Thursday November 25, 2010

Apparently a new Old Friends holiday tradition has begun.  The Wicked North has had some requests to make his blog from last Thanksgiving an annual event. You know how these author types are—give them a keyboard and next thing you know they think they’re Steve Haskin!  So without further ado, here’s Norty…

 Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I don’t want to seem immodest, but a few fans have asked me what I’m going to write about this Thanksgiving, so I gathered up my metaphorical pen and talked to some of the other guys to see what they are thankful for this year. 

Marquetry—I really like it here.  People are nice, I get carrots, and this paddock I’m living in has fantastic views.  I see the everyone who comes here, I can see the barn and the house.  Talk about perfect for a nosy guy like me!

Gulch—I agree with Marquetry. It’s nice here.  I get attention and carrots if I feel like it, or I can nap all afternoon if I’d prefer.  No work, plenty of thinking time. It suits me. 

Cherono, Falcon Scott and Kudos—all three of us would like to thank The Mosses, Dottie Ingordo-Sherriffs and all the people in their organization who helped us get to Old Friends.  We love our life—plenty of attention and treats, plus we have no worries, if you know what we mean.  We also want to give extra thanks to Zenyatta, since we aren’t too proud to admit we like basking in her reflected glory! Haha

Kiri’s Clown–Since we are thanking specific people, how about all the former and current owners who donate winnings to us?  Gotta love that Uncle Mo…

Kudos—as I am related to both Zen and Blame via our common relative Kris S., I want comment on how well they held up their parts of our family tree.  They are both cousins to be proud of!

Sunshine Forever—bring a kind of great-uncle to all of you, I couldn’t agree more, Kudos! I am always thankful to see the kids do well. Now let me tell you some stories from back in my racing day. Norty? Norty? Where are you going, Norty?

Tinner’s Way—I know I am kind of arrogant sometimes, but I am actually very thankful that I am able to carry on my dad’s legacy (Tinner’s dad was Secretariat).  It really touches me to see how many folks still feel a connection to him. Now if someone would just figure out a way for me to see the movie.  And why wasn’t I invited to the premier?  Don’t you think I would have been a hit on the red carpet?  I can just see it: paparazzi calling my name, flashbulbs popping, starlets begging for photos, “Tinner, Tinner, over here Tinner….”  Ahh, what should have been…

Popcorn Deelites—Puh-lease!  Who does he think he is, some kind of movie star?  There’s only room for one of us here, and it ain’t him!  But some people talk the talk and some of us walk the walk, if you know what I mean.

(Was that a wink, Pops? Because some of us were actually good racehorses. –Norty)

Leave Seattle – Eye roll happening here.  By the way, I just want to say thanks in general.  My life is pretty good. 

Bonfante—You know, the thing I am most thankful for this year is my sense of a heightened interest in finding homes for ex-racehorses.  I know some of us are not going to be able to have new careers, but we all deserve someone to love, even if we just live in a pasture and look pretty.  Speaking for all the horses like me who aren’t famous or on the covers of magazines, thanks to anyone who finds a happy post-racing home for any one of us. 

Fortunate Prospect— Huh? What did you say Norty?  Thankful?  Sorry, I was napping. Yes, yes, I know I am the oldest.  I prefer Elder Statesman, by the way.  But my comment is simple, really.  I hear people talking and I know the economy has been tough these past few years.  So I am most thankful for everyone who has found a few extra dollars to send to Old Friends.  We are dependent on the generosity of humans, and it amazes me how many people really care.  So thanks to everyone who helps retired racehorses—the veterinarians, the farriers, the grooms, the farm people, owners, trainers, jockeys, and the people who bring us our feed and haul our hay every day. Thanks to everyone who visited us this past year and to all of you who have shares in each of us.   Speaking for each of us, we appreciate it with our very lives.

So there it is. I hope to be back doing this again next year.  Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.  Speaking for all of us at Old Friends, thank you.  And remember, we LOVE it when you visit us!

-The Wicked North



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4 responses to “Thursday November 25, 2010

  1. Colmel

    Val (or should I say, Norty),

    You have outdone yourself! This was so much fun to read! Some good chuckles (and outright laughs). God bless all our human friends at Old Friends for taking such wonderful care of these champions (every ONE of them are – in their own special ways). I, for one, am very thankful for you (and a special thanks for Michael)!

  2. Yay, Leave Seattle! Your son Dreamport is watching a day full of pouring down snow right now, in Northern VT! We love you!! 🙂

  3. Jean in VA

    That was great. I loved every minute of it. Laughed, smiled and even a few
    tears for the all of the lucky ones that have had and currently have a home at Old Friends. Of course I know you humans are really the ones that are the lucky ones to be associated with them.
    Thank you so much for caring and loving them each and every day.
    Thanks again Norty for a wonderful Thanksgiving message.

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