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Coree Reuter

November 24, 2010

Why We’re Thankful For Horses

“I'm really thankful to have a couple of days off for Thanksgiving to RIDE my horse!” Susan Lee, Advertising

The inspiration for this blog burst into existence like a bright pop of a camera flash, illuminating the dusty corners of my desk and shedding light on the struggle I’d had with trying to think of what to write about for Thanksgiving.

November 10, 2010

Into The Wild: Przewalski’s Horses

I have an image of wild horses in my mind—the beautiful mustangs gallop freely across the grassy plains, tossing their manes and playing in the streams. The young foals dash madly about their mothers’ legs and risk the ire of the alpha mare and stallion. And although my perception of the horses that roam our countryside may be correct, I’ve got one small detail wrong.

Unfortunately, they aren’t truly wild. Almost all horses that live in the wilderness today are descended from domesticated horses.

November 4, 2010

Well-Behaved Women Rarely Make History: Anna Sewell

"We call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words." Anna Sewell, Black Beauty, 1877.

October 27, 2010

The Headless Horseman Rides Again

It was a dark and stormy afternoon at The Chronicle office. Lightning flickered outside as gunpowder gray thunderclouds rolled and boiled over the Blue Ridge Mountains toward Middleburg. Fall is my favorite time of year in Virginia, and the bright assortment of colored leaves against the darkening sky created a striking backdrop on my drive home from another day buried in the tombs of equine history.

October 26, 2010

Pan American Eventing To Run As A Two-Star

Next year’s Pan American Games will offer a two-star eventing competition rather than a three-star. The decision was made at the Fédération Equestre Internationale’s 2008 General Assembly in Buenos Aires.

The move should “ensure that there were enough riders and nations to perpetuate the sport of eventing and ensure its continued growth,” according to Catrin Norinder, FEI Director of Eventing and Olympic Departments.

October 20, 2010

We Always Find Mystery Photos In The Attic

The Chronicle’s attic is one of my favorite places in our office. It smells like dust, it's hot in the summer and freezing in the winter, and it doesn’t necessarily have any health benefits to it aside from climbing the three flights of stairs from the bottom floor where my desk is, but it’s well worth the climb and the sneezing.

October 10, 2010

Para-Dressage Individual Freestyle Champions Crowned

When the dust finally settled in the para-dressage arena at the Kentucky Horse Park today, more than just medals were awarded. A new found appreciation for discipline was gained by the many spectators, judges, team members, organizers and many fans who played witness to the spectacular sport that took place over the last week.

October 10, 2010

United States Dances To Team Vaulting Gold

Lexington, Ky., Oct. 10

When the athletes on the U.S. vaulting team stepped into the ring, they politely asked the audience for silence. Not because they worried about their horse, but because they wanted those present to hear the music and feel the drama of their freestyle before they even began to perform. Dancing to elegant strains of Prokofeiv’s Romeo & Juliet mixed with a modern beat, the F.A.C.E. vaulters performed with passion and elegance to claim the United State’s first team vaulting gold medal.

October 9, 2010

Eccles Wins First Vaulting Gold For Great Britain

Screaming fans, waving flags, raucous cheering and stomping feet are normally reserved for football games at the University of Kentucky’s nearby Commonwealth Stadium, but during the vaulting competition at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, the Alltech Arena has been the loudest place in town. 

However, absolute silence fell over the crowd when Joanne Eccles, 21, entered the ring and delivered an elegant and powerful performance to take home Great Britain’s first ever WEG vaulting medal.

October 8, 2010

U.S. Riders Miss Out On Medals, But Look Ahead To Freestyles

Lexington, Ky., Oct. 7

The U.S. para dressage riders may not have won a medal yet at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, but their hopes are still high with one more set of medals to be awarded in the freestyle tests. Laura Goldman narrowly missed a medal in today’s individual 1a test, claiming fourth place.

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