Sunday

Horses lining up from A to Z for April’s daily blog challenge


Post time is nearly here for the A to Z Blogging Challenge, and The Mane Point is chomping at the bit for the opening gun to sound.

Starting April 1st, The Mane Point will highlight special horses belonging to friends and colleagues. The lineup runs from A to Z and includes a colorful assortment of equines, from Andalusians to American Quarter Horses, from Minis to Mustangs, and from Dressage to Driving Horses.

Bookmark this page. Click the spot in the right-hand sidebar to follow this blog. You won’t want to miss a single post.

Besides, you never know whose horse might turn up on any given day.

Nearly all of the alphabetical spots have been taken. What letter of the alphabet starts your horse’s name?
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Wednesday

Horses go high-tech with iPad for equines


Halt us, if you’ve seen this one.

The clever folks at BBC’s Feed My Funny have done it again. Nearly 300,000 viewers have already laughed themselves hoarse over a video that supposedly promotes a new iPad for horses. 

The video link has been circulated a bit on sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Take a look:

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The high-tech horse humor, billed as “unveiling the latest revolution in equine technology,” is from “Dawson Bros Funtime,” a BBC sketch show.

Is your horse unusually social? Does your Appy need a new app? Is your Oldenburg tired of old news? Perhaps your pony’s feeling a little lonely.

Or maybe you’re just looking for a laugh.

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Thursday

Take a peek at Depp & Hammer in ‘The Lone Ranger’

Heigh-ho, Silver! It’s Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer in “The Lone Ranger”!

With the first week of filming finally wrapped, producer Jerry Bruckheimer has released the first photo from the much-anticipated remake of the television classic about the famous masked man and his savvy Native American sidekick.

“Tonto and The Lone Ranger ride again, Bruckheimer tweeted March 8th (on Twitter.com). And the retweeters went wild, zipping the photo of the heavily made-up and feather-locked Depp and the buttoned-up and masked Hammer all over cyberspace.

The actual film, directed by Gore Verbinski, is due in cinemas nationwide in May 2013.


Here’s the party-line of the plot-line for “The Lone Ranger” movie:

“The Lone Ranger” is a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.

Movie buffs are familiar with Depp from his popular role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Disney “Pirates of the Caribbean” series, as well as many turns in Tim Burton’s films. Hammer, who first found fame in “Gossip Girl” and “The Social Network,” has also appeared in "Mirror, Mirror" and “Flicka.”

The two are certainly a far cry from the original Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels, who saddled up in the original "Lone Ranger" series. Who's got a hankering to see the new film, when it gallops into movie theaters?

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Friday

Great Ride, Davy Jones

(Watch the late Monkees star Davy Jones ride a racehorse to win. Scroll down for video.)

Davy Jones died on Leap Year Day, apparently while seeing to his horses. The popular TV singer and TV personality was 66 years old when he died of a heart attack at his Florida horse farm. Here's the online story, with lots more information about Davy Jones and his equestrian pursuits:


The Monkees lost their former front man. Middle-aged women lost their first teen idol crush. And the horse world lost one of our own.

Davy Jones
(December 30, 1945 – February 29, 2012)

Equestrian enthusiasts and horse racing fans may remember Davy Jones as more than a Monkee. 

He was a lifelong horse lover. As a child, the diminutive 1960s pop star wanted to grow up to be a racing jockey.

Davy Jones actually raced.

Take a look at his initial win on video, as Davy Jones rode his own chestnut Digpast first to the wire at Linfield in 1996:
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Farewell, “Daydream Believer” Davy Jones.

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Horsey Books: Check Out 'Bubba to the Rescue'


With what real-life issues might a horse-loving teen grapple? Author Jennifer Walker addresses that question gently and tactfully her new book, Bubba to the Rescue.


  (Don't miss the free giveaway/contest at the end of this blog post!)

What is Bubba to the Rescue? Second in Walker’s Green Meadow Series, this horse-friendly find is a preteen novel that's packed with action, adventure and personal drama. 

Bubba's horse-loving author invited The Mane Point to be the second stop on her March 2012 book tour for this new release. Walker’s Bubba to the Rescue book tour runs through March 16th.

Here’s my book review of this fun read for young horse lovers:
 
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by Jennifer Walker

Have you read Bubba to the Rescue yet? The book is listed in paperback and digital editions by several online sellers, including Amazon.

About the Author: Jennifer Walker
Horse lover Jennifer Walker is the author of Bubba to the Rescue, Bubba Goes National, and Leslie and the Lion. Her articles have appeared in Arabian Horse Times, Horseman’s News, Modern Arabian Horse and Sierra Style. Jennifer Walker has published short stories in Elements of the Soul and The Ultimate Horse Lover.

Through July 1, 2012*, Walker will donate $1 for each copy of Bubba to the Rescue (or the first Green Meadow book, Bubba Goes National) sold through Twin Trinity to young rider Zoe Deaton’s fundraising efforts, as the Kentucky teen points for the 2012 Arabian Youth Nationals in Albuquerque.

Great Giveaway!

Walker, an avid equestrian and prolific writer, is offering a fun contest for readers of The Mane Point. My friend and colleague tells me that she will present one lucky person with a free download of  Leslie and the Lion. This tale, usually priced at $.99 per download, is a companion work to the Green Meadow Series.

How can you enter the free story contest?

Just leave a comment (below) on this blog post before the end of the book tour (midnight ET on Friday, March 16, 2012). Be sure to include your email address or a link to your own website, so we can let you know, if you win. 

The lucky reader will be announced on Saturday, March 17th, right here on The Mane Point. (“Follow” this blog, so you can find your way back easily!)

Good luck, and happy reading!

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