We find that sometimes it’s necessary to be selective about both chores and pleasures, because right now, there are too many deadlines and not enough time. This week, even though we kept trying to get to Upperville, the first time we actually made it to the oldest horse show in America was this afternoon, just barely in time for the $25,000 Welcome Stakes. We missed watching the first 5 or 6 riders, but eventually found a good place to watch and take some photos.
At Kentucky Horse Park, the first day of Dressage at Rolex Kentucky 3-Day Event is underway – 75 horses are scheduled to dance down the centerline today and Friday. At the first veterinary inspection on Wednesday, riders from 9 nations — the USA, Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden and Germany presented their horses to the ground jury. Rolex Kentucky offers $300,000 in prize money — $100,000 to the winner! — and the coveted Rolex watch.
Sometimes half the fun is getting there. Sincere thanks to Sharon White for the ride from her Last Frontier Farm to Kentucky Horse Park – you’re a 4* star and we wish you and Wundermaske the best of luck this week! Staying in the KHP Campground for the second year required a pleasant hour or so bench-warming after Sharon dropped us off at the Campground Store. She had to be at the horse park in order to join the other Rolex riders — Allison Springer, Liz Halliday-Sharp, Will Coleman — and Kentucky Reining Cup rider Lyndsey, from nearby Georgetown, who happens to be a two-time National Reining Horse Association World Champion.
Sometimes half the fun is getting there. Sincere thanks to Sharon White for the ride from her Last Frontier Farm to Kentucky Horse Park – you’re a 4* star and we wish you and Wundermaske the best of luck this week! Staying in the KHP Campground for the second year required a pleasant hour or so bench-warming after Sharon dropped us off at the Campground Store. She had to be at the horse park in order to join the other Rolex riders — Allison Springer, Liz Halliday-Sharp, Will Coleman — and Kentucky Reining Cup rider Lyndsey, from nearby Georgetown, who happens to be a two-time National Reining Horse Association World Champion
There is great support for the Carriage Horses in New York City – from all over the Big Apple itself and also from around this country and people connected via the internet in other parts of the world. Three major New York City newspapers have changed their tunes – check out what the NY Times says about the controversy on the NYT Opinion Page, December 7 .
When the great racehorse Cigar, 24, crossed the rainbow bridge on Oct. 7 from complications following surgery on his neck for severe osteoarthritis, the world mourned.
Wednesday, September 03 2014 by Editor
Okay, we lost sleep, following the Jeux Equestres Mondiaux, the acronym WEG in English-speaking countries, but we’re going to be quirky (what else is new?) and refer to them as JEM – because the world championships are gems. In retrospect, now that the first week is complete and the US reining team earned all of the medals, one might question why our other teams didn’t do as well and medal somehow, some way, in eventing, dressage, paradressage and endurance… Well, listen up, because we’re only going to say this one time: to qualify and compete in the world championships is not easy – just getting there is a victory of sorts.
Warrenton Horse Show – East Coast site for 2014 Sallie Wheeler B Wheeler US National Hunter Breeding Championships – WOO HOO!!!
Tuesday, August 26 2014 by Editor
Okay, we have been trying to find out why the heck FEI TV does not offer replays of the WEG ParaDressage rides – the way it does for all the other FEI disciplines being contested at WEG!!! – because we would love to write some posts about ParaDressage and its importance, as well as rave about the return of Lee Pearson to the GBR team, but hélas! (you don’t want to know what we had to do to find that French e with the ‘accent aigu’!) – no replays exist for ParaDressage! But you can get every single round of the reining and every test of the Grand Prix – WTH!?! We tried to find the French equivalent of What The Heck and the first thing that popped up was Que diable! okay… what the devil might work, also Sacre Bleu!!! Mon Dieu!!!! Needless to say, we’ve had it up to here with internet glitches the last few days… ON TO SOMETHING LOVELY LOCALLY – if you live in Horse Country VIRGINIA!!! Warrenton Horse Show, founded in 1899 (that’s right, it’s 115 years young!) – a great one-ring old-fashioned, small-town, historic horse show in Warrenton, VA and the home of Warrenton Hunt Night – will host again (no clue how many years running, but a lot) the East Coast Sallie B Wheeler National Hunter Breeding Championship. Under the able leadership of show manager Tommy Lee Jones, the horseman, not the actor, Warrenton Horse Show has evolved into a series of one-day shows, and this year runs from August 27 to 31. It is a Labor Day Weekend tradition and a labor of love for all involved!!!! (We wrote a pretty big story about it in 2008 for In & Around Horse Country and you can read it HERE ) FYI – thought you might like to see the USEF release about the Sallie B Wheeler National Hunter Breeding Championship, which takes place on Saturday, August 30.
Tuesday, August 19 2014 by Editor
Yowza – lots going on, have been trying to find time for a new post, but weeks went by… at last, a quick one – literally at a gallop! On Saturday, August 23, Morningside Training Farm (The Plains, VA) will host a Young Rider Fundraiser & Special Event , featuring Bareback Puissance (High Jump) & Speed Classes (Jumpers). Start time is 4 pm
Thursday, July 24 2014 by Editor
It’s galloping ever closer – the return of world-class eventing to Great Meadow, The Plains, Virginia , a very spectacular setting for the Great Meadow World Equestrian Games Prep Trial, July 26-27.