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CascadeJade
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« on: March 03, 2005, 10:28:28 PM »

 Hi guys,

I finally

decided on a winner for the Starzen contest! It was VERY hard to pick, I even had to get a

second opinion! I was surprised at the quality of writing I was sent and the stories were so

interesting to read! Every story I was sent I read right way and really enjoyed them(I should

give away more horses! lol ) But in the end the winner became........


DRUM ROLL PLEASE

.............................................................................................

.................................................Fatimah of Morning Star

Farms
! Congradulations! I'll set Starzen for sale to you for $0, just

check the sales page!

AND, I wasn't planning on doing this, but because I liked everybody

else's stories soo much I decided that everybody else who sent in a story deserved some sort

of prize. Unfortunatly I don't have much to give, but I do have 3 high quality stallions

standing at stud and everybody else (Chris, Dave of OK Corral, Gloucester Downs

and Sarah
) can have two free breedings to any one of them either this year or

next.  Let me know what months you'd like to book if booking this year and next year the

same goes :)

Thanks for a fun and great contest! Turned out great!

Here's the winning

story:

"REMINISCENT"

The young woman moved through the

crowd, blessing her lineage for her long legs as she lifted her head to look over the top of

the heads. Today she was glad for her height most days she loathed it. Still, if it weren't

for her height she wouldn't be here today. Well, her height and the fifty thousand dollars.



 She'd have to be prudent, that much was sure. If she could manage to find one good

prospect she could make a start.  For weeks she?d combed the claiming races, spoke to her

friends in search of a horse. She?d found one, Right on Cue. She was positive she could turn

into a winner. Now, she just had to make the purchase. She thought her father would have

liked him.

 From the moment she'd been old enough to listen, her father had filled her

ears with talk of horses. She had learned breeding like some people learned the bible and her

prayers were for luck and good weather. His words were more valuable to her now than they

ever had been. She wished her father were here, today. Gladly she'd give back the

inheritance, for one more day with him.

 A rough elbow and brazen glare helped her slide

into position at the rail between two men. She inhaled deeply. You could smell the excitement

in the air. The din of the crowd played around her as she took a moment to get herself

settled. The claimers were over and it was time for the stakes race.

 She looked down at

the racing program. Her jade eyes glanced through the list of horses until she noticed the

name Starzen. She smiled. Starzen had been her father?s favorite, and one of her own as well.

They had both followed his career for the last three years. Certainly this had to be some

omen, a small piece of luck, sent to buoy her spirits.

 Her father had taken to Starzen,

after his third place in the derby. They'd watched it together, on the television set that

year, Drinking mint juleps, just the two of them. That was a day she'd been glad not to be

at the track. The overcast skies that had dumped rain the night before, leaving the track

muddy at best. The race had been an exciting duel between Moonopoly and Take Me to Hollywood,

but Starzen had held his position through the entire race. In the stretch run, they'd both

been on their feet, shouting and cheering as they tried to propel Starzen through the mud and

across the wire first. Starzen finished with a show. Until the day her father died, he blamed

it on the mud.  She laughed aloud at her memory.

 An aged man standing near her gave her

an odd look when she laughed, for what appeared to be no reason.

            ?Picked your

winner have you?? He asked, his eyes twinkling. She flashed him a smile.

      ?I have at

that.? She answered, the excitement of the crowd catching her up in the familiar tumult that

made her pulse race.

 The bugle sounded, and drew her attention to the track. Soon the

horses would be coming out onto the field for the running of the steeplechase, Hal?s

Hope.

 She'd had the pleasure to be at the track, the day Starzen ran his first

Steeplechase. Victory On My Mind might have had victory on his mind, but the stars were in

Starzen?s favor that day. It had been the first of several wins that year; the shift to

fences had been a good one. Her eyes turned back to the track, a small smile on her lips.



One day, she'd own a horse like Starzen, she thought to herself. Maybe even one day,

once he was retired to stud, she'd be able to breed a horse by him. If she did, she'd name

it after her father, or perhaps, she would simply call it, Reminiscent.

 
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hollyh1125
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« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2005, 11:21:58 PM »

  :D wow that is an awesome

story.  Maybe i should hold a contest, too! For what, i'm not sure...lol.  Congratulations!!

:D  
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Morning Star Farms
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« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2005, 01:42:42 AM »

 Oh yay! thank you Jade so

much!! I just picked him on on the sales page. I really enjoyed writting the story and i am

very glad that you liked it.

Needless to say, if i ever find a broodmare, my first foal

already has a name *grins*

Thank you too Holly. i am glad you liked the story as well.

And, if you're thinking of a contest, how about a broodmare? *chuckles jokingly*

Gosh, i

am so excited...


Thanks again!!!!

Fatimah
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Sarah
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« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2005, 02:22:29 AM »

 Great job!  I loved the

story!  Oh and thanks Jade for our prize :)  Now I just need a mare haha.
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CascadeJade
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« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2005, 04:18:25 AM »

 One way for you guys to get

a broodmare is buy a 4+ racemare. Then retire her to broodmare status. Its usually the

easiest way. :)
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Morning Star Farms
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« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2005, 07:01:15 PM »

 Hey. I shoulda thought of

that .... lol,

Thanks for the advice
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« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2005, 07:42:03 PM »

 Could I have a free breeding

to Devil May Care for Deadly Game?
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CascadeJade
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« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2005, 10:37:51 PM »

 Sure, what month would you

like so I can put you down for 0?
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« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2005, 10:48:36 PM »

 What dates are free for him

in May?
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CascadeJade
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« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2005, 10:55:52 PM »

 All of May if free, just up

to yo if you want early May or late May
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« Reply #10 on: April 23, 2005, 11:02:38 PM »

 Early May would be fine
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CascadeJade
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« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2005, 11:07:49 PM »

 Ok, ur all set :) Good luck

with the foal! You'll need to just breed your mare anytime soon and its at 0 :)
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« Reply #12 on: April 23, 2005, 11:10:50 PM »

 Thanks I hope this foal will

be a good one.
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CascadeJade
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« Reply #13 on: April 23, 2005, 11:25:24 PM »

 Should be, Devil has an

outstanding foal record thus far!
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