Horse Racing Articles

Links to Some Articles I Have Written for Clients about Horse Racing — Includes Other Paid Racing Posts

Previously I have been contacted about paid guest and sponsored articles/posts for horse racing. Most of the articles are already written, but I have written a few of them. Below is a listing of many of these articles.

How Many Female Jockeys Have Ridden in The Grand National

The 2021 Grand National

US Horse Racing – Top 4 Betting Events

Horse Racing Series 2021

Florida Horse Racing Fans Face First Year without Calder Track

Grand National 2021

Cheltenham Festival Hurdle Horse Races 2021

Amazing Facts about Horse Racing

American Equus Chosen Riders Emerge Victorious from Belmont Stakes Racing Festival

Kentucky Derby 2020 – in the Time of Coronavirus

The Impact of Covid-19 on the Horse Racing World

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Arenas, Barns, and Pastures in North/Central Florida

I have been gathering quite a few pictures I have taken of different riding arenas, horse barns, and pastures in my area of North/Central Florida. Keep checking back here. I will be updating this regularly with new stuff. I show a lot of horse barn and pasture layouts with beautiful trees.

My neighbors Chris and Dale Dunn’s beautiful pasture.

I’m going to start with a funny comparison between my weedy pasture and my neighbors Chris and Dale Dunn’s gorgeous pasture. They also have equines to eat the grass. I must mow my pasture… leaving my very back pasture to grow the weeds that become flowers.

back pasture at Teri's place
Teri’s pasture with all of the weeds that exist in North/Central Florida. This is before mowing. It looks better after I mow it 🙂

My Pasture vs. the Dunns’ Gorgeous Pasture in North/Central Florida

Below is a slideshow showing my pasture next to my neighbors’ pasture and how nice their pasture is next to mine, lol. Cute pictures of her equines, 2 minis, a donkey and a pinto. My dog, Emma, is also in a couple pictures. I have a lot of pictures I’ll post in the Animals category.

  • Emma at fence next to my neighbor's pasture
  • Teri's overflow pond in the front pasture.
  • My barn that we built when we moved in 2008. It was built to withstand 150mps winds.
  • Here's Jack! The Dunn's guard donkey.
  • Dunn's guard donkey, Jack's ears.
  • Tucker, one of the Dunn's mini's
  • The Dunn's two mini's at the fence.
  • My dog, Emma, standing next to my neighbor's, the Dunns.
  • Teri's front pasture. I used to have a small Dressage arena here. It was cool in the afternoon, but it also rained almost every afternoon in August-September in our area.

World Equestrian Center Arena in Ocala, Florida

The next gorgeous facility’s arena, barns, and pastures is at Everglades Equestrian in Miccanopy, Florida. This place is just 20 minutes from the World Equestrian Center in Ocala. It’s where my trainer, Kathy Daly, boards some of the horses in training (3-4, currently) that she has. I got these pictures when I took a trip there to watch her ride and take pictures. Most of these pictures came from my iPhone 13 – amazed at the quality! I’m taking my mirror-shutter camera next time. I had lost it in my house, lol.

  • Entrance to WEC. Statue of WWII Hero Staff Sergeant Reckless.
  • Left side of arena at World Equestrian Center in Ocala, Florida
  • Right side of arena at World Equestrian Center in Ocala, Florida
  • My trainer, Kathy Daly of KD Equine Dressage, standing in front of and looking up at a decorative Christmas deer at the WEC.

Everglades Equestrian Center in Miccanopy, Florida

The gorgeous, upscale Everglades Equestrian Center located in Miccanopy, FL which is between Gainesville and Ocala, Florida. These are pictures I took with my iPhone 13 and I’m amazed at the quality.

