I live in a northern Michigan resort town and have worked in the golf industry teaching the Rules of Golf and officiating longer than I realized! Outside of golf, I ride horses (more about that below), enjoy cooking, wine tasting and collecting. I'm also a volunteer for CANTER - MI. There's a lot to do up here which makes having friends and family visit a blast. Even fellow FOB's are welcome to visit!! I have a ton of room for you.
You may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
That's a pun on my initials WU...
11/22/09: Hmmmm - seems I haven't updated myself in a little while. In a nutshell, 2009 has been a difficult year for me. Jaguar Hope passed in March when he broke his leg in his paddock. Palmer, my loyal companion for almost 13 years, also passed when he became depressed while I was on a business trip.
On the bright side, in July a new and beautiful OTTB entered my life by the name of Hola C Bright. Our connection is something straight out of a the Twilight Zone.
9/23/08: A proud mom day for me. Jaguar Hope FINALLY was turned out with another horse. It took a year but he did it!
And while I'm updating - here is a video of Jag 1 yr after the first time I rode him. What's a little disappointing to me in the video is that he wasn't as forward as he normally is due to the extreme heat on that day. Oh well, I'll get someone to video tape us when we are in our normal forward mode...
3/20/08 update - Wow! I haven't put up an update in a little while. Not a whole lot different going on in my life. However, I have put up some cool videos. This is one of Jaguar Hope winning an exciting race. I have a few more but they are not yet on youtube. Not sure if I will put them up yet - hmmmm.
9/16/07 update - Pammie made the greatest video of Jag. I just lurve it! Thanks Pam!!
9/9/07 update - and here's something more on the humorous side of me and Jag
9/3/07 update - Check out me and Jag
8/29/07 update - Sunday I made the attempt to take Toby to the local show. He looked great! But he had other ideas. For some unknown reason he had a panic attack as soon as he was tied in the trailer. He broke the tie and high tailed it out the trailer in reverse and ended up slipping both back shoes (the shoe twisted to the side but still on the hoof). That was the end of my attempt to go to the show. We did load him again after we pulled the shoes off and made him stand for awhile. He panicked again but this time he turned himself around (squishing me in the process) but I held on and didn't let him disembark. We made him stand and fed him grain for his bravery. He was not a happy camper but ate all the grain and treats. It's a mystery to me why he behaved this way as he used to be a big time show horse and was going to shows most every other weekend in the summers. My trainer/friend thinks Toby thought I was sending him away now that I have Jag. Hmmm, I'm not so sure about that! :)
Jag is doing well. We discovered he has very very bad thrush which I was not treating completely. Now I'm on it and can see the source of his soreness! Wow - it's bad! It seems to be getting better quickly now that I'm treating it properly - i just wasnt' getting all the of it with the coppertox. My farrier took a look at Jag's feet and pointed it out to me when he had to fix up Toby.
By the way - you should see the bruise Toby inflicted on me when I was squished in the trailer! It's super ugly and worth great sympathy points!!
8/23/07 - last night I competed in the local "twilight horse show" with the lovely Promise (morgan mare). I actually didn't want to go the show except that this 15 yr old girl in our barn would have been crushed if I didn't go. so i went, with the very green morgan mare. It was Promise's first horse show. In a nut shell, she didn't rear during the class but she did so in the warm up area. she did everything I asked and even tried her best to overlook the "horse eating dog" that was near the rail. Please understand, this was all in Promise's pea brain. the dog was very well behaved. I was convinced that because she was a handful (you'd have to be blind not to see that) that I'd not place well at all. But she did do everything as asked in the time asked of her. We got a solid 3rd place out of about 8 of us. I was very proud of her. The 15 yr old didn't fare so well. She didn't get a ribbon in her class but she had a great experience and wants to go back. That's what is most important!! We may show again this Sunday if we can get someone to get our horses there. This time I'll take my main man Toby! We are sure to win with him! :)
8/20/07 - I've had Jag for a few weeks now and he's just awesome. He's adjusted well to his new surroundings although he seems to be a little bit studdish - calling out to the girls often. He seems most attracted to the very pretty Paso Fino in the paddock closest to him. He must like latino women :) Although he calls out to the girls, he's otherwise a complete gentleman to handle. Extremely friendly, a lovely nicker for food and treats and has the best ground manners of any horse i've ever been around.
