Sunday, November 23, 2008

Toad Hill's Sid

Three photos taken May 23, 2009 In the photo below is Stetson in back (over 38 inches), Fancy behind (30.25 inches) and Sid showing off.
Size comparision, nose to nose with Fancy Pants.

Sid is a sorrel pinto from outstanding bloodlines. His sire is Lucky Fours Rebel Regency (32.0") sire of 3 World Champions, 2 Reserve World Champions and a number of Top Tens..His dam is a direct daughter of the famous Flying W's Legionaire. This is one bloodline that will be hard to match.

Sire: Lucky Four Rebels Regency's
Grand Sire: Sids Rebel (31.0)

Grand Dam: Lucky Fours Star Spangled (33.5)

Dam: Mustardseeds Legionaire Apache Gal
Grand Sire: Flying W Farms Legionaire (30.25", AMHA) by Flying W Farms Sugarfoot (28.00", AMHA) out of Flying W Farms Lizette (32.00")
Grand Dam: San Antonois Foxey Lady (32.00", AMHA) by Del Whistler (30.50", AMHA) out of Joy of Hopewell (32.00", AMHA)

Reference Photos
Sid was foaled on March, 2007. I am not very good at holding a horse and measuring him at the same time, but I believe Sid is 29 inches as a two year old. I am certain he is not 30 inches tall. Will verify this when I have some help and we can accurately measure him..
Sid is AMHA registered ONLY. Update: He is now also AMHR

Update: Sid was sold and delivered to his new owners May 15, 2010

Define: Chariot

Yesterday my daughter called me and taunted me with: "Na, na, I know something you don't know!!" . ( Is that the best English a kid with two Bachelor's degrees can muster up?)
So I started guessing, "Obama has asked hubby to be in his cabinet?", "You won the Doritos contest?", "Your invited to the Presidential inaguration?".
Obivous, none of the above. My daughter replied: "I know something you don't know about chariots!!"
Chariots, what could daughter know about chariots, I thought I would certain know more about them than her!!
So the news was release the day before that Bulgarian archaeologists have discovered a chariot in a Thracian tomb in southeastern Bulgaria. 
Actually the best photographs of the chariot remains are on a blog and the post is dated August 7, 2008.  It seems that there have been other Thracian chariot burials discovered and I am not sure if the August find is the same but more recently publicized November one. 
Read Archaeology for a little more information n Thracian chariots.. Remember, these are four-wheel chariots.
So I started reading up on this chariot -- it was a four-wheeled chariot. Hmmm... I always thought of chariots as two-wheelers.
Time for research, went to Google and typed in define:chariots
Merriam-Webster defines it as 1) a light four-wheel pleasure or state carriage or 2) a two-wheeled horse-drawn car of ancient times used also in processions and races.
Cambridge Dictionaries Online defines it solely as a "two wheeled vehicle that was used in ancient times for racing and fighting and was pulled by a horse."
Your gives two definitions: 1) a horse-drawn, two-wheeled cart used in ancient times for war, racing, parades, etc. and 2) a light, four-wheeled carriage, used esp. in the 18th cent. for pleasure or on some state occasions. They also state the etymology: "<>charriote < char, car <>carrum: see car"
The most definitions I found were at, with the following:
1. a light, two-wheeled vehicle for one person, usually drawn by two horses and driven from a standing position, used in ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, etc., in warfare, racing, hunting, etc.
2. a light, four-wheeled pleasure carriage.
3. any stately carriage.
4. Facetious. an automobile.
–verb (used with object)
5. to convey in a chariot.
–verb (used without object)
6. to ride in or drive a chariot.

Monday, November 10, 2008

The Story of Mini Racing in the West

     My name is Rose Pope. My husband and I have been involved with chariot racing for over 50 years. I see you have an interest in the racing aspect of the minis. I will give you some information on chariot racing in general. 

