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    Aefvue Farms now accepting applications for membership

    Aefvue Farms is pleased to announce that membership is being expanded to include a select group of horsemen and horsewomen. Qualifying applicants will be screened and selected based on their 25-word reason why they should be admitted as Aefvue members posted on this thread. Finalists will be called back for further testing...shortened course, blindfolded, without stirrups, after drinking a bottle of dry white wine.

    Come on guys..everybody is doing it..


      I only drink red...alas...
      F O.B
      Resident racing historian ~~~ Re-riders Clique
      Founder of the Mighty Thoroughbred Clique


        Does vodka count??? Or Limoncella? You already have a bartender, and being on the west coast lessens my "cool" quotient. Sniff.


          How do I apply?


            Why I should be accepted into Aefvue Farms, by Tullyleague.

            I should be accepted into Aefvue Farms because my husband and I throw great parties and can fire up the BBQ and tap the keg(s) for a New England Aefvue Farms throwdown.

            (over 25 words, my apologies)


              I can vouch for twotrudoc - she and I go way back.
              POYBGP, member in good standing.


                tullyleague- you can count! Not a preequisite for this group, but sounds promising..........


                  I love all you guys, but to be honest, I don't want to be a member simply because you're super-ginormous names screw up the layout of the BB.
                  I would like to think I will die an heroic death...

                  But it's more likely I'll trip over my dog and choke on a spoonful of frosting.


                    ick... white wine? Oh, I'm sure you could pay Pocket Trainer enough to say something nice about white wine, but really...
                    Your crazy is showing. You might want to tuck that back in.


                      White wine....hhhmmm...that could be done.

                      But does the West Coast have an Aefvue Farms branch?


                        Oh Harry, I feel faint. Could be the 23 gallons of Limoncella I drank after the wine tasting Sunday night though.....


                          Originally posted by Equit8tor
                          tullyleague- you can count! Not a preequisite for this group, but sounds promising..........

                          I had to use my abacus, I admit.


                            Certainly! We are everywhere (and nowhere!).........


                              Why I should be an Aefvue Farms Memeber, by Two Sticks:

                              I should be an Aevfue Farms Member because I am a champion Goldfish Wrangler. I can catch them with my bare hands. Proof: flying fishy!
                              I direct them with Orange Toothpicks, known as "fish sticks". I've trained them with my looooooovvvvvvvveeeeeeeeee.

                              this one tried to jump ship:
                              don't worry. i saved him.
                              It's not having what you want, it's wanting what you've got.


                                Geography doesn't matter

                                You can be from Mars and be an Aefvue member! Hell, most of us are from mars...

                                Ohhh..I like the idea of a goldfish wrangler..we already have a turtle rider..


                                  Use of an abacus is permissible, however, I prefer to remove my shoes and not have to count past 20...........


                                    How 'bout: I went to David Hopper's to look at horses in the late 70's. I told him my price range; as always, he just grinned and then brought out 3 gorgeous horses, all priced at more than twice my limit. Oh what the hell, I'm here anyway, I thought, I'll ride them. All were wonderful, of course, and David remarked that the last one was a conformation horse. I hopped on, leaned forward to straighten the rein on the D-bit and the horse scrambled up the bank and teetered there. Everyone's laughing, I'm having heart failure, and David hollers "You break it, you own it!"

                                    PS: Can I have AP credit for past stories about Hughie, Victor, Jimmy Lee, and assorted other colorful figures?


                                      Originally posted by Fessy's Mom
                                      I love all you guys, but to be honest, I don't want to be a member simply because you're super-ginormous names screw up the layout of the BB.
                                      You don't have to use the name, you could be undercover, doing covert operations for us!
                                      L. Bradley
                             Check it out!


                                        Use of an abacus is permissible, however, I prefer to remove my shoes and not have to count past 20...........
                                        Unless you are a man, in which case you can remove your skimpies and count to 21.

                                        I should be admitted to Aefvue Farms because I can drink grown men under the table and my mind is in the gutter.