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    Barbaro Updates: 229

    Updates are now here.

    Update 1590: Dubai World Cup day (March 31) may have another star: Lava Man takes aim at turf race in Dubai. This would be a bold move for a horse who has yet to win outside of California.

    Update 1589: A little more insight into the seemingly bizarre decision to retire a perfectly healthy 3yo at this early time of year: Holy Roman Emperor retired to stud as fill-in, excerpt:

    The retirement of an apparently healthy horse as promising as Holy Roman Emperor in March of his 3-year-old season is virtually unprecedented in the history of racing and is emblematic of the emphasis Coolmore places on breeding. That was evident at last year's Breeders' Cup, when Coolmore decided to run George Washington on dirt for the first time in his career in the Breeders' Cup Classic, even though, as Europe's best miler, he would have started a prohibitive favorite in the Breeders' Cup Mile. George Washington finished sixth in the Classic and was immediately retired.

    It is good to hear Smarty Jones is doing well this year at stud despite a slow start: Six of First Seven Mares in Foal to Smarty Jones.

    Update 1588: A little chilly first thing this morning, but it warmed up nicely once the sun got up. Moving to day light savings time three weeks early is a little odd!

    I only had five to ride today. Hawty Creek had the day off after her open gallop yesterday. I took her out for a pick of grass and a good currying after I was done riding. She enjoyed the sunshine, and her coat was literally falling off.

    First set was Nautical Agent, Tim was on Who's Happy. They both galloped a mile and a quarter. Coming to the track we were talking a little about the future pool for the Kentucky Derby. Tim has had a bet, 30 - 1 on Adore The Gold (Field Narrowly Favored as Derby Future Pool Closes). Not a bad bet I guess, we will see. Second set I was on Grandma, Tim was on Quick Quest. We took them both to the gate and just had them stand in the gate so they learn to relax a little more. They seemed to be pretty relaxed about it. They then galloped a mile (having galloped a little before going to the gate). The other three I rode also all went nicely. One galloped out of the gate, I picked up company with one of Jim McGreevey's. Coming to the track on one of them I was chatting away with another exercise rider who was lamenting the fact he would not be at Cheltenham this week, and instead had to go to Penn National for a race! A stark contrasts of events for sure. Quite a few riders at Fair Hill have connections to the Cheltenham festival so they will try to watch it on some cable channel I guess. Talking about jumping, it seems the first meet for the American jump circuit was relatively incident free (a few fallers but no harm done I think). Jody Petty won the stakes race so I guess that makes him current leading rider. He has been galloping at Fair Hill a lot lately and is originally from Elkton, just down the road.

    Update 1587: Sue McMullen sent this e-mail that previews Cheltenham (worldwide mecca of jump racing) and some additional insight into the decision to retire Holy Roman Emperor:

    It's the Sunday before the Cheltenham Festival, which means that Ireland is slowly emptying. Last one to leave switch off the lights. Cheltenham without the Irish would be like salad without a dressing, the ingredients are there but there is something vitally important missing.

    The hotels, guest houses, pubs or basically just about anybody with a floor to sleep on within a 50 mile radius is now filling up and they come in all shapes and sizes. Rich, poor, priest or bookmaker, all come together for what is now four days' racing at jump racing's Headquarters, scene of so many dramatic, emotional, heart-wrenching finishes. Trainers' nerves are now frayed almost to breaking point, just another couple of days before their precious cargo is unleashed around Cheltenham's undulating track and unforgiving fences. Cheltenham Festival is to jump racing what Royal Ascot is to the Flat. But where Ascot is glitz, glamour, designer frocks and women wearing such big hats they 'lock horns' trying to walk into the bathroom together, Cheltenham is thermal underwear, tweeds, caps and iron-clad bladders as there aren't enough bathrooms for the 50,000 visitors. Forget Mecca, Cheltenham is an annual pilgrimage for jump racing's keenest fans who flock to pay homage to the finest of the horses dubbed 'the winter kings'. Only the best get to run at Cheltenham and it is the ambition of every trainer to have a runner here and as for winning, it is the stuff of dreams. Rivalry between the Brits and the Irish is friendly as everybody in this sport appreciates the nerve and skill of the jockeys but most of all, the bravery, courage and heart of the horses. These are the true superstars, much admired and sometimes even adored and if we are very lucky, they stay with us season after season.

    Around 230,000 people will attend over the four days, paying from 20 to 80 pounds for tickets and they will consume 20,000 bottles of champagne, 30,000 bottles of wine, 240,000 bottles of beer or lager and, naturally enough, 225,000 pints of Guinness. Prize money for the 24 races stands at 3,185,000 pounds with the largest purse for Friday's Gold Cup (425,000 pounds), followed by the first big clash of the hurdling Titans, Tuesday's Champion Hurdle (360,000 pounds) and on Wednesday the two mile championship, the Queen Mother Champion Chase (310,000 pounds) and finally, Thursday's Ladbroke World Hurdle (250,000 pounds). These are the feature races on the four days but the supporting cast are all very high profile races.

    There is a unique atmosphere at Cheltenham racecourse, the drama played out within its natural amphitheatre surrounded by hills that resound with 70,000 cheering, urging voices when the winner of each race emerges victorious up the gruelling run-in. Many a horse has been going like the proverbial train but when they face that climb, it sorts the men from the boys, sapping the vestiges of energy from weary legs. Irish victories are particularly enjoyed with the crowd giving wonderful, impromptu songs around the winners' circle. Some very fine horses have been welcomed back to that hallowed ground, like returning gladiators fresh from battle. There is nowhere quite like it and the fervent, heart-felt wish for this year is for all horses to return safely.

    Gorgeous George
    News that George Washington is having fertility problems and has been replaced in the Coolmore stallion line-up by Holy Roman Emperor, who was waiting to make his assault on the Classic season, has set tongues wagging here. Aiden O'Brien was shell-shocked by the speed with which it happened. In the morning, Holy Roman Emperor worked on the gallops, by lunchtime he'd left the yard. It is at first glance unusual, but the cynics would say that as Coolmore race to breed, not the other way around, it is perhaps understandable. Holy Roman Emperor looked, to some, like the finished article at two and we have no real idea how he might have emerged for his Classic bid but we do know that he was beaten by another very good two year-old in Teofilo who heads the betting for the first Classic of the year, the 2,000 Guineas and as a two year-old looked like a horse who might improve physically over the winter. Holy Roman Emperor is undoubtedly a very fine individual, a Group One winner, well furnished, bred in the purple and like George, a Danehill so he is sure to attract mare owners, but whichever way you look at it, it is a highly unusual decision and sadly typical of an operation for which commercial decisions appear paramount. You have only to look at the way George was campaigned by throwing him in the BC Classic and just hoping he wouldn't object to getting dirt kicked in his face so could add this to his resume to see the thinking behind the operation. Suggestions that George might return to the track are mere conjecture at this time.

    This is Cheltenham's web-site and Sue McMullen writes about the favourite for the Gold Cup for the Sunday Herald: The star and gripes.

    Keep calling.

    Comments

    Good morning Alex. Thanks for all you do.

    Good morning FOB's. looking forward to a productive week.

    Posted by: Cal at March 12, 2007 11:25 AM

    Good morning Alex and all. Thanks to Sue McMullen for her always interesting reports.

    Yes, Cheltenham tomorrow - I can't wait to hear the almighty roar that resounds when the tape goes up for the first race. One innovation this year is that they are having a 'Ladies' Day' - on Thursday, I think. So, the tweeds and thermals will be a bit smarter than usual. At least the weather looks as if it is going to be kind, both to humans and horses.

    It's much warmer in the Caribbean where the Cricket World Cup is starting - but I think the Irish will fare much better at Cheltenham than over there. Altogether it promises to be an interesting week here - and I hope the same goes for everyone out there.

    Posted by: Liz (UK) at March 12, 2007 11:44 AM


    ***POSTCARD UPDATE***

    Good morning!

    I'm happy to report that 1100 of the anti slaughter postcards have been ordered. Stay tuned for more details about a coordinated mail-in campaign (tentatively) scheduled for mid April...

    Thanks again everyone.

    Posted by: Christian at March 12, 2007 12:06 PM

    Just checked emails... make that 1250..
    You guys are really great!

    Cheers

    Posted by: Christian at March 12, 2007 12:09 PM

    Hiya, FsOB! I can't believe I made it here before Marg in Maine. It's an ever-brightening morning here on the banks of the Thames. Ms. Nikita is still asleep on the great room sofa, getting adjusted to early daylight savings time. May each of you have a productive day in your efforts on behalf of horses everywhere. And may we all "Be Like Barbaro!"

    To Liz in the UK: Please let Jo know that we miss her and hope to see her again soon. RMH


    Posted by: Robyn Hoffmann at March 12, 2007 12:23 PM

    Good morning, Barbaro! Good morning, Alex! Good morning, fellow Fans!

    Another balmy morning here in Maine (balmy = above freezing!) Hope everyone's weather is pleasant.

    You've got to love a nation that embraces horse racing like Britain! Sigh - oh, that it were that way here other than a weekend or two a year!

    ******
    Any Fans in Maine who have not contacted me, see "Maine Fans Birthday Celebration" over on the DB.
    ******

    Safe trips to all on the track today.

    Marg
    Proud Fan of Barbaro forever

    Posted by: Marg in Maine at March 12, 2007 12:24 PM

    Good moring sweet Barbaro.

    Good moring everyone, have a great day calling and faxing. We can make a difference, I just know we can.

    Have a great day!

    Posted by: Carol Nichols at March 12, 2007 12:48 PM

    Goodmorning all.As always, I so enjoy Sue's reports. Wish Icould hop on a plane and brave the crowds myself...
    Alex, thanks for everything and special kudos to you and Sharon for all the efforts re 4/29.

    Posted by: TerriC at March 12, 2007 12:51 PM

    Good Morning Alex, thank you for the great post by Sue McMullen, looking forward to her well written reports!

    Thanks to Christian for coordinating the postcards, will be a great mail campaign.

    Have a good day all!

    Bless Barbaro

    Posted by: TeresaC. at March 12, 2007 1:07 PM

    GOOD MORNING FOB’s

    Another week is here and it’s time to start our campaign again.

    If you click on the BLUE NAVIGATION BOX on the left of the page, you will find all necessary links....... co-sponsors of both the House and Senate, list of names of all members of Congress, and lists of all members of the three committees. There will also be new developments posted as they come in.

    The updated list of names to call will be posted there daily so that our strategy will always be current. This will make all the information easy to find and will help make it easier to direct others without having to look through all of the posts.

    Alex was kind enough to add a link to the Veterinarian Support Letter that was sent to us by Chris Heyde. Please try to get this letter to as many veterinarians as possible so that they can show their support in spite of the stance taken by the AVMA.

    Here is the list for Monday, March 12
    HR 503
    HOUSE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE

    -Representative Charlie Melancon
    Phone #: 202-225-4031
    Fax #: 202-226-3944

    -Representative Tim Murphy
    Phone #: 202-225-2301
    Fax #: 202-225-1844

    -Representative Nathan Deal
    Phone #: 202-225-5211
    Fax #: 202-225-8272

    -Representative Charles W. (Chip) Pickering
    Phone #: 202-225-5031
    Fax #: 202-225-5797

    -Representative Joseph R. Pitts
    Phone #: 202-225-2411
    Fax #: 202-225-2013
    And PLEASE don’t forget to call your own representative and two senators to urge them to co-sponsor.

    Thanks and have a great day!!

    Shelley and Debra

    Posted by: ShelleyA at March 12, 2007 1:09 PM

    George Washington is having fertility problems?
    He is only a 4 year old.
    Holy Roman Emperor is what? 3 this year?
    But what do I know!

    Have to go out for the day, will check in later.

    Everyone "Have a great day.

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at March 12, 2007 1:18 PM

    Man Alex it looks like it may be a good time to book a flight and go to Ireland. Geeeeeeesh that sounds like a lot of fun.

    Hope everyone has a good Monday and stays safe where-ever you are.

    ## Judy. You have mail :-)

    Cheers

    Posted by: Nina at March 12, 2007 1:19 PM

    Congrats to a cute litty filly named Rags to Riches Yesterday for winning the Santa Anita Oaks.
    (Todd Pletcher..I know I know) But shes a great little filly and I am keeping my eye on her this year.

    Have a great day everyone

    Leslie in MN

    Posted by: Leslie in MN at March 12, 2007 1:30 PM

    Good Morning Barbaro...

    Another ACN...have a wonderful day...free to run, painfree...hoping Gallant Secret will notice you soon. Hang in there...sweetie...

    Good Morning Family/Fans of Barbaro

    Hope all is well with our family...

    Remember always, to call, email, and fax...we never give up...Barbaro never did, and his spirit dwells among us...Let us get this bill passed swiftly....and SAVE HORSES.

    Remember all the spoken and unspoken requests, all animals large or small...praying Vivi, the dog missing...is found...all of those who needs lifting and our prayers.

    Do not forget we are family, and we all live in Barbaro's House...I am so thankful to be a small part of this lovely establishment.

    Let us make Mrs. Jackson, Barbaro, and all of us PROUD.

    Have a lovely day.

    ####
    Alex...never been to Ireland...sounds just wonderful...you have a nice day, too.

    Rosie...any news on your baby???

    Everyone, please call back...we are FAMILY...AND I MISS MY FAMILY...AND BARBARO NEEDS YOU...

    Posted by: JOAN ROYA at March 12, 2007 1:33 PM

    When you are joyous,
    look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow
    that is giving you joy.
    When you are sorrowful
    look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.

    Kahlil Gibran


    He made me laugh, he made me cry
    He is forever a part of me.
    Barbaro, my Warrior.

    Posted by: Harriette Brillianthawk at March 12, 2007 1:44 PM

    Good morning, Alex!

    Beautiful day to ride the horses!

    Thanks again for all the great links!

    Linda Northeast Philly

    Posted by: Linda Joens at March 12, 2007 1:47 PM

    Good morning Sweet Barbaro in Heaven!

    Thanks for today's call Strategy!

    For Barbaro, For Fitch, For Apache and all the horses.

    Ro & Brady

    Posted by: Rosemarie at March 12, 2007 1:53 PM

    Good morning, all!

    Harriette, what a perfect reminder from Kahlil Gibran. I remember the popularity of his wisdom when I was in college. Today marks 6 weeks...light a candle at 10:30 if you can...