     Many years ago, in western Wyoming and eastern Idaho, feed teams went out every day to feed and on the way home, stopped at different restaurants and bars to warm up. They would talk about their runaways and fast work horses. 
     They started having races with work teams up and down main street. It caught on and they got lighter horses and built lighter wagons to improve their speed. Now days, the horses that race can be seen on the flat track in the summer. Very expensive horses, some of them. 
     Those first horses ran on sleighs, as there was lots of snow and fewer ways to clean it off the roads. In later years, there was less snow and more equipment to keep the roads free of snow. 
     The chariots now run on wheels and the chariots are made of aluminum and fiber glass. The typical chariot can weigh as little as 45 lbs, most being around 55 lbs or 60 lbs. Those first chariots were built mostly from 50 gallon barrels, cut in half. The tongue was welded on. There were Associations formed, that traveled to different towns on the week-ends and they held match races. Gradually, they formed a set of rules that would match teams according to their wins and losses. 
     Idaho at one time had 18 associations, more that any other state. Wyoming, Washington, Montana, Utah, Colorado, Nevada and California also had associations. Each state formed a State Assoc. and held State Finals meets. Then a World assoc. was formed, The World Championship Cutter and Chariot Racing Association. 
     In 1975, the WCC&CRA finals were held in Pocatello, Id. There were 48 races, most with 4 teams. In early days, races were run lap and tap. Randolf, Utah was the first association to build gates. Now, all associations have gates, some with 2, some with 3 and some with 4. Some associations still run on a win/loss rule. 
     Richfield, ID runs on the point system, with 3 points for first, 2 points for 2nd and 3rd. They have 3 gates, so there is never a by as can happen with the win/loss system. In(1999), 9 years ago, Darcy Hiatt (who by the way, is a girl), 12 years old at the time and Adonna Boyer, 14 years old, decided to race their miniature horses. They formed an association, racing under the same rules as the big teams, but with height divisions, A, B and C. The big teams, 3 years old and up race 440 yards. We also race colt teams, which are coming 2 years old (starting in Dec.) They race for 350 yards. 
     The minis race for 200 yards and they still do go lap and tap. It can get pretty exciting, because these teams are fed and exercised just like the big teams. They have headers, who have a tough time holding them on the line. 
     Darcy's mother, Marsha Hiatt takes pictures of all the teams, for herself and for the newspaper. Darcy started driving big teams when she was 14 years old, in the warm up circle and racing them when she was 16 (the age you must be to drive on the track). Richfield has a straightaway track. About 900 yards before you go around a fairly sharp corner and cycle back onto the track, so the drivers have to be adept at what they do. (most Assoc's have an oval track, at least 1/2 mile). 
     We race 3 teams at a time and it can get pretty close. Sadly, Adonna was killed in a car crash at 18. Darcy goes to college at the University of Idaho. She is a senior this year. She gets to drive a team when she is home and drives at Jackson Hole every year, both a big team and minis. 
     The paint horse team (John and Jake) are undefeated. They are a beautiful parade team, having won Best of Parade in Oregon this year. 
     The Shriners hold a 2 day meet each year at Jackson Hole, Wyo. to raise money for the Shriners Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. This year will be their 37th or 38th year. In those 2 days a year, they have raised over 1 1/2 million dollars; quite an accomplishment. They do still race on snow. And the weather can be very cold. 2 years ago, it was up from -27 to +11 when we started racing. They have had as many as 5000 spectators at the races. You wouldn't believe the tail gating parties. 
     Their races will be held this year on February 14 and 15. Buses run from town to the race track at the edge of town for the races. If you have opportunity to come and watch the races, these would be the ones to come to. 
     I announce the races at Richfield (Silver Creek Chariot Racing Assoc.). We are a small town of 400 odd people, but we have 12 to 14 aged (big) teams and usually 5 or 6 colt teams and as many as 14 mini teams, the only Assoc. with an Assoc. of minis. 
     The World Finals are held the last 2 week ends of March in Ogden, Utah. They race Sat and Sun. the first week end and Fri, Sat. and Sun. the 2nd. A marathon for the horses.
     I hope I have explained and made our sport a little clearer in your mind. If you get the chance, come see us. If I can be of any help to you in the future, please give me a shout.
Rose Pope

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Racing Chariot

I promised to post photos of a racing chariot that were used in the Idaho chariot races. If you read about how these races came about you would learn that originally the races that were held in the winter were cutter races. But when it did not snow, someone came up with the idea of racing chariots. The Hyatts sent me photos of their racing chariot. You can see some of their action photos on my blog "Other Chariots Sites".

