It was a photo that required that I find out the story behind it. A young woman bends at the waist to accept a trophy from an elegant presenter in evening gown and fur coat. And the rider is bareback, on a gleaming gray horse.
It was a stride Hunter Holloway will relive in her nightmares for a while. She landed off the next-to-last jump, looked to her left to the ASPCA wall jump and then settled in for a wide turn and seven strides.
It was a stride too much, and Holloway got Patrick just a little too close to the final jump. Trainer Don Stewart slumped a bit, the crowd sighed, and Holloway shook her head.
They couldn’t be more different. Cortes ‘C’ is a tall, jet-black hunk of a horse, with a big, slow stride and an easy-going manner. His ears are always at attention, his expression calm and composed. Beezie Madden says he’d like to live life as a lap-dog.
Rothchild is a small, scrappy fighter who looks like he’s spitting nails as he gallops around. He has a rapid stride and a chaotic style as McLain Ward pilots him around. He doesn’t stand still for awards ceremonies.
The title sounds like the lead-in to a joke, but it's what happened over the last few days of the National Horse Show in the amateur-owner hunter divisions. Four champions were crowned—two of them are graduate students, one an insurance agent and judge, and one an accountant.
Sloane Coles thought she’d already had a great day when she loaded Autumn Rhythm onto her two-horse trailer for the long ride home from the National Horse Show in Lexington, Ky., to her farm in The Plains, Va. Little did she know just how she’d define that great day 12 hours later.
It’s a good bet that Sloane Coles was the only professional hunter rider showing at the National Horse Show who was planning to put their stock tie back on in a few days and follow the hounds.
But Coles grew up foxhunting, since her father, John, is a Master of the famed Orange County Hunt (Va.). Orange County’s opening meet is on Nov. 1 and Coles is hoping to be able to go out with the field, just days after winning the first year green hunter stake class and taking that division reserve championship aboard Autumn Rhythm.
“Anthony and his handsome gray were not only congratulated with a standing ovation, but a cheering and general uproar that might have been heard at the White House, 10 miles away,” read the Chronicle’s coverage of Anthony d’Ambrosio’s capturing of the indoor world puissance record.
In 1983, d’Ambrosio and the 17.1-hand Thoroughbred Sweet’N Low jumped 7’ 7 ½” to win the puissance in front of a crowd of 15,630 at the Washington International and set the record, which has held for the last 30 years.