    I will admit I'm getting too scared to comfortably watch racing over the jumps. My heart stops with each fence. And what a weird deal with Holy Roman Emperor and Gorgeous George. As if one horse were a clone of the other...

    Found this interesting bit about black chess players whose pawns (the game pieces) are named Barbaro and Secretariat! Sorry I can't do the blue link thing:

    http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/16882024.htm

    I hope Round Pond is OK and that prayers and comfort will be with each FOB and FOB animal in need today. I'll make my calls!

    Posted by: Jane in CT at March 12, 2007 1:58 PM

    ***********************************************
    ALL FOB's
    Tonight on the Larry King Live show. Bill Maher will be the guest. He is VERY PRO animal.
    I think this would be a great window of opportunity to get our voice heard. I am asking everyone to call LKL tonight and try to get to ask a question concerning horse slaughter.
    If you go to the DB, there is a thread in the "general" folder called "Larry King Live 3/12/07". There is some great info there on Bill and his stand on these issues.
    LETS NOT LET THIS OPPORTUNITY SLIP BY... PLEASE PLAN A CALL IN TONIGHT TO SUPPORT THE HORSES.
    Thank you all in advance.

    Verna

    Posted by: Verna1 at March 12, 2007 1:59 PM

    Sorry, that thread is under "horse slughter" folder.
    Verna

    Posted by: Verna1 at March 12, 2007 2:25 PM

    ###

    Laurie H.: I'm so glad you're feeling better. Don't overdo it.

    Fitch: Run with Bobby. Bless your little heart. Know that you are loved Little One.

    Abercrombie: Life will be better, I promise.

    Rosie: I'm sure no one wants you to have that baby more than you. All that matters is that you both are healthy.

    All FOB's: Have a wonderful almost spring day.

    Barbaro: You will always be in my heart. I love you baby boy. Always...

    Posted by: Doe at March 12, 2007 2:32 PM

    Morning (psychic) skritches to the BBH and all of his 'frens' in Equine Heaven. Hope today's the day you get your girl...

    ####
    Robyn H
    When I called last week "Congressman Murphy was reviewing the bills..." P'raps another call to his aide Anna to find out the result of his perusals would be in order...??? Is your friend around?

    ####
    FsOB:
    These blue links on the side [Anti Horse Slaughter Strategy] are great! Here's
    a repost of today's ShelleyA/Debra, WI list.

    GOOD MORNING FOB’s

    Another week is here and it’s time to start our campaign again.

    If you click on the BLUE NAVIGATION BOX on the left of the page, you will find all necessary links....... co-sponsors of both the House and Senate, list of names of all members of Congress, and lists of all members of the three committees. There will also be new developments posted as they come in.

    The updated list of names to call will be posted there daily so that our strategy will always be current. This will make all the information easy to find and will help make it easier to direct others without having to look through all of the posts.

    Alex was kind enough to add a link to the Veterinarian Support Letter that was sent to us by Chris Heyde. Please try to get this letter to as many veterinarians as possible so that they can show their support in spite of the stance taken by the AVMA.

    Here is the list for Monday, March 12
    HR 503
    HOUSE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE

    -Representative Charlie Melancon
    Phone #: 202-225-4031
    Fax #: 202-226-3944

    -Representative Tim Murphy
    Phone #: 202-225-2301
    Fax #: 202-225-1844

    -Representative Nathan Deal
    Phone #: 202-225-5211
    Fax #: 202-225-8272

    -Representative Charles W. (Chip) Pickering
    Phone #: 202-225-5031
    Fax #: 202-225-5797

    -Representative Joseph R. Pitts
    Phone #: 202-225-2411
    Fax #: 202-225-2013
    And PLEASE don’t forget to call your own representative and two senators to urge them to co-sponsor.

    Thanks and have a great day!!

    Shelley and Debra

    Posted by: ShelleyA at March 12, 2007 1:09 PM

    Cheers,
    Friar Tuck

    Posted by: Friar Tuck at March 12, 2007 2:37 PM

    Hope springs eternal:

    but apparently, no one expressed this sentiment to our Rosie: no daylight savings foal..cam down: does anyone know how Rosie is? And Stephanie? The poor woman. Given the lack of sleep she's had, the Drool Factor must be pretty high by now. Perhaps her friends can get a lobster lunch bib for her so that she won't drool up every shirt and sweat she owns...for that matter, maybe her friends can take her out for a lobster dinner...

    Heat wave here: almost 40 again!! I hate Daylight savings though: totally throws everything off dog-wise. "YAY! It's 7 am! let's eat! (NOITISNOT7AMITISREALLY6AM....GRRRR.)

    aNYHOW: COFFEE here and steffie in the kitchen guarding the soaking kibble...what a woman she is//one of my little Irish lurchers.

    Anyhow. Must get calls done, letter written...new printer installed....oy. It is Monday, right?
    Dreamed about shifting and shimmering waves of horses last night. So many beautiful colors....

    Can someone explain the Sabino trait that seems to be so highly valued in some of the Arab lines?
    I know it must have something to do with the amount of white on the horse...but, I still don't get it. Thanks, all.

    Alex, thanks so much for all you do, and Tim, thanks to you too, the unsung hero of this website...

    Blessing to all and be kind. It's another day to do the right thing. j


    Posted by: jonna at March 12, 2007 2:41 PM

    6 weeks today.....still missing you Barbaro.

    Posted by: Sue H at March 12, 2007 3:07 PM

    Dear FOBs and wonderful Alex,

    It is very hard for me to believe that seven weeks ago our Bobby was led to Rainbow Bridge. I know how much he lifted my spirit to see the power of community prayer and worthy goals. What a blessing he was and is!

    I find myself loving my dogs more and not taking anything for granted in their care.


    I will light and call as always.

    Remembering Bobby.

    Sally in Louisiana

    Posted by: Sally Lawrence at March 12, 2007 3:18 PM

    ####Barbaro, you are in my heart forever, run with the wind sweet prince.

    Judy

    Posted by: Judy (Ontario, CAN) at March 12, 2007 3:27 PM

    ##
    Jane -
    I loved the article about the chess players. I need to say one thing-it was the knights that were named Barbaro and Secretariat, not the pawns. The knights appear as horseheads in chess. Pawns appear as little knobby bedpost- looking bored tired thingies.(LOL) Thanks for the article, it was very informative & interesting.

    Prayers for all creatures grea and small

    Posted by: Dora J Crow at March 12, 2007 3:27 PM

    ##
    Add a "t" to grea, please

    Posted by: Dora J Crow at March 12, 2007 3:28 PM

    Six weeks have gone by. Sometimes it seems like a lifetime, sometimes it seems like only yesterday.

    Off to light a candle for our boy.

    Posted by: Cal at March 12, 2007 3:30 PM

    In a few minutes it will be six weeks since we lost our beloved Barbaro. I can't believe it has been such a short time - it feels much longer than that. I still tear up when I see videos and pictures of him. I haven't been able to read all the books and magazines I have because it's difficult to read through the tears. I'm going to light a candle for him as soon as I get through writing this.

    I'm glad his brother finally has a name - Nicanor. It will be interesting to watch him as he grows. I hope he lives and very long and healthy life. I know he will be loved.

    I keep checking on Ernie. The last I heard he was doing okay. Please keep it up Ernie - I'm praying for you.

    Rosie - I'm beginning to think this baby thing is a myth you have perpetrated in order to get more feed every day. Last I looked, there was still no baby. Please have mercy on us - we need some sleep.

    Have a good day everybody.

    Proud to be an FOB!!!

    Posted by: Dale in Aiken SC at March 12, 2007 3:30 PM

    I just got a e-mail from Barack Obama. Hope this was not posted from anyone before.

    Thank your for relaying your strong opposition to the commerical slaughter of horses and support for S.311, the American Horese SlaughterPrevevtion Act ( House verison of H.R. 503). This is a legitimate concern that deserves the attetnion of the nation's lawmakers.

    In the 109th Congress, lawmakers made it clear that it does not support the commericial sales of horse meat abroad. During Senate Consideration of the annual approppriation bill funding the operations of the U.S. Department of Augriculture (USDA), Senatore John Ensign (R-NV) and Robert Byrd (D WV) offered an amendment to prohibit federal funding of food safety inspections at horse slaughterhorses in the United States, htereby effectively blocking the export of horse meat abroad. The Admendment, which I voted for, passed the Senate by a vote to 69 to 29 and was eventually enacted into law.

    In response, however, the USDA announced that it will continue performing inspections at horse slaughterhouses bu charging the slaughterhouse companies a fee-for-services beinning in March of 2006. I view this initiative by the Administration as nothing more than a brazen maneuver to circumvent the clear intent of Congress.

    We have two objectives to pursue in the 110th Congress, I stand ready to support Senator Ensign and Byrd in their ongoing effort to insist that USDA stop the inspection of horse meat for export. Second, Congress shouldrevisit the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act legislation, which would prohibit the shipping, transporting, purchasing, selling or donation of horses to be slaughtered for human consumption; and S. 576 (rreintroduced in the House as H.R.249 in the 100th Congress), which would restore the prohibition on the commerical sale and slaughter of wild free-roaming horses and burros. I will continue to urge me colleagues to address these important issues.

    Again, Carol thank you for contacting me about the need for federal action on the horse slaughter issue. Please stay in touch in the future.


    Sincerely,

    Barack Obama
    United States Senator

    Posted by: Carol Nichols at March 12, 2007 3:30 PM

    I miss you, Barbaro. Run with the wind forever.

    Posted by: Patty in Dallas at March 12, 2007 3:32 PM

    Nice response from Senator Obama - thanks for sharing -

    Bobby - I miss you as much today as I did 6 weeks ago

    Ernie - keep poopin fellow -- and get well

    Rosie --- how do we treat CHIF syndrome? I know for sure you aren't preggers - LOL

    Posted by: Kathy in Colorado at March 12, 2007 3:37 PM

    Thinking of you Champ.

    Posted by: Laura in OH at March 12, 2007 3:39 PM

    Barbaro your always in my heart.
    See you in heaven Sweet Prince.

    Posted by: Melissa,PA at March 12, 2007 3:48 PM

    Barbaro, I miss you today as much as I missed you the day you left us.
    For some reason today big guy, I can't read your name without starting to cry.
    I suppose the day will come...
    But for now... I just miss you so much.
    Love you always Barbaro, Gods gift.
    Verna

    Posted by: Verna1 at March 12, 2007 3:57 PM

    Good morning, my Beloved Angel Boys.

    Good morning, Barbaro Nation.

    Six weeks. The world seems different to me. Barbaro's death was one of those watershed events; I will always remember where I was and what I was doing when the news fell on us like an atom bomb.

    Today always marks the beginning of a new week. We have the chance to make a fresh start this week--for the horses, for each other, and for what this site has come to mean to us and to the world, what we really stand for. Come on, FOBs. Let's come out in force and show everyone what we're really made of.

    Posted by: Susan E. at March 12, 2007 3:59 PM

    ((((Bobby))) Miss you Big B...I will love you forever and a day.


    Pat G
    Proud Member
    Fans of Barbaro


    "...grief is the price you pay for love"...Gretchen Jackson.

    Posted by: Pat G San Jose, CA at March 12, 2007 3:59 PM

    Rosie TV
    Morning FOBs
    Just got off the phone with Stephanie who is having problems connecting to the MareStare server. I'm happy to report that Rosie is APN...Another Pregnant Night. It seems most of the issues are with MareStare and we are at their mercy.

    Posted by: cathy potter/california at March 12, 2007 4:02 PM

    #### Good morning, FOBs!
    Just another idea for our anti-slaughter strategy. There are currently at least 35 colleges offering 4 year degrees in Equestrian Science (and I'm sure numerous community colleges offering 2 year degrees). I'll post the list here for any alums in the crowd. I thought you might want to either write a letter to your school's paper, or possibly contact the equine depts. directly with postcards, posters, etc. to get the students involved in anti-slaughter:

    � Bethany College in West Virginia
    � Centenary College in New Jersey
    � Delaware Valley College
    � Georgetown College in Kentucky
    � Lake Eerie College in Ohio
    � University of Louisville in Kentucky
    � Midway College in Kentucky
    � Otterbein College in Ohio
    � Salem International University in WV
    � Stephens College in Missouri
    � William Woods University in Missouri
    � Williams College in Pennsylvania
    Division 1 NCAA
    � Auburn University in Alabama
    � Baylor University in Texas
    � Brown University in Rhode Island
    � California State University, Fresno
    � College of Charleston in South Carolina
    � Cornell University in New York
    � Delaware State University
    � University of Georgia
    � Kansas State University
    � New Mexico State University
    � Oklahoma State University
    � Sacred Heart University in Connecticut
    � University of South Carolina
    � South Dakota State University
    � Southern Methodist University in Texas
    � Stephen F. Austin University in Texas
    � Texas Christian University
    � University of Tennessee, Martin
    � Texas A&M University, College Station
    Division 2 NCAA
    � University of Minnesota
    � Pace University in New York
    � Stonehill College in Massachusetts
    � West Texas A&M

    Posted by: Dawn in Omaha at March 12, 2007 4:03 PM

    We watched Rosie til after 1:30 a.m. Then the camera went down, Mary L. said. Everyone went to bed, we were all giddy with anticipation, but there was no foal as of 1:30. Maybe Stephanie will come on and let us know soon if she had that foal late in the a.m.

    The pix Mary L. was providing were showing Rosie all tired and looking truly ready to go. She appears as if the foal has dropped to more lower postion than previous days before. It truly looks to be soon. Look on DB on thread "Rosie down to the wire" There are pix of her--later posts when she looks so "put-out". I bet we got baby!

    Posted by: Dora J Crow at March 12, 2007 4:05 PM

    DANG-Cathy Potter. I was so hopeful we had got a baby!

    Posted by: Dora J Crow at March 12, 2007 4:06 PM

    ARGH! I just installed my new printer! Damn, those genes from my engineering father come in handy all the time. There was a certain amount of droolage involved however, and a lot of what my friend the psychiatric social worker calls "responding to unseen others...." (DON'T YOU LOVE THAT?!)
    But at this advanced age, I have learned that you gotta do what you gotta do......

    Now I think falling down would be a good idea.