These photos were taken by Darcy Hiatt. He wrote me an email (below) and then sent these photos. The interesting things about these racing chariots are they are very light weight (almost stripped down when compared to the show chariots in AMHR), these are made in different sizes for shetlands and donkeys as well as quarter horses, and appear in some ways more sturdier than the show ones.

Darcy's emal:
Hi, I just kinda stumbled onto your website and saw the pictures of the miniature horse chariot racing. The team of paints are mine and I am doing the driving and one of the horses in the picture above is also mine. If you have any questions or comments about it let me know!! :
-Darcy Hiatt
Thanks Darcy.

And to make things even better, Darcy has sent detailed photos of his racing chariot. Next blog I will show you his photos of a racing chariot for those of you who might wish to build one yourselves.

Please visit his web pages at:

Also there are a bunch more photos of the racing on this page.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Boones Buckeroo Fancy Pants

I have been asked by some: "Who was the other school bus?" If you have been reading this blog you may recall that Phantom was the mini that worked last winter as a "school bus" for some little Amish kids taking them back and forth to school two days a week. He would travel 2 miles each way, a 20 minute trip, twice a week. The other two days were Fancy Pants' responsibility. I have watched Fancy Pant pull a cart and he is a high stepping, traveling machine!! It is amazing to watch these kids with their minis. The kids ( a boy and two girls not one of them weighing more than 60 pounds or taller than four feet) swarm around the horse, hooking him me, walking him around, and the boy even loaded him into the trailer.

Surely someone would like to have him for showing in driving classes and of course using him as a stallion. Right now he is in with three mares, Toad Hill's Kiss Me Kate, Klavohan's Oreo Delight and Toad Hill's Buttermilk for 2009 foals at my place. Fancy was bred to one mare in Tuscola, IL and produced a blue roan colt out of a AMHR mare.

Fancy Pants is a blue roan and based upon what I have read on other sites, some may also say he is a blue roan bay. (I always thought bay was brown with black highlights, but what do I know?) I took these photos Memorial Day out in the field. The neck was clipped several weeks ago just so I could confirm his true color behind the winter coat. As you can see, he is shedding out and is a blue roan with black legs, mane and tail. Right now he is a little out of shape...or should I say a little over weight as the hips and neck would attest to. But he is now on a proper diet but still getting some exercise so in a month or so I have should have him looking very good.

Fancy Pants is offered for sale at $3,500 or BO. He is both AMHA and AMHR registered. I am working on getting him DNA qualified so that the foals he sired for me are dual registered too.

New photo added...taken June 20th...Fancy is slowly getting trimmer, have not used a neck sweat on him but now at show weight.

In the summer of 2008 a blue roan colt

Just for information, I am the registered co-owner of Fancy. I am not acting as an agent to sell this horse.


Dam: A A Fancy Girl 27.5"
I have added a link to his sire for reference.
Fancy was only bred once in 2007. See his 2008 colt.

Friday, October 10, 2008

More Rosie

The kids were out today, a really sunny day. Rosie is in front. Slate is behind, and behind Slate is Stetson (my monster mini-- he's about 40 inches tall).
To the right of Rosie is Link.

Rosie is a lot smaller than Lincoln. With all her winter coat you can barely tell she has a palomino color under all that cremello coat.
Rosie looks solid cremello in most of the photos I have now that she has her winter coat. I tried clipping her head to show off the medicine hat.

The foal photos do not really show off Rosie's color so I have included one of her when she was younger.

Rosie has a medicine hat (but her ears are cremello), color around the sides of her muzzle, and from her neck down to between the front legs. Unfortunately with her fur now, you really can't tell the color from the cremello base. Her mom is behind her (Toad Hill's High Octane) who is a solid.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Take A Look - ConsiderBlog for Website

I know that some of you find the idea of maintaining a website a daunting one. I used to create web pages the old fashion way, HTML in notepad. Even taught how to do it.
But now there is an easier way. You can put it on for free. (I have no connection with them, do not get anything other than I have my blog there).
With a little bit of money you get it customized with a hand drawn header, use you own web site name (not like and loose all the bloggity elements you want.
Check out some of the blogs that NW designs has created...prices are low and really worth the money. There is no hassle, all the prices are right on the blog.
If you can post ads on lilbeginnings you can create your own web site, it is super easy.
For example, the web address has a customized little horse head, NW did that, the menu options below the header, NW did that too.
I decided what to put in the menu beneath my header, and decided that I also wanted the labels on the left side.