  • Kathy Daly 'working' her horse up the hill to one of the barns at Everglade Equestrian Center.
  • Mirror at the corner of the arena at Everglade Equestrian Center.
  • Dogs playing in the road going up to the barn at Everglade Equestrian Center.
  • A horse out in the pasture at Everglade Equestrian Center.
  • Pasture at Everglade Equestrian Center with a pinto in it.
  • Another view of the pasture at Everglade Equestrian Center with a pinto in it.
  • Kathy Daly of KDEquine Training, on one of the horses she has in training at Everglade Equestrian Center.
  • View of pastures and roads from other side of the arena at Everglades Equestrian Center.
  • A horse looking out in the pasture at Everglade Equestrian Center.
  • View of the road coming in to Everglades Equestrian Center.

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Panimetro aka Metro – My OTTB Rescue Horse

Panimetro aka Metro was a rescued Thoroughbred ex-racehorse from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands I got in 2008. Metro had broken his right front leg in a race. He was such a good boy and was smart enough to lie down for most of a year for it to heal.

Metro looking out of his barn door.

Panimetro was a companion horse for my mare, Glenord’s Rocket Dancer aka Rocki. Before I got him, he was cared for by VICCTRE – Virgin Islands Community Cooperative Thoroughbred Retirement Effort. He was adopted from Habitat for Horses in a cooperative with VICCTRE in March of 2007 just after he was brought here from the Virgin Islands.

Metro was such a character and loved people! He would run around, buck and play, and would jump over a water puddle in front of his paddock that would fill up when it rained a lot. Both Rocki and Metro had wonderful stalls with fans and open access to paddocks. Each had their own pasture that the paddock gate opened into. They got fed 3 times a day plus a lot of loving and TLC, so they were in “horse heaven.”

Panimetro aka Metro racing.

Metro’s Injury

During a race, he suffered four major fractures in his left front ankle, an injury similar to Barbaro’s — the Kentucky Derby winner that was euthanized due to complications in the healing of his leg. Metro could have met the same sad fate, but he was able to heal himself by lying down for long periods over a year and a half and allowing caretakers to attend to him. There was some calcification in the fetlock, but it had healed enough for him to be a horse.

Metro – on the cover and as the December horse on the 2009 VICCTRE calendar.

Metro was on the cover, inside, and as the December horse on the 2009 VICCTRE calendar. You’ll see him running around still like a racehorse, even with his injured left front leg! Sadly, Metro passed in the Fall of 2011. His leg finally gave away. He is buried in my back pasture. I cried so much over this…

Metro - on the inside and as the December horse on the 2009 VICCTRE calendar.
Metro – on the inside and as the December horse on the 2009 VICCTRE calendar.

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Death from Colic – My Tribute to Rocki

Death from colic is one of the greatest fears of a horse owner. This happened to my mare, Glenord’s Rocket Dancer aka Rocki, in October 2020. This is a short tribute to Rocki.

My horse was my COVID relief, until she died. I wasn’t ready for this yet.

I wanted to do the USDF Century Ride where the combination of her age and mine would equal 100. We needed just another year.

I keep thinking, “Well, I don’t have to get up and feed anymore.” It doesn’t help.

I’m mowing her front pasture and thinking about what to say in this tribute. I stop in the shade every so often and type on my phone.

Mowing, I still see places where her poop is. I try to mow it away but it still makes an indelible mark in my world. Just try not to clench my teeth as I mow. I don’t have many tears left now.

Geez, there’s a lot of stuff to write…
My Last Photo of 28yo Rocki - She is wet from a bath a couple days before she died. It was a really hot day in Florida.
My Last Photo of 28yo Rocki. She is wet from a bath a couple days before her death from colic. It was a really hot day in Florida.

I had Rocki for almost 26 of her 28 years in September 2020. Of all the horses I had in my life, she was the best. She was my baby. She was named ‘Baby’ when I got her at 2 1/2. I wanted to rename her and give her a registered American Warmblood name and it needed to be close to sounding like Baby. I came up with the name Glenord’s Rocket Dancer after her sire, a registered Clydesdale, Clan Butter Glenord’s Glened, and a registered racing Appaloosa/TB, Rocket To Antares.

