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riders posted phenomenal results at this year’s Olympics in Athens. Chris Kappler earned individual show
jumping silver, helping the U.S.
win team gold. In eventing, Kim Severson and Winsome Adante took the silver
with the team taking bronze. The U.S. dressage team also earned the
bronze. Anky van Grunsven, this time riding Salinero, earned her second
consecutive dressage gold while Germany
won the team competition. The French team won eventing gold with Great Britain’s
Leslie Law snagging the individual title. A young rider named Rodrigo Pessoa
earned his first individual show jumping medal at Athens.
- Viggo Mortensen starred in Hidalgo, a fictional story
of a Pony Express courier and his pinto Mustang who travel across the globe to
(spoiler alert) win a race across the Arabian desert.
played by five different registered American Paint Horses. Mortensen purchased
one of those horses (real name: T.J.) after the end of filming. What’s not to
love about that?
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Bling in the hunter ring? Say it ain’t so! After the Euro-style (or skunk-style) helmets became popular, jumper riders felt the freedom from the traditional hunt cap style and decided to run with it. In 2004, we featured custom decoration for your new helmet, a fun new way to add color do show-ring-attire monotony. Rumor has it the trend leaked into the hunter ring for a time before the traditionalists put the kibosh on that. Oh well. It was fun while it lasted.