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Throw a Kentucky Derby Party by Jesse Bluma

Throw a Kentucky Derby Party

The Kentucky Derby is the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred horse racing.  It is held on an annual basis on the first Saturday in May.  "The Greatest Two Minutes In Sports."

The photos below are of a time when I went riding in Texas with my sister and her husband.  I ride both Western and English style.  If you are looking to ride or get your children into riding, look for good stables in your area.  I would suggest taking a ride or two before purchasing riding lessons.  You may also wish to pay for one lesson at a time until you are sure this is something for you, as it requires time, equipment, and is a hard workout.  It is vital to carefully inspect the facilities, the horses, and references.    

Party Ideas

- Choose a home or event location with a large television

-  Check for race information in advance (

-  Beef up on your knowledge of the Kentucky Derby (

-  Motif: Design your party around a central idea, color, or repeated element that celebrates the race.

-  Imagination:  A party does not have to be at a static location.  Meet up with friends for some horseback riding before the start of the race.

-  Play pin the roses on the horse:  The winning horse and jockey of the Kentucky Derby receives roses.  In the spirit of the day you can use real or silk roses, pins, a large horse poster, a blindfold, spin players in a circle five times, and see which player gets closest to pinning the rose on the horse's neck or tail.

-  Print out information for your guests about Equine Advocates, an easy way to help support the care of horses.

-  Order treats by Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven made with organic and natural ingredients and excellent quality control.

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