WegWag has Moved!

Posted in Art, Equine Issues with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 7, 2011 by martimu

What an amazing adventure it has been keeping the World Equestrian Games updated from behind and whithin the scenes here by your WegWag host Marti McGinnis for the past four years! But sadly they have come and gone so it is time to move on – and move on she has! This blog will no longer be updated but all new updates will carry on here: http://HorseJourney.wordpress.com . If you’re following WegWag tweets – then you’re automatically now following the new name HorseJourney. New to twitter? No worries just follow HorseJourney and we’ll be connected!

Are you perhaps into Equine Assisted Activities or Equine Assisted Learning? Then you’ll for sure want to subscribe to Marti’s blog that features tons of activities both at liberty and in the studio at www.QuantumSparks.com.

My Thank You WEG video was well received and appears below:

Marti documents her journey with her own horses. No trophies or medals to be won in that but a whole lot of fun at her expense and it’s all fun and on the table open. Marti has also recently made a huge overall to the EquineConnection.org rescue network. If you love horses (and we know you do) you should join me there now! Here’s a video that describes what EquineConnection is all about:

And finally some of you may know Marti is also an artist and has been making fun paintings and other creations featuring horses. Her fine art website documents everything she’s into. Check it out! www.happyart.com. Buy some at SongPony on Etsy.com.

Thanks WEGWAG Readers!

Posted in Media on January 3, 2011 by martimu

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow!

Some Stats

In 2010, there were 45 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 77 posts. There were 119 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 24mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was October 4th with 210 views right during the middle of the World Equestrian Games!  The most popular post that day was Spanish Heart + Soul at the WEG Freestyle.

Where did you come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, twitter.com, mail.yahoo.com, refzip.com, and mail.live.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for weg news and horse fun.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Spanish Heart + Soul at the WEG Freestyle October 2010
3 comments

2

Is Michael Blowen Crazy? January 2010
15 comments

3

The Equine Village at the WEG – Paso Finos! October 2010
5 comments

4

WEG News Update September 2010

5

Natural Horsemanship – Parelli Style August 2009
4 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,

Happiest Horse Store on Planet Earth!

Posted in Art, Equine Rescue, SongPony with tags , , , , , , on October 27, 2010 by martimu

The holidays are a’comin’ and if your heart is with horses you might want to know about some of the happiest horse stores you’re likely to encounter this season. It features the work of artist Marti McGinnis and all the proceeds raised go right back into funding EquineConnection.org – the global community for equine rescue and advocacy.

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Click here to visit the store.It’s at www.zazzle.com/studiomudio

Oh, you’d rather have an original painting? You can! Same deal – the proceeds benefit EquineConnection.org and these can be commissioned to be of YOUR favorite equines. Even famous ones (hello Rachel and Zenyatta fans!). Samples here.

Horseanalities - 11" x 14" x .75 - $65

Love is Joy - 6" x 12" x .75 - $50

YOU Ride the WEG X-Country Course on Henny!

Posted in Events, Horse Park, Rolex, Supernatural Horsemanship, World Equestrian Games with tags , , , , , on October 19, 2010 by martimu

Peter Atkins sports a helmet-cam so you and I can see what it’s really like to take those god awful jumps on a four star eventing course. Some of the most amazing 12 minutes I have ever spent in my life!!!

Registered Name: Henry Jota Hampton
(HJ Carapalida—Napoi Honorable)
Chestnut. g., 16 hands, 9 years, Argentine Sport Horse
Rider: Peter Atkins (AUS)
Henry is a 9 year old Selle Francais from Argentina.

Here’s what his rider says:

My goal was to make life fun for him again and to get him to relax and enjoy his work. When I first got him it was an ordeal to trot the five minutes up the dirt road to the dressage ring. It would take me half an hour to get there because every change of color on the road, puddles, shadows from the power lines was cause for him to hit panic mode.

And this:

Although he is one of the bravest XC horses I have ever had he is still scared of his own shadow when he isn’t competing.

His website is: www.runhennyrun.com.

His human, Peter Atkins set it up and creates these helmetcam views of the courses they ride to help fund their campaigning. They are a courageous pair that I think are realizing dreams because of Mr. Atkins positive outlook on this horse.

“Like” him on Facebook here.

Thank You WEG!

