By Sydney Masters/Compiled by April Leonard What should you get your dad as a Father’s Day gift? What’s the best advice a father can give? This Father’s Day, Sidelines got the scoop straight from the “horse’s” mouth by asking young professional riders to tell us about their fathers. Reed Kessler as a baby in the saddle, watched by her father Murray Kessler and her mother Reed Kessler treats her father, Murray Kessler, to breakfast in bed on Father’s Day. “My dad has given me lots of good advice,” Reed says. “He will always text me if I’m down, saying that I’m the best rider in the world and I’m perfect. Even though it’s clearly not true, it’s the definition of unconditional love! If I could make one thing happen for my dad, it would be to make the U.S. Show Jumping team to compete in London (at this summer’s Olympics). He would be so proud.” Daniela Stransky and her father Tomas Stransky celebrate Daniela's clear rounds at the Gucci Masters in Paris, France Daniela Stransky of Stransky’s Mission Farm says “My favorite present I ever got my dad for Father’s Day was five cookbooks from the best chefs in Spain
Upperville – the momentum keeps building! and Saturday will be huge in terms of what’s happening on both sides of the John Mosby Highway (Rt 50). As for Friday, that’s really when the pace ratchets way up: hunters, ponies, jumpers – action in four rings all day long, with a fifth ring adding to the excitement at 5 pm when the $25,000 Welcome Stakes showcase 30 jumpers and riders in the T A Randolph Grand Prix field
Friday, June 08 2012 by Editor
Atlanta Regional Polo Center is showing its appreciation for the military and rallying the local community together this week (June 7-10) with its season opening event, the Atlanta Charity Cup benefiting wounded warriors from the Army’s Ft.
Yipes: *originally Wed PM – sun-fuddled fatique! This is a verbal nightcap – no adult bevvies and too late for coffee! Lovely day, but long, and we’re weary. We’ll do a quickie recap of some of the action, but honestly, peeps, you would have such a great time if you head out to Upperville, an easy drive westward on Route 50 if you start somewhere in northern VA on the Route 66 side… if you decide to travel to Upperville on Rt.
WE ♥♥♥♥ UPPERVILLE!!! Spent the afternoon there, took some photos, wandered around both sides of John Mosby Highway and enjoyed the afternoon, nice and cool most of the day, took a few pix, watched some horses – what’s not to enjoy at Upperville? Plus, it’s so friendly – exhibitors, spectators, families – it’s a great outing even if you just like watching all the pretty Dobbins. Wunderkind Tori Colvin is back, showing hunters and jumpers - shown here with Monsieur de Reverdy after winning the $25,000 Welcome Stakes last year. © Lauren R Giannini One thing we find really handy is the convenience of a golf cart. We still do a fair amount of walking, but the cart saves time – and energy – and gives our dog a shady spot while we take photos, gather quotes, and yak with people. LOVE THIS GOLF CART !!! Lee Smith of Metro Golf Cart Rentals sits behind the wheel of the '59 Chevrolet Belair Golf Cart. We were so hoping this was for rent, but alas - it's for sale
WELCOME TO THE 159th UPPERVILLE COLT & HORSE SHOW! We love Upperville and while we have not had the pleasure of showing at Upperville, we’ve known some great riders and horses who have performed under the oaks in the hunter rings and across the street in the jumper rings. There is state of the art footing in the main jumper ring – we think that Tommy Lee Jones, show manager par excellent, has done a fantastic job. We had just a moment to say hello to Tommy yesterday – he’s so busy all the time, but if you know him, give him a warm hello, because he and all his people, volunteers and staff, put their hearts and souls into making Upperville a great great show. Here are two links to visit: WUSA9.com story about Upperville and a WUSA9.com Upperville slide show of photos by Teresa Ramsey, official Upperville photographer (with seven taken by yours truly at the end!)
"Webster" photo by Debbie Garside‘ ‘It is 4:30am on the third day of this, my second expedition to Sable Island. Even though I lay in bed in the relative comfort of my second story room at the coast guard station, I have taken to wearing long johns under my pajamas with a down sweater on top. A powerful “nor’easter” blew in last night and the moderately well-built sleeping quarters are no match for it. The doors rattle and no matter how high I push the thermostat, the north side of the house is cold
Rolex in Retrospect: Beverly Equestrian Toasts Allison Springer, Karen O’Connor & Marilyn Little-Meredith
Tuesday, May 08 2012 by Editor
Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event provided the first major step in the US team selection process for the 2012 Olympics. Several riders made incredible bids for their ticket to London and on May 6 Beverly Equestrian Center (The Plains, VA) celebrated the three eventers for their rides ’round Rolex. Marilyn Little-Meredith, Allison Springer and Karen O'Connor celebrate Rolex and their quest to make the US 3-day team for the London Olympics this August with a congenial crowd at Beverly Equestrian Center. © Lauren R Giannini Allison Springer & Arthur – they broke through several years of bad luck and misfortune to finish second overall and the best of the Americans to win the USEF National Four-Star championship. In the event that Allison & Arthur make the team, this will be their first Olympics.
