Three horses from the morning session moved into the top 10 for minor changes in the leaderboard. Tiana Coudray (USA) and Ringwood Magister put in a test that had Beth Harpham calling us with the announcement that she had just photographed the new leader – even before Tiana’s score of 40.8 was announced. Allison Springer and Arthur slipped into second on 42.3, which dropped each of the following down one spot: Mary King and Kings Temptress, Will Coleman and Twizzle, Kim Severson and Tipperary Liadhnan, Boyd Martin and Remington XXV. Dubarry Style Award winner Clayton Fredericks (AUS) and Be My Guest scored 50.5 for seventh, which shifted south one place Michael Pollard and Icarus, Heather Morris and Slate River. R Star and Kristi Nunnink took over 10th place
Friday, April 29 2011 by Website Editor
Well, the jog started shortly before 11 on Wednesday with riders presenting a total of 45 horses: six from Great Britain, seven from Canada, two New Zealand, two from Australia, and 28 from the United States. Two were held for re-presentation – Gryffindor (Kristin Bachman) and Hollywood (Kelly Sult), both American entries
Looking at the Doppler (mid-morning 4/27) is a startling experience as huge storm systems, very very colorful storm systems, make their way up from Nashville – well, they aren’t starting there, but we don’t feel like tracking the storms to their source – bad, Mother Nature, bad bad bad!!! Already the Rolex schedule has been adjusted. Yesterday evening while we were on the road (more about that in a minute), the first vet inspection was moved from 3 pm today to 10 am this morning because of the predicted really big bad storms with winds (60-some mph!), hail, and maybe a tornado. OMG. So we get here this morning to TCB, check into the Media Center, and get some work done. We wanted to drop the May Sidelines at the show office – Phillip Dutton is on the cover – for the riders and some for the Outriders – the foxhunting 5Q is about the enthusiasts from Bridlespur Hunt, and muscle others to hospitality… Just as we got to the Trade Fair arena, security personnel were directing vehicles of all kinds to hurry up and park in the large enclosed warm-up area. Someone from Frain Security (what a great group of people, always pleasant no matter what) flagged us down
Leaving mid- to late morning for Kentucky Horse Park and the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. Lots to do still, but will have to wait till we get there.
Well, here we are again, facing a mountain of deadlines for the June issue, still not sure how we’re getting to Kentucky for Rolex and totally exhausted from the aftershocks of being blindsided by a horrendous cough/flu/walking pneumonia bug that put us in bed for three days… We are not the stay-abed type at all, but we felt run over by a fleet of mack trucks, to say the least, and we’re still a bit wobbly on our feet… Ahhh, but we had JUMP! the latest novel by Brit contemporary writer Jilly Cooper whose bibliography includes: Riders, Rivals, The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous, and so many more, along with outstanding non-fiction titles. Jilly’s last, published in 2006, entitled WICKED! painted a rather scathing portrait of the power trips involved with public and private schooling (in Britain, known as comprehensive and public), of staff politics, love and lust, and also a subplot exposing, quite literally, pedophiles involved with orphanages and schools. But this is the novel we’ve been waiting for with bated breath: JUMP! was first called The Village Horse but Jilly’s editors & publishers changed her title and JUMP! pretty much describes the action as Jilly takes her readers on a series of high speed adventures into National Hunt Racing with the Willowwood syndicate. The protagonist is the recently widowed Etta Bancroft whose life with bossyboots Sampson Bancroft and two monster-like offspring with spouses to match takes an unusual turn during one of the coldest nights of the winter. Etta finds a badly injured, starving-to-death filly tied up in the woods and rescues her. The animal has been blinded in one eye and traumatized to the nth degree, but such is the power of Etta’s love and compassion that she wins the filly’s trust and restores her to health. Local entrepreneur Valent Edwards unwittingly provides haven for the filly, and folks from the village of Willowwood get involved.
If only we had more time! But we don’t, so we disappeared for three weeks – blame it on deadline after deadline. We shouldn’t be here now, trying to post a long overdue blog, because – yes, you got it – deadlines!!! Oh, well, you can’t win ‘em all. FIRST ITEM: We caught up with Dr. Temple Grandin at a gallop, literally, a couple of weeks ago
Okay, so we’ve been “awol” for a while. Heck, our own pony didn’t see us for two weeks, because of weather and deadlines – gaaaah, deadlines – talk about a Bah, Humbug! However, we are pleased to introduce you all to our new doggle-for-life, Bella Zorra, adopted in early December from the Middleburg Humane Foundation
Wow – what happened to December? Once we started feeling halfway healthy again, it was go-go-go in terms of meeting deadlines. Some stories, however, just don’t happen easily. That’s been the case for months with the story about Unwanted Horses. It’s a huge issue, driven on a lot of emotion and sentiment for these magnificent creatures. Finally it’s done, three days after deadline, and we just wish we would get the corrections or all-clear so we can email it to the editor who may be contemplating sticking pins into an elfish effigy that looks very much like us… whoa ho ho – OUCH! Holiday Cheer Christmas in Middleburg (VA) takes place the first Saturday in December. There’s a whole day of activities, starting with Breakfast with Santa & the Silent Auction at Middleburg Elementary School.
When you set out to stabilize a young or green horse on the flat, you’re CEqEing for the foundation, the basic building blocks which will stand your equine in good stead for the rest of its life. Years ago (read younger and unaware of our mortality), we often took on ‘remedial’ projects, rehabbing Thoroughbreds off the track for foxhunters who held down full-time jobs
We try to do it all, all the time, and we do get around. However, sometimes we come up face-to-face with the bruising reality that we can only do so much and we certainly cannot be in two (or more) places at one time! Therefore, we hark to certain photographers to fill in the blanks. Our ‘stable’ of tried and true shutterbugs includes: Jordan Koepke Douglas Lees – no website (but he has email and a cell phone!) Michelle C. Dunn Beth Harpham Brittany Hannah Wish we had a photo of everyone together, but will dig out pix for each of them… JORDAN KOEPKE Jordan does more than take great photos – she’s adept at photoshop and has fixed some jpegs for us, thereby saving our ‘derriere’ on more than one deadline-demented occasion