Ziconic’s OTTB Ambassador Debut, The Thoroughbred Holiday Classic Horse Show

Ziconic and Sarah Jumping at Templeton Farms.

Dear Fans,

We hope this finds you enjoying the Fall/Winter weather and the beginnings of the holiday spirit – another year that’s racing by!  

We have some very exciting news to share…

With Ziconic retiring from racing this past June, one of our visions and dreams is for him to be an Off The Track Thoroughbred (OTTB) Ambassador for the West Coast and beyond.  We believe Ziconic can be a great inspiration as well as demonstrate the possibilities for Thoroughbreds in a post-racing career. Supporting special venues that hold our same values is central to Ziconic’s OTTB ambassadorship; From Racehorse to Sporthorse.  

The Thoroughbred Classic Horseshow (LA Equestrian Center) Jump Signs Sponsored by 
Ziconic in Collaboration with Templeton Farms & Sarah Pollock Sporthorses
Featuring Ziconic’s New Logos (Left).

As our 1st OTTB Ambassador opportunity, we have found the perfect venue for Ziconic to champion and at the perfect time of year. In collaboration with Templeton Farms (Ziconic’s Home) and Sarah Pollock Sporthorses (Ziconic’s Trainer), we are delighted to support CARMA with The Thoroughbred Holiday Classic Horse Show, December7th & 8that the LA Equestrian Center. Our “Holiday Trifecta”!  

We are honored to help promote this wonderful event and debut some of Ziconic’s new branding.  These images will be featured on a jump we are sponsoring in the jumping court and will also be one of the jumps in the Trainer & Jockey Calcutta, held on Saturday evening, December 8th, where Trainers and Jockeys compete in jumping rounds on OTTBs. Such Fun!

If you are in the Southern California area, we hope you can attend.  Here is additional information about the Show and the Trainer & Jockey Calcutta event Saturday evening:

Trainer & Jockey Calcutta:  Competitor & Trainer, John W. Saddler
(Photo Courtesy of The Thoroughbred Holiday Classic Horse Show)

You can also learn more about Thoroughbred Holiday Classic Horseshow Trainer & Jockey Calcutta on the event page, which also features a great video narrated by Lucinda Mandella, Executive Director, CARMA. 

And find out more about CARMA, dedicated to providing funding for the rehabilitation, retraining and/or retirement of California-raced Thoroughbred horses.

Just like his Mom, Zenyatta, Ziconic does things on his own time. While Ziconic will not be attending the Thoroughbred Holiday Classic Horse Show this year, we could not be happier with his transition to date with Sarah at Templeton Farms – we are so proud of him and what they are starting to demonstrate in the jumping court.  We are already looking forward to 2020 and great things to come!


  1. Dear Z Fans:

    Just found this link. If anyone is interested in purchasing the calendar, the info is included.
    Big Red continues to promote the welfare of horses! What a legacy he’s left us.

    Love and Hugs, JB


    1. Dear Judy,

      Ditto what Shirlee wrote!
      Very glad someone is keeping track of Big Red’s descendants in such a lovely way and for this wonderful cause.

      Hugs and Love

      1. Dear Marshall:

        Love and Hugs, JB

  2. Thanks Judy!

    1. Dear Shirlee:

      Love and Hugs, JB

  3. Always remembering the 20 little souls and 6 adults killed this day in 2012 at the Sandy hook elementary school,God bless you all,

    1. Oh my, that was such a dark day. Remembering and wishing the world was a kinder place now, but realizing that things are even worse. RIP innocents and bless those who will mourn these tragedies forever. Mass killings have become much too common — prayers to make them stop.

      Hugs and Love

    2. RIP Innocents Love and Hugs, JB

    1. Dear Sheena,

      Thanks for sharing the giggles and guffaws! Hovis and CNSM may be on their way — like a new Lewis and Martin, Abbot and Costello, Burns and Allen, or Smothers Bros. Funny!

      Hugs and Love

  4. Dear Judy.Goodnight God bless you LM PC HT and all the sweeties.Love and hugs SheenaX

    1. Dear Sheena:

      Have to agree with our Marshall, Hovis and CNSM are quite a comedy team. Continued prayers for our Manly Man. Goodnight. Love and Hugs, JB, LM and all the Sweeties

  5. Dear Z, COZ, ZI, ZEL and DC:

    Have a peaceful evening; comfy and cozy. Love all of you so much. Hugs, JB

  6. Dear Z Fans:

    Here’s a nice article with photos on the beautifully unique, Southern Phantom. Sounds like his new owners truly love him and that he will have a wonderful life while racing and in retirement. Godspeed beautiful boy. Love and Hugs, JB


    1. So unique.What a beauty,Wishing him well always Love and hugs

      Dear Judy.Hovis hopes to be let out tomorrow.Mother has been busy with bales of hayl Her book back!Goodnight God bless youLM PC HT and all the sweeties.Love and hugs SheenaX

    2. Dear Judy,

      Thanks for posting this link. Southern Phantom is quite the handsome vision! Best wishes to him in his new place and good health always. May he be safe and loved.