Her barn name was Rocki. Sounds close to the sound of the word, Baby, right? Rocki. Baby. Rocki Baby.

This crossing between Appaloosa TB and Clydesdale gave her a beautiful head and small TB mouth. Her body looked like a huge Appy/QH cross making her gorgeous for horse shows.

Death from colic was Rocki’s prognosis. I’m afraid she suffered for 3 days. My veterinarian thought it was a twisted long colon, and surgery wouldn’t have helped. Besides, she was too old for good recovery. I was too old to give her the care.

It started on a Saturday evening (never happens during a work day, but the weekend, amiright?). The on-call veterinarian came out and did the typical oil/water rinse and shots for pain (Banamine). She never really got better. I was out with her most of the night. The next morning she was lying in the pasture, wet from sweating. More Banamine, hosing, magnets, TTouch, everything I could think of. By Monday morning, I had already called my regular vet to have her put down. I called my neighbors, Chris and Dale Dunn, for assistance. They organized another neighbor to bring his huge tractor to dig a hole in my back pasture to bury Rocki there.

Rocki is buried along with 2 dogs and another horse, Metro, which I will tell you about here.

Rocki First Level I Second Place
Rocki First Level

Teri riding Rocki in Dressage Equitation
Rocki Dressage Equitation

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My American Warmblood horse, Glenord’s Rocket Dancer

My American Warmblood horse, Glenord's Rocket Dancer aka Rocki
My American Warmblood horse – Glenord’s Rocket Dancer aka Rocki as a 3 year old

My registered American Warmblood horse, Glenord’s Rocket Dancer aka Rocki, was my Clydsedale and racing Thoroughbred Appaloosa mare. She was my baby for 26 of her 28 years. Rocki was a Lifetime USDF/USEF member horse. I registered Rocki as an American Warmblood. She was out of a champion Budweiser Clydesdale sire – Clan Butter Glenord’s Glened, crossed with a racing Thoroughbred Appaloosa mare, Rocket to Antares (going back to Native Dancer). I named her Glenord’s Rocket Dancer or Rocki for her barn name.

Rocki and my dog, Sally
Rocki and my dog, Sally (deceased)

I have ridden all of my life and I am an absolute horse fanatic! I have ridden most disciplines. I had been a member of USDF, USAE, USEF, USET, and NFDA for many years.

Rocki in the summer and before all of the spots came in.
Rocki in the summer and before all of the spots came in.

Rocki was the most amazing horse – she would do anything and she was bomb-proof, even when she was a baby. I rode her mostly Dressage and in English Pleasure and Equitation, and had also been working on Western Riding patterns too, which I find is very similar to Dressage. But alas, I have a back issue now that only allows me to ride Dressage since it is more upright and uses core muscles more. She was my absolute love as I had her for almost 22 years since she was 2 1/2 (1993 mare) until she passed in September 2020.

My American Warmblood horse, Glenord's Rocket Dancer aka Rocki stall name plate.
Rocki’s Stall Name Plate
Rocki is nuzzling and kissing my son, Jason, on the neck.
My son Jason being kissed on the neck by Rocki. 27 years old – look at the spots!

Read the Tribute to Rocki.

A Horse Blog

This is A Horse Blog. A companion to HorsesintheSouth.com, but instead of an equine news publisher, this site will be for my own article writings, tangents, musings and general stuff.

I have been wanting to make this blog since 2009 but never had time to. HorsesintheSouth.com took too much time, riding/caring for my own horse, health (two shoulder replacements – arrgh!), living way out in the country, yard work, landscaping, gardening, mowing – need I say more?

But now I’m retired or (semi-retired) and have a bit more time! Yea! So here goes …

Since this is a new website as of mid-July 2022, the base or skeleton design, general setup and a few posts (content) have been done. I have a lot more content to add, plus a ton of new and old images, so stay in touch to see new content. Be sure to follow my social media accounts below as they will be updated with text and links as new content is added.