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“Raceday,” by Max Watman
(a book review by Dave Johnson)
Jacket Provided Courtesy
of Ivan R. Dee Publishers)
was asked to review “raceday” a book published by
Ivan R. Dee, publishers.
As you know, the horse
business is filled with many wonderful stories…most of which
are true! I’ve often said a Hollywood producer wouldn’t
believe it if such stories were sent in as scripts.
retelling true stories of racing’s past captures the lore
and love we all have for horses and good horsemen. Recounting
much of the historical perspectives is fascinating as Mr. Watman
tells about the “Arlington Million” and the growth
of the Santa Anita track in Southern California among many other
book recounts so many interesting tidbits, such as Bing Crosby’s
solid help in making the California Del Mar race track a huge success.
In other words, even if you’re not into horses you’ll
come away with great stories about famous places in our country.
(“Raceday” is published by the Ivan R.
Dee publishing Company of Chicago, IL – www.ivandee.com –
Language in Negotiating and Legal Situations
courtesy, Rollins family)
Rollins, 85, has been training thoroughbred race horses continuously
since the early 1940s, with just a brief break for a tour of duty
in the Navy during World War II. He was leading trainer at Centennial
Race Track in Littleton, Colorado a total of thirteen times.
Lyman was inducted into the Nebraska Racing Hall of Fame for his
success at Ak-Sar-Ben Race Track in Omaha, Nebraska. He has trained
world record holding thoroughbreds. He still gets up each morning
at 4:00 am to train horses at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, Arizona.
and his wife, Lois, recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
They are the parents of six children, 26 grandchildren, and fifty-five
you may imagine I get examined in many depositions and at trial.
There are some very basic “body language” suggestions
that you may wish to use not only if you get deposed or go to
trial but in everyday life when negotiating.
an example, when speaking to a prospective client folding your
arms in front of you makes your “opponent” think you’re
not “buying” what they’re talking about.
very approachable Herb Schneider, assistant equestrian coach at
Auburn U. Herb was a great friend to all; he passed earlier this
year. Photo Courtesy of Auburn University)
keep your hands down and look directly into their eyes. That will
make them think you actually may be interested…(even if
When being questioned by a client, don’t fold your arms
in front and, when seated, move toward the front of the chair
but make it look comfortable…hands lightly on the arms of
the chair…and don’t fiddle with a pen, paper or anything
else; that will definitely distract a anyone.
that’s just a small start in “body language”
for horse folks; more in the next Newsletter.
not he horse referred to in the text below,
always see the vet history. Photo by NAES)
was recently asked to help out in a fraudulent horse sale case in
While I usually reserve comment for the web site,
here are some thoughts; always make sure the owner divulges the
vet history along with every other scrap of information they have
on the horse.
this rare case, the owner purposely withheld potentially damaging
information on a very recent joint injection.
Although the horse continued sound for a few days, the preexisting
condition, (verified by a veterinarian), caused the horse chronic
lameness from the introduction of bacteria into the joint.
the previous owner claims total ignorance, even though signing
credit card statements to the attending vet…(lack of ethics?
It would seem so).
can read about other interesting cases on my web site, www.northamericanequine.com.
The cases appear on the Certified Equine Appraisals page.
Appraisals Can Help In Times of Disaster
confronting the recent month’s disasters it only makes sense
to plan ahead.
Steps must be taken to plan where your horses are to go should your
barn be faced with flood, fire, earthquake, etc.
Helpers – A “thank you” to the fireman who rescued
her. Photo Used With Permission of “The Charlotte Observer,”
Mr. Davie Hinshaw; plus I love Dobermans)
a reliable idea as to what your horses and equipment are worth
can go a long way in making you whole after the un-thinkable happens.
If you have multiple horses in your barn it may be a good idea
to get a “baseline” appraisal of your herd. This will
help to establish a valuation which could later be used to establish
if never needed for disasters it will help you focus on profitability…
(remember IRS Section 183?).
(Photo by NAES)
Ok…I can’t type on account of I don’t have thumbs
like you humans do but I still have thoughts that go to Dave so
he can type it… right?
Anyway maybe you’ve seen
pictures of me on the web site but I’ve been promoted to
Lt. Col. in charge of security at NAES.
promoted me because he’s in charge of stuff like that and
I do what I’m supposed to.
I also get petted
a whole lot and I think that’s part of the job, too!
I’m supposed to guard all the paper and computer files.
Dave has lots of boxes filled with old cases, (confidential, of
course), and since we don’t ever throw out files…here
they stay, in our big storeroom. (I think he’s running out
of room so he’ll have to build another one pretty soon).
I go with Dave all over and lots of his lawyer-clients know me
pretty good, too…and yes, I keep my mouth shut and just
lie down when I’m in their offices; (see, I can go into
all kinds of different places because of this Service Dog tag…cool!...huh?).
Dave wants me to fill you guys in on what’s happening at
my dog level in future Newsletter issues…he says that’ll
be in January but I don’t understand what that means since
I don’t even know what “days” are.
All I know is that every day is super because I get lots of hugs
About Dave Johnson
started NAES more than 10 years ago with an eye to making sure
all horse owners and those interested in horses could depend on
NAES for the straight scoop on horses and prices. In addition,
Dave is one of the busiest horse activity experts in North America.
Because of his long history of working with so many breeds and
disciplines he's called upon to give his opinion in literally
hundreds of legal cases and horse appraisals.
is still an active horse show judge and, when time permits, continues
teaching at his wife's nationally known stable, Willoway Farm, Inc.,
in Phoenix, Arizona.
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