What Is It?
Version 2 is the new and improved White Oak Stables that is currently in development. Version 2 combines English, Racing and Western competition into a single game so you no longer have to login to different registers and use multiple accounts. Version 2, or V2, will be replacing the current version, or V1, of White Oak Stables when it's done. It will have new features, new graphics and new gameplay.
When Does it Open?
The release date for Version 2 is in August 2014. Currently the plan is to open it for a few weeks in a Beta testing state. During this time anyone will be able to join and play Version 2 in it's testing stage. When testing is completed all of the account data will be deleted and Version 2 will officially open and replace the existing version of White Oak Stables.
Can I Have Multiple Accounts?
You may only have one account on Version 2. All of your accounts on V1 will be combined into a single account on V2.
Will I Loose My Account Data?
You may choose to import your old account data into your new V2 account. Any data that can be supported will be moved into V2.
Will I Loose My Upgrades?
V2 uses a new upgrade system meaning that V1 upgrades will no longer be supported in the same way as they were before. For each account with an upgrade that you import into your new V2 account you will recieve the comparable V2 upgrade for that upgrade. V2 upgrades are available by yearly subscription or one time payments for specific features or credits.
Will I Get A New Account Number?
Yes. Account numbers will be first come first serve when V2 officially opens. Account numbers will reset and start at #2.
What Are Some New Features?
- Remembers your login information until you logout
- View most of the game without being logged in
- Parental controls and privacy settings
- Autocomplete fields for members, horses and items
- More searches and additional search options
- Ajax auto-saving to help reduce clicking and data loss
- Game notifications and email notifications
- Stable and land management
- More educational and more realistic
- Weather system
- Easier navigation
- Customizable ticker messages
- Friends and players online collapsable sidebar
- More graphics
- Different WYSIWYG editors with drag/drop image uploading for page layouts
- Support for phone and tablet web browsers
- Body, leg and face markings
- Mane and tail colors
- Interactive graphs
- Abilities displayed
- Peak system added
- Help & Support
- Game walkthrough tutorials
- Improved help information
- Improved faq information
- Linked help and faq topics
- Helpdesk contact system
- Mark as read or unread
- Calendar of events and special shows
- Rating and reputation system
- No more newspaper mangers, any eligilble player can post articles
- Moderator ehancements and additional tools
- Item crafting, auctions and trades
- Roleplaying overhaul and now in it's own section
- @mentions and #hashtags
- New trade system
- categories now have sub-categories
- sticky posts
- new post/popular post indicators
- thread subscriptions
- credits or subscription options
- buy specific features with credits
- permenant and yearly upgrades
- sell, trade, and auction credits
For Horse Lovers
My second horse, Abbott, arrived on April 10th, 2010. He's a cute chestnut Quarter Horse gelding I was originally planning to train and sell...until I realized what a fabulous horse he is. Instead he's learning how to jump 3'6 and I have plans to take him to some upper rated horse shows in fall 2011. I have a B.S. in computer science with a focus on computer games and graphics and I teach horseback riding lessons at a local barn on the weekends. I love programming almost as much as I love animals and working with kids.
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- Long Meadow Rescue Ranch, Missouri, USA
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Your support could save horses like Waylon from Singing River Equine Rescue
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Interested in any of these positions?
So a local farm in our area started a really neat program two years ago that I would like to share with you guys. The Retired Racehorse Training Project is a foundation that challenges trainers to take off the track Thoroughbreds and re-train them for a new career. You can find out more about the program and how to get involved, as well as see past winning trainers and horses by visiting their website.
RRTP First National Study of Thoroughbred Placement
In a survey conducted in late 2013 titled Exploring the Bridge To Second Careers in which owners of 4,200 ex-racehorses from 47 states and Canada responded to 23 questions the following results were found:
- 34% percent of these horses were acquired directly from racing owners.
- 31% were acquired from non-racing private owners.
- 13.5% were acquired from non-profit placement or rescue organizations, although that share increased from 11% to 19% over the last ten years.
- 9% were acquired from professional training or sales businesses.
- 2.3% of horses came through auctions.
- The average adoption fee at nonprofit placement organizations was $1001 (22% were free). These organizations were most likely to have horse protection terms in contracts.
- Horses acquired through racing owners were purchased for an average price of $1,265 (30% were given away).
- Horses sold through private non-racing owners had an average price of $2,618 not including the 19% that were free.
- Horses sold through professional training or sales businesses had an average sale price of $4,646, not including the 4% given away.
- The average price at public auction was $839.
- The survey respondents identified the sport of eventing as their primary riding discipline most often (37%). Hunter/jumper was second at 27%, dressage third at 13%, and then trails and recreation (English) at 9%.
I hope you guys had a wonderful Valentines day. I'm sorry the secret admirer didn't show up earlier in the week like it was supposed to but it did make an appearance on Valentines day. This month's comic is perfect for the drama of love, light and laughter in life. I hope you enjoy it. Oh the drama!!!
Show another member how much you appreciate them by sending them secret admirer messages. For the next three days send another member clues about who you are. On Valentines day send your secret admirer a special present and tell them who you are. For an extra challenge try picking someone you've never picked before!
How do you send a secret admirer message?
When you try to message someone there will be a secret admirer checkbox. Click on the checkbox before your send your message and the member won't know who you are when they get your message.
What if I don't get secret admirer messages?
That's okay too! Pick someone you admire and send them messages instead. Having someone you admire is just as much fun as getting secret admirer messages!