    Good luck to all seeking new jobs, serious suckage usually accompnies that process...safe rides for all jockeys, trainers and assistants today, keep pooping, Ernie, FOAL, ROSIE FOAL! CALL CALL CALL

    I think that covers most of what we need to support today.

    Missing our big bay ray of hope today....how could it be only weeks ago that he was among us...chomping Lael grass, coming along. We have to beat the %$#@ out of Laminitis...it is so hideous.
    And so complicated. Was having lunch with by dear friend and horseman yesterday and we talked about nothing else...all horse people have thier own horror stories about laminitis, that's for sure...

    Love and blessing to all.

    Posted by: jonna at March 12, 2007 4:06 PM

    Does anyone know who barbarorose is?

    Posted by: Dora J Crow at March 12, 2007 4:10 PM

    ##
    Cathy, too bad that Stephanie can not hard wire that cam, as she would not have those problems. I also used a wireless cam and had many of her issues.. I switched to a wired cam and no more issues with connections.

    Posted by: Marie at March 12, 2007 4:11 PM

    DORA

    Check your email.

    Posted by: Susan E. at March 12, 2007 4:11 PM

    I've been mostly a lurker since May (although doing my part on the anti-slaughter and rescue sides, too).

    Missing Barbaro today has been compounded by the fact we lost - very suddenly and unexpectedly from acute kidney failure - our Friday Cat Friend last night. I shared with my two young sons (5 and 9) Mrs. Jackson's wise words that "grief is the price we pay for love." They agreed and mentioned Barbaro and the Jacksons in their prayers last night.

    Blessing to all today - and many thanks to Alex and Tim.

    cyn

    Posted by: cyn at March 12, 2007 4:12 PM

    Good Morning Earth Angels With Love.

    Posted by: Dee Mirich at March 12, 2007 4:14 PM

    CYN

    I am so, so sorry. Your kitty is with Barbaro now and he's all healthy and happy. I am so sorry.

    Posted by: Susan E. at March 12, 2007 4:16 PM

    Barbaro and Secretariat Are Together At Rainbow Bridge. They Are The Heart Of The Rainbow.

    Posted by: Dee Mirich at March 12, 2007 4:17 PM

    My Prayers For George Washington. An Angel.

    Posted by: Dee Mirich at March 12, 2007 4:18 PM

    ####

    Cyn...so sorry about your kitty..hugs to you & your family.

    Posted by: Sue H at March 12, 2007 4:18 PM

    ####LAMINITIS DONATIONS RECURRING PAYMENT FORM


    I just received this e-mail from UPenn regarding recurring payment and fund raising.

    Michelle,
    We now have the form that our Friends of Barbaro need to set up the recurring payments

    "Would you mind passing it along to those who are interested? Also, another alternative to the form for anyone who wants to send a recurring gift is through their bank's online bill paying service. Either system will work for us."


    The form should be on their website by tomorrow –
    Click Give Now and you will find it on the ways to give page at http://www.vet.upenn.edu/giving/giving_ways.html

    or you can e-mail me at elk555@aol.com and I can send it via e-mail.

    ####FUNDRAISING PROJECTS
    Also, the form that we created for those who have fundraising projects in the works and want to send proceeds to us....is on our website now at http://www.vet.upenn.edu/giving/fight_laminitis/

    "We are asking anyone who has a current or future project in mind to submit this form to us and we will contact them."

    Posted by: Michelle GBI NE OH at March 12, 2007 4:19 PM

    jonna
    You crack me up....

    Susan E...thanks for the encouragement. Woke up late this morning due to the time change but you're wake up call has gotten my a$$ in gear and I'm ready to make my calls.

    Posted by: cathy potter/california at March 12, 2007 4:19 PM

    DEAREST BARBARO,
    Missing you big guy. Monday's are the toughest. Thanks for the inspiration. You're in our thoughts and prayers 24/7...still.

    REPOST:

    GOOD MORNING FOB’s

    Another week is here and it’s time to start our campaign again.

    If you click on the BLUE NAVIGATION BOX on the left of the page, you will find all necessary links....... co-sponsors of both the House and Senate, list of names of all members of Congress, and lists of all members of the three committees. There will also be new developments posted as they come in.

    The updated list of names to call will be posted there daily so that our strategy will always be current. This will make all the information easy to find and will help make it easier to direct others without having to look through all of the posts.

    Alex was kind enough to add a link to the Veterinarian Support Letter that was sent to us by Chris Heyde. Please try to get this letter to as many veterinarians as possible so that they can show their support in spite of the stance taken by the AVMA.

    Here is the list for Monday, March 12
    HR 503
    HOUSE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE

    -Representative Charlie Melancon
    Phone #: 202-225-4031
    Fax #: 202-226-3944

    -Representative Tim Murphy
    Phone #: 202-225-2301
    Fax #: 202-225-1844

    -Representative Nathan Deal
    Phone #: 202-225-5211
    Fax #: 202-225-8272

    -Representative Charles W. (Chip) Pickering
    Phone #: 202-225-5031
    Fax #: 202-225-5797

    -Representative Joseph R. Pitts
    Phone #: 202-225-2411
    Fax #: 202-225-2013
    And PLEASE don’t forget to call your own representative and two senators to urge them to co-sponsor.

    Thanks and have a great day!!

    Shelley and Debra

    Posted by: ShelleyA at March 12, 2007 1:09 PM

    Posted by: Debra, WI at March 12, 2007 4:20 PM

    An Open Post To Rosie, Our Perpetual Lady of Pregnancy

    Dear Rosie:

    I was up on foal watch till the wee hours last night/this morning and you kept teasing us with twitches and grimaces and odd movements and dirty looks at the camera. Everyone thought last night would be the night. I mean, you were GLARING at us.

    This morning, instead of hearing happy foal news, I hear you are still pregnant and apparently plan to remain pregnant for the indefinite future.

    Soon the Feathered Brigade will descend upon your quarters and commence their fowl activities.

    Rosie, I think I speak for all of us when I say that I should like to know your intentions, once and for all! What's it going to be, Rosie, foal or no foal? ARE YOU REALLY PREGNANT or just enjoying an elaborate hoax and extra food?

    Posted by: Susan E. at March 12, 2007 4:20 PM

    cyn
    So sorry to hear about your kitty Friday. I'm sure he was met by all B's frens in hevvin as well. Know that he knew he was loved and had the best life ever.

    Posted by: cathy potter/california at March 12, 2007 4:21 PM

    Cyn,

    There are many here who have been through this. I am so sad for you and your family. I'm glad you felt you could post this.

    I, like Stephanie, have been up many nights and I'm about out of steam. Coming to work this morning was almosst more that I could handle. I could NOT get out of bed.

    But, alas, I made it. Tonight is my daughter's turn to stay up. We set alarms to check about every two hours. So far, Chunky is getting more sleep than we are!

    Happy Monday to all !

    Posted by: Barb AZ at March 12, 2007 4:23 PM

    CYN - I am so sorry for the loss of your furbaby. Try to find a small measure of comfort from imagining him with Barbaro now...and Susan E. dear Felix has been serving as a great tour guide over the Rainbow Bridge. You, and your sons, have my deepest sympathy!
    Nancy

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 12, 2007 4:24 PM

    Cyn-
    I am so sad for you for the loss of your Friday Cat Friend. Your little boys must be devastated. We all can understand what you are going through, as we all have had to bear it as well. Take care. I will keep you in my prayers for comfort and peace to your family. I just adore his name.

    Posted by: Dora J Crow at March 12, 2007 4:24 PM

    Barb in AZ

    Oh sweetie, you poor thing! You are on double foal watch.

    Love to Chunky. May she foal soon and do so easily.

    Posted by: Susan E. at March 12, 2007 4:25 PM

    Barb in AZ

    Oh sweetie, you poor thing! You are on double foal watch.

    Love to Chunky. May she foal soon and do so easily.

    Posted by: Susan E. at March 12, 2007 4:25 PM

    I've got $30 bucks into the Rosie pot. Me thinks she waiting til it hits the thousand dollar mark.

    Posted by: cathy potter/california at March 12, 2007 4:27 PM

    Susan E.-You have mail. thanks
    Thanks to you, Lynz and otherNancy and Mary L last night. It was a real hoot!

    Posted by: Dora J Crow at March 12, 2007 4:27 PM

    Good health and safe foaling to our pals Rosie and Chunky...any time, girls - we're waiting!!!

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 12, 2007 4:28 PM

    Dawn in Omaha,

    I love the idea of getting students involved. Our AZFOB have been working on that. Way to go!

    Posted by: Barb AZ at March 12, 2007 4:31 PM

    Wow, let's all go to the Cheltenham Festival! It's only about two hours from London! This is about the only way to entice the Irish to come to England- by offering great racing, jumping and gorgeous horses! If you want to have a look type in "cheltenham sporting life". I would love to hear what our Brits at TWR have to say about it, Jo or Liz?

    Posted by: Bonnie MacRaith at March 12, 2007 4:34 PM

    ###Cyn, I am so sorry for your loss of Friday Cat Friend. My condolences to your sons, it is so very hard to lose a beloved pet when you are young (never mind as an adult). Remember he is with the best of frens now.

    Judy

    Posted by: Judy (Ontario, CAN) at March 12, 2007 4:35 PM

    #####
    Patty in Dallas - I am the other Karen (M.) from Texas on the site, and I am in Dallas. I missed your post (about April 29, at Lone Star Park honoring Barbaro ) several days back and was trying to catch up when I came across it, I was so glad to see it because I was thinking about trying to at least get them to do something. You want us to call or e-mail them for added support? Were they reseptive to the idea? What a great idea and so glad you have gotten it started. We need continue mentioning it. Also, I wonder if they (the people at Lone Star) would mention that part of his legacy is inspiring the anti-slaughter bills (and mention for the people to call their Congressmen and Senators) and to make donations to NBC for laminitatis research.

    Another Monday, saw Barbaro's picture this morning on one of my many rememberences of him and just still cannot believe he is gone.

    Will call and fax today, we must stay the course.

    Karen M. Dallas, Texas

    Posted by: Karen M. at March 12, 2007 4:38 PM

    Rosie TV
    Just came up here at my end of town.

    Posted by: cathy potter/california at March 12, 2007 4:41 PM

    Barbaro, sweet spirit horse...another Monday comes with lonely thoughts of missing you, but a little good feeling from the person here who said that ACN means ALWAYS COMFORTABLE NOW...and that indeed is what you are! You have had so many of our animal frens joining you lately, but I know you will show them the loving kindness that you were shown here on earth. I love you soooooo much and miss you terribly, Big Boss Horse....you are now and forever BARBARO - CHAMPION OF MY HEART!
    Your forever fren, Nancy

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 12, 2007 4:41 PM

    Rosie is something else! But that means you can still GET INTO THE POOL! There is $660 in the pool now to go to the winner's charity of choice. I want to say it's great so many of you have put in your $5 bets to go to a charity. I never thought it'd get this large. I also NEVER thought Rosie would take so darn long to have the baby!

    Posted by: Wendy at March 12, 2007 4:43 PM

    Wendy
    I heard something about a book offer in Rosie's pool....can you 'splain for me?

    Posted by: cathy potter/california at March 12, 2007 4:47 PM

    Rosie

    I wonder how much you way girl?

    Cheers :-)

    Posted by: Nina at March 12, 2007 4:48 PM

    ###
    Rosie cam is back up and she's still solo.

    Susan E, Sue H., Cathy Potter, Bar, Nancy, Dora and Judy - thanks so much for your kindness. It shows (again) that the FOB have hearts as big as his was.

    cyn

    Posted by: cyn at March 12, 2007 4:51 PM

    zowie all those cheeky little DC Aides are in good moods this morning! Joe Pitt's Aide said they'd been getting A LOT OF CALLS in support of the bill....he was p[ractically cheery!!!come on, FOBs: let's make Mrs. Jackson proud...

    Posted by: jonna at March 12, 2007 4:51 PM


    *****
    Susan E...LOL..laughter is so good for the soul !!!
    The Rosie update hit all the pertinent points...

    Rosie....you really MUST ANSWER under
    cross-examination...Will it be...FOAL or No FOAL !!!! PLEASE ...just answer the question !!!!

    We know that you are just milking it for all it's worth...giving all of us the most bang for our wagering bucks???... but really...enough is enough!!! JUST DO IT !!!...or we'll all be too old to enjoy it........

    Goodmorning to ALL...Alex I'd love to go to Ireland to partake of all the sights ....maybe sometime my Irish roots will call me????? The countryside is lovely there I know!!!!

    Don't forget to phone and fax everyone ...more senators and congressmen are coming on board daily!!! IT IS WORKING!! DON'T STOP BARBARO and MRS.JACKSON are COUNTING ON US !!!!

    Posted by: Maribel at March 12, 2007 4:52 PM

    Ok, got up this AM, no Rosie cam, wait, ck, wait, ck wait ck. Yea it's up again, Ah, hold on now, is this a repeat video? Rosie is still fat?
    So beautiful but fat... No bambino(a) yet...
    Remember the Groundhog day Movie with Bill Murray? He keeps repeating the same day over and over again till he gets it right? Well I think this must be what Rosie is going thru. Perpetual Pregnancy....Well at least we haven't missed the birth yet with the cam going down...Go Rosie gal!!!!

    Posted by: Nancat in San Jose Ca at March 12, 2007 4:53 PM

    My Rosie theory
    Misty is due in May. Could it be that Rosie wants them to raise the babies together????

    Posted by: cathy potter/california at March 12, 2007 4:57 PM

    Cyn - I am so sorry for the loss of your Friday Cat Friend. We are still grieving over the recent loss of our Boots, so I understand what you are feeling. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take care.

    Posted by: Karen in TX at March 12, 2007 4:58 PM

    Good Morning FOB's,

    We have had problems with the Rosie Cam this morning. It was a matter of not being able to connect to the media server (Mare Stare). This problem has been addressed and is being worked on as we speak.

    We do have a wireless cam, but a good one. We cannot do a direct feed camera due to the location of the stall as it would cross the truck path, as well as if we to lay it across the ground, I do have a puppy who enjoys chewing so this would also be a problem. We are sorry for the inconvienance, but we are doing our best to keep it up and operational for all of you. Unfortunately, I do not have someone who can man it 24 hours a day, and at this point I am making attempts to check it throughout the night as well as Rosie. Again we apologize for the up and down time.

    Stephanie

    Posted by: Stephanie Pierce at March 12, 2007 4:59 PM

    My Sweet Angel Barbaro, I miss You more than words could ever express, and always will.