      Thanks for the post about Maximum Security, too. Sure hope someone is watching over him and that he is loved, too.

      Hugs and Love

  7. Dear Z Fans:

    Looks like our Maxi might not be going in the Pegasus in January after all. Hope they make sure he’s 100% ready for a long trip and quarantine. Godspeed beautiful boy; stay safe and sound.


    1. Hi Judith
      I read this yesterday and have to admit that I was somewhat disturbed. I know he is not my horse but I really do love him and would be devastated if anything were to happen to him.

      Anyway California Chrome and Gun Runner made the trip to Dubai as well as many others. They came back and subsequently ended up doing well. It just seems such a shame that these horses have to travel out of our own country with so many prestigious races available here.

      Sounds like the Saudi Cup will have quite a few of the best American runners. Oh well.

    2. All about the prize money.Surely 3millon is enough.Our chasers and flat horse run for far less

      1. Surely!
        Use to be, having a winner’s circle photo proudly displayed on the wall was more than enough.

        Love to all.

  8. Dear Team Z:

    Thank you for the update.
    Love and kisses to our beloved Zenyatta.
    Stay healthy and strong. Praying always for you.

  9. Dear Kathy, Sheena and Ann:

    Agree with all of you; $$$$$ first; horse second. It’s sad, but true. Same in the sale of Chromie. Love and Hugs, JB

  10. Dear Sheena:

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

  11. Dear Z, COZ, ZI, ZEL and DC:

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

  12. Dear Judy.No news of Hovis today.Very cold here tonight.Lovely programme with Kate William and Mary Berry.Hope you get to see it in the US.Goodnight God bless you LM PC HT and all the sweeties,Love and hugs SheenaX

    1. Dear Sheena:

      Cold here too tonight; temps in the teens. Hope we get to see the program. Continued prayers for our Hovis. Goodnight. Love and Hugs, JB, LM and all the Sweeties

  13. Dear Z, COZ, ZI, ZEL and DC:

    Stay comfy and cozy in your stalls. Love and Hugs, JB

  14. Good news that Stormy Liberal is going to Old Friends.

    1. Stormy, you were not winless in 2019. You were probably pushing through the pain and still got 2 places and 3 shows from 7 starts. Poor boy.

      Thank you Old Friends for giving Stormy the life he deserves. Rest and love for you dear sweet boy.

      1. Dear Ann and Z Fans:

        Here’s the article from Bloodhorse on Stormy’s retirement to Old Friends.

        Ann, I agree this brave Warrior gave his all and raced most likely through discomfort and pain. So happy for him now. Beautiful boy. Love and Hugs, JB


        1. Dear Judy, Ann and Barbara,

          This is such great news! So happy to hear that brave Stormy Liberal will be retiring to Old Friends. Many thanks to all for caring enough to give him a thorough physical evaluation. Now he will get the dream retirement he deserves! All the best to Stormy, always.

          Big Congratulations to Bricks and Mortar who wins the Secretariat Vox Populi award! Well done and much deserved after his amazing recovery from a neuromuscular condition. He really “knocked it out of the park” this year in racing.

          Hugs and Love

        2. Dear Marshall:

          Yes, Stormy will be well loved at Old Friends.

          Congrats to Bricks and Mortar. Well deserved Champ! Love and Hugs, JB

    2. Great news.Have a wonderful lifeX

    3. Dear Barbara:

      Thank you for sharing this wonderful news on Stormy Liberal. Prayers answered. Love and Hugs, JB

  15. Dear Judy.Back to the heavy rain in the morning.Drier for Christmas,Goodnight God bless you LM PC HT and all the sweeties.Love and hugs.SheenaX

  16. Dear Sheena:

    Glad the weather forecast for Christmas improves. Goodnight. Love and Hugs, JB, LM and all the Sweeties

  17. Dear Z, COZ, ZI, ZEL and DC:

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

  18. https://www.horseandhound.co.uk/blog/hovis-friday-diary-holes-yard-boots-im-equine-equivalent-carrie-bradshaw-703606?fbclid=IwAR0lrPpMMQ1XBePBjNFjVKW4uIG_gWbFXIksi7EwoElju8CLQKLmR-0YbSI

    Hovis is back out eating grass.We all pray for his good health in 2020 and mother’s bank balance .See you on the other side Hovey

    1. Dear Sheena,

      What can I say? HILARIOUS! Thanks for posting this Hovis gem — what a comedian!
      Sending best wishes for total healing to dear Hovis and much gratitude to Mum for her gift to us, as well as much sympathy to her bank account.

