Odds and Ends 2011

Holiday Happening

If you are planning to entertain guests for the holidays before driving through the Kentucky Horse Park for the lovely Southern Lights spectacle, go see their exibit of The Horse.

The Horse definitely lives up to the advertising and hype. Amazed by the detail and leaving with a deeper understanding of the equine picture as a whole. Aside from the Samurai and European suits of armor, there is a ingenious interactive display that teaches you about the horse's digestive process and sensory organs. All ages and genders will find something interesting.


Rally Behind Redux

I challenge those who have not given Rapid Redux a chance, or are sitting in the wagon of naysayers, to rally him on. Excuses have ranged from Redux not being in stakes competition to comparisons of Redux to horses that are clearly in their own tier ie.. Zenyatta.

In a step further, appreciate the various levels of talent and compeition in often challenging Allowance and Claiming races.In many cases the playing field is more level and thus complex.

Finally ask yourself "When was the last time I saw a horse beside the names Citation and Roseben?"

I have been very impressed with DRF's topic page focusing on Rapid Redux. They have done a superb job in building a location to follow this horse.

War Horse

(See my preview post and community commentary here.)

Formerly a best selling book, then turned into a feature play, and now an award nominated movie. Appearing in a teaser on Good Morning America today, Steven Spielburg talked about his connection with horses in his life. Steven's wife is a dressage rider and his daughter is a hunter jumper.

"Horses talk by the way they look at you, there are a lot more ways horses talk to you than people give them credit for..."

Steven Spielburg's full interview will be aired tonight on Nightline.

For a very cool interview with horse trainer Bobby Lovgren, who worked on War Horse, visit our sister site here.


Hong Kong

Did you watch any of our racing coverage from the Hong Kong Cup week? Most of the interviews were actually pretty fascinating. In addition, there were several exciting races due to dead heats for second and then for third in the Hong Kong Vase and Hong Kong Sprint. Read about them here.

Riding Lessons...

It has been about a month, but I took another riding lesson. This time Gabe stepped up to the plate. A wonderful, sweet horse of 18 hands that was eager to do what I asked. Even if I didn't mean to ask. Let's just say I am learning a lot and took out a tree branch or two with my helmet. Riders4Helmets is the real deal by the way.

Caption: Gabe and Adam
Photo: Erica Larson

And They're Off

What do you think about the new title of "Unstable Boy?" If you are not sure what I am talking about, go watch the Pearl Harbor Day episode.


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