    Susan E., the world IS different.Your visuals are so powerful and poignant.
    Thank You so much Alex and Tim and good luck with all your beautyful horses. Miss Hawty is taking off her winter coat, what more reliable sign that spring is around the corner could there be. We most certainly are ready for a new beginning, I know I am.
    God bless and keep All of Barbaro's Wonderful FOB Family and All their Fury Companions.
    Barbaro Champion of Our Hearts Forever.

    Posted by: Eva at March 12, 2007 5:00 PM

    Cathy Potter are you here?

    I went to MHR while I was in Nevada. What a great place. My mom and grandmother went with me and they just loved it. Everyone was soooo nice and hospitable - it was wonderful. I loved meeting Rosie in person, she is a beautiful girl - and VERY pregnant :) I tried to convince her to have that little one while I was there, but she obviously didn;t listen.

    Anyways, just wanted to let you know that I did make it up there, I gave Cloud a big hug and some scratches for you. Have a great time up there this weekend if you go.

    Stephanie, no rest for the weary yet huh?? Rosie is going to have to give that baby up soon or you actually may have to go to Disney World :)
    Thank you from me, my mom and grandmother for the hospitality while we were up there - it ia a truly great place to be. All of the animals there are so fortunate to have you. Thanks again, Laura

    Posted by: TLC (Laura) at March 12, 2007 5:05 PM

    Hey Stephanine, You're doing great, you have your hands full with all the critters there so don't apologize for the up and down time with the cam. We just worry about Rosie when we can't see her. A bunch of old mother hens we are......
    Keep up the good work lady!

    Posted by: Nancat in San Jose Ca at March 12, 2007 5:05 PM

    Thanks Alex for the updates and for the "Barbaro Birthday Celebarations" link you added! It is amazing how many us are FOB's...this is going to be a great celebration, but tough at the same time...so much emotion.

    I thought Round Pond was going to do it yesterday...my rottweiler, Sonny and I were cheering her on!

    A good day to all.

    Bonnie C
    from Oxford, PA

    Posted by: Bonnie at March 12, 2007 5:08 PM

    GOOD MORNING SWEET PRINCE!

    I love and miss you so very much. You will forever be in my heart.

    Prayers to all and love to all.

    BLB!!!

    FOB FOREVER!!!

    Karen - TN

    Posted by: Karen at March 12, 2007 5:11 PM

    ####
    BARBARO....WE LOVE YOU!!!!!

    Posted by: JOAN ROYA at March 12, 2007 5:15 PM


    *****
    ROSIE THEORY 202,000....I think there was a study done on hormone production many years ago....
    Groups of female university students were observed in dormitory situations....it was found that hormone levels re-adjusted and most of the women
    had their periods at the same times...

    Perhaps Misty is hindering the process???? Let's hope not!!! I think Rosie is more of a DIVA ....SHE DEFINITELY HAS STAR QUALITY....the camera loves her!!!...LOL...She's blonde !!!

    Posted by: Maribel at March 12, 2007 5:15 PM

    Maribel, you're a hoot, girl!
    And I think you have hit the nail on the head. Rosie knows about the pool and she knows the money is going to horses in need. She's just doing her part to increase the pool to help horses. Rosie is a true blue FOB!!

    STEPHANIE

    Don't worry about the camera! We are so grateful to have it, and to have the opportunity to share in this miracle. THANK YOU! And I hope you get some rest.

    Posted by: Susan E. at March 12, 2007 5:17 PM

    Precious Angel Barbaro.... miss you & love you very much.

    Equine Heaven~ the poem to Nicanor from Barbaro is beautiful... thank you!

    Posted by: Judy in CT at March 12, 2007 5:17 PM

    TLS
    I saw you on Rosie TV. Sure wish I could have been there. Maybe next time.. Thanks for giving Cloud a hug, I sure do miss him

    Posted by: cathy potter/california at March 12, 2007 5:17 PM


    ******
    Susan E...I just love the way she gets up close and personal and stares into the camera right at...US!!!
    That's STAR QUALITY!!! LOL

    Posted by: Maribel at March 12, 2007 5:24 PM

    Cathy,

    Well that's embarassing - I certainly was NOT looking my best :) I just fell in love with MHR, I wish I lived closer so that I could spend more time there. I also thought Sinatra was soooo handsome with those georgous baby blues. Cloud was such a sweetheart. I could go on and on about all of them.....
    I sure wish that I had the "situation" necessary to bring Rosie (and the little one) home when they can be adopted, she was an absolute sweetie and she must have decided that I was OK too because she backed up and let me scratch her rear end just like Stephanie :)

    Posted by: TLC (Laura) at March 12, 2007 5:24 PM

    New Update!!! www.equine-heaven.com

    Posted by: Equine Heaven at March 12, 2007 5:26 PM

    Barbaro,

    Have a wonderful dat with all of your friends. I miss you each and every day. You will forever be in my heart and mind and continue to inspire me :)

    As I used to tell you each day that you were at NBC.....
    BIG horsie hugs, kisses, ear scratches nose rubs and MUCH LOVE!!!

    Posted by: TLC (Laura) at March 12, 2007 5:28 PM

    Hay...
    Sally is saying Hi to all of us. Did you see her?

    Posted by: cathy potter/california at March 12, 2007 5:30 PM


    *******
    Barb AZ...sending prayers and hugs for you and Chunky Pony!!! Hope you get a mini-snooze today sometime to recharge your battery for the night ahead??? Thinking of you and awaiting your precious little one with great joy...Luv Ya

    *******
    Cyn ..so sorry to hear about your furbaby!!Prayers to you and your family too....(((Cyn and Family)))

    Posted by: Maribel at March 12, 2007 5:31 PM

    Hola Barbaro Nation,

    Jonna wrote that some of the aides were (almost) cheery.......hmm, I think you must have the magic touch. I have had two robotic, short aides back to back.......does not matter though, I'll call til the white coats finally get me.

    Rosie theory 500,001: Rosie is a gambling fiend and she and the plumage brigade are running a scam to make a quick buck. They will be laughing all the way to the bank........all good as long as mom and foal are healthy.

    Posted by: Markie at March 12, 2007 5:34 PM

    #####
    Judy in CT - Are you still there?

    Posted by: Corrine at March 12, 2007 5:47 PM


    #####

    Dora-
    "barbarorose" is Nina according to my anti slaughter emails...

    Jonna-
    "responding to unseen others"...I think I do that all the time...lol...too funny!

    Posted by: Christian at March 12, 2007 5:48 PM

    ####
    Hi Corrine!! still here, going to lunch in a few!

    Posted by: Judy in CT at March 12, 2007 5:51 PM

    Bonnie MacRaith

    About Cheltenham (Nina and Joan Roya - it's in England, it just seems like Ireland during the Festival)- I love it, though I know Jo isn't that keen on the jumping game. It's set in a beautiful natural amphitheatre just near the Cotswold hills. I went to see one Gold Cup - many years ago - and apart from half freezing to death, had a fantastic time. It seems to get more popular every year, and this year an expected 600 million pounds is expected to be wagered according to William Hill. I don't know how this compares with betting turnover on major races in the US?

    Posted by: Liz (UK) at March 12, 2007 5:52 PM

    ######

    BARBARO CANDLES UNDER 2000...

    Posted by: JOAN ROYA at March 12, 2007 5:58 PM

    Susan E--
    You can really make me lol--love your sense of humor

    I just read on the KY Horse Park Site that the World Equestrian Games (WEG) are coming to KY in 2010. Maybe you all already knew that but I was sooo excited--especially after watching the dressage videos someone posted a while back.

    Posted by: Sam I Am at March 12, 2007 5:59 PM

    ###
    Judy in CT
    I was getting sooo worried about you!! You have mail, girlfriend!

    Talk to you soon.

    Posted by: Corrine at March 12, 2007 5:59 PM

    ####
    For those of you who can't get to the Discussion Board, here is the list of FOB sponsors fo the MO accident horse heroes. You can sponsor by going to www.hsmo.org/fansofbarbaro to donate, then email jroe19@adelphia.net with your name and state for the sponsor list and Easter Egg. The fund raiser ends on March 31st. An Easter Egg Basket centerpiece with the names of the horses and sponsors will be sent to Mrs. Jackson. She was very pleased with the Valentine Fund Raiser in honor of Barbaro.
    **********************************************
    Fans of Barbaro Easter Eggstravaganza for Longmeadow Ranch and MO Horse Heroes Sponsorship List.

    *******************************************

    Willie - Jannie from Kentucky, Betty and Ken Eaton from Nashville, TN.,

    Sue - Judy from Maine, Jane in CT.,

    Mortie - Jannie from Kentucky, Jane in CT.,

    Stan - Mary O'Donnell from Michigan, Rosemary from Ohio,

    Rosemarie & Brady from New York, New York,

    Teresa and Stan from Orlando, Florida,

    Hocks - Kjack from Illinois, Mary S. from Texas,

    Nona in California (In Memory of Buckwheat),

    Patricia Kowerko from Rhode Island,

    Bazonka Donk - Carolyn in Alabama, Eilene in Orlando, Florida,

    Maria K. from Sterling, Virginia,

    Mama - Eilene in Orlando, Florida, cigarello from __________,

    Jeanette Cavalier, FOB from New Mexico, Marilyn Shively from Michigan

    DD - Mary from Maryland, Christine from Maryland,

    Nona from California ( In Memory of Buckwheat ),

    Princess Linda from ME, Bonnie in Florida, Kelly in Kansas,

    Frankie - Nancy in CT.,

    CC Mary in MD, Nancy in CT, Deborah A. in Colorado

    Sweetie - Barb in New York,

    Darla - Cora and John Adelizzi from Illinois

    Liberty - Gloria in Illinois, Glenda Jo in PA.,

    Clueless Too - Deborah A. in Colorado,

    KC ( five years old ) from San Diego, California,

    Spirit - Rosemary from Ohio, Linda M. from Texas

    Karma - Glenda Jo from PA, Patricia Kowerko from Rhode Island,

    Jackpot - Barb in New York, Rosemary from Ohio, Julie Z. in Houston, Texas,

    Gidget - Amanda from Illinois, Deborah M. from Poland, Ohio,

    Dorothy E Hummell from Wildwood, Florida,

    John Bradley & Kathryn from O'Fallon, MO.,

    Denise from Pittsburgh,

    *******************************************************

    All MO Horse Heroes from Trailer Accident

    Cora and John Adelizzi from Illinois, Deborah M. from Ohio, Bonnie in Florida,

    Glenda Jo from PA, Kathy Dawson from Colorado,

    Mick and Kim Potochnik from Indianapolis, Indiana

    Gloria in Illinois, Bobbie B., a North Carolina Tarheel,

    ******************************************************

    All Horses at Longmeadow Ranch

    Cora and John Adelizzi from Illinois, Pat from New Hampshire, Gloria in Illinois,

    Karen Matthews from Houston, Texas, Beverly Sweitzer from South Carolina,

    Nancy in MO., Samantha from Alabama, Sue V. from California,


    A heartful Thank You to all who have continued to support these accident victims. They deserve love and care after all they have endured.

    Posted by: Rosemary in NE Ohio at March 12, 2007 6:07 PM

    Christian, Thanks for the heads up, oops, I mean, information.

    Sorry- I myself was responding to Unseen Others (thanks to Jonna) too- too hilarious!

    goin to the country to take care of the dang ole critters! seeya'll roundabout darktime

    Prayers for all creatures great and small

    Posted by: Dora J Crow at March 12, 2007 6:11 PM

    Hello everyone!

    I have just finished sending 53 letters to all of the vets listed in my phone book. I will be working on another county in a few days. Nancy in CT and I have been working on this project. We are hoping to cover alot of this state together. If anyone is interested in starting this campaign in their state, please email me and I will send you a copy of the letter and explain to you the other material I am sending. All it costs is $.78 cents per letter (I am including a self addressed envelope for their convenience. If you don't want to do this, you don't have to. Then it will only cost you $.39 cents per letter). Hopefully I'm not just getting the postal service rich!!LOL. Most vet offices have more than one vet, so even more for the money. If you can send out just 10 letters, that is less than $10.00 dollars and more power for anti-slaughter. Don't forget to make those calls too!! My email address is ocorrine@aol.com. Please write "vet letter" in the subject box. Thank you so much!!!


    Barbaro...only six weeks, feels like six years....miss you buddy. Forever in my heart.


    Corrine in CT

    Posted by: Corrine at March 12, 2007 6:14 PM

    ###
    Dora

    I don't know a knight from a pawn! LOL I must have read that article REAL fast. Sorry, thanks for correcting it. I thought it was pretty cool, too.

    ###
    Cyn

    So sorry about your kitty. I see he is already being welcomed into Equine Heaven. I'll bet Felix has special feline welcoming duties for little furbabies...

    When did we find out about Barbaro's bro's name? Nicanor? Wow, I am REALLY having trouble keeping up with things!

    I lit my candle for B at 10:30, then made all my calls and emailed the DeKalb board about Cavel. The big boy is an inspiration.

    Hugs for Mrs. Jackson. Every Monday must be especially hard for her.

    Back to work...

    Posted by: Jane in CT at March 12, 2007 6:15 PM

    Corrine
    Great job with those Vet letters. I'm interested in your program. I'm in the Palm Springs area and I think I can encourage a friend to help in the San Diego area. You can email me at home at
    trout_seeker@msn.com and I'll get the info tonight.

    Posted by: cathy potter/california at March 12, 2007 6:24 PM

    Good Morning ALL!!

    Thanks Alex for the great articles. Glad you are warming up!

    ### CYN so sorry for the loss of your little kitty. He'll have so many playmates in hevvin with Felix, Gaspe, Gabrielle, Harriette's little kittens, and all of my little ones who have gone on. They'll all be under the careful watch of their special guardian angel Barbaro.

    ###Dawn..SUPERB idea! "Equine Science", correct?? rather than "equestrian science" unless there is another specialty I didn't know about, which is entirely possible. To expand on that, maybe we should send the same to the Vet Schools?? whatcha think?

    back to the grind

    will check in later
    Cheryl

    Posted by: Cheryl Jones at March 12, 2007 6:33 PM

    Equine Heaven, Beautiful poem from Barbaro to little Nicanor.

