Of Course Someone Named a Horse “Horsey McHorseface”


Let’s be fair. Racehorse names are notoriously silly, and so even if the newly christened “Horsey McHorseface” had not been named for an internet meme, he wouldn’t have necessarily been given a noble moniker.

Still, you have to hope that Horsey earns a better nickname for use around the barn.

Horsey McHorseface
Photo: Bjorn Baker Racing

In case you missed it (or have already forgotten), Boaty McBoatface is a name proposed for the #NameOurShip campaign by the Natural Environment Research Council in Great Britain. The name has earned the lion’s share of public support in a vote for the name of a new polar research ship.

James Hand, a former BBC radio host who originally suggested the name, apologized for the joke after it took off, but there was no harm done. The NERC always maintained the right to name the ship at their discretion, citing the public poll as simply a way to gather suggestions.

But back to Horsey. The two-year-old was purchased at a sale in New Zealand last November and is now in training with Australian race trainer Bjorn Baker. The stables’ staff came up with the name.

“We had a laugh about it in the office and thought, ‘Hey, why not?’” said racing manager Jake Bruce.

According to ITV.com, the colt is scheduled to make his racing debut in May.

Incidentally, the NERC’s poll for their ship’s name closes tomorrow, April 16, so there’s still time to suggest “Horsey McHorseface” as the name for the research vessel.

Hey, why not?

Leslie Potter is Managing Editor of HorseChannel.com. Follow her on Twitter: @LeslieInLex.


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Leslie Potter is a graduate of William Woods University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Equestrian Science with a concentration in saddle seat riding and a minor in Journalism/Mass Communications. She is currently a writer and photographer in Lexington, Ky.Potter worked as a barn manager and riding instructor and was a freelance reporter and photographer for the Horsemen's Yankee Pedlar and Saddle Horse Report before moving to Lexington to join Horse Illustrated as Web Editor from 2008 to 2019. Her current equestrian pursuits include being a grown-up lesson kid at an eventing barn and trail riding with her senior Morgan gelding, Snoopy.


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