John Smith’s Grand National – Horses’ names in poetry before the chase

John Smith’s Grand National, April 9, 2011

I challenged my good friend Arletta Dawdy to take the names of the horses entered in John Smith’s Grand National Steeplechase Blog and put them in a poem. First she laid horses names out like a play’s billing, then she composed the poem.



          The Tother One

          Ornais (FR orner-to decorate, adorn)

          Our Monty

          Pomme Tiepy

          Hello Bud

          Grand Slam Hero


          Big Fella Thanks

          Royal Rosa

          Le Beau Bai (Fr. Good bay horse)



          The Midnight Club

          Dooney’s Gate

          Arbor Supreme



          Skippers Brigg

          Putney Bridge

Actions:                                                       Other:  

          Don’t Push It                                               Niche Market

          Can’t Buy Time                                           Oscar Time

          Becauseicouldntsee                                      Bluesea Cracker

          Roll Along                                                   Silver By Nature

          Comply or Die                                             Golden Kite

          State of Play                                                          What a Friend

          Character Building                                        Always Waining

          Belon Gale


John Smith’s Grand National – The Poem:

By Arletta Dawdy © April 8, 2011

“Twas a night like The Tother One,

All dark and drear,

          When Pomme Tiepy

                   At The Midnight Club

                             Did first appear.

“You Can’t Buy Time,” said Our Monty Backstage,

          “The State of Play

                   Is all the rage.

                             So, Roll Along now,

                                      Comply or Die.”


Down thru Dooney’s Gate  he did go,

          In a Belon Gale

                   To Askthemaster

                             of Niche Market

                                      For Grand Slam Hero.


“Nay, not here on this Ballabriggs night,

          Try Putney Bridge,”

                   Said Old Ballyfitz.

                             “Big Fella Thanks,

                                      What a Friend.”


“Hello Bud. Don’t Push It over.      

          Life’s a Golden Kite,

                   Yours for the askin’.”

                             “Get along you,

                                      ‘Tis but Silver by Nature.”


“P’raps Becauseicouldntsee ye,”

          Pomme Tiepy cried,

                   And grabbed his coat-tail,

                             Before he ended

Deep in Skippers Brigg.


And now came Quolibet, Ornais and Royal Rosa,

          Riding Le Beau Bai,

                   To the Arbor Supreme.

                             “Character Building?”

                                      Asked sly Merigo.


“Nay, nay, “ thus answered Hero.

          “Tis near Oscar Time.  

                   We’ll meet at the Gate

                             With the bells Always Waining

                                      To run a furlong or two for the training.”      

Off they hurried, one and all

          To Cheltenham’s stalls,

                   Their colors’ flying

                             For John Smith’s Grand National

                                      May the winner take all.

Arletta Dawdy ©   April 8, 2011






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18 Responses to John Smith’s Grand National – Horses’ names in poetry before the chase

  1. THANK YOU, ARLETTA! You met the challenge and did a fantastic job!
    Now if only picking the winners were so easy.


  2. Patricia says:

    This is terrific! Loved it, Arletta1 What a fun idea, Robin!


  3. Wow! Arletta you wove those in without batting an eye. Great job. Hope you get some recognition, you’ve earned it.


  4. Thank you, ladies. It was fun to do by percolating the concept for a couple of days, then grouping the names and, finally, having the “story” burst forth. I lost the first line only to recover it in my sleep and got up in the wee hours to email the correct line to Robin! Weee! Congrats, Robin, on so many hits on your site today. Glad if I helped out.


  5. Now that was different!
    The idea was original and the execution was amazing. What a team!
    I’m sure the horsy community will enjoy.


  6. Brilliant. . . to both Robin and Arletta. Robin: for suggesting the idea. And to Arletta for exquisite execution!


  7. Thank you, Marlene!
    It was a fun plan and Arletta really nailed it with that poem.


  8. Jeanne Jusaitis says:

    Phew! Good going Arlette. That was quite a challenge. Just reading your poem made me feel like I’d raced a furlong or two.


  9. Thanks, Jeanne! Yes, didn’t Arletta put together quite a winner?


  10. jumara says:

    great challenge, just the beginning I hope


  11. Thanks, Julie! Hmmm, maybe we will continue those horse poems.


  12. A fun idea, crafting a horse poem with horse champion names.

    What would happen if someone used those same names in a poem about dogs? Could it be done? And not for racing dogs, maybe for sheep herding dogs.
    Shush! Did Cookie hear that?


  13. Thanks for the idea, Dog Leader (Deborah). I don’t think Cookie would mind at all (although we don’t have sheep anymore.) Herding dogs tend to have simple names like Mike, Tip, Blue, and Milly.
    Maybe you could turn that into a rescue-dog promotion? Go to the shelter, write down the dogs’ names & turn the names into a poem? Who knows–may promote more adoptions!


  14. Deborah says:

    Hey, Robin. Thanks for a first class, fun idea. Shelter dog rhymes?

    And I owe you one horse (white pony post). I’m wanting to trade for a “Cookie and sheep herding story,” which I promise to link to a “herding dog” rescue of your choice.


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