    Ro & Brady

    Posted by: Rosemarie at March 12, 2007 6:38 PM


    Good Morning Handsome Sweetheart:)

    It is six weeks today....we miss you terribly!

    I loved your poem to Nicanor:) You have such depth, Bobby:)

    Have a good day at Heaven's Gate Farm...I'll check in again tonight!

    I love you Bobby Jackson xxxooooxxx

    Lynne-Your Forever Friend in CA


    CYN---I am sorry about Friday Kitty...I am sure Felix has 'adopted' by now, and they are having lots of new experiences and meeting new frens...I'm sorry, I don't know...was Friday a boy or girl?

    Everyone, have a GREAT day today:)

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at March 12, 2007 6:40 PM

    ####
    Corinne...
    That's fantastic!
    Nancy posted the great idea over the weekend...
    I'm going to repost here, and then add your info.
    ---------------------------------
    Here is Nancy, CT's wonderful "vet enlistment" project for those who didn't see it yesterday, or earlier in the week.

    On Thursday I mailed 36 copies of this petition to veterinarians in my county. I also included a cover letter introducing myself and the Fans of Barbaro, and two pages from Daryl and Michelle's booklet that I felt were most relevant...
    Four pages went for one stamp...so it cost a bit of paper, some stamps and envelopes...and since the two major Veterinarians' organization SUPPORT horse slaughter, a personal mailing of this sort allows individual vets to sign and say "NO WAY, BABY!"
    Corrine in upstate CT got involved with her part of the state...anyone else interested? It can't hurt...and it MAY help!

    This effort, of course, DOES NOT REPLACE our calls to our elected representatives and committee members...it is another prong to the attack. Interested?

    Email mllebutterfly@sbcglobal.net
    Nancy

    I have just finished sending 53 letters to all of the vets listed in my phone book. I will be working on another county in a few days. Nancy in CT and I have been working on this project. We are hoping to cover alot of this state together. If anyone is interested in starting this campaign in their state, please email me and I will send you a copy of the letter and explain to you the other material I am sending. All it costs is $.78 cents per letter (I am including a self addressed envelope for their convenience. If you don't want to do this, you don't have to. Then it will only cost you $.39 cents per letter). Hopefully I'm not just getting the postal service rich!!LOL. Most vet offices have more than one vet, so even more for the money. If you can send out just 10 letters, that is less than $10.00 dollars and more power for anti-slaughter. Don't forget to make those calls too!! My email address is ocorrine@aol.com. Please write "vet letter" in the subject box. Thank you so much!!!

    Posted by: Corrine at March 12, 2007 6:14 PM


    Btw: The link to the petition can be found on the left hand navigation bar under Anti Horse Slaughter Stategy.

    Cheers,
    Friar Tuck

    Posted by: Friar Tuck at March 12, 2007 6:43 PM

    HELLO BARBARO NATION ...

    I received the following in one of my daily spiritual readings and immediately made a connection to the Fans of Barbaro and the various missions we are all undertaking on behalf of Barbaro and all horses. I find these words to be very wise and very true and I wanted to share this with everyone in a spirit of collective goodwill ...

    March 12, 2007
    Moving As One
    Leadership And Responsiveness

    If you have ever seen a flock of geese fly overhead, you know how difficult it is to tell who is leading whom. The geese move in swift syncopation as if they are all responding instantaneously to the same cues, tapped into an unseen force that directs and guides their movement as one. It is the same way with wild horses or a herd of buffalo. Yet in all these cases, there is a leader who has established his position through demonstrations of strength, ability, and dominance. The total cohesiveness of these groups is a symbol both of excellent leadership and an excellent ability to follow. It takes both of these qualities for any group or system to work well.

    In human communities, it is not always easy to establish who should be leading and who following. There are many reasons for this, including but not limited to the fact that our ways of determining leadership are less instinctual and therefore less clear. It is very rare that everyone is in complete agreement as to who should lead. In the big picture, of course, competition is a positive factor, preventing stagnation and entrenchment. However, in smaller groups, when a leader is truly called to the position and her constituency is responsive to her leadership, an enormous amount of work can be accomplished. This tends to work only if the individuals in the group share a powerful, heartfelt common goal. This goal is the unseen force that directs and guides the group so that they can move as one.

    A flock of geese winging in unison across the sky can serve to remind us of what we can accomplish when we surrender to the greater good. When any group of people moves as one, there is a leader at the helm who has sacrificed his or her individual ego to the larger vision of the group and followers who have done the same. When the ego is subdued, it is easier to sense the right way to go and correctly choose the leader who can best take us there. Like a flock of geese, we move swiftly and harmoniously toward our shared vision.


    Posted by: Linnie at March 12, 2007 6:46 PM

    NUTMEGGERS - re the campaign for veterinarians...it seems like we most need to have the eastern part of CT covered...anyone available to help? Also, we could use help in every state for this additional attack on the slaughter issue...

    Copy of my post from last week on this subject:

    On Thursday I mailed 36 copies of this petition to veterinarians in my county. I also included a cover letter introducing myself and the Fans of Barbaro, and two pages from Daryl and Michelle's booklet that I felt were most relevant...
    Four pages went for one stamp...so it cost a bit of paper, some stamps and envelopes...and since the two major Veterinarians' organization SUPPORT horse slaughter, a personal mailing of this sort allows individual vets to sign and say "NO WAY, BABY!"
    Corrine in upstate CT got involved with her part of the state...anyone else interested? It can't hurt...and it MAY help!

    This effort, of course, DOES NOT REPLACE our calls to our elected representatives and committee members...it is another prong to the attack. Interested?

    Email mllebutterfly@sbcglobal.net
    Nancy

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 12, 2007 6:47 PM

    ###
    Equine Heaven - thanks so much for welcoming Friday Cat Friend. He was a barn cat and had many, many horse frens before he came to live a life of leisure at our house. I know he will be happy to be among the horses again.

    Thanks too, Maribel, Karen, Cheryl Jones and Jane. Your kindness is deeply appreciated by a very sad family.

    Cheryl - the programs Dawn listed are probably Equestrian Science, the emphasis being on riding skills. Some schools offer both types of programs. My niece graduated from the University of Finley with an Equestrian major, although there were many horse-science related classes, too.

    Posted by: cyn at March 12, 2007 6:54 PM

    Barbaro.....miss you and love you big guy. My heart still hurts just as much 6 weeks later.

    Fitch.....miss you and love you too baby Fitch. Your 'angel' Barbaro will love and guide you and stand beside you.

    Ernie.....Keep that poop comin'! Be strong!!! We're all praying for you!

    Rosie....would you PLEASE have that darn baby! You're making us all nervous wrecks!!!!!

    Nancy in Mo

    Posted by: Nancy in MO at March 12, 2007 6:55 PM

    Believe in Barbaro. Be like Barbaro.

    Posted by: LoveYouB at March 12, 2007 7:06 PM

    ####
    Friar Tuck - Thank you for the repost. I am very computer challenged and have no idea how to repost.

    Could someone explain it to me?

    Thanks!!

    Corrine in CT

    Posted by: Corrine at March 12, 2007 7:08 PM

    Once again Equine-Heaven strikes my heart. Barbaros poem to his precious brother Nicanor...my suggestion is they should print/ frame and given for Nicanors future stall. It is heartwarming and should be shared...BEAUTIFUL!
    Thankyou Equine-Heaven......

    Posted by: Jenny Estripeaut at March 12, 2007 7:08 PM

    ####
    Karen M Dallas,

    Just saw you post about Big B's birthday party on 4/29 at Lone Star Park. If you go to the top of this page on the left, and click on Barbaro bithday celebrations, there will be link to the thread I started on the discussion board about it. I will answer your questions there. Let me know if you can't get to the DB. Thanks for responding. It's going to be fun!

    Posted by: Patty in Dallas at March 12, 2007 7:11 PM

    ####

    I agree...the message to his brother should be printed out and put on his stall...it is so inspirational...

    That is like Barbaro...looking after his brother and his family...US

    Posted by: JOAN ROYA at March 12, 2007 7:11 PM

    **** Linnie

    Love your post !! Thanks for sharing. I'm going to print it out, it's a "keeper"

    Posted by: Harriette Brillianthawk at March 12, 2007 7:17 PM

    Very Beautiful Poem From Barbaro To His Brother Nicanor. Many Rainbows Here.

    Posted by: Dee Mirich at March 12, 2007 7:22 PM

    Corrine~ I'm ok! If you want to email me during the day, use judithmosher@allstate.com or I will just check my home email later. Hope YOU'RE ok!

    Posted by: Judy in CT at March 12, 2007 7:27 PM

    ####

    Would someone mind posting the mailing address of Missouri Horse Rescue we are asking to donate for Easter? or tell me where to go? sorry probably has but it is wild here at work today..

    Posted by: JOAN ROYA at March 12, 2007 7:30 PM

    ###CYN thank you for the clarification. That makes sense. Equine Science focuses on genetics and reproduction, and I did not know that Equestrian Science is offered. It is so great that education is expanding in "all things horses".

    Will check back later!!

    Cheryl

    Posted by: Cheryl Jones at March 12, 2007 7:31 PM

    The Rosie pool has been updated for today. We are now ONLY $5 short of having $700 in it!!! I'm maxed out and the only one with a bet for the 14th!! CLICK HERE TO GET INTO THE POOL! Remember you will send your money to the winner's charity of choice. It will look good as a charitable deduction for your taxes next year :)

    Posted by: Wendy at March 12, 2007 7:40 PM

    Good afternoon Alex and FOB's

    Been awhile since I've posted...still trying to come to terms with our Barbaro's no longer being here. Very hard! Alex, thanx for the article on Cheltenham....if there are any Dick Francis' fans here, you might want to take a look at Lyndon Stacey...mysteries that take place in the horse racing venue...or I should say, eventing...

    I sure do wish I could attend one of Barbaro's get togethers on the 29th...I hope Alex, you will write about the one at Delaware?

    Posted by: Toby at March 12, 2007 7:52 PM

    For those of you who liked Glenye Cain's "The Home Run Horse":

    When the book game out, Ms. Cain was interviewed on NPR's "Only a Game." It's a great listen; you can go to onlyagame.org, search her name, and the link for the show (Oct 30, 2004) will come up. Enjoy!

    Teresa in Brooklyn/Saratoga

    Posted by: Teresa at March 12, 2007 7:52 PM

    ###
    Linnie,
    That was a beautiful post. I have always found it amazing how the words come to you with such meaning in your life. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

    ###
    Harriette
    Hello sister, how are you today? Hope all is well.
    I still haven't read your Journey yet. I just can't. But I will, someday, when I can do it w/o crying. I put my Barbaro Magazine back in the envelope because I just couldn't look at him or read the words, but someday.

    Have a wonderful day all.

    Love to all,
    Verna

    Posted by: Verna1 at March 12, 2007 7:57 PM

    BARBARO'S BIRTHDAY

    For those of us within reasonable (or unreasonable but willing to travel) travel distance of St. Louis, who are (sob!) unable to attend the DelPark or other bashes on the 29th--

    Our very own CJ Jaffe will be performing in the St. Louis area on April 28. Anyone care to make this our local Barbaro Birthday Party?

    Posted by: Susan E. at March 12, 2007 8:01 PM

    **** Hi Verna..

    I don't think the Journey would make you sad,lot of Native stuff there,too.

    I too am having a hard time reading, looking at articles and pictures. I haven't looked beyond the cover of both Bloodhorse issues,the one with the Barbaro article in Feb and the commemorative
    edition. I also have a book I can't bring myself to open plus the Derby preview.

    Six weeks..six weaks...of pain..

    grief is the price you pay for love...

    Posted by: Harriette Brillianthawk at March 12, 2007 8:07 PM

    Equine Heaven ... Incredibly beautiful ... thank you so much for keeping all of our spirits raised with your daily "Musings from Heaven" ... they really do soothe the soul ...
    ################

    NICANOR ... what a name! Just as powerful, noble, regal and majestic as Barbaro ... the little guy has very big footsteps to fill, but something tells me he's very up to the task. Just wishing him a healthy and happy 'ride' for a long, long, long life.
    ###############

    Cyn ... so sorry to hear of the crossing over of your Friday Cat Friend, but he's now in Equine Heaven having a grand old time. Peace and blessings to you ...
    #################

    Harriette ... thanks for your very kind words regarding "Moving As One". At first, I hesitated posting it but something told me that I was sent this today by a heavenly messenger and it needed to be shared here with everyone, so I deferred to a greater spirit that knew what I needed to do.
    ####################

    I will sponsor my 'babies' Frankie and Clueless Too for Easter and will follow the instructions as given above .... thanks so much!!
    ##################

    Kudos to Nancy in CT, Corinne, etc. for their great idea about sending information to their Vets regarding Horse Slaughter Prevention. I'm sure it will have a powerful and positive impact, and I'm sure that other states will follow suit.

    #####################

    Once again, Alex ... thanks for all that you do for all of us each and every day!!

    Posted by: Linnie at March 12, 2007 8:09 PM

    Asked this before but probably sent it wrong. Does anyone know where I can buy a VCR copy of the Kentucky Derby when Barbaro won it? I usually record them but failed to do it that time. Getting a Barbaro bumper sticker for my car hoping people will ask about it and I can tell them what our purpose is and invite them to join our cause. I live in Texas and so many people I have talked to didnt even know we had the slaughter houses in Texas. Possibly because they were both in East Texas and I am in West Texas. I just read the Barbaro; A Nations love story and really liked the following " We will never forget his electrifying run "ITS ALL BARBARO", and his beautiful personality and the heroic fight he waged. In a way he is still running and will be running for a long time". I think he wil be running forever. This is long but also liked 'The power of love-no question that Barbaro fought harder because inside that great heart of his he knew that people loved him, that he mattered. He put up a great struggle to match the love of his owners, and doctors and other caregivers and the millions of ordinary people all over the world'. Barbaro how we love you and miss you.

    Posted by: sandra at March 12, 2007 8:15 PM

    Toby - thanks for the "heads up" on Lyndon Stacey. I love Dick Francis and have read all(and own most) of his books - I was devastated when his wife passed and he stopped writing. Hasn't lost his knack tho - his new one is just as good as the others.

    I now plan on buying a couple of Lyndon's books. Do you have a suggestion on which one to start with? Thanks.