Starting tomorrow we have only 7 months until Version 2 arrives! To make our transition to Version 2 smoother we will start by opening the game in BETA mode. That means you will be able to make an account and play the new version to help us test it and get it ready to go live. During BETA all of your game data is temporary. That means when the game officially opens your account and any horses you made during BETA testing will be deleted so make sure you don't get attached to your BETA ponies!
Can I Be a BETA Tester?
Yes! BETA testing will be available to anyone who wants to create a new account or try importing one of the old accounts.
What do BETA Testers DO?
As a BETA tester all you need to do is play! Report any bugs or problems that you run into to so we can fix them before we officially open the new version of White Oak Stables.
What will happen to my old account?
During BETA testing nothing will happen to your old account. When BETA testing is finished the old version of White Oak Stables will close and you will need to Import your old account into Version 2, the new game.
Will I loose my horses or upgrades?
You can keep your horses and upgrades by importing your old accounts into Version 2.
EDIT: When Can I Start BETA Testing?
BETA testing doesn't begin until August of this year.
EDIT: Create your own custom V2 horse!
For a limited time you can create and download fun and funky colored custom Akhal-Teke and American Creme Drafts. Try it out today!
"I have been really committed to White Oak Stables and like it so much because of the fact that it allows me to feel a sense of owning a real horse. I don't own my own horse, so it's been really hard dealing with that. However, on White Oak Stables, I can have as many horses as I wish, and they can be the best. There are no limits on money; I can always earn more. My horses on White Oak Stables are excellent and they are very real to me- the closest that I have."
"Because I work, live, train, and show at a stable, as well as owning and training many horses, I have fun going on WOS to show and train my horses just like I do every day, except it's much easier on line!"
"It is very realistic which is great as that's the whole point of the game. The treats, tack and riding settings are great as people have to work things out and work hard to try and find events and the settings of how to ride then they have to get the best take and treats so the horse does well."
"it is a very well organized and challenging game yet enjoyable at the same time. There is a variety of breeds and options for your stable such as breeding, racing and rescue stables. This was the feature that originally attracted me to the game, besides my love of horses."
"On White Oak Stables, you can't just leave for a month and expect to have all your horses waiting there for you. In real life, just as it is in the game, the horses are rescued if you do not feed them or otherwise care for them. Also, if you don't train them, they can never become better."
"It's incredibly realistic. It doesn't allow the strange crossbreeds most sites seem to flourish with. True horse colors and markings are shown, unlike certain sites where there's are custom colors or people get to simply put in the color of the horse. Its a quality safe site that you can learn about horses on."
"I have learned a lot about breeding and bloodlines here, especially! It's also a good way to teach responsibility, and prepare for owning a real horse someday."
"I like how WOS is mostly accurate with breeds, colors, etc. Shows and contests are fun to enter and I look for something new to do every day, and I always find something! I name all my horses after my own and I train them in similar fields."
"White Oak Stables helps me a lot because I know that I can come home and log on to talk to all of my friends here, who I can be myself with and no one cares what I look like. I have made so many friends in the over a year that I've been playing on WOS, and I continue to make them all the time."
"People help you when you don't know or understand something and they also make shows for you or give you Christmas and birthday presents which make you feel special."
"I found the other players very helpful and kind and I picked up game concepts quickly, which isn't always the case with more complicated games. I immediately enjoyed the atmosphere of the game and was instantly addicted. Even though it takes a lot of hard work and undying dedication, you don't have to spend countless hours online everyday, so White Oak Stables is great for those of us with very busy lifestyles too."
"Another thing that I love about this game is that you must work with other players to get to the top. For example, you must buy quality stock, breed with other lines, and use peoples race tracks to create an successful stable. As well as this, the unpleasant players in the game are quickly weeded out of the game because they lack the responsibility of taking care of their horses. I also love the fact that there is a newspaper with a comments section so the users of WOS can learn more about other stables horses and make friends with other players."
"Its member friendly, people are willing to help one another make choices and help out. Unlike other sim sites I've been on, people are respectable towards others they don't agree with."
"I like it because I have met so many nice people from all over the
world. The first time I went into the chat and was desperate for help because another member had steered me in the total wrong direction, there were many there who jumped right in to help me. They walked me through the process of getting my main horse trained so I could get myself back on my feet. It is these members who have made White Oak Stable what it is for me today. I like it that I have made many friends of all different ages. From ten years my junior to ten plus years my senior, White Oak Stable is an excellent place for people from all walks of life to gather and discuss our common ground, a love of all horses."
"The best thing I think about WOS is the newspaper. It keeps players up to date right off to what's happening, and we can actually see other peoples opinions. Its a complex, and yet easy site for novice and top players to enjoy. I love the work that's been done on the site. Thank you for just the opportunity to be involved in the game!"
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Jane has coached at three Olympic Games. In 1996, Jane coached the Canadian 3-Day Event Team at the Olympics in Atlanta.
Jane coached several Three Day Event Riders from the United States, Canada and Belgium in preparation for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. While in Sydney, she also coached United States Dressage Team member, Susan Blinks. With Jane's guidance, Sue and her horse, Flim Flam, were able to help secure the team Bronze medal. This victory was particularly meaningful because Jane has helped Sue with Flim since he was three years old.
In 2004, Jane once again accompanied the Canadian Three Day Event team to the Olympics. This time the competition was in Athens, Greece. Under her watchful eye, several of the riders achieved their personal best for their dressage scores and finished tenth as a team.
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