Obstacle, Driving

I have never seen the Obstacle, Driving class before watching it on the Internet. It must take a great deal of dedication, practice, and patience to train a driving horse to successfully compete in this event.
I have uploaded an example of the obstacle, driving. I tried adding some music to this one. Hope it works okay. the obstacle where the cart wheel has to stay in the hula hoop while the cart does a 360, and also the back up throw the parallel bars. Those are just two of the challenges in this course.

If you have the time and want to see another great demostration of what miniatures can do, go to Kateland Farm and watch the Kateland Farm Drill Team!!! 
(scroll down the page on the link below)

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Obstacle, Halter

Don't know about you, but I did not get to Nationals (2008) but still found that it was on the web. I managed to watch the Halter Obstacles and Driving Obstacles and was quite impressed. For those of you who are not familar with this class, I did capture some video. Hopefully it will work for you and you can see what is involved.

Obstacle rules are in the AMHR rule book, page 266 and can be found at:

Direct Excerpt from the Rule Book below:
Part 20 – Obstacle Halter/Driving
A. The obstacle course must be posted at the Show Office not less than two hours prior to the class. Horses must be at least one year old for halter obstacle and three years old for obstacle driving. An exhibitor may not show before a Judge in classes where he/she (the exhibitor) has designed the course in that class. A horse can only be shown by one exhibitor per class. All obstacles must be numbered on the course in order of sequence.
B. Classes will be judged 100% on the manner of horse’s performance through the course.

C. There is a sixty second time limit to complete each obstacle. After time is used, the exhibitor will be directed to the next obstacle. Refusals of three (3) obstacles shall be cause for disqualification.
D. Cantering is penalized in obstacle driving.
E. Obstacle requirements:

1. Must be a minimum of 5 and maximum of 8 obstacles.
2. Tires and stair steps are prohibited.
3. Jumps are prohibited.
F. In shows where more than one obstacle class is offered, at least three of the obstacles must be different or the manner of performance through obstacles must be varied for the class.
G. Edible treats to encourage an animal to perform one of the obstacles are not allowed.
H. All obstacles should be safe for exhibitors as well as for horses.
I. Off course will result in elimination from the class and no points, ribbons or awards will be presented.
Off course is defined as:
1. Taking an obstacle in the wrong direction.
2. Negotiating an obstacle from the wrong side.
3. Skipping an obstacle unless directed by Judge.
4. Negotiating obstacles in the wrong sequence.
5. No physically moving, or coercing the horse by touching. It is to be the Judge’s discretion to disqualify. Attendants 16 years of age and older, may be allowed in the ring during Youth Halter Obstacle for safety purposes only. Attendant must not interfere with or influence individual’s or equine’s performance.
6. Miniature leaving the obstacle course.
J. Driving obstacle horses shall be shown in a suitable two-wheeled cart with basket.

Reference Only (Sire Fancy Pants)

For reference purposes I have included this blog entry.
Fancy Pants' sire is
Boones Little Buckeroo Megabucks owned by Westwind Miniatures. I used a photo right off Westwind's website, and I hope that Karen will not mind. She always has the most beautiful horses, does great at the shows, and has always been most helpful at the shows. Take time to go to her website and check out her horses too.

Photo below:

~1996 31.25" blue roan ~
sire: Boones Little Buckeroo, dam: Dell Teras Penny

Monday, September 22, 2008

Small World - Fun Show Below this post....go down

It's a small world...and the Internet seems to pull us even closer together.

When I started looking for information about chariots I ran across a blog that talked about the races in Odgen, Utah and I put the information and some photos I "borrowed" from their site....

Well one of the teams belonged to Darcy Hiatt and it was super of him to write me and fill in the details.