    Linda R

    Posted by: Linda R in NE at March 12, 2007 8:16 PM

    ####Toby, I have read whatever I can of Dick Francis, and had read a few of Lyndon's books, and now I found a few more at the library. I have really enjoyed them. Because of those books, I know what the Cheltenham is about and about the hill at the end of the course that really determines the winner. Feel good books!

    I'm happy to know that there are other fans out there. Thanks,

    Judy

    Posted by: Judy (Ontario, CAN) at March 12, 2007 8:20 PM

    why is it when I go to equine-heaven.com I get Saturday's posting and not today's?

    Posted by: Kathy in Colorado at March 12, 2007 8:21 PM

    ###
    KATHY IN COLORADO - that often happens to me, too...just hit your "refresh" button and you should get today's news from Equine Heaven!
    Nancy

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 12, 2007 8:31 PM

    ###
    Linnie,
    That was a beautiful post. I have always found it amazing how the words come to you with such meaning in your life. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.
    ###############

    Thank you, Verna, for your kind words. And, yes, in a way it is amazing, but yet in another way I understand it completely. I tend to look at life from a very spiritual standpoint, meaning that nothing happens by accident, nothing is random, and that each day brings a gift for me to understand and share. If we are open to receiving the gift, we will recognize it when it appears, but it's not always easy to do.

    I have been studying and reading about this spirituality for several years now, so I am a little more attuned as to how it works for me. You would really be amazed at the astrological readings and messages I receive each day as they pertain to my personal/private life. I really do believe that God and the Universe are speaking directly to me via the messages I've been getting. But I am also open to accepting these messages without cynicism because I do know that if I believe that God and the Universe are speaking to me via these 'mediums', then I will respectfully acknowledge these words as coming from them.

    There's a wonderful new twist on an old axiom:

    "Seeing is Believing" ...BUT the 'newer more spiritual' acceptance is "Believing is Seeing" ... Believe it first and then you will see it manifest into reality.

    I do not come from the scientific realm in my thought processes, and so I graviate toward more ethereal thinking and responses ... everything happens for a reason, every message is a sign from God and the Universe and 'their' timing is unquestionably perfect. I hesitated at first posting "Moving As One" until I realized that I was meant to read that today and to post and share it here with everyone with a full and open heart and only the purest of intentions. This is how I communicated and sent this message; how well it is received is completely at the discretion of and up to the individual interpretation.

    Posted by: Linnie at March 12, 2007 8:32 PM

    #### Cheryl Jones--In answer to your question on the college list I posted, it really depends on the school. Some are "Horse Science", "Equine Studies" or "Equestrian"--lots of variation!

    Posted by: Dawn in Omaha at March 12, 2007 8:33 PM

    Here is an online article regarding Smokey Stover. Check out the pictures of ST and Mr. Aleo. (From SF GATE)


    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/03/12/SPG3ROJG601.DTL

    ((((Alex)))) Glad the weather is getting warmer in your part of the world.

    Pat G
    Proud Member
    Fans of Barbaro

    Posted by: Pat G San Jose, CA at March 12, 2007 8:41 PM

    ###Linnie, thank you for your post, I just read it and found it, too, seems to apply here. Very nice.

    Judy

    Posted by: Judy (Ontario, CAN) at March 12, 2007 8:45 PM

    ###Thanks, Dawn I'm so happy to know that there are so many new specialties available! Tomorrow I'll post a list of all the vet schools here, thanks to your idea.

    Cheryl

    Posted by: Cheryl Jones at March 12, 2007 8:47 PM

    Hey, family -

    Sorry to have been invisible, but I read as I can, and make my calls.

    Cyn - Deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of Friday Cat Friend. I know how deep is the hole they leave in our lives.

    Love the vet campaign, and will go now to request the information...

    Will be putting in another birth prediction for the Madonna-in-Waiting... The truly good part about the l-e-n-g-t-h-y pregnancy is that as the weeks go by, the office watchers are more and more indignant that such a "beautiful" horse should have been at risk. My best news is that another woman in the office is now making calls! Hurrah! If we had a nickel for every person in this country who had no idea that horse slaughter was a reality, we could fund a rescue!

    We are crazy at work, so I am doing well to skim posts. Sorry to be rushed, but had to say hi. It's been a week, for heaven's sake!

    Love and comfort to all in need, four-legged and two-legged, and have a Barbaro day - courage and kindness!

    - Jean

    Posted by: Jean Nolan at March 12, 2007 8:48 PM

    ####
    Linnie,
    I appreciate you being open about how you live your life and find it to be similar to the way I live mine.
    I'm not so much into astrology, but have found that when I read it, it is very much in sync with my life and the things I am facing in my life. I am very grounded. I am 1/2 Cherokee and have an ability to communicate with nature and listen when it is communicating with me, although I don't always like the message, I know it was meant for me and I must follow where it is leading me. I believe in God and all that is His. I am not overly religious,in that I don't attend church every Sunday. But God lives in my heart and I speak to him many times a day. I was just talking to my husbands grandmother the other day, she is very spiritual, very connected with God, and we were laughing how we thank Him for even the littlest things in life, such as coming to a turn in the road and no cars are coming or thanking Him for getting the green light, when normally would always get the red.
    I think you should post any day you feel it is needed. Even if it affects only one, you have done a very good thing. Your post today spoke to me and from the looks of it, to many.
    You live your life the way you should and you will be rewarded for it. That is what my mom & dad told me. I believe it with all my heart.
    Thank you for sharing a part of your life with me/us.
    We are a family. I love my family.

    Love to all,
    Verna

    Posted by: Verna1 at March 12, 2007 8:50 PM

    Make that TWO article from the SF Gate re-Smokey Stover:


    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/03/12/SPGLMOJLIJ1.DTL


    Enjoy!

    Calls to Congressman done!

    Pat G
    Proud Member
    Fans of Barbaro


    "....grief is the price you pay for love"...Gretchen Jackson.


    Posted by: Pat G San Jose, CA at March 12, 2007 8:51 PM

    tomorrow???why tomorrow I have it right here! Good grief Canada too :)

    Here's a trivia question.....When I first heard of Dr. Richardson at NBC, I knew he was not educated at UPenn, just by seeing his name ...how did I know that ???

    First to post the response will have a donation made in your honor to UPenn Laminitis research


    United States Veterinary Medical Schools and Colleges

    Auburn University

    Colorado State University

    Cornell University

    Iowa State University

    Kansas State University

    Louisiana State University

    Michigan State University

    Mississippi State University

    North Carolina State University

    Ohio State University

    Oklahoma State University

    Oregon State University

    Purdue University

    Texas A & M University

    Tufts University

    Tuskegee University

    University of California-Davis

    University of Florida

    University of Georgia

    University of Illinois-Urbana

    University of Minnesota

    University of Missouri

    University of Pennsylvania

    University of Tennessee

    University of Wisconsin-Madison

    VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

    Washington State University

    Western University of Health Sciences

    Canadian Veterinary Medical Schools and Colleges

    Universite de Montreal-Quebec

    University of Guelph

    University of Prince Edward Island

    University of Saskatchewan

    Posted by: Cheryl Jones at March 12, 2007 8:52 PM

    REPOST

    GOOD MORNING FOB’s

    Another week is here and it’s time to start our campaign again.

    If you click on the BLUE NAVIGATION BOX on the left of the page, you will find all necessary links....... co-sponsors of both the House and Senate, list of names of all members of Congress, and lists of all members of the three committees. There will also be new developments posted as they come in.

    The updated list of names to call will be posted there daily so that our strategy will always be current. This will make all the information easy to find and will help make it easier to direct others without having to look through all of the posts.

    Alex was kind enough to add a link to the Veterinarian Support Letter that was sent to us by Chris Heyde. Please try to get this letter to as many veterinarians as possible so that they can show their support in spite of the stance taken by the AVMA.

    Here is the list for Monday, March 12
    HR 503
    HOUSE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE

    -Representative Charlie Melancon
    Phone #: 202-225-4031
    Fax #: 202-226-3944

    -Representative Tim Murphy
    Phone #: 202-225-2301
    Fax #: 202-225-1844

    -Representative Nathan Deal
    Phone #: 202-225-5211
    Fax #: 202-225-8272

    -Representative Charles W. (Chip) Pickering
    Phone #: 202-225-5031
    Fax #: 202-225-5797

    -Representative Joseph R. Pitts
    Phone #: 202-225-2411
    Fax #: 202-225-2013
    And PLEASE don’t forget to call your own representative and two senators to urge them to co-sponsor.

    Thanks and have a great day!!

    Shelley and Debra


    Posted by: ShelleyA at March 12, 2007 1:09 PM

    Posted by: Debra, WI at March 12, 2007 8:54 PM

    ###Verna another connection. I am 1/8 Algonquin (Obijwe) and very proud of it. I have also felt that sense that bridges us to our ancestors.

    When Harriette BrilliantHawk writes and posts quotes from the elders, I feel it in my blood

    Cheryl

    Posted by: Cheryl Jones at March 12, 2007 8:55 PM

    UPenn is the only one that gives VMD degrees.

    Posted by: Barb AZ at March 12, 2007 8:57 PM

    Cheryl,

    I WIN!

    Dr. Richardson is a DVM, meaning he did not graduate from UPenn !

    Posted by: Barb AZ at March 12, 2007 8:58 PM

    ###Cheryl Jones, thanks for the vet school info. I was going to send some info to the one in Guelph but now have more, thanks to you for making it so simple.

    Judy

    Posted by: Judy (Ontario, CAN) at March 12, 2007 8:59 PM

    THE WINNER IS BARB!!!!

    A donation will be made in your honor, Barb.

    Please send me a note to my home addy (CLMRUNNER@aol.com) if you'd like to receive an acknowlegement from UPenn.

    All graduates from UPenn are conferred with the title VMD, rather than DVM

    Thanks, Barb, and for all you do

    Posted by: Cheryl Jones at March 12, 2007 8:59 PM

    Huzzah !

    I've NEVER won anything ! Why couldn't it be the lottery?

    THANK YOU CHERYL ! I will email you.

    Posted by: Barb AZ at March 12, 2007 9:01 PM

    ###
    Stupid question of the day coming....
    I know it was asked if there was an email addy for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and one was posted... now the stupid question...
    When emailing, do you send one email for each member listed daily, or does one email count to going to all of them?
    Now that I have shown my total lack of knowledge on this subject, could someone please answer...?
    Thanks
    Verna

    Posted by: Verna1 at March 12, 2007 9:01 PM

    You are welcome, Barb :) wish it could be the lottery! Will be looking for your email

    You too, Judy (Ontario) Happy to be of help

    Cheryl

    Posted by: Cheryl Jones at March 12, 2007 9:03 PM

    ### Cheryl,I know just what you are saying,I feel it too. I am planning a nice conversation(s) with Harriette to learn more about my heritage, she has been wonderful to me. So glad to know you feel it too, it is a wonderful feeling isn't it!

    Love to you,
    Verna

    Posted by: Verna1 at March 12, 2007 9:06 PM

    ### Barb.. sorry I meant to say congratulations to you.
    You would think being from Ohio I would have known that...LOL
    Oh well, as long a some money is going to Laminitis research, I don't care.
    Wow, such a smart family we have :)
    Verna

    Posted by: Verna1 at March 12, 2007 9:10 PM

    ## Verna still no email I wonder what is up with this. I would give you my other one but the last time I posted that in here I got a really nasty email from someone if you remember. I wonder why your emails are not coming through. I only have one person blocked and it isn't you. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm I am really leary about putting my email on this board.

    ## Alex if you read this it is OK for you to give Verna my email that you have OK? For some reason I am not getting her emails and I don't want to post the one you have on here for reasons that I am sure you remember. :-) Hope U had a good day on the horses and it is warming up over there for you....

    Cheers

    Barbaro
    > 111111-1 Un-Defeated Road
    > Derby Champion Ave.
    > Edgar Mansion #8
    > Heaven
    > 042903-012907
    > barbarojackson@alex.halo

    Posted by: Nina at March 12, 2007 9:10 PM

    Thank you, Judy (Ontario, CAN) ...

    Posted by: Linnie at March 12, 2007 9:13 PM

    Lexington Ky Area

    If anyone is interested in getting together
    for Barbaro's April 29 B'day in Lexington
    please let me know.
    hgill@qx.net

    Posted by: Harriette Brillianthawk at March 12, 2007 9:13 PM

    FOAL JUST BORN

    DAKAM QUATER HORSES,CHECK IT OUT

    Posted by: Carol Nichols at March 12, 2007 9:14 PM

    Verna1,

    I'm from Ohio, too. I also was at UPenn. So I know the difference. I was actually there about the time Dr. R started, doing labwork at New Bolton, but I don't remember him. I'm SURE he remembers me ! (LOL)

    I also lived in the Warren/Youngstown, OH area.

    Posted by: Barb AZ at March 12, 2007 9:16 PM

    ###
    PAT G IN SAN JOSE...thanks for the links to the articles about Smokey Stover...I am sooooo happy for Mr. Aleo that at his (advanced) age and after the tragedy of Lost in the Fog, there is another star in his stable! He is definitely "one of the good guys" in the business!!
    Nancy

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 12, 2007 9:17 PM

    ###
    JEAN NOLAN...welcome home! And it's wonderful that the procrastinating Madam Rosie is having such a powerful impact at your office...although I think poor Stephanie would be grateful for a good night's sleep about now! It's really incredible how we can almost accidentally educate people about horse slaughter...my best moment happened because I was wearing my Barbaro cap and was approached by a man who I mistakenly thought was making fun of me...instead I was able to make a convert!
    Now that your co-workers seem to be "awakened" to the issue, is it ok if Rosie FINALLY gives birth?
    Nancy

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 12, 2007 9:21 PM

    JUST READ THE GREAT NEWS!!

    Congratulations to Barb AND to the UPenn Laminitis Fund who will receive a donation via Cheryl Jones!!

    THANK YOU SO MUCH BARB AND CHERYL ...

    Posted by: Linnie at March 12, 2007 9:24 PM

    ####
    Harriette, I didn't know you were from Ky. I thought you were somewhere west of the Mississippi. I don't know why I thought that. I'm straight up north, Cleveland area.

