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I'm embarrassed to be posting this - BUT I need name help

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  • I'm embarrassed to be posting this - BUT I need name help

    I know, I know. I occasionally roll my eyes when yet another person needs yet more help with a name, but I'm seriously stuck! I am ashamed that it's come to this point, but it's better to seek help than suffer alone, right?

    I've had an OTTB off of the track for 2 1/2 years. I've been showing for 2 years (and he's life recorded with USEF) under his barn name "Billy," which just doesn't cut it (his reg. name is "Billy L," http://www.pedigreequery.com/billy+l). I've filled out name change forms with USEF about a million times, but every time I back out because it doesn't seem quite right. I decided on "Rain King" (love the song!), changed my mind. Decided on "Ergo," changed my mind. Decided on "Articulate," changed my mind. Decided on "Brilliant," still haven't changed my mind, but I feel like I've changed my mind so many times before that it's bound to happen again. Arrgghh! I'm driving MYSELF crazy, not to mention all of the people I bounce names off of!

    (In the meantime, as a sidenote, I've given show names to several of my other horses without any angst!)

    Anyhow, any help anyone can provide is MUCH appreciated! Should I stick with one of the names up above? Anything anyone can come up with as a new idea? I would love something that sounds like it could have come from the name "Billy" so that I don't get everyone asking who my new horse is (and part of why I like the name "Brilliant," even though it's not terribly uncommon according to the USEF recording search). The horse is a 17h bay TB with a white star that's mostly hidden by his forelock (so he looks plain bay). He's one hell of an athlete and I hope to have him in the GPs in the next year or so. He's not a terribly conventional jumper, and isn't "pretty" with his front legs (though he is quite functional!). But most importantly, he really doesn't have much of a sense of humor. I was initially going to name him "Beer Goggles," but decided that it just completely doesn't suit his personality to have a "funny" name.

    Here are some pictures and videos:

    And a video from the 1.20m jumpers a couple of shows ago (it's a little shaky since my helper was video taping from my other horse's back):

    Any ideas? HELP! (Please? )
    Flying F Sport Horses
    Horses in the NW

  • #2
    Until I got to the "has no sense of humor" I was thinking Mr. Chrystal... but maybe not... There's Billabong which is a surfware company and Aussie for a small body of water... Believe... Bill Me Later... Check Please... Tae Bo (Invented by Billy Blanks)...Puffing Billy was the first commercial steam locomotive in England... Face 2 Face (Billy Joel's new tour)... Piano Man, 52nd Street, The Stranger, 12 Gardens, Songs in the Attic, (Billy Joel albums)


    • #3
      I like the idea of "Brilliant", but you are right that it's not terribly unusual-- how about changing it just slightly, something like "Brilliance" or "Brilliantly"?

      Fourmares has some awesome suggestions-- you could also go in more of a Billy Idol direction than Billy Joel... like... Rebel Yell??


      • #4
        Puffing Billy is cute, has a story and fits the horse in the pics.

        Do you want a serious, adult name he'll grow into?

        Do you mind a funny name?

        That might help posters get closer.
        The armchair saddler
        Politically Pro-Cat


        • #5
          Bill of Goods
          Bill of Rights
          Or how about "William"


          • #6
            I like Piano Man! He is adorable!


            • #7
              Take a look at my site
              Horse Show Names Free name website with over 6200 names. Want to add? PM me!


              • #8
                Bill Me Later (little nod to Buckpasser)
                Billy the Bay
                Just Bill Me

                He looks like a lot of fun.


                • #9
                  Just a suggestion, though it may not be fun, and I am sure a lot of people will scoff at the idea.

                  I think it would be nice/beneficial if we TB owners would tag our horses with something that relates to their heritage, if not their JC names.

                  In your horses case, I don't understand how they got Billy L. out of Dance at Dinner and Honey Sugar, but I guess it happens enough if the sire was not a successful runner.

                  Anyhow in your horses case I see he is 2x5 Tom Fool, on both the sire and Dam side, and if you look a little further back you have a lot of the Teddy bloodline, top and bottom. Teddy being a fairly influential TB sire in European WB bloodlines. Up closer you have a some very note worthy horses as far as hunter/jumpers, well, and racing go, Dr. Fager, Turn-To, Never Bend, and Northern Dancer, though they are every where here in North America.

                  Just a thought.

                  On another note, and again just a thought, after watching your pony's video, and I am not being critical in anyway, but watching him I think he may have the scope and ability to do a great deal, otherwise I would not bother saying anything, but I do not think that his jumping style is 100% the way he wants to jump.

                  He may always want to be a little below vertical with his forelegs over his fences, but I think the way he wants to roll over his fences is not an inherent part of his jump, and the everything else unorthodox about his jump is coming from that.

                  Just a thought again, I watched the video about 20 times now, and I am sure there is something motivating his jumping style.


                  • #10
                    Hmmmmm......after watching the video numerous times as well, I have to concur with Hauwse. I suspect saddle. From my experience with TB's, they can be terribly hard to fit as their toplines seem to alter on a daily basis, and are even more terribly sensitive to small fitting problems! It seems the saddle is sitting a bit low in front, perhaps putting pressure at the base of the wither, maybe inhibiting some scapular rotation? If so, can't beat an older Hermes Steinkraus for fitting those TB's...nothing fits the shape of their backs so well...


                    • #11
                      I really like Brilliant.

                      Here are a few ideas:

                      Bill Me
                      Been There
                      Thrill Bill
                      You Bet
                      Willy Wonka
                      Bye Bye Billy
                      Chilly Willy
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                      • #12
                        Glad I'm not the only one who thinks he jumps like it hurts.

                        I'd cal him Retro


                        • #13
                          Billy (or William) the Conquerer

                          Billy Liar


                          • #14
                            Gorgeous horse!

                            I love "Bill Me Later"--perfect for an OTTB jumper.

                            It's wierd, but I don't mind his registered name, "Billy L". Kind of a double-take on all those alphabetic warmblood names like xxxx Z and xxxx K....


                            • #15
                              What a handsome horse! I loved Gate Dancer (grandsire) and alot of his pedigree -- lucky you!

                              A few thoughts:

                              Slick Willy
                              Pay the Fiddler
                              Wild Bill
                              Cover Charge
                              Check Please
                              Second Notice
                              Billy Bob

                              Good luck!
                              Last edited by TKR; Sep. 9, 2009, 01:45 PM. Reason: one more


                              • #16
                                What about ..Dinner and a Dance...I do like the suggestion of William...

                                Your horse is nicley bred on the bottom side about 3 gens. back.
                                Gates Equestrian
                                National Champion Dan Patch sire of USEF/USHJA winning ponies!


                                • #17
                                  How about Billy the Kid??

                                  I also like William! Think it's innocent and sweet!


                                  • #18
                                    William Tell


                                    • #19
                                      I like Brilliant, William, or even his registered name. A LOT of the imported WBs have some similar type names, but then I'm not one for changing horse's names. My only other suggestion: Let's Go Dutch (play on who pays the bill)


                                      • #20
                                        I don't have a specific name recommendation, but I love to browse titles of jazz standards for horsey name ideas. I guess it's the musician in me

                                        Check this list out. Perhaps it will give you ideas?