":Hi, I just kinda stumbled onto your website and saw the pictures of the miniature horse chariot racing. The team of paints are mine and I am doing the driving and one of the horses in the picture above is also mine. If you have any questions or comments about it let me know!! "
Darcy Hiatt

Thanks Darcy
And to make things even better, Darcy has sent detailed photos of his racing chariot. Next blog I will show you his photos of a racing chariot for those of you who might wish to build one yourselves.

Please visit his web pages at:

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Blue Roan Colt - 2008

Boones Buckeroo Fancy Pants was bred in 2007 to one mare and produced a blue roan colt in 2008. I had the opportunity to see and photograph this colt for registration papers. The mare was an AMHR only registered. As of this posting I do not know the name that this colt will be registered under. But at least you can see what Fancy can produce.

Small World

It's a small world...and the Internet seems to pull us even closer together. When I started looking for information about chariots I ran across a blog that talked about the races in Odgen, Utah and I put the information and some photos I "borrowed" from their site....

Well one of the teams belonged to Darcy Hiatt and it was super of him to write me and fill in the details.

:Hi, I just kinda stumbled onto your website and saw the pictures of the miniature horse chariot racing. The team of paints are mine and I am doing the driving and one of the horses in the picture above is also mine. If you have any questions or comments about it let me know!! :
-Darcy Hiatt

Thanks Darcy.

And to make things even better, Darcy has sent detailed photos of his racing chariot. Next blog I will show you his photos of a racing chariot for those of you who might wish to build one yourselves.

Please visit his web pages at:

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Linc and Baldrige

I had promised to post photos of Toad Hill's Lincoln Award and Toad Hill's Baldrige Award so here they are together.Perhaps not perfectly matched, but pretty close in color and size. They are both offered to sale, hopefully to someone with plans for a future team.
Lincoln Award's Mom (He's the one with more sorrel, on the left as you look at the photo)
Toad Hill's Kibbles and Bits: Sire: Spagues Buckeye (30.25", buckskin, AMHR/AMHA) by NFCS Yankee Clipper (28.00") out of4 GS Hemlock Brook Silver Jane (33.50") Dam: Koch's My Angel Baby (32.50", chesnut pinto, AMHA/AMHR) by Little Hoof's Midget Mite (29.75) out of Koch's Little Brandy (36.00")

Baldrige Award's Mom :
Toad Hill's Butterscotch

SIRE for both: Toad Hill's Rust Spot: Sire: Toad Hill's Oreo (Black pinto, 32.0" AMHR only) by WF Flashy Boy (sire: Rainbow Ridge's Starburst Cody, dam: Cirlce S Missy) Dam: Toad Hill's Neon Echo (30.0", sabino overo, AMHA/AMHR) by Colorworlds Neon Knight out of Mini Bucks Painted Princess)

Photos Taken June 28, 2012
Toad Hill's Lincoln Award

Toad Hill's Baldrige Award

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Nationals In Tulsa, 2008

So call me a slow poke. Here it is almost the last day of Nationals I am finally getting around to posting about it. For those that show horses, you knew that and I am not telling you anything you didn't know. However there are some interesting things you can see online now.

If you go to you can see the show results.

This is a quote from the Show Details, as well as the graph that shows Show Entires by Owner's Province or State.
"The American Miniature Horse Registy national show is proud to be one of the premier miniature horse show in the nation. The years shows feature over 1500 miniature horses from all over the United States and Canada. Show dates for the show are: September 4 - 13, 2008 at the Expo Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. "

Looking at the graph (which is hard to tell some of the colors) it appears that 38% came from states other than those that have some percentage showing. Texas, which makes sense based up location, along with Oklahoma seem to be well represented. I wonder how many of these folks stuck around considering Gustav and Ike. Oh, on a side note, if you want to watch the course of any hurriance from birth to death check out: .

