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Are there "eventer type" horse names ?

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  • Are there "eventer type" horse names ?

    I know that lots of WB dressage horses go by their fancy "starts with dad's initial" names. (a) Is there any kind of pattern for event horse names and (b) do people stick anywhere close to Jockey Club names? Or is it just a free-for-all?
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    I was actually wondering this same thing.

    My horse was named Julio (because he was born in July, and he grandfather was 'El Hombre') when I bought him but I didn't want just "Julio" as a registered/show name.
    A friend who speaks Spanish helped me pick out "El Calor de Julio" which means the Heat of July. It'll have to do. Haha.
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    • #3
      There is no real pattern, although right now names with a Fernhill prefix are popular (i.e. they were all bought and sold by the same folks, who rename them with Fernhill in their name). There once was a time that names with a Welton prefix (from Sam Barr's stud) had the same power/connotation.

      Bruce Davidson's often had Lion or Pirate in them, which denoted certain bloodlines in his horses.

      I read somewhere that in the UK, if a horse's name has roman numerals in it, that means it is not a thoroughbred horse.

      As for your other question, some people like to keep the Jockey Club names, others don't. It's a personal preference.
      Blugal

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      • #4
        Since an "eventer" can be a Haflinger cross, a fancy-pants warmblood, an OTTB, or a funny looking spotted horse out of someone's back yard, there is no single "system" for naming them.

        It is a free for all, as well it should be. There are WAY too many dumb rules in the horse world without adding more.

        Personally I think making convoluted efforts to make a horse's name "match" its sire and dam is dopey. Pick a name that you like and there you have it.
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        • #5
          Seems like most eventing horse names are just fun. That's what's nice about them. Even at upper levels like gin and juice love it lol. I think people go with what they want. Keeping reg name jockey club name daddy's first letter name or just fun
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          • #6
            I do believe a quintessential eventer name was Drunken Disorderly, ridden by Mark Kyle (Ireland).
            Blugal

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            • #7
              I was just going to post that, Blugal!
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              • #8
                I'd just pick something you like. Some JC names tend to be weird. A friend of mine owned a horse named "Mr. C" and changed it to "Sir Charles".

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                • #9
                  IF either the sire or dam was/is very well known or passes on successful qualities, then I feel it's a sign of respect to horse/breeder/farm to somehow incorporate the name into the offspring's show name, IF the sire/dam/farm name is known.

                  That said, I can't think of anything to add to "Vida" to include something to do with romance (yet) other than "Romance" or "Romanza" so for now, she'll just show as Vida. Although "Vida Romance" doesn't sound too bad.
                  Last edited by fanfayre; Jul. 15, 2012, 02:50 PM. Reason: qualifying statement/caveat

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                    #10
                    D-wave AMEN to not adding more rules if we can help it. At least not until I become an eccentric heiress and don't have to play by workplace rules. (eccentric, check. heiress, nope).

                    I don't know much about racehorse breeding but her name is totally unrelated to her sire's and dam's so maybe that says they're not all that fancy. I haven't heard of them, which means neither of them is Secretariat.

                    Wondering if feeling so stumped means I should just keep her Jockey Club name. She's six and the only other name I've ever heard her called is "the grey mare."

                    This is her: http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphoto...20322872_n.jpg
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                    • #11
                      Well, what is her JC name? Do you like it? What name have you always wanted to give a horse?
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                      • #12
                        When I got my first OTTB I didn't like his JC name (Sea Flip) but I couldnt figure out what I wanted to call him. It took me about 3 weeks to come up with a name for him, which was Rock On. His daddy is Grindstone so I unintentionally kinda related to him, but I wasn't really trying to.
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                        • #13
                          I evented my thoroughbred under his JC name and plan to do the same with the next horse...unless I really dislike his name!
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                          • #14
                            There are no rules. I come from the school of thought that thinks keeping a JC name is a good idea unless it's really horrendous (I know a horse who is now a 4* eventer whose JC name was "Dogbiscuit"... I mean, REALLY?!?)

                            The trends I've noticed are as follows:
                            - A bit goofy (think "Ringwood Cockatoo")
                            - Single names ("Arthur" "Indie" "Cooper" "Exponential")
                            - People names ("Neville Bardos" "Otis Barbotie" "Mr. Medicott")
                            - Trainers who "brand" their horses no matter the breeding (Horses bred by Boyd & Silva always have a W at the end such as "Schatzi W", The "Fernhill" prefix is now omni-present, Ryan Wood is selling the horses he imports wit the prefix "Woodstock", Jess Phoenix's horses names start with "E" usually)

                            But these are just trends that I noticed. There are certainly not any rules!
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by VicariousRider View Post
                              There are no rules. I come from the school of thought that thinks keeping a JC name is a good idea unless it's really horrendous (I know a horse who is now a 4* eventer whose JC name was "Dogbiscuit"... I mean, REALLY?!?)

