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25 June 2012

Black Caviar is coming home

Paddock for Nelly.. The Pony has suffered 2 muscles tears, and severe bruising to her hindquarters during her Royal Ascot triumph last night. She has entered quarantine, and will arrive home in Australia in approximately 2 weeks, and then head to the paddock..  I was so proud watching her race.  And win.  She is my love..  My darling...

23 June 2012

No more sleeps. Black Caviar to take on the world.

Who else on this side of the world will be staying up late to watch the Famous Pony race at Ascot tonight?  I sure as hell will be.  I usually can't keep track of where all my images are published, as their use is getting reasonably prolific, but my lovely editor, Ed, of the time honoured Owner & Breeder magazine in the UK, sent me a lovely little email saying one of my beach images was gracing the back page of The Times over there and he'd been delighted to see it.  I thought that was nice of him, as was going to the effort of scanning the back page at my request and sending it across to me.  Thanx Ed...

Good luck tonight Pony.  Show them what you've got. 


22 June 2012

One More Sleep

One more sleep.  My heart still breaks because I am not over with my Famous Pony..  But thinking of her constantly. Let her run Lukey, keep her safe and bring her home to me in one piece, but let them see how special she is.  Go Pony.....

20 June 2012

Full flight...

I sat up and watched the opening race of the 2012 Royal Ascot Carnival last night.  The very first race had the unbeaten UK superhorse, Frankel, running in it.  I've never sat up and watched Frankel live before.  He was breathtaking.  He made me sit up, and think 'oh goodness' to myself (because I was the only one in the room!).  He didn't just win.. He annihilated the rest of the field, with a complete display of brilliance and arrogance, setting sail for the post with ruthless determination.  

I will never be one to compare Frankel with Black Caviar, as I believe they are two totally different animals.  But if watching him has done anything, it has made me think 'Please Pete, just this once, let Lukey ride her out, let him say, let's show them what this baby can really do.  Turn her loose and ask her to run....'  That's all I want to see now.  Even if I can't be there to photograph her in all her glory, with all her flags flying!

18 June 2012

Dear Nelly

Dear Nelly

I'm sitting here, at my new little house, home in Canberra.  I've just finished watching Australian Story.  There was lots of footage of you of course, as well as Mum and Rick out at Gilgai Farm.  I'm missing you terribly, and it's hard to be home in Canberra, instead of in England with you.  I see that Tony and Paddy are keeping the carrots up to you, and I'm pleased to see that.  I like to think I've had a little role to play in the whole "Nelly loves carrots" thing.  Sigh..

As a way of keeping myself busy, you'll probably be pleased to know that I have popped Freelance back in to work.  She's going well, and touch wood, is sound so far.  She's of course wearing her bridle, which I popped on you last August, and you looked so gorgeous in. 

Heath and Jessica are well, and we talk about you, and Ascot, all the time.  They drew some gorgeous pictures of you, with Black Caviar signs, in your colours, and of course, like me, are convinced that you can't be beaten.  Jessica wanted me to be with you, although am sure she would have struggled when the time came to fly out, Heath however keeps saying he's glad I'm not going, because he likes being here with me, and misses me when I am away.

Lots of love

Bronnie (aka the Carrot Lady)

Nelly, wearing my bridle, at Murchison, in August 2010.  The Famous Pony is a little broader through the jowl, mouth and jaw than Freelance, and needed the noseband and cavesson done up on a looser hole.
My darling Freelance wearing our bridle (with a different browband).  Freelance is (touch wood) back in work.  Freelance is narrower though the mouth and jaw than Nelly, with the noseband done up a good 2 extra holes than it sits comfortably on Nelly.
Mum, Helsinge, photographed at Gilgai Farm, Nagambie, in April 2012.

Priceless....  Helsinge, and the weanling colt by Redoute's Choice.
Priceless.. Helsinge and the Redoute's Choice colt.

17 June 2012

The most famous bottom in the world

I remember growing up, as an avid ABBA fan, the line that a journalist once used with Agnetha, telling her she had the most famous bottom in the world.  That honour probably shifted, in the modern era to either Kylie Minogue, when at the height of her gold hot pants fame, or Beyonce Knowles.

I think that there is one girl though who has just blown these beauties away in terms of interest in the famous female bottom.  And this girl is a Pony, or thoroughbred racehorse to be more precise.  She is known on this Blog as "The Famous Pony" (or "My Pony"!), or Nelly, Princess (to the Clarke's at Murchison) or purely and simply under her racing and registered name, which is Black Caviar.

Mark Knight cartoon.  It is absolutely and truly v clever!

Black Magic

14 June 2012

My Arrowfield Boys

This is the new artwork released by Arrowfield Stud.  They appreciate the value of a great image, and are a delight to work for, as are My Boys..