I have also figured out how to capture video off the computer and if I can get it working, one of the next blogs will be about the obstacle class. Some of these minis obey better than my dogs!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Rebel Comes Home

Rebel, Lucky Four RebelChase RebelHeir, arrived home today after a long show season. For many minis, this month is the BIG month with many traveling to Tulsa soon for the Nationals. I have observed there are three groups of competitors amongst mini owners. Those that show their horses during the entire season, then go to the Nationals; those that show all season and then don't go to Nationals; and finally those that only show just enough to qualify a horse to be shown at Nationals and then just go to Nationals. Guess I tend to be in the show all season and quit, skipping Nationals. Anyway if you ask Rebel, I think he is happy with my decision. We arrived home about 9:30 AM, and as a ritual, I always let the horse out at the end of the driveway so they can run up, eat some grass or visit with the other horses before being put in a stall for a few days. Okay, I know..probably not a good idea, but I know the risks. After touching ground, Rebel noticed his buddies were in the lot adjacent to the driveway. So naturally he walked over to say:"Hi." Darn it, wish Rebel would show like that in the ring!!!
The guys on the other side of the fence seems interested.I often wonder if they remember each other. Rusty (white with sorrel spots), Picasso (black and white) and Stetson (large sorrel pinto) were all eager check him out.

Later next week Rebel will join the gang and play bachelor until next spring.

Oh, one more thought. Why is it, that these beautiful, clean horses have only one goal when they return from the show ring or after a bath?

As you can see Rebel has decided that being neat is not neat.

Call For Discussion

I would like to collaborate with anyone out there that is considering building a chariot for the AMHR chariot class. As you read my posts you can see I have an interest in this topic and would like to have one built for me.

I need to find out where and how much the fiberglas shells are. Who makes them?
I need to learn more about resources where parts can be purchased, I know some and may include a list in a later post.

After reading Mr. Walsh's article, looking at many that are currently out there, I think I can design one and get one built this year.

I may have even found where I can purchase a harness for my purposes.
You are welcome to either email me directly or comment on my blog with what you have done, are doing now or plan to do in the future.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Son of Phantom

The Phantom of Toad Hill was sold earlier this year and now resides in Provo, Utah. The year previous (2007) he was bred to a mare and produced this colt in 2008. The colt has not been named but will most likely remain in Arthur, IL . Below and left and right hand views. The colt in the background is Fancy Pants first foal too.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

More On Origin of Chariot

1275–1325; ME <>char car 1 -iot dim. suffix

Naturally one can always find a good deal of information on Wikipedia starting with the keyword:Chariots  and then moving on to Chariot Racing   for a start.

One more reference, the following was found in the online Christain Classics Ethereal Library underEaston'sBible Dictionary.:I cited this because Biblical references have some interesting information.


The first mention of the chariot is when Joseph, as a mark of distinction, was placed in Pharaoh’s second state chariot (Gen. 41:43); and the next, when he went out in his own chariot to meet his father Jacob (46:29). Chariots formed part of the funeral procession of Jacob (50:9). When Pharaoh pursued the Israelites he took 600 war-chariots with him (Ex. 14:7). The Canaanites in the valleys of Palestine had chariots of iron (Josh. 17:18Judg. 1:19). Jabin, the king of Canaan, had 900 chariots (Judg. 4:3); and in Saul’s time the Philistines had 30,000. In his wars with the king of Zobah and with the Syrians, David took many chariots among the spoils (2 Sam. 8:410:18). Solomon maintained as part of his army 1,400 chariots (1 Kings 10:26), which were chiefly imported from Egypt (29). From this time forward they formed part of the armies of Israel (1 Kings 22:342 Kings 9:1621; 13:7, 14; 18:24; 23:30).

In the New Testament we have only one historical reference to the use of chariots, in the case of the Ethiopian eunuch (Acts. 8:282938).

This word is sometimes used figuratively for hosts (Ps. 68:172 Kings 6:17). Elijah, by his prayers and his counsel, was “the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof.” The rapid agency of God in the phenomena of nature is also spoken of under the similitude of a chariot (Ps. 104:3Isa. 66:15;Hab. 3:8).

Chariot of the cherubim (1 Chr. 28:18), the chariot formed by the two cherubs on the mercy-seat on which the Lord rides.

Chariot cities were set apart for storing the war-chariots in time of peace (2 Chr. 1:14).

Chariot horses were such as were peculiarly fitted for service in chariots (2 Kings 7:14).