I admit, I made a small mistake with his shoes. I had him go barefoot in back. this was a little too much for this race horses tendons and his back ankles swelled up something ugly. No heat, no pulse, just swelling. So back on went the shoes and amazingly, the swelling is just about gone in 24 hours! Race horses run with such low heels and long toes. it's really something. It'll take some time but my farrier and I will try to build up his heels as best we can and maybe we can get those back shoes off down the road. I'm not holding my breath though. My other ex racer can never go barefoot...
As soon as his tendons are back to normal with an extra day or two thrown in for good measure, I'll try him out in the arena. I can tell you already that he long reins and longe's quite nicely!
8/8/07 - Can you believe the discussion board has been around a year??
Yesterday it became official. Jaguar Hope is in my possesion. He's so beautiful. I will get his papers in a few days, then it'll be REALLY official. Here's a pic of the guy:
And here is a photo slide show of his first day in turnout. He was very interested in the horses in the paddock next door.
7/30/07 - i've been travelling for work the past few weeks and when I do that, I have no outside of work life. Now i'm home, took some cold fruit to the horses at my barn, the mini we rescued LOVES watermelon as does Promise, the Morgan mare I 1/2 lease. Well Promise ate a few pieces before she tired of the watermelon. Roo, the mini, was all over it and probably would have eaten all of it if I let him. Toby, my actual horse, poo pooed it. He is a VERY FICKLE EATER! I was happy, though, because he had gained quite a bit of weight while I was away. He had gotten way down in his weight and it scared the heck out of me. Now he is looking alot better - we upped his grain, hay and i give him a weight gaining supplement. Now he is truly fat and happy. August is the month I officially end my 1/2 lease with Promise. That makes me sad but I told her owner I would still help out if prospective buyers wanted to come and see her (clean her up and ride her). Promise's owner has moved to Arizona. But my big news is that I'm working out the details of bringing Jaguar Hope home. He raced last Saturday and ran a very good race, coming in 3rd. Hopefully, that won't slow things down for me! In the meantime, if anyone is interested in this very cute mare (Promise), let me know!
My thoughts are with Roseanne and her daughter today.
This week is the US Senior Open week and I hope Roseanne will have a great time. I have returned from the US Women's Open Championship. During the time I was there, I received some great news! I had written a trainer about one of his horses that he owns. I asked him to consider me when he retired his horse Jaguar Hope. He's a nine year old gelding (grandson of Alydar) that's still racing at Great Lakes Downs. The trainer was very happy to hear from me and called me right away. I had visited the horse since the first time I had seen him. He's absolutely stunning. I have another championship to work in a couple of weeks therefore the plan is for me to pick him in August. Here are a couple of photos I took of Jaguar Hope when I first fell in love with him:
CONGRATULATIONS TO Better Talk Now!!
Roseanne, Regalmrj, was the runner up in the contest and she has elected to attend the US Sr. Open at Whistling Straits Golf Club in Kohler, WI. Roseanne's winning entry was this beautiful drawing which she is offering on her website for sale. The proceeds will go to the Laminitis Fund.
Next week should be an exciting one for Kargent!! If you remember (way back when we first got going) I had a contest for the Barbaro Tributes everyone had been creating. The big winner was Karen Argent! She had picked 2 US Open Tickets for her prize and this coming week (Father's Day weekend) is the US Open. She has her tickets in hand, a map of the course and is in the midst of setting up a tour of the US OPEN media Center (which is unbelievable to see!). I can't wait to hear about Karen's trip to Oakmont Country Club and the US Open!
There is a bit of news regarding Karen's trip to Oakmont CC next week. It seems that her work (and a great opportunity although there was no choice!) has gotten in the way of her trip. She had given her ticket to her friend that was going with Karen. Now her friend will be taking her golf nut Dad. A very nice gesture for Father's Day weekend! Karen has been assured that she can go next year when the Open will be at Torrey Pines near San Diego, CA.
Karen took the time to update her winning entry. Please take a look at it! Here is a link to Karen's winning entry
Here is another goings on in my world that would be of interest to you guys.