    Posted by: Cal at March 12, 2007 9:27 PM

    ###
    Corinne...
    Just copy the relevant post and then paste it in the comments section...

    ###
    Verna...
    Each committee member gets contacted.

    Cheers,
    Friar Tuck

    Posted by: Friar Tuck at March 12, 2007 9:30 PM

    **** Hi Cal,

    I have lived in Lexington for about 35 years...
    Leaving now to go feed, spoil , muck and clean after 16 wonderful horses..they have NO problem doing the poopoo thing like Ernie has had.. they are all poopoo machines..

    ***Thank you Cheryl and Verna..I will speak from the grandfathers tomorrow...

    We need to have a pow wow!!

    My husband says next thing he knows I will be asking him to build me a sweatlodge for retreats..he said it sarcastically, but hey, I think it's a darn good idea...

    Posted by: Harriette Brillianthawk at March 12, 2007 9:34 PM

    Good day everybody. Alex - enjoyed the article about racing in England. And your daily reports on your life at Fair Hill.

    Made the recommended calls today. Only Rep, Melancon's aide would not take my non-constitutent's opinion and referred me to my own Representative. All the other aides said they would pass on my message to their respective Rep. Several said they were getting lots of calls in favor of HR 503.

    I still have to finish and send off my letter to the DeKalb Sanitary District people. Sorry it's taken me so long. Will definitely get it off today. (Have been having problems writing it as a non-Illinois resident; any suggestions what to say as an "outsider"?)

    #########
    regarding what Susan E. posted at March 12, 2007 8:01 PM:

    Thanks, Susan E - guess that means you're coming! The gig is Saturday April 28 (and well into the 29th - so we'll be celebrating Barbaro's birthday after midnight) at Bleachers in Hillsboro IL. (not on our website yet)

    ########
    STILL WAITING for Rosie. She looks SOOOOO big today.

    LIVING PROOF OF THE LIVING TRUTH

    Hope Peace Love Music & RESPECT - CJ the craziest catlady (Blackie's Mother & Pleasure's Aunt) in Hammond IN, f/k/a CJ of T Bar J (Elgin IL)

    Posted by: C. Jaffe at March 12, 2007 9:48 PM

    ###
    Good Nite Sweet Prince, 6 weeks and it seems like yesterday. I miss you so.

    Good night all, have a wonderful evening.

    Judy

    Posted by: Judy (Ontario, CAN) at March 12, 2007 10:06 PM

    FOR MR BARBARO--

    U PENN LAMINITIS FUND


    BY THE WAY IS ROSIE EVER GOING TO HAVE THIS BABY?? THAT POOR GAL!!! :>)

    LUV YA,
    CHERYL G

    Posted by: CHERYL G NO HORSE SLAUGHTER at March 12, 2007 10:07 PM

    Rosie's pool has officially hit $700!!! Thank you Jean!!

    Here are the people who have picks for tonight and tomorrow morning:
    3/12 9:25pm WendyinMI
    11:30pm GloriaIL
    3/13
    3:55am MichelleFOB
    4:29am CherylJone2
    8:30am GloriaIL

    Good luck to us!!

    Posted by: Wendy at March 12, 2007 10:12 PM

    Today we celebrate the life of Barbaro by "paying forward" in so many positive ways. The Laminitis Fund, the Barbaro Bill, rescue work, learning about races across the pond, the Rosie pool, support for all things equine and this site. I am so proud to know you FOBs!

    ####

    Barb AZ, dunno about the vet school, VMD instead of DVM, but undergraduate Penn gives an AB instead of a BA. Latin. Same diff.


    Harriette, fine idea, sweatlodge. Enjoy your time in the barn today! We are finally melting in Saratoga, snow was piled for a month in the cold. Thank you for your heartfelt postings today, as always.

    Peace ~

    Posted by: Susan in Saratoga at March 12, 2007 10:15 PM

    Jo at TB Friends

    Jo has Abigail's picture up today. She is 20 years old.

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at March 12, 2007 10:15 PM

    ##

    GOSH, NOT MANY POSTS TODAY!?? I HAD FORGOTTEN IT WAS "TEDDY DAY" TODAY- I'M SURE HE'LL LOVE IT!!-- AND ONCE AGAIN OSU IS NUMBER ONE(NCAA)--I'M SURE THAT'S A GIFT IN ITSELF FOR DR DEAN!! :>)

    HOPE EVERYONE MADE THEIR HS CALLS TODAY!!

    LUV YA,
    CHERYL G

    Posted by: CHERYL G NO HORSE SLAUGHTER at March 12, 2007 10:15 PM

    Candles for Barbaro are at 2,052. Thank you for adding your light to his honor today.


    Barbaro Candles

    Posted by: Susan in Saratoga at March 12, 2007 10:19 PM

    ####
    Harriette, Tell your husband that I will help him construct the sweatlodge. I'm not kidding. I have lots of wood working experience. He will regret saying that. LOL

    Posted by: Cal at March 12, 2007 10:21 PM

    ##Susan Yup that is true. UPenn confers with a Veterinary Doctor (of) Medicine vs. Doctor (of)Veterinary Medicine. Interesting about the AB vs BA too. Wonder if that's in any way influenced by the "Pennsylvania Dutch" dialect?

    ##Harriette.. yes INDEED we should pow wow. I love the idea of a sweatlodge retreat. There are scads of them here in CO but have never been to one. Will look forward to your words from our grandfathers tomorrow, with love

    Back later...

    Cheryl

    Posted by: Cheryl Jones at March 12, 2007 10:21 PM

    ###Dee Mirich

    Bright Blessings filled with love

    Posted by: Cheryl Jones at March 12, 2007 10:22 PM

    Candles for Dr Dean Richardson at 62. Please light in honor of all that he does.


    Dr Richardson Candles

    Posted by: Susan in Saratoga at March 12, 2007 10:22 PM

    THANKS SUSAN/SARATOGA FOR THE CANDLE LINK, I LIT A CANDLE FOR MR. BARBARO WHICH I HAVEN'T DONE IN A WHILE, IT'S REALLY HARD STILL.

    LUV YA,
    CHERYL G

    Posted by: CHERYL G NO HORSE SLAUGHTER at March 12, 2007 10:27 PM

    I think Rosie is shooting for an even $1000. I guess I have to get back in. This is kinda like playing the lottery.

    Posted by: cathy potter/california at March 12, 2007 10:28 PM

    Hello Alex, FOB's & Sweet Heavenly Barbaro.

    Alex, thanks for the updates and for all you do!!!

    Hope everyone had a great Monday. My prayers are with everyone and may God bless over you.

    Miss you Barbaro!
    Lynn G in PA

    Posted by: Lynn G at March 12, 2007 10:28 PM

    Candles for little Fitch now at 158


    Fitch's Candles

    Posted by: Susan in Saratoga at March 12, 2007 10:30 PM

    ALEX - thanks for the great news about Smarty Jones' return to the breeding shed! I love looking at the beautiful pictures of his foals on the Three Chimneys website...and the comments from the owners are equally positive! Smarty is quite the prolific little devil...I'm so happy for him!
    Nancy

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 12, 2007 10:33 PM

    #### LINNIE: I absolutely loved your story about the geese, and the timing was perfect. This past weekend they started passing through Nebraska and just over my lunch hour today I saw two huge flocks of snows. Last night a flock flew directly overhead, and they were absolutely gorgeous--silver spirits in the moonlight. I'm so blessed to live in the Central Flyway, and love to measure the turning of the seasons with the goose migration. No doubt they are one of my spirit animals. I love the fact that no one really knows exactly how they find their way--a combination of magnetic fields, visual landmarks and celestial navigation passed down through the generations. The way they call to each other to stay together and encourage each other on their journey is so inspiring, and when the lead goose falls back, another is ready to take it's place. A lesson for us all. . .

    Posted by: Dawn in Omaha at March 12, 2007 10:37 PM

    Goodnight Barbaro...

    As always..looking for your shining star...
    Barbaro, it seems like yesterday, it seems like eternity...and we miss you and love you so much...Have fun, sweetie...

    Goodnight Family/Fans of Barbaro.

    Seems like alot of things are happening...and it is ALL OF YOU...doing so much...getting alot accomplished...and I know in Barbaro's heart, and the ones who cannot speak for themselves...they say thank you.

    Please...continue to call, fax, email...we will win...and will prevail...

    Remember the rescues, the ones suffering, the spoken and unspoken requests...and I pray also Vivi the dog missing, will be found...

    Little Fitch and the others who have suffered needlessly...in our hearts...and prayers.

    Thank you Alex and Tim...always.

    Have A Blessed Evening.

    ####
    Rosie...have your healthy baby..

    We miss alot of you...please come back...and we all join hands in the House that Barbaro Built...with love...

    Posted by: JOAN ROYA at March 12, 2007 10:47 PM

    Hey All

    FYI, I hope it wasn't posted but everyone who was/is concerned about bringing our racehorses back from Japan, there is a new thread on the forum about Wallenda. Old Friends needs help bringing him home. Please check it out.

    Posted by: Debi R-TN at March 12, 2007 10:48 PM

    #### Link to story on world's tallest horse:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/worldnews.html?in_article_id=441675&in_page_id=1811

    Posted by: Dawn in Omaha at March 12, 2007 10:51 PM

    If you could, please say a prayer at 11:56pm(EST) for Fitch, who left us far too early a week ago today.

    Posted by: Dave, IL at March 12, 2007 11:01 PM

    ###
    DAVE, IL...thanks for the timing - I will join you in prayer for that little martyr Fitch, and I will never forget him!
    Nancy

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 12, 2007 11:07 PM

    ##

    DAVE, I'LL SET MY TIMER AND SAY A PRAYER FOR FITCH- THANKS FOR THE REMINDER.

    WENDY, THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU ARE DOING TO RAISE MONEY FOR HORSE RESCUE. I'M HOPING THE MONEY WILL GO TO MHR SINCE THEY'VE BEEN SO GOOD TO US - PROVIDING US WITH INFORMATION ETC... GO ROSIE!! :>)

    LUV YA ALL,
    CHERYL G

    Posted by: CHERYL G NO HORSE SLAUGHTER at March 12, 2007 11:15 PM

    ###
    CT FOBs

    I've been in touch with Corinne and I'm going to tackle Fairfield County. There are a LOT of names in the yellow pages, but I think it's a great idea.

    Posted by: Jane in CT at March 12, 2007 11:15 PM

    #########

    Erin Brennan had a great day; and all plans are in place for the Make A Wish trip.

    http://www.caringbridge.org/cb/inputSiteName.do?method=search&siteName=erinbrennan

    Posted by: C. Jaffe at March 12, 2007 11:25 PM

    Hi all been away for a bit and see I have some people to respond to, but first I wanted to get something out here for you.

    *******************************************************
    Larry King Live tonight.. guest Bill Maher. He is a real animal lover and does not condone slaughter of any kind. And very much up on the political scene.
    We are going to be doing a call for tonight show since it was aired as " hot button issues" and this is a hot button issue.
    Be sure to call early, and no I don't have a number, but you can also email your question.
    Please be sure to make it to the point of horse slaughter for human consumption and the bills that are to be voted on. The idea is to keep the topic "focused" and not slip off to other areas of cruelty. So please be to the point, but not rude. We want to get this National exposer.
    The email addy is

    http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/larry.king.live/

    Send a pointed and focused email directly related to HS in America and the fact that it IS up for a vote... that is the info we want out there... education...education...education
    He will most likely have a large age group watching tonight so this is a chance to reach a large and diverse crowd.
    Thank you for your time, now I will go back and read the post and get back to you.
    Thank you for your support...call your friends and let them know as well.

    Love,
    Verna

    Posted by: Verna1 at March 12, 2007 11:30 PM

    *****FINAL POSTCARD UPDATE*****

    Great response everyone! You've ordered 1325 postcards.

    I was thinking today, besides the intended recipients, everyone who handles a card: postal workers, receptionists, administrative assistants, aides etc. could all potentially be influenced by this effort.

    Will post details on the coordinated mail-in campaign when it is finalized.

    Again, thanks to the generous souls who are participating. You are awesome!

    Posted by: Christian at March 12, 2007 11:36 PM

    Hi FOBs,

    I am on vacation this week so not actually in Sherman Oaks, CA. I am writing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Hope to go to Gulfstream this weekend, maybe I'll see a few FOBs there.

    Thank you Alex for posting the link to the Hollywood Park event. Hopefully more people will see it. All FOBs are welcome.

    Laurie H. how are you feeling? Hope you will be back with us soon.

    Posted by: Patti in Sherman Oaks, CA at March 12, 2007 11:37 PM

    Fans of Barbaro

    Have a good evening and many blessings to you all.

    ## Verna I still have no email but I'll keep checking. King is on at 6 my time :-) I'll be watching it.

    ## Alex Have a good night and stay safe on the horses tomorrow.

    Cheers :-)

    Posted by: Nina at March 12, 2007 11:44 PM

    ### Nina, I don't know what the problem is. Will send a small one and see if it goes thru, could be the file was to big, but it didn't come back. I may still have the other email addy, will have to check.
    ### Harriette, Saw your post about the 29th. Are you serious? I had been planning to go to Delaware, but is a long drive with 2 kids and will be tight on the budget. If you are serious I WILL come. It's much closer and I would LOVE to meet you.
    I can't wait to hear from our Grandfathers, you know I live for that. And tell hubby, he would have done well to not even speak the word sweatlodge, cause I think he's gonna have to come thru now...I'm there..:) Let him know you are about to have some company...family is coming..:)
    ###Barb.. not fare you had one up on us...LOL just kidding. You were real close to me at one point. Isn't true a lot of good people come from Ohio...LOL
    ###Cal, Glad to know you are so close by...? Do you travel a lot by chance..LOL Last time I looked Cleveland wasn't right up the road...unless your a country boy and measuring it in country miles...LOL Hope Harriette's hubby is ready for the help, I have a feeling he's gonna be building :)
    ###Friar Tuck, Told you it was a stupid question!
    But I wanted to make sure I wasn't bombarding them since it was said that may not be a good idea
    ###Dave, will be right here with you all in spirit lighting a candle and saying a prayer for Little Fitch.
    OK, I think thats it, unless something came up from last post.
    If I don't get a chance to come back before the board closes, Please know I love you all and will "see" ya' in the morning.
    G'night and love to all,
    Verna

    Posted by: Verna1 at March 13, 2007 12:01 AM

    ###
    Dave,

    I'll be with you at 10:56 Central Time for Fitch.

