Friday, June 22 2012 by Editor
Carmi Weininger is riding Iditarod ("Ditto"), owned by Carol Babington, in Prix St. Georges in the ReactorPanel Saddle Company dressage model, the "Encore". Photo by JC Dill
Sponsored by Kerrits Performance Equestrian Apparel, Dyer Equestrian, Dav Rain Boots and Der Dau Custom Boots Be A Sidelines Supermodel!! Sarah Gasner shows Martha Price's Holsteiner Meant To Be at Rebecca Farms in Kalispell, Montana Calling all fashionistas! Send in your Sidelines Supermodel photos and win a fabulous outfit from Kerrits Performance Equestrian Apparel or Dyer Equestrian, a pair of boots from Dav Boots or a $400 gift certificate toward a purchase of Der Dau Dream Boots valued at $2,500. We want photos of you strutting the runway (it can be in your barn aisle) or walking the catwalk (it can be on the back of your horse) – Take a photo of yourself in a model pose and win fabulous fashion prizes – it’s that easy. NO professional photos allowed. Please only enter ONE photo per contestant. It’s easy to be fashionable in this contest – take a photo then upload it at the link on our website: http://www.sidelinesnews.com/wp/sidelines-contest-form . In the “essay” section please describe your photo – feel free to tell us about your fashion! (Men, women and children are invited to participate. The contest is not open to Sidelines employees or their families.) The Sidelines Fashion Contest will run June 6th to June 27th
Thursday, June 21 2012 by Editor
Nora Demchur, center, with USC IHSA rising seniors Julie, Megan, Katie & Kara.
Peyton Callanan of Georgia Southern University The winner of the 2012 Jon Conyers Memorial Scholarship is Peyton Callanan, a Walk-Trot-Canter (W-T-C) rider from Georgia Southern University. Her coach, Eleanor Ellis, supported her nomination with this moving recommendation: “Sometimes as coaches we instruct riders. Sometimes we get the privilege of teaching and encouraging horsemen and horsewomen. Peyton Callanan is a horsewoman in the making. She does not get to attend every show.
We ♥♥♥♥ Upperville – oh yes, we do! and sincere apologies for not posting about Sunday on Sunday night, but we were knackered and had some deadline stuff to deliver… The spirit was willing, but the flesh very weak in terms of posting about the Elizabeth Busch Burke $75,000 Upperville Jumper Classic, but better late than never! Today, Tuesday, we’re finally starting to feel much less sun-addled – it rained! – and slightly less frazzled from the daily commute (nearly an hour). Lucky the folks who parked campers on the west end of Upperville’s hunter side: we would love to do that next year… The weather was gorgeous on Sunday, but hot hot hot
Well, actually, it’s Sunday morning – we returned home from the 159th Upperville Colt & Horse Show by around 8:30, answered emails for an hour or so and then had to stretch out with a book: woke up around 12:30 and downloaded Saturday’s photos from two cards and answered more emails. Saturday started and finished as a gloriously bright day of sunshine. Upperville’s “shade” proved how smart everyone was in terms of preserving those old oak trees on the hunter side when they did the footing (green oases within the main hunter ring). The whole week has been a tribute to how well the show committee treats spectators and exhibitors with lots of tents to augment the trees that dot the open fields that comprise the jumper side. The gazillion details that make Upperville such a fabulous show depend in great part on the incredible generosity of the landowners of the farms on each side of Route 50/John Mosby Highway, which provide the uniquely beautiful settings for Upperville . Okay, we didn’t want to admit it, but we are tuckered out, trying to keep up with the action in all the rings, even with that United Metro golf cart !!! Too much going on all the time. We hardly got to the second hunter ring all week.
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.
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. 66, you will have to wend your way over scenic winding back roads from lovely little towns like The Plains, Marshall, Delaplane etc… Got a GPS – easy peasy – or google for map & directions. We’re still rattling all over both sides of the road, enjoying Upperville in the United Metro golf car t… Our CEO (canine executive officer) has been outstanding all week for her 2nd Upperville - she's such a great doggle and a rescue from Middleburg Humane. © Lauren R Giannini QUICK HEAD’S UP!!! Friday around 5 p.m. the $25,000 Welcome Stakes take place in the T.
It is surely coming as no surprise to you that McLain Ward won the Grand Prix on Thursday night, but I thought you’d like to see how he did it. This is a photo essay about Ward and his mount, since 2010, Antares F, an 11 year old Wurtemburger grey gelding ( http://www.theequinest.com/breeds/wurttemberger ) and Margie Engle and her horse, Indigo, a 12 year old gelding who was second. Chill R Z, ridden by Charlie Jayne was third; Cedric, ridden by Laura Kraut was fourth; and Vornado Van Den Hoendrik, ridden by Jessica Springsteen was fifth. Less than one second separated first and second place in the jump off, Ward having ridden it in 34.32 seconds and Engle in 35.28. McLain Ward and Antares F The First Round Leaving the ring after the first round, Ward communes with his horse. The Jump Off begins….. …..and ends. Leaving the ring after the awards ceremony and victory gallop. Margie Engle and Indigo in their first round. The Jump Off Charlie Jayne and Chill R Z Laura Kraut and Cedric Jessica Springsteen and Vornado Van Den Hoendrik
Okay, we’ll admit it. We don’t know how to relax. We think that we have been racing from deadline to deadline for so many years that we have totally forgotten how to relax and enjoy “leisure” – and that’s what this conference is, compared to our real life. This is leisure.