NickerDoodles: The Kentucky Derby of Insults

The backside of a racetrack can be an intimidating place — sometimes, hilariously so. Melanie Eberhardt illustrates.

Melanie explains, “The Derby is such a big deal. The teams racing are busy this week preparing physically and mentally. I had a basketball coach that said 50% of winning was having a mental strategy and ‘getting in the other guy’s face.’ I’ve been thinking how that applies to the Derby. Here’s wishing for a Saturday of great and SAFE racing!”


About Melanie: I am an artist in Atlanta. When I’m not painting, I’m riding horses. I have 3 retired Arabians and a snotty pony at home. They keep me on my toes. Three years ago I bought a young OTTB straight off the track. My new fella, Bubba, and I are learning dressage. Sadly, I’m the weak link on Team Bubba, but I learn something every time we ride so it’s all good. I started NickerDoodles to document the horsey antics that abound within my world. I’m very fortunate to balance my life with things that I love – painting and riding – and NickerDoodles gives me a forum to share. If we’re not laughing at our horses and ourselves, we’re probably crying. I prefer to laugh! I hope everyone enjoys NickerDoodles.

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