On June 4th my barn rescued a 10 yr old Mini named Buckaroo. He was in a bad situation and my trainer got him by trading an old saddle for him (better than cash!). We are all going to help out with his care since, well, we all need him. For example, my horse will not leave the property in a horse trailer alone without leaving a few dents in the ceiling and sides of the horse trailer. So I plan on Buckaroo attending a few horse shows with us this summer. Here is a picture of the guy:
I currently own a retired race horse gelding named Toby (here's his pedigree) who is an on again/off again hunter/jumper. After recovering from White Line Diseasefor a year we are making our way back into the show circuit albeit the lowest end of it till I get better at it!! I now own Jaguar Hope and hope to bring him along and show him as well. He's been a fun project so far. Toby, on the other hand is a very jealous boy...
I've been active with many things with Tim Woolley Racing. I support as many of the rescues as my pocket book can handle. I try to send my equine items no longer of use for me to the rescues. I have been dubbed the "FOB Photographer" since I seem to have been able to attend many functions (Alex's Surprise B-day, Fair Hill visits, Barbaro's Birthday Celebration, visits with other FOB's and their horses and rescues like Miracle Horse Rescue) and have a knack for photography. Check out my slides from Barbaro's Celebration Day at Delaware Park!
I offer many of my pictures for sale. All of the proceeds I get from the sale of these photos will go to an equine charity. you can click here to check out my photos for sale!
Most importantly please support Mike Rea!!
My FOB friends have been the ones that hang out on chat like LyndaP31, Bb1msu1,Corset17, Ro&Brady, Janice from Florida and jeninfl. There's many others but this is the core group since we have been hanging out there since the discussion board and chat first opened! Come join us one night!!
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Questions From Other FOBs
Wendy, the tribute is absolutely awsome, I can't believe I haven't seen it sooner. Love little Buckaroo, he is a confident guy. By watching I'm not sure who was in charge, I think it was him. Loved your webpage. I finally took the plunge to try to get this whole thing going today. I got some done and MaryinOhio had to bail me out. See you in August. Bb1 (Diane)
Buckaroo is ADORABLE!!! (swedishkat) LOL He really is!!
Wendy, You're page here is fantastic! I think I better hire you to do mine!! (Amy A)
Amy - I charge big bucks!! :) - wendy
re: "I sure could use some pointers in jumping right now...:) " - Wendy, if I wasn't so far away from you, I would LOVE TO HELP YOU...sorry swedishkat
CONGRATULATIONS ON GETTING Jaguar Hope, Wendy! He looks AWESOME, and what a beautiful neck!! Can't wait for some new pictures of him, when you get him home! A grandson of Alydar AND he's got Damascus back there in his pedigree You have a great taste in horses :) swedishkat
Kat! thanks! I'm doing cartwheels over it. I saw him in the last race of the evening and completely fell in love. I didn't bet on him either. I don't think his heart is into it anymore. But he's a proud fellow. I saw him a second time in his stall when I was at the track volunteering for Canter. His groom took him out to parade him around for us. Dang it if that didn't seal the deal for me. I wrote the letter right away. :) I'm still keeping my fingers crossed until I actually get him home. Please think good thoughts for us!
I definately will! Stay happy and safe Jaguar Hope, 'til Wendy brings you HOME!
>>>Hey Kat! I met the owner of the Jaguar Hope today. He'll be mine (barring any racing accidents) in August! I'm so very happy! He also wanted a more than fair price for a grandson of Alydar! I was so excited I went out and bought him a nice leather halter with name plate. :)<<< Oh, Wendy, I am SO very happy for you!!! Praying for "The Jag" to stay SAFE! :) Kat
GOOD JOB WITH PROMISE, WENDY! Congratulations and good luck with Toby! Hugs to Jag and prayers for his complete recovery (ankle). swedishkat
Wendy, I just discovered "Our Mims Retirement Haven" in KY, did you know that Jag's GRANDMOTHER is there, Taba (dam of Turkoman)? You could go and see her next time you go to KY :)) Swedishkat 20:46, 6 January 2008 (EST)
"JAGUAR HOPE ABSOLUTELY FLYING..." What an awesome video of Jag winning that race, Wendy!! Thanks for sharing it! There is nothing like watching a horse you "know" win a race! :)swedishkat