It’s been more than 400 years since Shakespeare wrote “Romeo and Juliet,” and Juliet Capulet spoke the immortal lines, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose; By any other name would smell as sweet.” The point Juliet was making to her dear Romeo was that a name is a meaningless; She was in love with the person called Romeo Montague, not the name itself or the family behind it.
Juliet and Shakespeare may believe names are meaningless, but the horseman who agrees with them is rare, indeed. Horse names, it seems, are vitally important, with breeders and owners spending hours upon hours dwelling on potential monikers for their newborn foals.
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The Tunica Futurity, held Jan. 27-Feb. 3, is enjoying a new venue this year. The show that began in Memphis, Tenn., and moved to Tunica, Miss., in 2005, now calls West Monroe, La., home. To break in the new location in style, Adan Banuelos swept the Open.
By Justin High, DVM
Horses are wonderful creatures with an innate sense of beauty that is unlike any other in the animal world. So, when a group of single-celled organisms, like bacteria or a fungus, gets the upper hand on them, it doesn’t seem quite right. Pastern dermatitis is an excellent example of this, and one we all face eventually.
The reining community is mourning the loss of horsewoman Elizabeth "Liz" Haverty, 62, who lost her battle with cancer Sunday, Jan. 26. Her influence in the industry will truly be missed.
Bamacat and the highly regarded 5-year-old stallion’s career-long trainer Austin Shepard finally broke into the win column Friday in Augusta, Ga., winning the Augusta Futurity Classic Open title with a dominant 225.
After topping Thursday’s Augusta Futurity Classic Amateur finals with a 221, Page Bowman and Athena Mad Man marked a 222 Friday to top the Classic Non-Pro finals in the same Augusta, Ga., James Brown Arena.