Chariots of war are described in Ex. 14:71 Sam. 13:52 Sam. 8:41 Chr. 18:4Josh. 11:4Judg. 4:313. They were not used by the Israelites till the time of David. Elijah was translated in a “chariot of fire” (2 Kings 2:11). Comp. 2 Kings 6:17. This vision would be to Elisha a source of strength and encouragement, for now he could say, “They that be with us are more than they that be with them.”

Write or call if you have any other questions.

Klavohns Oreo Delight

AMHA/AMHR registered mini, Klavohn's Oreo Delight was foaled in 1998. She is permanently registered at 32.50 inches.

She has been bred to Boone's Buckeroo Fancy Pants for a 2009 foal.

When I bought her she obviously had foundered at sometime in her life, but with proper diet her feet remain fine. She should not be let out on pasture all day as she will over eat.

DQ (what I call her) has a nice head and neck and tends to pass these traits on to her offspring. DQ has a great disposition, is friendly and easy to catch.

This black and white pinto has had several nice foals for me. I am sure she is heterozygous for pinto as she has produced at least one solid foal for me.

Sire: HCM Navajos Bold Innovation (33.00") by Calibers LIttle Navajo (AMHA, 31.50") out of NFC Tiny Mites Delight (AMHA, 33.50")
Dam: Klavohn's D. Q. Double Delight (31.00") by Star' Sunburst (28.00") out of Sunshine Sweet & Low (28.00")

Sunday, July 6, 2008

TBD Day of Defense

This photo was taken late November, 2008.
Yes, this is a strange name. TBD is an acronym for "To Be Determined."
TBD was foaled on 6/22/2005, and named after two important events that occurred that day. It was the day of the shower for my daughter who was expecting her first child. They used the letters TBD when referring to the baby, since it seemed a good option since they did not know the sex of the child. Day of Defense, well TBD was born the day I defended my dissertation.I call TBD a liver color, but am not really sure what the color is. The photos are accurate color. I believe she has the cremello genes and that is somewhat masking her base color. She is a nice pinto, good disposition and has had one months show training. I sometimes send my horses for a month's training when I think I will keep them for a while.
Sire: Toad Hill's the Great Gatsby (33.25", dapple grey pinto) by S Bar S Sire Prince (32.25", black) out of Koch's My Angel Baby (32.50, chesnut and white)

Dam: Toad Hill's Marshmellow (33", Smutty palomino) by Spragues Buckeye (30.25", buckskin) out of Toad HIll's Bunny (35.75", cremello).

TBD has been now permanently registered (01/12/09) at 35.75".

The Modern Chariot (Part 1)

The three part article is provided by Jim Walsh.
Suppose, for the sake of the exercise, that we needed to design a racing chariot for competition, and that competition was as tough as it is in light harness racing throughout the world. What characteristics would we be looking for? In no particular order, I would suggest they are:

* Lightest possible weight consistent with structural integrity,
* Least possible aerodynamic drag,
* Lowest rolling resistance consistent with -
* Reducing the draft animal’s energetic cost of locomotion to a minimum.

Chariots have been around for a long time - 4,000 plus years - and for a fair bit of recorded human history the planet’s top brains, it’s “rocket scientists” if you like, were engaged in optimizing the chariot’s role as the supreme instrument of warfare from 2,000 BC to the time of Alexander the Great at around 300 BC. As with most things, it is a good idea to look at the design of vehicles of similar purpose during the eras when the very best brains were designing them.

Let us start with Egyptian chariots in the era 1500 BC to 1,000 BC. An Egyptian battle chariot weighed (with harness) around 34 kg (75 pounds), but that was designed to carry two men in battle. The Egyptians also had a need for long-distance high-speed communications, and that need was filled by a single person chariot of much lighter weight and therefore higher speed. Like this:

From, “Wheeled Vehicles of the Ancient Near East” Littauer & Crowley.

The platform of the chariot is strung, tennis racquet style, with rawhide thongs, giving a bearing surface, which was light, strong and - very importantly - provided a degree of shock absorption between the vehicle and its driver. This reduced the shock loading on the delicate wheels on rough terrain, contributing significantly to the service life of the 4-spoked wood and leather wheels.