                              The trends I've noticed are as follows:
                              - A bit goofy (think "Ringwood Cockatoo")
                              - Single names ("Arthur" "Indie" "Cooper" "Exponential")
                              - People names ("Neville Bardos" "Otis Barbotie" "Mr. Medicott")
                              - Trainers who "brand" their horses no matter the breeding (Horses bred by Boyd & Silva always have a W at the end such as "Schatzi W", The "Fernhill" prefix is now omni-present, Ryan Wood is selling the horses he imports wit the prefix "Woodstock", Jess Phoenix's horses names start with "E" usually)

                              But these are just trends that I noticed. There are certainly not any rules!
                              At least announcers at shows can pronounce dogbiscuit...I can't say the same for Dottie's registered name: Geecheesumadis (a really hick way of saying 'get you some of this'--inspired by her dam's name, Geechee).
                              Yep. Somebody actually though that was a good name for a horse. Face, meet palm.
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                              • #16
                                I know I've told this story before, but...
                                My friend from college has a JC gelding who she would show under "One On One" and she calls him "Uno" at home (he's living a very happy retirement with his troublemaker horse-brothers at his mommy's farm in IL). I remember asking her what his JC name (assuming it was either One On One, or something similar).

                                She confessed his JC name... "Becky's Angel"
                                (her name is not Becky, btw.. lol)

                                I was showing my mare under "Second Chances," but it just doesn't fit her, so we're going back to her JC name, "Steppin' Not Dragon." Dragon kinda fits her.
                                Charlie's JC name is "exclusivelynassau," which IMO is pretty stupid. We show him under "Top Shelf." He's kind of a Top Shelf, but goofy like a Charlie.

                                p.s. This is literally the video why my husband named his horse, "Charlie." We have a messed up sense of humor in our house.
                                Last edited by hollynanne; Jul. 16, 2012, 02:07 AM. Reason: "Come to candy mountain, Charlie!"
                                Steppin Not Dragon "Bella"
                                Top Shelf "Charlie"
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                                  #17
                                  Originally posted by hollynanne View Post
                                  I know I've told this story before, but...
                                  My friend from college has a JC gelding who she would show under "One On One" and she calls him "Uno" at home (he's living a very happy retirement with his troublemaker horse-brothers at his mommy's farm in IL). I remember asking her what his JC name (assuming it was either One On One, or something similar).

                                  She confessed his JC name... "Becky's Angel"
                                  (her name is not Becky, btw.. lol)

                                  I was showing my mare under "Second Chances," but it just doesn't fAit her, so we're going back to her JC pname, "Steppin' Not Dragon." Dragon kinda fits her.
                                  Charlie's JC name is "exclusivelynassau," which IMO is pretty stupid. We show him under "Top Shelf." He's kind of a Top Shelf, but goofy like a Charlie.

                                  p.s. This is literally the video why my husband named his horse, "Charlie." We have a messed up sense of humor in our house.
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                                  However, I know at a molecular level that the unicorn video will be stuck in my head all week.
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                                  • #18
                                    My daughter's OTTB has kind of a ( I think ) dumb name, but she's superstitious and kept it.... his name is "Kenny Run" It would be nice to incorporate his sire's name somehow, but not sure if that will fly with her, he was "El Prado" an Irish TB.
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                                    • #19
                                      free for all...and I personally don't have too much of a pattern.

                                      If they come with an ok JC name...I keep it. Of the current 4 that I own...I have kept the JC name for all of them.

                                      I've done some breeding of WBs and for those, I have to follow the requirements for the applicable registry....I'm running out of "D" names. But honestly....some of the babies I have, I like their barn name much more than their registered name and if I still have them in a few years, will likely show them under their barn name.

                                      Of course when you start to get a number of horses, it can be fun to do a naming theme. I did names from Harry Potter books, songs titles....and currently seem to be on an astronomy kick. I've know people to name them after hats, drinks, airports, mountains..... what ever makes you happy
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                                      • #20
                                        If I like a horse's Jockey Club name I'll keep it. Like my current mare her Jockey Club name is Time of My Life, which I love so I'm keeping it. Though at time's I've considered changing it to "She's a Wild One" (with an angel's face). But I love her current name too much to change it.

                                        My last TB was named Root for Me when I got her, which I also loved. But her Jockey Club name was Lil' Kari O'Key. I understand why her previous owner changed it.
                                        But there's no rule on naming. Just pick a name you like and that fits your horse and stick with it. :]

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