Are You Watching Me?????

Are You Watching Me?????

Some of you may remember “The Florida Girls” from last winter.  Now that they have been here for more than a year, they have acclimated to the Kentucky winter and have their winter coats, so no additional blankets were needed this spring.  But they have kind of tended to do things together, and eight days into March, we were waiting for Our Unbridled Gem (whose due date was Feb. 23) and D’Chili Pepper (due date Feb. 26) to foal. If you want a reminder of their foalings last year, click here  to read about the Florida Girls hating our winter of 2015 and “Chili” foaling and click here to read about Our Unbridled Gem’s story. The March weather in Kentucky this year has been unseasonably warm, making being at the barn much more comfortable for us humans.  Our Unbridled Gem was enjoying the weather and looked to be very content to hold on to her baby indefinitely.  D’Chili Pepper was of the same mind, and she was showing no signs of getting close to delivering. The only one looking like she might deliver was our mare, Miss Dixie Rose.  So for several days, Miss Dixie kept us on our toes, thinking “Today is the day.”  And then the next day, “Today is the day.”  Our Unbridled Gem wanted to know why we kept looking at her, and D’Chili Pepper had us convinced she had no intentions of having her baby in the immediate future. Soooooooo, at 11:30 PM on March 8, while refilling water buckets, D’Chili surprised us by saying, “It’s time!” and within about 20 minutes, it was all over...
Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is that holiday when most of us spend at least some time thinking about our blessings.  There is a wonderfully long, long list for Chuck and me. Top of the list is Our Family — even though not everyone could be at the farm this Thanksgiving weekend.  We are blessed with a loving family — immediate and extended. Next is Rosecrest Farm….we have many furry faces that we own or have the privilege of taking care of.  We thank, too, our clients for choosing us to love and care for your horses.  We are also thankful for our great support staff.  They are how we are able to take such good care of our horses.  And we thank all of our guests who have chosen the Guesthouse to stay while in Central Kentucky, and for sharing your lives with us. Next there is Lil’s Coffee House, where we are blessed with many “regulars” who are indeed like family, and the many visitors who share their stories with us.   We were especially grateful before Thanksgiving with how busy we were preparing special dishes for our friends’ Thanksgiving dinners.  That is such an important trust.  And after Thanksgiving, we were happy to have many of you choose Lil’s to share a bit of hometown friendliness with your family members on Friday and Saturday.  One of our favorite phrases became, “I’d like you to meet…” There are lots of other thanks, naturally, including many events throughout the year I never got time to write about here.  Oh well, there’s always next year!  But I am grateful for my blog and the...
Beautiful Summer day at Rosecrest Farm

Beautiful Summer day at Rosecrest Farm

I sit on the porch and realize we have been blessed with a beautiful morning at Rosecrest Farm.  It’s quiet except for the sound of birds chirping and a few cicadas.  The sun has risen and is casting a beautiful light across the pastures and the temperature is 60′ and there’s very little dew on the grass.   I can’t believe it’s August 2nd. It’s been a while since my last blog and I’m sorry for not being more attentive to my loyal followers.  The summer has been very busy and, until this past week, very wet. Many might think our summer is a slow time for breeding farms since we are done foaling and the breeding season is over… Well it’s not !!  The babies are growing and it seems like each week one of the twenty-eight find some way of creating new drama. The yearlings are being assessed as to which ones are going to be sold at auction and which ones will get to just chill out for the next few months until it’s time for them to be saddle broke and then go into training to learn how to be a racehorse.  A few of the babies think they have it down . . . run fast in a big circle and don’t let any of the others catch you. 😉  The mares are still being checked to make sure their pregnancies are progressing in a healthy way.  The vet examines them via ultra sound about every 30 days.  Otherwise they spend the days grazing and watching their foals grow. Some moms are more protective than others.  It’s...
What a Weekend

What a Weekend

The Guesthouse was bustling this past weekend as it was chosen as the destination for a reunion of TriDelts from Iowa State University.  Eight of the ten checked in Thursday, toured the farm and met all the 26 babies on the ground. They had a lot of compassion for the two mares still waiting to foal — Mamboalot and Rose of Siena.   Many of them are mothers and the mares’ bulging bellies made them wince in remembrance.  As with most guests staying here, they were hoping both would deliver during their stay, so they could join in the celebration of a new foal. Well, on Saturday morning Mamboalot made their wishes come true when she delivered a beautiful filly by Pioneerof the Nile.  [Yes, this time it really WAS by Pioneerof the Nile. 🙂 ]  As you may know, American Pharoah is by Pioneerof the Nile.  I thought, “I need to get a bet down since the Preakness is this afternoon and this little girl by Pioneerof the Nile arrived this morning.”  Didn’t happen. The girls were ecstatic to see the new baby and Mamboalot was a proud Mama and willing to let everyone get a good look at her filly.  As one group was admiring the cutie pie, I told them, “Stay a little longer, if you can, and watch the baby try to remember how to lay down.”  The girls looked at me quizzically, but they stayed and enjoyed seeing baby’s dilemma. As I’ve mentioned on my blog before, instinct tells foals from birth how to get up, but is not as strong for laying down the first...
KY Derby 2015…”My Old Kentucky Home”

KY Derby 2015…”My Old Kentucky Home”

…is the favorite moment every Kentucky Derby for millions of people.  And it pretty well sums up Derby Day 2015 for Rosecrest Farm and Paris, KY! The day started at 12:05 AM when Bola de Cristal (IRE) decided it was time to foal.  Actually, I think her foal decided, “It’s time for me to get outta here.”  Because once she started, baby was here in like 15 minutes, he was trying to get up within 10 minutes and he was standing (and wouldn’t lay back down, thank you very much) within a half hour. He’s a pistol, and he’s by Mineshaft, so he is from that AP Indy sireline you heard so much about on Derby Day.  [For those of you who read this blog late Thursday night, I was mistaken when I remembered him as being by Pioneerof the Nile…. providing further evidence for my hubby and others who keep telling me I’m trying to do too much 🙁 !] His mother Bola de Cristal is a half-sister to G2 (Grade 2) SW (stakes winner) GRANDE MELODY and her “aunts” are G1 SW (best “grade” there is) CRYSTAL MUSIC and G3 SWs STATE CRYSTAL and SOLAR CRYSTAL  and her “uncles” are G3 SW DUBAI SUCCESS and the sire Tchaikovsky.  With all that music in the family, and his Derby Day arrival, wouldn’t it be fun if he could be named Myoldkentuckyhome! Thoroughbred names can have only 18 characters and spaces, so that’s why I ran that together, but they must also be approved by the Jockey Club to make sure there’s not already a horse named that, and that there...
Valentine’s Goodies

Valentine’s Goodies

Time to start thinking about Valentine’s Day goodies.   Lyra’s busy in the kitchen, but asked me to post to remind you!   This is a Public Service Announcement so that you can take care of all your Valentines with the sweets they most like….because supplies are limited. Some of the possibilities are….. Pink Velvet Cake Pops, Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies, Red Iced Sugar Cookies (above), Double Stacked Sugar Cookies (above), Sugar Sprinkled Sugar Cookies (above), Chocolate Covered Strawberries (above), AND Chocolate Covered Bacon (above).  You can bring in a basket for us to fill, have us fill a Lil’s box for your office staff or sweetie, and we’ve even done full meal baskets…the possibilities are endless, but all are delicious. Call 859-987-1515 to reserve your favorite items...