      Merry Kissmuss to Hovis, all his family and his team of innovative specialists!

      Hugs and Love 🎄 🐎 🎄

  19. DearJudy.We escaped the heavy rain but floods in SE England and Prince Philip is in hospital.Goodnight God bless youLM PC HT and all the sweeties.Love and hugs SheenaX

    1. Dear Sheena:

      Read that Prince Phillip was in hospital. Wishing him well.

      Still waiting to get the all clear to visit Charlie. Goodnight. Love and Hugs, JB, LM and all the Sweeties

  20. Dear Z, COZ, ZI, ZEL and DC:

    Hope you all had a great day today. Stay comfy and cozy and Happy Dreams. Love You. Hugs, JB

    1. Dear Sheena,

      How utterly heartbreaking!!! The only thing I can say is that there is One who was watching as this was taking place and the responsible criminals will one day PAY…

      Tears, Kathy

    2. Dear Sheena,

      This is abominable — just when you think humans can’t be more despicable, another evil action occurs. These horses did nothing to deserve such cruelty. I hope these vicious murderers are caught and severely punished.

      RIP The Lieutenant, Cyrus Alexander, Timely Advice and Kung Fu Mambo — innocent souls. Condolences to all who cared for and loved these beautiful stallions.

      More tears. :-(

      Hugs and Love

  21. Dear Sheena, Kathy & Marshall,
    I just received an email from my best friend who lives about 1 hr. from Ocala, FL. She told me that there is a Hispanic ring of horse thieves around her area that are stealing horses from people’s barns in the middle of the night and are butchering them while the horses are still alive! So far the thieves have stolen horses in four counties near her.
    Jamie said that she is scared to leave her home because she has 4 horses. She is also a vet tech for a large animal vet and works 12+ hr. days.
    A 20 thousand dollar reward is being offered for the capture of the thieves. I pray that these evil people are caught soon.

  22. Dear Donna,

    I join you in praying these people are caught soon. I also pray that Jamie’s horses will be safe. What a sad state the world is in!!!

    Tears and prayers

    1. I join with you Ladies in praying these evil men are caught and severely punished I remember hearing about 2 horses butchered in Florida this year.A sad state of affairs.

      1. Tears and Prayers. RIP Innocent Beauties. Love and Hugs, JB

  23. Dear Z, COZ, ZI, ZEL and DC:

    Stay comfy and cozy and have a peaceful evening. Love You. Hugs, JB

  24. Blessing and a wonderful Christmas to all of you great people here on the Blog.

    Judy, Hope you can visit with Charley soon. I know he misses you alot.

    I am heartbroken to hear about the horses in Peru and Florida. I cannot imagine how black are the hearts of those who did these terrible things. But remember, as they say, Karma will punish them if they are never found.

    1. Dear Shirlee:

      I join you in sadness at the tragic and sad fate of the horses in Peru and Florida. May the good Lord greet them in Heaven.

      Yes, I hope to see Charlie next week. Merry Christmas to you and yours. Love and Hugs, JB

  25. Dear Judy.Promises a mild Christmas here thank goodness.Good for the Boxing day meet at Kempton.Goodnight God bless you LM PC HT and all the sweeties.Love and hugs SheenaX

    1. Dear Sheena:

      Glad the weather is improving for Christmas and Boxing Day at Kempton. Goodnight. So glad Hovis is doing better. Love and Hugs, JB, LM and all the Sweeties

  26. Dear Z, COZ, ZI, ZEL and DC:

    Have a restful night and Happy Dreams. Love You. Hugs, JB

  27. My Dear Z Family:

    Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Quanza, Happy Holiday and Blessed, Happy New Year.

    This card is for all the Innocents that have been lost to us too. Love and Hugs, JB


    1. Dear Judy.Such a beautiful card and remembering all the innocents lost.Love and hugs

  28. https://www.facebook.com/Aysel.Raif.Aisi/photos/a.591816550851298/2947625998603663/?type=3&theater

    So many have forgotten where it all began….In a stable for there was no room at the Inn

    Happy Christmas everyone!

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