Thursday, December 19, 2013

A Visit to Glenhaven Farm

By Kitson

It's not every day you drive by the birthplace of your horse by accident, but it happened to me. It involved a hasty u-turn, spilled hot chocolate in the backseat and a few complaints from my young passengers (are we home yet?). But there it is -- how can you just drive past the birthplace of your horse without stopping (even if it meant certain passengers missed an NFL kickoff on TV)? I couldn't, so we did.

A cruise down the driveway turned into a lovely visit with the farm's owner and resident Welsh Cob and pony breeder, Suzanne Moody. We had a grand time visiting with the beautiful ponies and cobs, admiring the farm's rolling hills and making plans to return in April when her next batch of babies will have been born...

These two Section B Welsh pony yearlings seemed happy enough to see us.

welcome wagon

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Very cool, unnerving 1920s-era photo of horses and people dressed as skeletons

Sometimes I am just wandering the Internet as if I were wandering in a new city or something. I have a vague destination, but it is really more about what I could find along the way. Today it was a hunt for images of the racehorse Exterminator. That led to a site called Retronaut, and next thing I knew I was looking at an unforgettable image of an adult and child dressed as skeletons along with their horses. A hunt country Halloween parade? Check it out here.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Article about Sunny Hale, world's most famous female polo player

Here is another New York Times article. (I scan the entire world for articles about horses in non-horse publications so you don't have to.) Fascinating piece by Geraldine Fabrikant about a part of the horse world I don't know too much about--polo. The piece says that women are the fastest-growing part of the sport, so maybe it is time for me to take up the mallet. (Kitson, how do you think Sugar would feel about becoming a polo pony?) This is a profile of the wonderfully-named Sunny Hale, who is the most famous female polo player in the world. (Best detail may be about her mom, Sue Sally Hale, who played before women could play, so "disguised herself as a man by tucking up her hair, taping down her breasts and painting on a mustache. She played under the name A. Jones." 

Makes me sad to hear about a racetrack closing. . .

Just one less link of people to horses. . .here's a well done piece from the New York Times on the closing of Hollywood Park.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Fashion Models + Horses

A friend shared a link to this HorseNation post yesterday and I thought it was the funniest thing I have seen all week. I find it so distracting when catalogs models stand there all awkward when forced to pose with a horse.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Shania Twain Loves Horses

By Kitson

WOW -- what an entrance! Check out this video of Shania Twain and many of the horses she has worked with and loved.