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Update 3732: A non racing update from Penny at timwoolleyracing.com:
What a busy week at pony camp. Being the nervous Aunt Penny I have been trying to see little Whip and Meghan as much as I can. The first day Meghan and Whip had a dressage lesson (neither one had ever done that before) , both girls handled it well. Little girls were going every direction on little ponies that were fresh, believe me I was a little bit scared. Whip would not stand still but Meg kept her walking and both did just great. The next program was out in a huge field for stadium jumping. As I sat and watched these youngsters going around on big horses, I truely believed that standing at the bottom of the ring in the direction of the way home would be a great idea. The jump that looked like a gate was the only real thing concerning me. Little Whip took off at the first jump (with flowers) cleared it easily came up to the second jump (the gate) and both Whip and Meghan were not sure if they were going over it. Whip stopped and Meghan kept her composure, doing a small circle and headed back towards the jump. Over Whip went, down a slight hill (toward home) and kindly made a right hand turn and cleared jump three. Next was a jump with a big green roll top, Whip never blinked and sailed right over the roll tops. Jump five was a flashy looking yellow oxer jump with flags flying off the top, and again both horse and rider never turned a hair. Now going towards the other end of the ring was jump six being a small cross rail, Whip jumped easily and then off to jump seven which went up a slow hill to jump eight (which was the biggest jump) and you really had to keep your horse going to the end. Up and over the eighth both Whip and Meghan were all smiles. It could not have gone better. Meghan and Uncle Tim have been practicing on the farm but you never can be quite sure when horse and rider are away from their normal enviroment. The first day of pony camp was over with and I now was more comfortable after seeing Whip fit right into the crowd. Uncle Tim was on hand yesterday for the braiding demonstration. He of course prompted Meghan to ask which side the mane should be braided on. She has braided many manes for uncle Tim but the instructor was teaching braiding on the wrong side. He also noticed that a camper was leading his horse on the wrong side and prompted Meghan to politely correct this problem . Maybe Uncle Tim should be banned from pony club, although you might as well teach kids the proper way to begin with. Bad Habits can be easily corrected in the beginning but can be a bugger to break if allowed to continue. I know this from personal experience believe me.
As far as the barn at Fair Hill goes, I have had very little time to see Tim lately being that I did the night shift at pony camp last night. I will try to catch up with him later and give some more updates on the horses.
Update 3731: Dr. Richardson will be the guest speaker at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony on August 4 at Saratoga: Richardson to be Hall of Fame Speaker.
Update 3730: A quick update on Chelokee: Chelokee healing well; stud career possible.
Update 3729: Another muggy morning this morning at Woodbine, but if it is muggy here, I am sure it is worse elsewhere! Only six sets today, two of which went to the gate. This meant we had quite a long break between the fourth and fifth set. I went over to watch other horses train during that time and the track looked really busy. I am guessing it was busier today as we had a lot of rain last night and the training track, a dirt track, probably was not too good. I also visited the kitchen and grabbed a cup of coffee during the long break. Chatted with Brian Lynch, who oddly works for Brian Lynch! Anyway, nice easy morning, the gate schoolers went nicely.
Update 3728: Its Delaware Park's biggest weekend of racing this weekend, highlighted by the Delaware Handicap (and of course the Barbaro celebrations: 2008 Celebration of Barbaro Weekend): Pletcher mare targets repeat in Del Cap.
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