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.
The course that judges Cynthia Hankins and Candice King have set for this year's Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals is full of natural style obstacles, including a curved brush fence at center ring that's to be jumped twice—as the first and last jump on course.
“Wait a minute, you’re how old?” Missy Clark questioned Paraic Kenny.
When she heard that the Irishman who’s been working for her this summer is indeed still just 17, a light bulb went off in Clark’s head. She got him outfitted in show clothes, and when the Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals start on Oct. 12, Kenny will be waiting at the in-gate.
Kenny has been a working student for Clark and her husband, John Brennan, at their North Run in Warren, Vt., and Clark spotted his riding talent right away.