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North Lawrence, New York, United States
I can be described as lover of life, an animal lover, and lover of education. I am constantly striving for knowledge and learning opportunities. I've been around horses my entire life. I enjoy working with horses and their human partners through natural horsemanship philosophies, natural balance bare foot hoof care, reiki, red-light therapy, essential oils, aromatherapy, crystal healing, chromotherapy, flower essences, and more. I am a Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master Teacher who offers treatments for people, horses, dogs, cats, and other creatures great and small. I also teach Reiki classes for those interested in learning how to treat themselves, their loved ones, and even their animals! Natural Horse Lover Farm is located in Northern New York between the St. Lawrence River and Adirondack Mountains. Heaven on Earth. naturalhorseloverfarm.com

Friday, April 16, 2010

136th Kentucky Derby is Around the Corner

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This time of year reminds me of my teen years working at the racetrack in Fort Erie, Canada and with horses owned by folks racing at The Finger Lakes Racetrack. On the first Saturday in May, race enthusiasts converge in Lexington, Kentucky at Churchill Downs, for the Kentucky Derby. Also known as, "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports," it is the first of three legs in the Triple Crown races. The Derby for which it is also commonly called, is a stakes race run by three-year old thoroughbreds.

This race started back in 1789 in Lexington but, Churchill Downs did not open until 1875 where it remains today. The first telecast of the Derby occurred in 1952 (thanks to CBS). Today, 221 years after racing started in Lexington, and as we head to the 136th annual, official Kentucky Derby, you can watch the race in person, on your television, and on the Internet (not to mention online Kentucky Derby betting is now at your fingertips--so much for having to go to the OTB).

For those of you interested in the rich history of this race, consider a vacation to visit the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs. According to their Director,Lynn Ashton, "When you visit the Kentucky Derby Museum you will find yourself immersed in the next best thing to actually being at the Derby! Our exhibits will take you through the journey from the birth of the foal to the winner's circle. Find yourself in the middle of Kentucky Derby week activities and Derby traditions. Or you can take in the view of the track on Derby Day from the middle of the Infield. We can’t wait to say "Welcome!" Come join in the FUN!"
One day, I hope to be able to attend the race in person, party on the infield, and sip mint juleps with Rick! Here's to hoping the race goes smoothly and safe for all of the horses and riders. Cheers!


Lisa said...

If you haven't read it, I *highly* recommend reading "A Horse of a Different Color." It's about the man who bred Monarchos, a Derby winner. Leaving his job as editor of the Chicago Sun, he bought a horse farm in KY and began breeding TB race horses. His second foal crop yielded Monarchos who went on to win the Derby. It's a well written, funny read.

Michelle AKA arabhorselover1 said...

I have not read that one, I'll have to get a copy sometime! Thanks, Lisa.