Note that the chariot was connected to the horses by a pair of neck yokes (the inverted “Y” devices in the above illustration). These were placed above the neck and in front of the withers, and were held in place by the downward pressure exerted by the weight of the chariot’s pole resulting from the center of gravity of the chariot being well forward of the axle. Added to that downward pressure was the contribution of the driver, who had no option but to place his feet in front of the axle. This downward pressure increased the load on the horse’s feet and therefore increased the amount of energy those horses had to expend to move at any velocity above zero.

The Hittites of ancient Anatolia made a much heavier three-person chariot which moved the axle to the middle of the floor and revised the hitch, moving the yoke attachment point behind the withers and combining that with a girth strap and a breast strap. This reduced the downward load of the yoke to zero when moving at a constant velocity on level ground.

Around 700 BC, the Greeks combined the lightweight chariot of the Egyptians with the balance of the Hittites and added an improved “dorsal hitch”. The end result of the Greek innovations was a lightweight chariot with a reduced load on the feet of the horses compared to the Egyptian chariot, an increased load on the wheels of the chariot, and a net increase in efficiency. In plain language - more speed for the same effort or less effort for the same speed than either the Egyptian or Hittite chariots.

The balance system of the Hittites and Ancient Greeks is known as “neutral balance” and along with the dorsal hitch was adopted by the later Romans. Every chariot that ever raced at the Circus Maximus in Rome used the dorsal hitch, a fact you would not appreciate if you went by the movie “Ben Hur”, since in that movie NONE of the racing chariots used the dorsal hitch.

The dorsal hitch is optimum for light to medium loads and only passed out of common use after the decline of the Roman Empire and with it the system of smooth roads built and maintained by the Romans. When the first high-speed road was constructed again in England in the 17th century, no coachbuilder (apart from a few in Italy) knew anything about the dorsal hitch, and so vehicles built for speed were by and large lightweight versions of the existing heavy vehicles designed for passage over rough terrain.

The Modern Chariot (Part 2)

And so it continued right into the 20th century, where lightweight single-seat race sulkies continued the practice of using two shafts and attaching those on the sides of the horse. When a high speed vehicle was needed for two horses, they used the same pole design of heavy haulage vehicles with this result:
In the latter half of the 20th century (1969), a Project Engineer with NASA, Joseph King, re-introduced the dorsal hitch to racing with this vehicle:

The Single Shaft Sulky (“SSS”), as it was called, dramatically increased the speed of harness racers, typically by around 6 seconds over the mile. Given that a harness horse covers around 14 meters per second, horses using the SSS had a 84 meter advantage over the common race distance of one mile, or 1609 meters. The King sulky had two major performance advantages over others of its era:

1) The dorsal hitch, which offered greater animal freedom than any other hitching system, then or now, and
2) Negative balance. King placed the sulky’s combined CG well behind the axles so that the sulky tended to lift the horse by his girth strap. This reduces the load on the horse’s feet, reducing its energetic cost of locomotion, and contributing significantly to th e greater speed of the vehicle.

In 1974 all single shaft sulkies were banned, allegedly because the horse could turn under the shaft and actually face the driver, and this was held to be a potential danger in standing start races. There were many who felt that such a ban may have been somewhat ingenuous because:
a) No such incident had ever occurred in either standing start or any other type of race, and
b) If there was to be a ban on that ground, the SSS could have been restricted to the much more common mobile start races, in which the problem simply did not arise, and
c) The horse could have been fitted with a belly band and trace such that it could not turn more than, say, 30 degrees from strict fore-aft alignment with the sulky.

But King’s sulky was patented, had an overwhelming advantage over conventional sulkies, and was a definite threat to established manufacturers, so it was banned world-wide. However, not to be so easily defeated, King then created a two-shafted steel sulky with the same negative balance, calling it the “modified” sulky, and it too out-performed the neutral balance sulkies of the opposition. But negative balance had been introduced to racing in the mid 1960s by a German psychiatrist by the name of Weber. It failed to make a major impact until the SSS, but in 1974, with the banning of the SSS, everyone started making negative balance “modified” sulkies, and in the first year in which they became widely used, the number of sub two-minute miles run in the USA increased by a massive 300 per cent.