Harvey Wallbanger the Racing Buffalo

Harvey Wallbanger

A buffalo that races horses? It sounds like something from the old West, but Harvey Wallbanger, the racing buffalo is a relatively recent phenomenon. In 1980, a small herd of buffalo, owned by Collin “TC” Thorstenson, was attacked by poachers, leaving a bison calf orphaned. TC, who worked on the Milwaukee Railroad, bottle-fed the calf […]

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Zebra Racing!

Hold onto your hats! These zebras live up to their reputation of being difficult rides. The biggest challenge is getting at least ONE of them to cross the finish line! Want to see more exotic racing? Visit Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota. In the meantime, I’ll leave the zebra racing to the professionals.

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Can Ruby Walsh Conquer Cheltenham Six Years Running?

Right now I have a special interest in studying equestrians recovering from broken bones.  How long before they rode again? How injured were they? Did it make them more cautious. For example, champion UK jockey Ruby Walsh fractured his tibia at Punchestown in November, but he set his sights on the Cheltenham Festival, which starts […]

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Human vs. Horse Marathon

Horse vs. human

Okay, it wouldn’t be much of a competition if I tried to run 22 miles, even if both of my legs worked, but in this annual competition in Wales, more than 630 runners and 60 horses compete (the initial race, in 1980 had 4 horses and 29 runners). This yearly competition in Wales attracts more […]

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Midge wins the Clydesdale Stakes

This annual event always brings a smile to my face. I can only imagine how much the ground shakes as these magnificent horses gallop by! This year’s race was won  by Midge, ridden by with Noel Fehily.

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American Pharoah wins the Breeders Cup Classic!

American Pharoah led wire to wire in the Breeders Cup Classic, crossing the wire 6 and a half lengths in front of Effinex and making it look easy (again). It was a definitive win that should quiet his detractors. Unfortunately, it was also his last race — he now retiring to stud. It’s actually pretty […]

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