    Posted by: Patty in Dallas at March 13, 2007 12:07 AM

    Everyone, have a lovely evening...or as good as it can be for a Monday - let's light a candle for both Barbaro and Fitch tonight!
    I really miss MOST of the evening shift people who aren't able to post before the comments close down for the night...guess there's some advantage to being on the East Coast - LOL!

    Blessings forever to you, Barbaro sweet spirit horse! I keep reminding myself that you are Always Comfortable Now...romping in equine heaven, running through the rainbows, and taking such good care of all those who crossed after you...it's a good thing that Felix is such a good farm manager because your farm unfortunately grows bigger every day...but so does your farm here on earth! I love you and miss you - you are forever BARBARO - CHAMPION OF MY HEART!
    Nancy and your kitkat frens, Maizie and Seamus

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 13, 2007 12:14 AM

    Hello FsOB

    I made my calls today - I hope you all did as well. I could tell by the aides attitude that they must have been getting some calls. When they try to finish your sentence, you know they've been hearing from people.

    Rosie, Rosie

    I'm almost at a loss for words. I can't remember how long I've been watching you, but it seems like a long time. A month maybe??? Are you waiting for everyone to go away in frustration? I'll hang in there as long as it takes.

    Janice
    A forever fan of Barbaro

    Posted by: Janice from Florida at March 13, 2007 12:17 AM

    Larry King feedback

    Verna the email you have for Larry King would not work. Found a feedback form. But thats not what we need.
    Help anyone????

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at March 13, 2007 12:18 AM

    DebbieLA will have to look into it. It was posted on the DB.
    In fact some of you may want to read Dawns post, think it was #34 she brought up some good points.
    Get back to you here if I can if not look for updates on th DB. "anti hs folder" "Larry King Live 3/12/07"

    Posted by: Verna1 at March 13, 2007 12:25 AM

    Nancy in CT. and everyone who is joining her.... Corinne, Judy, Cathy, etc (sorry if I forgot anyone)
    Your campaign to contact the vets is awesome!!

    This is VERY important and could be the thing that really helps us get more co-sponsors. When our legislators realize that the AVMA is not speaking for all of the vets, it should make a huge difference in their thinking.

    Along with the daily calls, this is a very important undertaking! I believe you will gather more support from FOB's in different states as each day goes on. Stay with it....you guys rock!!!

    Posted by: ShelleyA at March 13, 2007 12:27 AM

    Thanks

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at March 13, 2007 12:28 AM

    Amen, Shelley. Contacting the veterinarians is sure genius!

    Posted by: Barb AZ at March 13, 2007 12:28 AM

    DebbieLA just tried it and it worked. If you look on the left hand side has a box, says click here to eamil questions
    Hope that helps.
    Verna
    Now gotta get mine in...

    Posted by: Verna1 at March 13, 2007 12:30 AM

    Thanks

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at March 13, 2007 12:31 AM

    Check this out
    /angel

    Posted by: Delvin at March 13, 2007 12:33 AM

    Beautiful Barbaro, my heart beats for your heart, Barbaro, always and forever.
    Run with the angels honey!
    Last night I was particularly missing you, Mr. Bobbey Jackson . . . I send you lots and lots of hugs!
    I bet when Felix calls it a day and snuggles up close to you he even takes off his fancy tuxedo. . . sometimes when the nights are sad I think of you all, close my eyes, and feel like I'm snuggled up with you.

    Holding hands, paws, hooves with all two-legged and four-legged FOBs.
    Saw my first robin today . . . poking about under one of my lilacs . . . after all the snow and ice a very welcome sight.

    Love and Peace this night, always,
    Lou Ann in Pennsylvania
    FOB forever

    Posted by: Lou Ann, Pennsylvania at March 13, 2007 12:33 AM

    Forgot to add re: Alex's post of Smarty Jones :
    My goodness Smarty you are such a busy fellow!!
    Bet the ladies really enjoy those Smarty parties!
    You were a special favorite of my Mom's, and we'll say a special thank you to Barbaro's UNCLE ALEX for keeping us posted!
    Love you Smarty!
    Lou Ann in Pennsylvania

    Posted by: Lou Ann, Pennsylvania at March 13, 2007 12:38 AM

    ###
    SHELLEY A - thanks for the support of the "Vet Campaign." I had posted it on the Forum, but I'm going to expand on it this evening and hopefully we can move it into every state...it can start simply with everyone asking their own vet to sign, but I'm sure many busy vets are not necessarily aware of what their "umbrella organizations" are advocating on their behalf...hence the campaign!
    Nancy

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 13, 2007 12:38 AM

    Good Night Alex ...things warming up for you in the North??

    Bobbycakes..Sweet Champion ...I miss you Big Boss!

    Nite FOB'S.... God Bless!

    (((Linda H)))

    Posted by: D'Anne in the beautiful foothills of the NC Smokies at March 13, 2007 12:39 AM

    ###
    Many, many thanks to all the FOB who made the day after losing Friday Cat Friend (and the loss of Big B) a little easier to bear.

    As my sons would say - You Rock! Or maybe it's Horses Rock... Rocking Horses?

    Tomorrow will be another day to make a difference for all our frens, two- and four-legged.

    Alex and Tim - You Rock in every way!

    cyn

    Posted by: cyn at March 13, 2007 12:43 AM

    Our poor Rosie - she looks like a blimp supported by four toothpicks! Rosie girl, you're into me for $25. on the pool now and that's my limit, so you're not getting any more no matter how long you hold out...so let's have a baby, ok? And your poor human mom needs some sleep!

    I hope to wake up in the middle of the night, check out the Rosie-cam and see TWO pairs of ears!

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 13, 2007 12:46 AM

    Alex,

    Thank you for all of the info on George Washington. Are the Jacksons worried about him?? O think I would be if I were them.

    Still miss Barbaro.

    Posted by: MJ at March 13, 2007 12:51 AM

    Cyn,

    So very sorry for your loss of Kitty.... Take comfort he is in good company up in Hevvin!

    Rosie, been watching.... What is up?? Even Brady stares at the cam totally anxious... LOL

    Ro & Brady

    Posted by: Rosemarie at March 13, 2007 12:57 AM

    Hello Barbaro,

    For a few days now the skies have settled down from their wintry flurry of activity. The sun is taking over and allowing it’s warmth to envelop the frozen Earth creating a mix of slush and water.
    With the snowy skies taking a break, it allows the stars at night to sparkle and spur the imagination.
    I swear they shine more brightly now that you are with them. I always looked for Alex to post that your "eyes are bright"... I imagine that the twinkle in your eyes was, and is, as captivating as the brightest star in the evening sky. I still picture the moon casting a soft glow across your face while you dream of enchanted lands of stunning beauty and everlasting love. I wish you were still here, with us...

    Are you ready for your fuzzy, fluffy blanket? We’ll let it fall softly around you allowing you to kick it off during the night if it gets too warm.
    Honey, I got all of the blankets that you and the Fans sent to me while I was away. Each one was especially comforting and just as warm as a loving hug from both family and dear friends. Thank you everyone so much...

    Dream only sweet dreams Barbaro. Let your Dream Angel friends sweep you off to those enchanted lands. Yes, visit your loved ones and shower them with all of the love in your heart.

    Your healing is complete and strength will forever carry you through your days.

    I love you Honey. Please close your eyes and start on your journey in Dreamland. Go run your races and graze in green pastures. All the while, breezes blowing through your mane… Good night Honey. I love you. XXOO

    ###

    Hello Hope,

    You know I was not gone, I was just away. I thought about you all of the time and missed letting you know in written words that I love you and wish only wonderful and promising blessings for you and your foal. I never forgot you...

    Why don't we grab your blanket and cuddle you up for the night. Just like your Angel Barbaro, we’ll let it lie loosely around you in case you get warm at night.

    A dear friend emailed me that you had actually tucked me in while I was in the hospital. Hope, with a box of Kleenex close at hand, I read your tuck-in for the first time last night. I was moved to tears Little One. Thank you from the bottom of my heart… I am going to keep it forever. Thank you Hope. A filly will soon be here!! I can’t wait!!!

    But now it’s time to close your eyes Hope. The day has come to a close and evening is now waiting to sweep you off to Dreamland. Good night Hope. I love you and your foal so much. Shhhhh. Good night. xxoo xo

    Posted by: Laurie H. in MN at March 13, 2007 12:59 AM

    DebbieLA and anyone else,
    I just went and sent in my email and if I hadn't scanned it so fast I would have seen there is a pix of Bill Maher and it says right under his pix to email HIM click...so I did...several times..LOL
    Heres to the horses we weren't able to save and to the ones we WILL save. Thanks to all of you for all that you do.. YOU ALL ROCK IN MY BOOK ! ! !
    And Nancy, sent out 100 vet letters last week by email have to fax the rest. I'm in the Cincinnati area so if anyone wants to help there are around 400 in the area.
    Love to all.
    Verna

    Posted by: Verna1 at March 13, 2007 12:59 AM

    LaurieH, Your tuck in brought me to tears. Its been so long.
    Looks like Alex may have been waiting for his tuck in as well since he left the board open a little longer tonight. So good to read your words again, I can just hear your soft, loving, gentle voice as you tuck in Barbaro and Hope.
    Love to you and hope you are all better.
    Verna

    Posted by: Verna1 at March 13, 2007 1:07 AM

    Laurie H

    GREAT to see your tuck in again. We all missed your soothing words.

    Be well!!

    Posted by: ShelleyA at March 13, 2007 1:10 AM

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    Verna,

    I'm well on the way to good health, thank you.

    Thank you also for your kind words concerning the tuck-in. They are so encouraging.

    Thank you and good night Verna...

    Posted by: Laurie H. in MN at March 13, 2007 1:12 AM

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    Thank you ShelleyA!

    Please kiss your boys for me...

    Good night Shelley.

    Posted by: Laurie H. in MN at March 13, 2007 1:13 AM

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    Laurie,

    We have missed you. I am glad to hear ypu are feeling better.

    Posted by: MJ at March 13, 2007 1:14 AM

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    VERNA1 - thank you, thank you so much for your help!!!!

    LAURIE H - welcome home...and take good care of yourself - no stress, ok? I know, easier said than done...

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 13, 2007 1:14 AM

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    LaurieH - thank you for tonight's tuck-in. It was needed.

    Healing, Love, Peace,
    ONS,
    Lyn Gilbert

    Posted by: Lyn Gilbert at March 13, 2007 1:15 AM

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    Thank you MJ. I'm so glad to be back.

    Good night MJ...

    Posted by: Laurie H. in MN at March 13, 2007 1:15 AM

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    Nancy and Lyn,

    Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate them so much.

    Good night to you...

    Posted by: Laurie H. in MN at March 13, 2007 1:17 AM

    Barbaro’s final resting place still undecided
    Horse's ashes still might wind up at scene of big win — Churchill Downs
    Updated: 4:14 p.m. CT March 12, 2007
    Barbaro’s final resting place may still end up at the scene of his greatest victory in the Kentucky Derby, or close to the farm where he was born.

    Six weeks after Barbaro was euthanized because of complications from catastrophic injuries in the Preakness, owners Gretchen and Roy Jackson on Monday were still considering where to bring the ashes of their beloved colt.

    “We are still not definite about Barbaro’s final resting spot,” Gretchen Jackson said.

    Just after Barbaro’s death, the directors of the Kentucky Derby Museum and the Kentucky Horse Park, near Lexington, offered their facilities as a final home for the Derby winner.

    The Derby Museum is at Churchill Downs in Louisville, just a few hundred yards from the Derby finish line. Derby winners Carry Back, Sunny’s Halo, Brokers Tip and Swaps are buried on the museum grounds.

    The Jacksons have said they would take their time before making a decision, and also were considering a memorial for Barbaro in Pennsylvania, where the owners live and where the colt was cared for at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center in Kennett Square.

    With the Derby less than eight weeks away, the museum has been featuring a video presentation of Barbaro’s 2006 win several times a day.

    “Derby stories are told here every day,” museum executive director Lynn Ashton said Monday. “He would be coming home to where he won the greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, and people would come to honor him.”

    Among the great thoroughbreds buried at the 1,200-acre Horse Park are Man O’ War, War Admiral, Forego and Bold Forbes.

    “Either one of us, the Horse Park or the museum, would do anything to honor the memory of Barbaro as the Jacksons see fit,” Kentucky Horse Park executive director John Nicholson said. “If that includes the ability of a large number of fans to have access, then either the Horse Park or the museum would be a good place.”

    The park is not far from Springmint Farm (formerly Sanborn Chase) in Nicholasville, Ky., where Barbaro romped from April 2003 until October 2004. Barbaro’s father, Dynaformer, still stands at stud at Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky., and his mother, La Ville Rouge, is at Mill Ridge Farm near Lexington.

    Posted by: MJ at March 13, 2007 1:21 AM

    still time to say goodnight to all FOBs and the rest of the Barbaro Nation. I am so proud to know you all. How I would love to be with you all on the 29th of April.
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    YOU NY FOBS??? want to do something here in the Empire State? Have lots of good media contacts, and we can get some great press on anything we do, I'll betcha. I'm just outside Syracuse.
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    A Laurie H tuck in! Yay, I feel better already.
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    Keep a prayer for our dear NC Greyhound Lady, Millicent Smith. She is in Hospice now. She and her family need lots of prayer to deal with this impending loss...an advocate for animals and esp. GH for all her life...how she will be missed.
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    Good luck tonight, Stephanie! We're cheering for Rosie Posie and her "little" bundle of joy. OY>
    Maybe some old Wilson Pickett albums might inspire her...whatcha think?
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    Alex: safe rides tomorrow morning...
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    Goodnight all of our Nation

    Posted by: jonna at March 13, 2007 1:21 AM

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    jonna,

    You made me smile!

    Thank you and good night...

    Posted by: Laurie H. in MN at March 13, 2007 1:24 AM

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    Laurie H,
    Nice to see you back. Thank you Laurie for the beautiful warm tuck in. Good night.
    Believe In Barbaro.
    Thank you Alex.

    Posted by: Melissa,PA at March 13, 2007 1:27 AM

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    Melissa,PA,

    Thank you sooo much.

    Good night to you Melissa...

    Posted by: Laurie H. in MN at March 13, 2007 1:30 AM

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    JONNA - wasn't it Wilson Pickett who sang, "I'm gonna wait 'til the midnight hour"?
    ...of course, he didn't say WHICH midnight?
    Nancy

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 13, 2007 1:31 AM

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