Friend of mine had a lovely chestnut TB mare that her mother thought would make a lovely "French Pique" (she pronounced it French Pick). Sadly, that poor child spent an entire summer with the same announcer calling her horse French PIG.
There was one poor woman whose name I misprounced twice on Saturday. Ironically, I could tell how to pronounce it from looking at it but, the first time my eyes had been bothering me so I took off my glasses. Mistake! The second time, I started to pronounce it as I did the first time and then caught myself in the middle. I think I got it right the third time. Good thing she kept coming back for more! So, if you were at the Meadow Lake show in Kentucky on Saturday and I messed up your name, please accept my apology.
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Well, our stallions name is Nuevo de Goya, his barn name is Gavrusha, upon hearing this, our new neighbors said to their young kids "this is Mr. Ed"
Our other neighbor came over to meet the new (adopted) Great Dane - Vasisualiy Lohankin - she thought about it for a moment, then said "how about Bob?"
Since she takes care of the farm when we are gone, that dog is Bob to her
And our stallion is still Mr. Ed to the kids next door. I don't think my critters mind, but I sure enjoy being creative with their names.
I went to school with a girl named Pneuquix. Guesses as to pronunciation?
Hint: It's a very common name with a couple of "normal" spelling variants.
Yikes. Nicky's my guess, too.
I really like Piaceri as a horse name, but I'd never use it just for anouncers' sakes. A friend of mine wanted to rename his horse "Your Mom" just to hear "and here comes mr. X riding Your Mom" at a horse show. I'm kind of kicking myself for talking him out of it.
I have an Irish Gaelic first name, and have been the subject of announcer butchery up and down the East Coast. Gerry Briggs used to jokingly announce me as "Shaboom MaGoon." But it was from Gerry that I learned a great trick. Before he announced results, he'd take a moment to run down the horses' and riders' names out loud. Then he would click on the microphone and announce. If he got stumped again, he'd click off, sound it out, click back on and go. I use that technique now when I announce.
My previous post ("Entry number 283, please come to the announcer's stand") is only partly in jest. When I get a class list, I look at the names, and if there's one I can't pronounce, I call the rider or a representative over and ask. Then I write it phonetically on my paper.
Last year, I had a little girl with the last name of Strlczck. I asked her how it was pronounced, and when she came back this year, I remembered that it was "Strell-Chick." Her mother was so impressed, she came up to me and asked if I had a Polish ancestry. It was just so unusual that I remembered it.
On the other extreme, I had a horse on the list with the name Splendacious. So I announced it as Splendacious. As the kid is jumping around, she screams at me, "It's Splenda-licious!!!" Well, okay, but that's not what it says on my list. I went back and looked at the entry blank (written in script) which the secretary had to decipher, and she did the best she could. But sometimes announcers are at the (very public) tail end
of a game of Operator. If it's perfectly clear on the entry blank, and the secretary doesn't make a typo while entering stacks of forms under post-entry pressure, then there's a decent chance I'll pronounce it correctly. If anything falls asunder along that line, I'm toast.
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