Posts tagged Horses
We created the long overdue Big Truck Show at Cheyenne Frontier Days. Since 1897, Cheyenne has celebrated its Old West roots with this eye-popping festival. The centerpiece of this Western celebration is the world’s largest outdoor rodeo, which draws top professionals who compete for more than $1 million in cash and prizes. Complementing the daily rodeo action are behind-the-chutes tours, trick riding, and a wild-horse race. A Native American Village, an Old West town called “Wild Horse Gulch,” a saloon, square dancing, a chuck wagon cook-off, pancake breakfasts, and an art show carry through the frontier theme. Rounding out the program are a carnival midway, an air show, top-name entertainment, professional bull riding shows, and several parades that include antique carriages and automobiles. Cheyenne Frontier Days occurs each summer during the last full week in July, and so does our Big Truck Show.
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“Greatest Racehorse That Ever Lived”
“Hotshots” looks at a movie!
SECRETARIAT is based on a real-life racehorse, a real-life person, and a real-life series of events, and even though everyone in the audience already knows the ending going in, the movie is still an uplifting and inspirational experience to see.
After all, it isn’t just little girls who love horses and who love good stories about horses, right?
The movie begins in 1969 in Denver, and we meet a housewife and her family. She is Penny Chenery, played by Diane Lane, and she receives a phone call that her mother has died.
The whole family drives to Virginia for the funeral, where we learn that Penny’s father has been ill for some time and the horse farm he owns has been losing money “hand over fist.”
Penny sends her family back home to Denver, and she stays behind to help out on the farm and try to make it solvent again.
She fires the horse trainer, because he has been cheating the farm, and she tracks down Lucien Laurin, a French Canadian who has been trying to retire and who is played wonderfully by John Malkovich.
Penny offers Lucien the job of being her horse trainer, but he turns her down, saying that he doesn’t even follow racing anymore.
However, when Penny tells him that the farm is about to acquire a newborn foal that was sired by Bold Ruler, a famous racehorse, Lucien says, “Call me when she drops her foal.”
Of course, you can guess the rest, which, as they say, is history, and in this case is actually true, although some minor details have been altered or omitted in order to make the movie tighter, more exciting, and even better.
The Triple Crown is Thoroughbred horseracing’s greatest achievement, which is unofficially awarded a horse that wins the three most prestigious races in one season, the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes.
Before Secretariat did so in 1973, no horse had won the Triple Crown since Citation won it in 1948, 25 years earlier, and Secretariat still owns the best winning time in two of those races, a remarkable achievement for a horse whose sire had a reputation for speed, but not for stamina.
SECRETARIAT is a marvelous film about a horse that is still known as the greatest racehorse that ever lived.
I’m Dan Culberson and this is “Hotshots.”
Based on the Novel “Secretariat: The Making of a Champion” By William Nack, Secretariat chronicles the spectacular journey of the 1973 Triple Crown winner. Housewife and mother Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) agrees to take over her ailing father’s Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge. Against all odds, Chenery-with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin (John Malkovich)-manages to navigate the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and what may be the greatest racehorse of all time.
Jann Scott takes a drive up to Mt. Antero for a Colorado road trip adventure with Austin and Julia. On their way up to the mountain they stops in the ghost town of St. Elmo to look at the old buildings, then it’s onto the San Isabel National Forest and the ever so popular town of South Park, Colorado.
Jann Scott’s Great American Road Trip goes to Bent’s Old fort in Colorado right off the Santa Fe Trail near La Junta and the Arkansas River to learn about the history of this National Park and the Santa Fe Traders route. Jann then travels further down the Santa Fe Trail and tells us about some of the travelers of the trail in the early revolution of America and explores some of the historic markers.