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December 29, 2010

All The Pretty Carousel Horses

You can’t deny that there’s something a bit magical about a merry-go-round.

Sure, now that I’ve grown up it’s not as fun to ride one of the dancing horses that seem to plunge and leap as the carousel spins around to outdated organ music, but when I was a kid? Oh man. I always wanted to ride the prettiest horse I could find, preferably on the outside so I could grab the ring as I went flying by and throw it at the opening a few feet further down the track.

December 15, 2010

From A Lamp To A Legacy: Breyer Horses

I was one of those kids who’d snoop for Christmas presents every year. By the time I was 10, I knew every single hiding place in our house—from my parent’s closet, to the craft room, to the downstairs coat closet way back behind the moving boxes that had been there since before I was born—it was pretty hard to keep a secret from me!

November 30, 2010

Farley's Legacy Is Carried On By A Black Stallion

“Many kids would rather ride on the back of a horse… than pilot a spaceship to the moon.” – Walter Farley

I must have read Walter Farley’s Man O’War a million times when I was a kid. I pored over the pages so much that by the time the book finally found a more permanent home on my bookshelf—its spine worn and creased in comparison to the shiny hardbacks that flanked it—it was easy enough to tell which one was my favorite.

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 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.

September 22, 2010

World Equestrian Games: They’re Here!

Can you believe the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games are only two days away? It’s crazy, right? It seems like we’ve been working nonstop here at the Chronicle for months on end to prepare for the WEG Preview Issue (which we published on Sept. 17, so don’t miss out on your copy), and now we’re packing camera bags and suitcases and loading cars so we can make our own “Journey To The WEG.” 

September 15, 2010

World Equestrian Games: Vaulting

Of all the sports at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, I’m most excited to see vaulting. While I have either competed in or covered all of the other disciplines, I’ve never actually witnessed vaulting at a world-class level. Years ago I attempted to vault at summer camp, and I mastered standing and flying re-mounts, but my career as a vaulter was fairly short-lived.

A few theories exist about the roots of vaulting.

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