Budweiser shows off newest Clydesdale

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Just in time for the super bowl, the Budweiser Clydesdales have a new family member.

The first foal of 2016, Mac, was born Tuesday at Warm Springs Ranch in Boonville, Missouri.

Anheuser-Busch says ‘Mac’s name is a nod to the iconic legacy of the Budweiser Clydesdales, the most macro of all icons.

The name also serves to acknowledge the brand’s tag line, “proudly a macro beer.”

Mac will live at Warm Springs with a herd of 160 other Anheuser-Busch’s Clydesdales.

In a Facebook post, the ranch says both mom and baby are happy and healthy.

Mac Pony 1

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Family saves baby wild horse ‘Jazz’, forms ‘amazing’ bond

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On Oct. 5, 2011, a little foal who became known as Jazz was born at the BLM holding facility in Delta, Utah. His mother had been brought there after a roundup of wild horses in Nevada six months earlier. But a week after giving birth, she died. Jazz became an orphan.

Jazz the baby horse

Fortunately, Eric Reid, the facility’s manager and a wild horse and burro specialist, spotted Jazz’s mother as he was closing for the night. He knew he had little time to save the young horse, who needed milk every 3 hours. So he called his wife, Lisa, and asked if she would care for the foal until a foster home could be found.

That evening, as Eric pulled in to the drive, Lisa and their two girls hurried out to see what was in the trailer.

They saw a frightened little foal, red with a big white blaze covering his face.

“He looked at us and we looked at him, sizing up each other on what the weeks ahead had in store,” Lisa remembers. She made a bottle, while Eric built a small pen in the backyard by the door.

“Little did I know that having a young foal would require as much attention as a young baby, feeding every three hours, regardless!” Lisa says. “Your mother mode automatically kicks in wondering is the baby hungry, is he cold?”

Worried about how Jazz would feel his first night without his mother, Lisa retrieved her old horse’s winter blanket from the barn. The family quickly settled into a routine, with someone feeding Jazz every 3 hours. Still worried that the horse was cold at night, Lisa dug through her closet and found a new sweatshirt, cut an opening in front, and draped it over his body.

Then, the challenge became to find a name for what Lisa calls “the little horse who so easily stole our hearts.”

“Thunder? Secretariat? Blaze? No, Jazz,” Lisa recalls. “He had the cutest jazzy personality and willingness to please that it just fit him well.”

The hardest decision, Lisa said, came when Jazz was healthy enough for the family to follow through on finding him a foster home. But by the end of October, she had found a family and the perfect home.

“They couldn’t believe how small yet so precious he was,” Lisa says. “I cried as I handed over his lead rope to his new foster parents. It’s just amazing how much my family and I had bonded to this beautiful little soul in such a short amount of time.”

BLM is hoping to get more Americans to adopt wild horses, especially the youngest horses captured during the roundups. You can learn more about the program here.

Lisa Reid, a public affairs specialist for the agency, says: “I do this job because I love these horses and all that they stand for. One person, one horse at a time, can make a difference.”


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Beautiful mane. . .

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Ladies, don’t you wish our hair was as beautiful as this horses mane? Absolutely gorgeous!

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Irene Valenti hosts Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club ‘Taste of RSF” appreciation reception.

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Irene Valenti hosted the third annual Rotary Club of Rancho Santa Fe’s Celebration and Wine Pairing event at the Valenti Estate in Rancho Santa Fe on Oct. 12.

Taste of RSF Rotary

Guests were the sponsors of the Taste of Rancho Santa Fe 2015 and the membership of the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club, which was held Oct. 11 at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe.

The event at the Valenti estate was co-chaired by RSF Rotarian members Heather Manion and Jamie Palizban. Proceeds from the Taste of Rancho Santa Fe support these nonprofits: San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, Women’s Empowerment International, ConectMed International, Miracle Babies, The Vision For Children Foundation, Voices For Children, STEP, JC Cooley Foundation, RSF Community Center, RSF Rotary Foundation.

The event included wine tasting from Navarro Vineyards, 2 Plank Vineyards, Oakville Ranch, Quigly Fine Wines, Ganon Cellars, Powell Mountain Cellars, Vinemark Cellars, Balletto, Cairdean Estate, Coomber Family Ranch, CM Winery, Falkner Winery, Darms Lane, among a variety of additional vendors.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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The team at the Valenti Equestrian Club would like to wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!

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It’s Bing Crosby season, have you gone to the Del Mar races?

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Del Mar’s Inaugural Bing Crosby Season
Debuts November 7



After a thrilling summer of fast racing and huge events, the legendary seaside track will open again for its inaugural Bing Crosby Season, November 7-30. Old Hollywood style meets classic Southern California cool this November at Del Mar with four weeks of elite Thoroughbred racing, fresh events and musical performances to keep the good times rolling.

The added season pays tribute to the glamour and excitement of 1930s when Hollywood icon Bing Crosby founded the track with some of his celebrity pals. The Bing Crosby Season will run a total of 15 racing days – primarily Thursday through Sunday – with an earlier daily post time of 12 p.m. on weekends and 12:30 p.m. on weekdays. The one exception will be Thanksgiving Day, November 27, with first post shifted to 11 a.m.

The season kicks off with a spectacular, Gatsby-style, Opening Day party on Friday, November 7. Stars and fans will show off their fall finest in an outrageous day of racing and revelry. The afternoon will feature an “Old Hollywood Fashion Contest,” with awards being given for Best Dressed Couple, Best Old Hollywood and Best Celebrity Lookalike.

Beyond world-class Thoroughbred sport, Del Mar is known for its exciting lineup of concerts, food and beer festivals, giveaways, and seminars with top racing folks – and the Bing Crosby Season continues that tradition. The fast-paced meet will include two Saturday concerts, November 15 and 29, with Reggae Fest featuring Iration kicking things off on the 15th and alternative rock band CAKE closing out the season on the 29th.

Football Sundays get an upgrade in November, when fans can take in a day of racing and NFL action in Del Mar’s Cabana Football Lounge. Multiple TV screens, bars and food options will keep racing and football fans happy all day.

Food trucks are back Saturday, November 22, along with a plush black and gold diamond blanket giveaway. November 29 will feature a craft beer festival, a Movember event and the biggest race of the meet – the Hollywood Derby. Closing Day – Sunday November 30 – is a free day on Del Mar.

Racing during the Bing Crosby Season will take place Friday through Sunday during the first week; Thursday through Sunday the other three weeks. Weekday post time will be 12:30 p.m., 12 noon on weekends. The one exception will be Thanksgiving Day, November 27, with first post shifted to 11 a.m. Admission at all gates will be $6 ($3 for Diamond Club members). Every Friday (except Opening Day) is Free & Easy for Diamond Club Members, where they receive free admission, program and seat, along with half-priced beer, sodas and hot dogs.



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