Well, for our 8th Rolex, this week can be described quite nicely by that great song Truckin’ by The Grateful Dead (yep, classic rocker all the way) by the line: What a long, strange trip it’s been!!!! We have spent 12 hours-plus on the road to Rolex with that breakdown – we had just crossed over the line to W. Virginia on I-64 – but what great local people. All’s well that ends well.
Rolex Kentucky offered drama and surprises today, but that’s pretty much to be expected. After day one of dressage, Andrew Nicholson (NZL) and Calico Joe held their lead on 40.8 penalty points.
Thursday, April 25 2013 by Editor
Why is it so challenging to get sorted out with deadlines and pack for Rolex without a lot of last minute insanity and assorted crazy moments? Well, perhaps because Rolex is, quite simply, one of the greatest (horse) shows on earth! This four-star equestrian triathlon of dressage, cross-country and show jumping is an exciting three-phase test of horse and rider. We’re looking forward to a completely unique Rolex experience this year, because for the first time ever the Sidelines’ presence will be a team: editor Jan Westmark-Allen, writer Abby Westmark, freelance photographers Beth Harpham and Beth Grant, Sidelines TV Rob Jordan (who might not be able to join us after all), and yours truly.
We have always done more than write. In addition to bodywork on horses and smaller mammals, including humans, we provide excellent care for Critters, Farms & Houses when dear friends travel. Occasionally we must go to extremes in order to ensure the well-being of their animals and homes: these efforts more than justify the small amount we ask to help our bill-paying fund (aka income before outgo!).
Monday, September 03 2012 by Editor
We had a great time all week at the Warrent♥n H♥rse Sh♥w! Yes, blogging is writing and requires great effort, concentration and a certain amount of discipline in order to achieve good results, but we persevered and delivered the goods every day in the way of a new post and photos. On Sunday, the finale of the Warrenton Horse Show’s Hunt Night, we have to admit: we had a blast! Cubhunting Begins Officially Sunday started early, cubhunting dragging us out of the comfort of our cozy nest in order to get to the kennels 7:30-ish. Our favorite green field hunter was going to be tried by a prospective buyer and we wanted to be there to send Picasso off with love and positive energy – never mind that our heart is about to break because we love this talented young paint.
Okay, we really do ♥ Warrenton Horse Show, and we have a fun post for you, albeit later than we wanted to deliver it – partly because of the Burghley Horse Trials in England where two American event riders, short-listed for Olympics, topped the standings after dressage by taking FIRST & SECOND!!!! We are absolutely thrilled for Sinead Halpin & Manoir de Carneville, the 2011 USEF National 4-Star Champions were left off the US Olympic team for London – FIRST AFTER DRESSAGE AND DOUBLE CLEAR ON THE XC to improve their hold on first with a score of 36.3, their personal best dressage score to date. Lots of information at Eventing Nation , and a great post by John of EN saying lovely things about Sinead and Allison. We ♥ Eventing Nation for running the live feed by Horse & Hound !!! Of course, following the XC action at Burghley meant huge delays to writing this post because we kept jumping to EN to read H&H’s live feed coverage, but now it’s a done deal.