Wow! Talk about a lot of snow. If you're on the east coast please take care of yourself and all of your critters in this mess. I thought you guys might enjoy some photos from around the farm. If you have photos and videos make sure you share them in the forums too!
Starting in February you'll see a new option in the mail to send a message as a secret admirer. Send your friends clues about who you are and then surprise them with a Valentines day treat on the 14th!
I hope everyone had a great new year and a wonderful holiday filled with lots of family, fun and friends. Oh and presents, we can't forget those either. Did you get what you wanted for Christmas? If not, don't worry there's always next year. I've updated the 30 days of giving list in the post below so please make sure you check to see if you won a prize. All of the money and upgrades have been awarded. Anyone who got a prize that needs to be mailed to them will need to email me.
Okay so I'm sorry I haven't updated this sooner but I've been super busy with the holidays and my internet sucks since I moved to the farm and goes out everytime it rains and it's been raining all the time this month. Ugh! Anyways all of the dates for our 30 days of giving have been updated below. If you won something other than game money or credits please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org so that I can get the present to you. Money and credits will go out in the next day or two.
1: $1,000 game money - #388145E Cowhorse Rescue
2: 1 game credit - #29352E Whippy
3: $2,000 game money - #80622R gha
4: 2 game credits - #94111R Fearless
5: $5,000 game money - #102674R Lexington Stud
6: 5 game credits - #80622R gha
7: $5,000 game money - #387649E 9252
8: 5 game credits - #13139R Emerald Racing
9: $10,000 game money - #47817E Firefox Stables
10: 10 game credits - #48774R Yuichi Fukunaga
11: $10,000 game money - #8962E San.Diego
12: 10 game credits - #13174R Rafael Bejarano
13: $15,000 game money - #90480R Black Beauty Ranch
14: 15 game credits - #339396E Kunama
15: $25,000 game money - #103678R Allaura123
16: 25 game credits - #59873 Blue Rose Stables
17: $50,000 game money - #392423E dmfeln0707
18: $75,000 game money - #81922R Blood Red Roses
19: $100,000 game money - #103450R Willow Brook Stables
20: Retired horse reutrned to the game - #25268E Dreami
21: Retired horse returned to the game - #391877E Lark
22: Retired horse returned to the game - #38669R DreamJob Racing
23: Retired horse returned to the game - #315672E MayForest Warmbloods
24: Halter or Riding Helmet - #38890R The River Styx Stables
25: $25 Horse.com gift card - #103727R Black Panther Stables
26: WOS Journal or T-Shirt - #93122E Happys Still Going
27: WOS Journal or T-Shirt - #551E Clearwater Creek
28: FREE Upgrade - #43332E Crickett
29: FREE Upgrade - #389909 Rachelflamepuffen
30: FREE Upgrade - #234501 Serenity Yards
It was around six o'clock on Halloween. In an older farm house a little girl danced down the stairs to where her sister sat on the couch.
"Cassie! I'm a fairy princess!"
Cassie looked over at her sister. "Cool. Um, are you Tinker Bell?"
The fairy girl laughed. "No! I'm Mariposa!"
Cassie looked at her with wide eyes. "Of course you are! How silly of me! You look just like her."
Just then the girl's mother walked down the stairs. "Cass? Are you coming along?"
"No. None of my friends are going." Her mother shrugged and left with 'Mariposa'. Five minutes later, Cassie watched them drive down the street. She reached for her Horse Illustrated magazine on the nearby end table and started to read.
Suddenly the sky darkened. Cassie frowned and looked up. As she got up to flick on the light, a flash of white caught her eyes. She rushed over to the window and peered out. The wind moaned as it whipped through the trees. Cassie strained to see through the driving rain, as an eerie scream echoed through the windows and into, it seemed, her heart. There was a bright flash of lightning, illuminating a wild stallion. His mane and tail were flying, whipping against his pale grey coat. His most frightening features were his eyes. One was a ghostly blue, the other a deep brown. They seemed to hold Cassie captive. The horse had on a worn halter, and hanging from it was a frayed rope.
Cassie gasped and fell back from the window. When she could think straight, she rushed to the door and threw on her jacket. Wrenching the door open, she inhaled sharply as the combined forces of the wind, sleet, and cold hit her. Ignoring the tumultuous weather, Cassie dashed to the albino, who was as frightened as she. As Cassie approached the animal it reared and emitted a piercing shriek. Cassie stumbled back, slipping on the wet ground. Regaining her balance, she hummed softly to calm the stallion. Reaching out, she gathered the frayed line into her hands. As soon as she touched the lead, the frightened animal calmed, and the girl no longer felt the storm. Still humming, she led the horse into the old barn where her pony had lived. Cassie led the stallion into the sturdy stall and gave him hay and water. Then she shut the stall door and sat down in the aisle to watch him.
The next morning, Cassie woke up on the cement floor. Rubbing her eyes, she recounted what had happened the previous night. Quickly she jumped up and looked into the empty stall. Where she had placed the hay the previous evening, there was nothing! However, the door to the stall was slightly ajar. Cassie looked into the stall with astonishment. Looking into the vacant spot with bewilderment she asked, “Where did it go?"
Just then, out of the corner of her eye, she saw something on the stall floor. Picking it up, she saw it was the stallion's ragged halter.
You choose what really happened: Was it a real horse or was it the Hallow's Eve Phantom?
CONTEST ENTRIES ARE DUE TODAY!!! DON'T MISS OUT ON $75 IN HORSE.COM GIFT CARDS!
I hope you guys are ready for Halloween for those of you that celebrate it. To kick off the month we have two contests and two chat parties! Show your fall spirit by participating in one, or all three :)
Sooky Story Contest
Write a spooky story or poem and email it to me by the 28th. The scariest submission will win a $25 gift card to horse.com and their work will be featured on the front page of the game on October 30th!
Submit a photo of your horse (or any other pet!!!) dressed up in a halloween costume. Email photos of your entries to me by the 28th. In order for your entry to count you must have a sign or your account ID numbers on your pet in the photo so we can make sure you didn't pull the photo off of the internet. The best costume will get a $50 horse.com gift certificate and your photo will be featured on the front page of the game on October 30th!
Chat Party: October 30th at 9pm GT