.

    During this Christmas season, when dealing with a cranky toddler or an opinionated aunt, or when trying to manage children, gifts and food all at the same time, may we all look around and remember to think on the truths, on the excellence of Jesus, on the things worthy of praise.

    hugz/prayerZ, vamp

  24. Woooohooo. Both of Zeny’s boys worked out at Santa Anita today!

    1. Cozmic One
      Track: Santa Anita
      Five Furlongs
      Time: 1:04:00 Handily
      Rank: 24/26

      Track: Santa Anita
      Four Furlongs
      Time: 49:60 Handily
      Track Condition: Fast
      Surface: Dirt
      Rank: 34/47

      1. Ziconic tweet on Wed. Dec. 9 2015
        4 furlongs in 49:60 in my first ever work at Santa Anita today.
        Loving life here in California

        1. Dear BGG:

          Too cute! Love and Hugs, JB

    2. Dear Especially Horses:

      Thank you for this info on our Princes. Well done boys. Love and Hugs, JB

  25. O.K. when did Coz and Ziconic go to Santa Anita. I see they both worked out there. Are they going to race anytime soon? How exciting! What a super Christmas present.

    1. Dear Zowie Star,
      JS has two barns one at Belmont and one at Santa Anita. Belmont’s race card is over and Santa Anita is getting ready to open so he moved the boys out to CA. Hope to hear from him on the blog soon. Pacing pacing pacing !!!! Hoping to see Zi on the Derby trail but may be too late as points are already mounting up for those who have already started the trail. The junkinhistrunk may not be big enough yet ???
      Love and hugs.

  26. It has been awhile since I posted. Some old friends of mine were killed in the San Bernardino massacre. When I was a contributing member of society, part of my job was to conduct teaching hospital audits at Loma Linda Hospital. The shootings happened about 40 miles from where I live. I am just now getting to the point where I can talk about it.

    1. Dear Terry.I am so sorry to hear you lost friends in the San Bernardino shootings.These
      people are creating such misery throughout the world.We are here when you are ready to talk.Much love and sympathy.Sheena

    2. my condolenses terry. hugz/prayerz

    3. Terry
      I can’t imagine what you are feeling.
      It is difficult enough just reading about this tragedy.
      But, to have a personal connection must be almost overwhelming.
      Know my thoughts & prayers are with you and everyone touched by this.

    4. Dear Terry C.,
      Heartfelt condolences to you, my friend, and to the families of those killed. I am so sorry that you have lost friends in this unholy act. Please know that all here send thoughts and prayers your way, and we are here for you. Take care of yourself, and come back when you are ready.
      Comforting Hugs and Love

    5. Dear TC,
      So very sorry to hear about your friend. The world is becoming a very scary
      Love and hugs

    6. Dear TC:

      So, so very sorry for the loss of your friends and in such a tragic, inexplicable way. Love and Hugs, JB

    7. So sorry Terry for your loss of your friends. That was such a horrible day! My granddaughter and her husband recently moved to the LA area and I worry about them every day. Prayers to the families of the victims and the survivors.

  27. Can someone explain why they would have bred Zenyatta to Bernie, the hypothetical mating is a D according to TrueNicks.

    1. They bred Zenyatta to Bernie after seeing Eblouissante as a yearling at Winter Quarter Farm, not knowing how she would race.

  28. Tonalist is coming to stand at stud in Lane’s End for 2016.Hugs Sheena

    1. Wish he was racing another year, economics got in the way.

    2. Wishing Tonalist a happy, healthy life at Lane’s End. Love and Hugs, JB

  29. Congratulations to American Pharoah and all his connections on winning the Vox Populi award. It is indeed well earned! Loved both Mrs. Chenery’s comments and Mr. Zayat’s.
    Thanks for posting the link, BGG.
    Well done!!

    Hugs and Love

    1. Congrats to AP; superb athlete and sweet boy. Love and Hugs, JB

  30. Dear Judy.Goodnight God bless you LM PC HT Cap Hercules Frank Bentley and all the sweeties.Love and hugs SheenaX

    1. Dear Sheena:

      Goodnight. Love and Hugs, JB, LM, PC, HT, Cap, Herc, Frank, Bentley and all the Sweeties

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