Everyone does their part

Everyone does their part

While waiting for the next foal, the farm’s daily routine keeps everyone busy. Chuck is at the barn by 6:30 AM, setting the plan for the day and checking to be sure no mama or baby has a temperature, and so on. The vet is usually here by 8, and sees all the mares who are in the breeding cycle. I’m kept busy with fixing breakfast and introducing our B&B guests to the world of Thoroughbred breeding, raising and racing, if they are interested, before I’m off to Lil’s Coffee House. Then there is Teresa. Most people have no idea how vital she is insofar as keeping it all going smoothly for us. She is the ultimate Jack-of-all-trades, and master of most. Teresa begins her day by checking emails, printing the TDN (Thoroughbred Daily News) and meeting B&B guests at the breakfast table. Then she updates teasing charts, books mares to the assigned stallions per the vet’s interpretations of the mare’s optimal time of fertility, prepares the paperwork that goes with each girl to the breeding shed, communicates with upcoming guests to answer questions and book a farm tour to Claiborne….or has to inform people that “No, we don’t have riding horses on the farm”.  Some days she may be more of a therapist or IT person, and she even helps lead horses when needed.   Oh yes, and she prepares the bills for the boarding clients and helps field questions from them.  We’ve been SO lucky to have her for the last 10 years! So back to breeding….at this time of year, the horse trailer is kept busy going to...
Waiting, waiting….

Waiting, waiting….

As you know, we had three babies during the first six weeks of the year. For some reason, we now (since Feb. 12) have four mares who have decided the “normal” gestation time of 11 months has not been long enough. Sooooo we are impatiently waiting whilst three MORE have a due date of this week. It looks like one of these nights soon we could be very VERY busy. Our Melody’s Spirit filly was our first born this year and the first born of her sire Atreides.  She is still very sweet and is loving the nice weather.  Meanwhile, her half-brother Whitmore was second in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes on February 15 in just his fourth career start, which gives him Derby points.  Woo-hoo! Our OTTB Lord Darby is having a good showing in Florida this winter.  (I’ve gotta figure out how it is our retired racehorses go south for the winter and Chuck and I hunker down here!)  Darby was sidelined for a bit last fall, but has started 2016 with two strong showings.  He has a second and a third, and trainer/rider Allie Knowles is very happy with his new, confident attitude.  Darby is also known as “Doodles” because of his young, playful nature.  Although he is 7, that is still a baby in the Eventing World.  And Allie has this baby performing more maturely than ever.  YAY!!!  His mother, Darby Hope, at 19, is one of our retired mares at the farm and she is very proud of him. At the racetrack (Santa Anita, can you believe it?), Miss Noble Rose is moving right along with Team...
Valentine’s Day Came Early at Rosecrest

Valentine’s Day Came Early at Rosecrest

Empire Diva’s projected due date was February 8th.  She had been very large for quite sometime and I told her owners we might consider sending a “wide load” sign with her to the pasture.  Don’t worry I didn’t tell her that.  All she knew was that her that her graceful stride had turned into a waddle. Even though it was about a week early, she started showing us all the signs that she was ready to have this baby.  And, yes,  they go thru several phases before delivering.   But days went by and… no baby.  Mother Nature is in control and we just have to be patient. Waiting for this foal was just making me a little crazy…WHY???  …Because Empire Diva was carring a baby by Goldencents.  Yes, the one and only GOLDENCENTS. Waiting for any baby is exciting, but when you are waiting for a second generation because you have already delivered one of the parents in this same barn is super exciting. Unlike us, many farms in this area have been in the horse business for generations and have seen this happen for quite a number of equine generations.  We, however, have only been in this business for 11 years.  I know I have friends who are probably smiling as they read this, but ….WOW… I can’t believe it’s been that long. Six years ago when Karyn, Colleen and I were impatiently waiting for Golden Works to deliver her Into Mischief foal, we had not a clue of what was ahead of us…. that the colt she finally delivered would go on to achieve such great success, earn a spot in...
The Cycle of Life Begins Anew

The Cycle of Life Begins Anew

Foaling season began with Melody’s Spirit 2016, a filly by Atreides, born Wednesday, January 20th.  Mama was soooo considerate, and delivered before midnight.  The delivery was fortunately easy for both mama and foal. Baby Mel was born at 11:15 and actually tried to stand by 11:20.  She was successfully up within 20 minutes and immediately went to nurse.  She has long legs, weighed 115 lbs. (sounds like we are describing a model), and is a beautiful bay with a nice star on her forehead. It’s always fun watching foals experiment with their legs.  Baby Mel realized she could stand and made a circle around mama.  She tried sneaking under mama, but with her long legs mama decided that was not going to happen.  So baby hopped around the stall instead.  Once she was checked by the vet and given a clean bill of health, she went outside with mama for a short time. Melody’s Spirit is by Scat Daddy and was born January 11, 2009.  Her first born is a 3-year-old named Whitmore by Pleasantly Perfect born January 23, 2013 in Kentucky.  He is doing great at the track with two wins from three starts, and his second win was just four days before his half-sister was born.  The win was at Oaklawn Park where he showed good speed and energy down the stretch.  Baby Mel’s owner, Nick Cosato, would love to see him get to Kentucky the first Saturday in May. Baby Mel was born with a very mature nature.  She not only tolerated the foaling team, she actually enjoyed them rubbing her head, body and legs.  She stood still for them to take her...

Real horses…Virtual Stable.

I hope you all enjoyed a beautiful Sunday like we did  here at Rosecrest.  After my last blog when I mentioned adding Sweet Halory to your Virtual Stable, I was informed by many that they would love to but had no idea what a virtual stable is — much less how to add horses to it. I realize this blog for some will be like reading Virtual Stable for Dummies but guess what — there are many who had never heard of having a Virtual Stable, so please read on and enjoy knowing you know something someone else does not. Plus there are some fun photos and video to follow. First, let me share a training video of Sweet Halory. (Remember, we posted pictures of her leaving for California in our last blog?)  This is her second work since arriving there.   She is on the outside and a colt by the name of Thoughthatcounts is on the inside, August 5, 2015.  Take note that she is running “in hand”, which means the jockey does not ask her to do anything, just letting her run instinctively.  <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/08UAWkn7GTk” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe> And, yes, we are so very proud of her.  And, yes, we are loving the great communication from Team O’Neill! So, back to Virtual Stables … This will allow you to keep track of horses at the track (ANY track).  Once set up your Virtual Stable, you will receive an email that tells you when a horse in your Stable has a timed workout, when they are entered in a race and then the results of that race. Go to www.equibase.com...
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...