Remember this wonderful duo from years past at Rolex? UN has effortlessly contested The Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event five times creating for Jane Sleeper the times of her life and lasting memories Last weekend UN created new and lasting memories for yet another important person in her life, barn manager Ashley Steele, whom she escorted to her wedding to husband Ryan Norris
Show Jumping Hall of Fame – Juniors Addison Gierkink came a good distance to Devon from Harpswell, Maine but her effort was well rewarded when she took home $5600 and the Blue Ribbon in Class 203, the $20,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame – Juniors. Riding Candy Tribble and Windsor Show Stables Promised Lane, she was one of only four competitors in the first round of 23 to go double clear and advance to the second round. With a fast, thrifty and balanced second round she bested the next placed horse/rider combination of Luxina and Michael Hughes by over two seconds in the jump off
It’s been a very long time since I watched or participated in a Lead Line Class (my daughter is now 30) so I made a special effort to be on hand the other afternoon (NOT BEFORE 1:00, as the posted schedule stated) at The Devon Horse Show, Devon, Pennsylvania. For many, this class of miniature people and miniature horses is the highlight of the weekend
Much of Aiken is still without power but the ice if pretty much gone. By early afternoon the temperatures had risen to the high 40′s and ice was melting
Overnight you could hear the water coursing though the downspouts and when the power went out just about 5:55 A.M., then back on again, the chime of my iPhone woke me up.
Boyd Martin’s newest mount made a debut, of sorts, yesterday in the Open Intermediate Division at Pine Top Farm in Thomson, Georgia. After watching the video that had been posted at Boyd Martin’s website in December I was most interested to see Shamwari 4 in person. He may come in a Plain Brown Wrapper but that label is anything but descriptive of what you will see. The horse has that “It Factor”, charisma. You WILL remember this horse when he goes by. Already spectators are calling him by the most obvious nickname, you guessed it: ShamWOW!
When the American Foxhound named Jewel took Best in Show at the November 2013 National Dog Show she capped a year of showing in which she had already taken Best of Breed at the Westminster Kennel Club. While the owner of Jewel declared that she wanted to bring attention to an oft neglected (at least in the press) breed of dog, in fact there are many “types” of Foxhound as they are bred and used by different Recognized Hunts. Foxhounds that are shown at shows sanctioned by the Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA) must have been bred to chase foxes and in many cases trace their lineage to sires or dams listed in the Stud Book just as thoroughbred race horses are entered in the Stud Book of the Jockey Club. There are four main breeds of foxhound: American, English, Cross-bred and Penn-Mary-del. Many hunts, whether “Recognized” or not, trade hounds between themselves in order to increase genetic diversity or import (“draft”) some physical feature that is strong in one lineage to compensate for a perceived weakness in another. Hounds are, in fact, as variable in size, temperament and ability to move across different terrain as there are hunt packs across the country; the Master, Huntsman or Owner will breed hounds that will respond in the most efficient manner to the landscape and the quarry that they hunt. There are 159 Recognized Hunts and innumerable private packs across the continent: Location of Recognized Hunts courtesy of The Masters of Foxhounds Association – MFHA.org As a practical matter, while many people associate foxhounds with a traditional tri-color, black, tan and white, working foxhounds come in every color imaginable, every size and shape, girls (“bitches”) and boys (“dog hounds”), rough coat and smooth coat as seen at the 2013 Virginia Hound Show Whichever hound works best in that particular countryside is the hound that will prevail. And countryside from one Hunt to another can be vastly different, and vastly different even within the territory that is claimed by a Hunt ( Midland Fox Hounds of Columbus Georgia for instance, claim (a) 25 square miles of wooded, grass fields, (b) 80 square miles of grass pastures, some woods, (c) 10 square miles of sandy soil, pine tree plantations with streams, and lastly (d) 10 square miles or farmland and forests ). The following are a few photographs of hounds and their country shot within the last year and a half.
When you slide the unlock button to switch off the marimba at 4:30 A.M. there had better be something wondrous waiting for you. In this case, it is the glorious sunrise over the Cheshire stables in Unionville, Pennsylvania.
The Blue Ribbon in the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, the very last class closing out the week at the Devon Horse Show, was won “handily” by Victoria Colvin on Inclusive, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker of Middleburg, Virginia. After receiving the Championship Rosette in the winner’s circle, Tori brought Inclusive to the rail so that he could meet some ardent admirers
Wednesday evening, May 29, at the Dixon Oval, featured a grab-bag of events designed to enlighten and entertain spectators who think of The Devon Horse Show as primarily a hunter/jumper venue. But it is much more than that, and in fact the logo of the show, founded in 1896, is a hackney pony reflecting the show’s origins in the meeting of wealthy landowners on “The Main Line” to improve the quality of horses and ponies pulling carriages and buggies. Equestrian disciplines competing at The Show are as varied as Saddlebreds, Roadsters (trotting horses), Hackney Horses and Ponies, Friesians, Coaching and Carriage Pleasure Driving in addition to Hunters, Jumpers and Equitation. There is a thriving Country Fair in conjunction with The Show featuring 63 vendors of all sorts selling clothes, hats, jewelry, furniture, toys, games, pottery and antiques, food, arcade games, a ferris wheel and a merry go round. Dressage in honored with a six day show of its own in the September. So when 7:00 rolled around on Wednesday evening there was a full schedule of events including jumpers, side saddle, hackney ponies, five and three gaited horses and coaching. Buried within that list was class 366, the Five Gaited Special at 9:20 P.M. The organizers had put together a class bound to get some attention. Riding “five gaited horses” were 5 of the top jumper riders in the country