The Thirsty Zebra

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Buck and Gil's Travelling Blog



Hi, my name is Buck and this in my friend Gil.  My mom used to say to me all the time, "Be Understanding, Confident and Kind"... I guess that's why everyone always called me Buck.


Gil's full name is branded on the bottom of his foot, it is the craziest thing! When he lifts his hoof up to get it cleaned out, there it is... "Good Is Life!"


Gil and I will be posting pictures and stories of our adventures that we hope you will all  enjoy.  Our goal is to entertain you and offer a feeling of happiness and well being.  Gil was born in Maui, Hawaii, so that is one reason we want to share the Aloha State of Mind.


Stay tuned as we begin our journey together and with our partner, Susan. She loves to travel to all sorts of great places, particularly places where horse events are being held.




Beautiful Thoroughbred Farms of Kentucky

By Susan Acree Our first day in Kentucky was wonderful! We started the morning with a beautiful drive to Louisville to tour Churchill Downs. Our tour guide, Barry was so fun. He told stories of his favorite Kentucky Derbys and funny memories of sneaking in as a teenager to watch the races. One year he came in for the Derby through a hole in the fence, watched a few races and then decided to head home to watch the Derby on TV because the crowd was so huge he couldn’t see the track. It was the 1973 Derby, the year Secretariat won. He said he still regrets that he missed seeing that historical race live. He sent us back to Lexington on the Kentucky Scenic Byway. It took us past many beautifu

Remembering Our Trip to The Kentucky Derby

By Susan Acree Charismatic-1999 Kentucky Derby Winner Back 1999, my husband made it possible for us to attend the Kentucky Derby. Of course, this was one of the top things on my Bucket List. That first Saturday in May of 1999 was indeed memorable. One of our funniest memories is that between the two of us we had made wagers including 10 different horses and combinations of win, place, show finishers. Charismatic was the eventual winner in an exciting running of the 125th Kentucky Derby. After the cheering subsided and we started sorting through our tickets to find some kind of winner, we realized that neither of us had put Charismatic on any of our tickets! Bummer…. Although the race itself

Man O’ War and The Kentucky Horse Park

By Susan Acree As I think about all the things I want to make sure my friends see when we are at the Kentucky Horse Park, the Man O’ War Memorial is at the top of the list. There is a ring of plants and flowerbeds around his bronze statue. As you walk around, there are several tablets that tell the story of Man O’ War. They tell about his undefeated record, but the most memorable one for me, is the story of his one loss. He got boxed in by another horse and jockey, which by the account I read, was absolutely on purpose. But, the thing I remember wasn’t that he lost, but the jockey that beat him regretted his part in it. He knew he had helped ruin the record of the obvious King of the Sport.

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