Wednesday, November 27, 2013
The New York Times has had quite a bit of horsey coverage over in their Vows department. Check out this charming video about two equestrians who compete against each other, and are getting married, too. Their horses are beautiful, they are both good riders, I love the fiddle soundtrack, and they even cover the uncomfortable topic of watching someone you love do something so dangerous (jumping horses.) And also, check out this Vows piece about someone who declares she hates horses, and ends up marrying a polo player. (That one sounds like a movie. What happens when. . .)
Because of my obsession with Exterminator, the 30-1 longshot who won the Derby in 1918, I love a Derby longshot story. I am very pleased that there is a movie being made about Mine That Bird, the 2009 winner, called, appropriately enough, 50-1. It was mostly shot in New Mexico, and will premiere there. Calvin Borel plays himself, and Skeet Ulrich is in it too. The trailer comes out in mid-December and the movie comes out March 21.
Monday, November 25, 2013
For so many reasons, I am probably the last person who should ever go on Buzzfeed. I always end up looking at way too many lists, and I am so pop-culture ignorant that half the time I don't even know what I am looking at. This, however, caught my eye. Yes, it is horses that look like Miley Cyrus. Flashback picture: Miley Cyrus riding horseback in 2009.
I'm a little late pointing this one out, but Sports Illustrated ran a really interesting longform piece about Jeff Lukas by Tim Layden. Here is the way you get into a story; Layden writes, "It’s a very different life from the one he once lived, when some of the wealthiest and most powerful men in America gave his father their money to buy and race thoroughbreds, and his father entrusted him with much of the work involved in developing those horses into wildly profitable running and breeding machines. But that was before the accident that almost killed him." Click here to read the rest.
Today's Washington Post has an article about a campaign manager named Bill Hyers. As they do for many people, horses (these are Thoroughbreds) provide him with something outside the norm of his hectic and pressure-filled life. Beautiful photos, fascinating subject--a man who calls himself a pretty good horse-picker--and a great read.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
A chilly day at the barn had me admiring the winter coats that Chico and Taff have been growing...
|A peachy haflinger mountain of warm horse hair against a brilliant, cold Midatlantic sky today.|
|Taff is registered as black but...|
|My fingers were so cold I couldn't keep my iPhone steady, which resulted in Chico gaining and extra leg and some weird fur patterns in his hair.|
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
This story reminds us how important it is to go the extra mile to help. In this case, some people helped a horse in Oklahoma get off the highway. (How scary is it to imagine your horse breaking free? Terrifying.) At least this has a happy ending. . .check those fences!