September 06, 2016
Lipizzaner Stallions In Goffstown, NH
While the folks were in town, the Lipizzaner Stallions were performing locally, so we went to see the show. It was at a small arena at a therapeutic riding facility, so we were fairly close to the action. Since I didn't take my camera that has better zoom abilities than my camera, most of my pictures were limited to shots of the horses in their stalls. But that just means I was able to focus on the performance rather than focusing on trying to take pictures - so all was good.
Aragorn was the Big Boy of the group. Not only was he taller and more solid, but he held his head very high and proudly throughout the performance.
Apparently one of the horses was in time out - LOL
And, the one action shot I got; it was toward the beginning of the show as they were showing a horse being "cart driving" from another horse. Apparently, although appearing to be a simple type maneuver, is challenging to train especially when using all stallions. It was probably even more difficult as they were using a young stallion as the "cart" horse. And this particular horse (Achilles),we were to learn later from the announcer, is full of himself and vying to become the alpha stallion as they had recently retired their alpha and the horses are in the process of sorting out their hierarchy. Additionally, post tropical storm Hermine was off the coast and the pressure change was affecting the horses' attitudes and sensitivities.
Had a great time and I hope the folks enjoyed it too!
March 09, 2014
Aliy Zirkle Team Running in First
Aliy Zirkle's team is still in first and have arrived at Shaktoolik. Wishing her a safe and speedy trip for the rest of the race!
March 08, 2014
Aliy Zirkle was the first to Galena for this year's Iditarod and got some well earned prizes and awards. She is currently showing as second on the leaderboards, but she has doen some amazing running this year and still has 14 dogs, so she is certainly a strong contender. Go Aliy!
February 15, 2014
I was going to post about several things, but as usual lmy black cloud is following me around. My 1.5 year old desktop computer died. So, along with all the snow removal and trying to keep this place warm (can you say 1k worth of propane used in the last month? Not includint pellets of course). I will just go crawi in a hole and try to figure out what I did in a past life that was so bad that all this bad karma follows me.
March 23, 2013
Girl Having Fun
Thanks to Ruth for posting this. And by the way, while watching, turn on the speakers - the music goes well with the video!
March 17, 2013
The Iditarod has been won, with the top five finishers of: Mitch Seavy, Ally Zirkle, Jeff King, Dallas Seavy and Ray Reddington Jr. It looked to be an exciting race as it was the 4th closest finish in history. Just as a side note, and in case you haven't read comments on other posts, Mitch is the oldest driver to ever win the Iditarod (at 53 yrs old). This is the second time Ally has come in second - she came in second last year. And, by the way, she is a new Hampshire native (who relocated to Alaska). Jeff King is even older than Seavy, and has won the Iditarod multiple times. Dallas Seavy is the son of Mitch, and he was as the youngest to ever win in last year's race.
The Iditarod is not over, there are still two teams running: Bob Chlupach is at White Mountain and Christine Roalofs (rookie) is at Elim. The race is not over until everyone has either finished or scratched. There is a great celebration when the last team rolls in and they get the Red Latern award.
There are still many interesting stories to read. There is the insider story of dropped dogs (dogs that are sick, injured, or just don't want to run any more are left at checkpoints). There is the story of the all white dog team, Lanier's Northern Whites, fielded by a guy that has run 16 Iditarod's, and he has run a race in every decade that the Iditarod has been run in. There are pictures from the Finish Line.
From other sources (Alaska Daily News), there are other stories: The Long Journey of May, a dog that got loose and retraced the trail and was found several hundred miles from where she got loose - amazingly in fairly good condition. There is the story of Cym Smith, who had to stop shortly before the end of the race because his lead dog got confused - he replaced the lead dog with his oldest and slowest dog, and caught up to Paul Gephardt who had passed him while the lead dog change was taking place.
Lots of good stories and pictures galore at both sites, so go take a look and marvel at the athletes and their feats.
March 10, 2013
Just got a chance to look at the standings so far in the Iditarod. Many familiar names in the front, and a rookie is in 6th. from places 1-12:
- Mitch Seavy
- Aaron Burmeister
- Aliy Zerkle
- Martin Buser
- Jake Berkowitz
- Joar Liefseth Olsum Jr, (Rookie)
- Dallas Seavy
- Sonny Lidner
- Ray Reddington Jr
- Jessie Royer
- DeeDee Jonrow
- Jeff King
Looks like all the field has taken the mandatory 24 hour layover, and the majority have taken the 8 hour mandatory (with a mandatory layover at White Mountain still to come). The top two have made it to Unalakleet, which is about 200 miles from White Mountain, with the rest having left Kaltag - just under 300 miles from WM.
The Alaska Daily News also carries many stories from this years Iditarod.
Looks like a Tuesday finish, althought it all depends upon weather conditions, and of course the dogs and mushers.
February 03, 2013
Twenty Seven Days
Twenty seven more days until the Last Great Race. Unfortunately with my work schedule (or lack of time at home due to work), I will not be able to provide race coverage as I have in previous years. I'm sure the racers won't notice though.
So far it looks like a group of 89 racers, with 16 women in the running - although that is subject ot change. The canine reporters are already putting up posts about subjects such as keeping healthy, happy dogs - and one of the reporters, Gypsy, is from New Hampshire. Hey, the canine reporters have already taught me something - one of the dogs that I thought was a Siberian-type puppy is actually a full grown Alaskan Klee Kai.
Anyway, I'm looking forward to this year's race.
November 18, 2012
A Dog and His Ride
Got this from Wichi Dude
May 13, 2012
Satan's War got a Snowball's Chance
When the Kentucky Derby comes around, as it did last Saturday (I actually got to watch it live - very exciting race), stories about the horses and decendants of past champions get highlighted in the press. One such story is of a former race horse, a grandson of Secretariat, who sustained a knee injury in the early 90's. He had raced for three years before the injury.
Some former race horses are put out for breeding, some are re-purposed as hunter/jumpers. Some are sold at auction and find homes with the general public and others have an unfortunate end. However, Satan's War was put to work at the New Orleans police force (his street name is a more public-friendly Snowball). He has been on the job for 20 years, putting him at 25-26, a pretty ripe age for a horse. He has been semi-retired and now works parades, school functions and other special events.
He still looks magnificent running around in the field (see video in the story). We should all do so well in our old ages.