Posted in Events, Horse Lovers, Horse Park, Kentucky, Rolex, Special Events, Trainers/Clinicians, World Equestrian Games with tags , , on October 12, 2010 by martimu

The outdoor arena waits for its next big event

Are they really over? Has the last competitor really been loaded into a trailer, onto a plane and zoomed far, far away?

Yep. Four years’ worth of personal blog build-up and now it’s over. But I will never, ever forget how these Games touched my soul.

All the planning. All the parties. All the announcements, hoopla and happenstance. Below is a video “Thank You” I composed using the footage I grabbed with my iPhone while on duty and little camera during my free times.

I kept my participation out on the edges and I think it was a truly wonderful vantage point to soak in everything that was so right about the WEG. And while I may have been just a rake and pitchfork wielding extra let me tell you, these duties gained me access to everything I could have hoped to have been a part of and gotten to witness firsthand and so up close I would find the bits of dropped carrots the competitor horses accidentally dropped from their groom’s, rider’s and trainer’s hands as they made their way out of the arena.

This one was painted with a sort of equine topographic map of some of the noteworthy farms of the Bluegrass region.

One of MANY painted ponies in the Alltech pavilion

The final tally had well over 60 countries represented as competitors or visitors to the Commonwealth of Kentucky an honor indeed.

So many participating countries!

Fuego XII enters the practice ring

One of my favorite equine athletes was the Spanish horse Fuego XII who danced and pranced under the worthy guidance of his capable rider, Juan Munoz Diaz. Maybe not as technically accomplished as Edward Gal and his stallion Moorlands Totilas but as accomplished and joyful as any horse and rider ever was.

One of the Entryways

So Now Kentucky — and I — are getting back into our normal routines. We miss everyone who gave of themselves during these amazing Games. We thank the sponsors, the athletes, their retinues, the volunteers, the clinicians, the exhibitors, the breed demonstrators and everyone else who played a role in making these such a memorable, fulfilling and happy experience. Well done to everyone and Thank you WEG!

 

WEG At the Wire

Posted in Trainers/Clinicians, World Equestrian Games with tags , , on October 10, 2010 by martimu

So it’s come down to the final two hours at the World Equestrian Games. I couldn’t bring myself to attend the closing ceremony. I hate goodbyes. It would depress me to see all the clinicians, exhibitors and trade fair participants closing up. I will miss them and when they’ve had time to recoup from the energy they spent getting and being here for 16 days I hope they come out happy to have been a significant part of this amazing experience. I know not all made a ton of money, but the thing about exhibitions of whatever size and caliber with the right attitude there is never a ‘bad show’. Connections were made throughout these games that will last a lifetime.

So let the final pomp and circumstance unfold and let Normandy France step up and claim these reins. I think as this first ever American world horse party comes to a close just as soon as people catch up on their sleep, reclaim their calendars and unpack their travel bags they will be filled with a warm and satisfying glow. They will reflect on the people they met, the sights they saw and the absolute stellar performances of the athletes they witnessed. For many of us this was probably a once-in-a-lifetime happening and we will review our keepsakes, potos and memories for years to come. For others the quick march of four years’ preparation will flow quickly and before they know it they’ll be repeating and surpassing their performances here in new ways in France.

And to all of us all I say bravo!

And for the record I have more info, images and video to assemble and post so WegWag will live on at least for the next little while as we all wind down from this whirlwind world class set of wonders.

The Equine Village at the WEG – Paso Finos!

Posted in Trainers/Clinicians, World Equestrian Games with tags , , , on October 8, 2010 by martimu

Amazingly gifted and dedicated riders and their horses who have wowed the global stage with their accomplishments in the official competitions of the World Equestrian Games over these past weeks. But the fun hasn’t stopped with them. Oh no ma’am. Not by a long shot! Throughout other venues more celebrations, demonstrations and clinics have been going on day in and day out. It’s as though the fun has been never ending – the things to do and see relentlessly taking a hold of sanity and causing people to spend hour after hour engaged in all things equine. Here is a quick look at a show in the Equine Village highlighting the fun that is the experience of the Paso Fino horse.

In addition to the marvelous array of activities at the Kentucky Horse Park, there have also been three other major venues associated with this big festival including the International Festival of the Horse in downtown Lexington, Spotlight Lexington featuring Kentucky arts and music and the tents in Georgetown highlighting even more activities and trade fair exhibits. If any horse lover walks out of here with any money left at all it will be a miracle! If they leave with hopes unfulfilled I think it may only be because they ran out of time or money. I know I did.

It takes a village to put on a show like this.....

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