Monday, May 07 2012 by Editor
Lexington,Kentucky– The SSG Riding Gloves ‘Go Clean for the Green’ promotion, offering $30,000 in bonus money, will be offered at the 2012 Kentucky Horse Shows held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Riders wearing SSG ‘Digital’ Riding Gloves with the SSG horse head logo clearly visible during all rounds of competition in designated events are eligible for the bonus. The first show to feature the SSG Riding Gloves ‘Go Clean for the Green’ bonus promotion will be the Kentucky Spring Horse Show CSI3* scheduled for May 9-13, 2012. The designated SSG Gloves classes will be Friday’s $50,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic, Sunday’s $10,000 Junior Jumper Classic, and Sunday’s $75,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix. Both of the grand prix classes held during the Kentucky Spring Horse Show are part of the 2012 U.S. Show Jumping Team Observation Events. The following week of competition, the Kentucky Spring Classic CSI2* from May 16-20, features the SSG ‘Go Clean for the Green’ bonus promotion for Thursday’s $32,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic, Saturday’s $75,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix sponsored by Audi of Lexington, and Sunday’s $10,000 Junior Jumper Classic. “The SSG ‘Go Clean for the Green’ promotion has become very popular in Wellington over the past two seasons, and we are looking forward to expanding the program to Kentucky,” said Ed James, President of SSG Gloves. “With six weeks of top competition in Kentucky, which allows any bonus money not awarded to carry forward to the next show, we hope to build the same level of momentum and popularity that we have experienced in Florida.” The following classes are included in the SSG Riding Gloves ‘Go Clean for the Green’ bonus promotion: Kentucky Spring Horse Show CSI3* – May 9-13, 2012 Friday, May 11 – $50,000 HagyardLexingtonClassic Sunday, May 13 – $75,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix Sunday, May 13 – $10,000 Junior Jumper Classic Kentucky Spring Classic CSI2* – May 16-20 Thursday, May 17 – $32,000 HagyardLexingtonClassic Saturday, May 19 – $75,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix Sunday, May 20 – $10,000 Junior Jumper Classic Summer Horse Show – July 25-29 Thursday, July 26 – $25,000 HagyardLexingtonClassic Saturday, July 28 – $50,000KentuckySummer Grand Prix Sunday, July 29 – Junior Jumper Classic Summer Classic – August 1-5 Thursday, August 2 – $25,000 HagyardLexingtonClassic Saturday, August 4 – $50,000 Rood & Riddle Grand Prix Sunday, August 5 – Junior Jumper Classic Kentucky Bluegrass Classic – August 15-19 Friday, August 17 – $25,000 HagyardLexingtonClassic Sunday, August 19 – $50,000BluegrassFestival Grand Prix Sunday, August 19 – Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic Kentucky Hunter Jumper Horse Show – August 22-26 Friday, August 24 – $10,000 HagyardLexingtonClassic Sunday, August 26 – $30,000 KHJA Grand Prix Sunday, August 26 – Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic In the designated grand prix events, a $2,000 bonus will be awarded to the winning rider if they are wearing SSG ‘Digital’ Riding Gloves in all rounds of competition. If the bonus is not awarded, it will carry forward to the next grand prix event, bringing the total bonus offered to $4,000, $6,000, etc. In the designated junior and junior/amateur-owner events, a $1,000 bonus will be awarded to the winning rider if they are wearing SSG ‘Digital’ Riding Gloves in all rounds of competition. If the bonus is not awarded, it will carry forward to the next event in the series, bringing the total bonus offered to $2,000, $3,000, etc. Bonus money won in the SSG Riding Gloves ‘Go Clean for the Green’ promotion will be presented directly to the winning rider during the award presentations in front of the SSG Riding Gloves signature sponsor jump
Equestrian Aid Foundation Introduces 2nd Silk Scarf in the Zen Horse Collection to Assist Equestrians in Need
Saturday, May 05 2012 by Editor
Zen Horse Koi Scarf WELLINGTON,Fla.(May 2, 2012) – Zen Horse Koi, the second in a series of collectible silk scarves to benefit the Equestrian Aid Foundation (EAF), is now available for sale. The scarf, designed by renowned artist Linda Bruff Luster, features rich, complementary colors that create wearable art. It can also be framed to produce a stunning focal point to any room. The sale of the scarves will benefit the EAF, which provides financial assistance for horsemen who are catastrophically injured or ill throughout their time of need. The Zen Horse Koi scarf is available for $175 online at the EAF website – www.equestrianaidfoundation.org .