This Week in Horses — June 27, 2014

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Hope you all enjoyed the first official week of summer! Here’s the horse-world news roundup for this week.

  • Clydesdale-inspired public art? Yes, please. A town in Scotland has set up an art installation of more than 50 life-sized Clydesdale horse and foal sculptures painted by local artists. It’s similar to the Horsemania exhibit we had here in Lexington a few years ago. Once the 10-week “Ready Steady Gallop” event has ended, the horses will be auctioned off to support charity.
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  • We’re winding down Lightning Safety Awareness Week. I think we’re all guilty of trying to squeeze in a few more minutes of riding as a storm rolls in on these summer days, but it’s unwise and we should stop. Make sure all your barn buddies read this.
  • Sad news last weekend as we learned that two-time Olympic show jumping horse Sapphire died due to complications of colic. The big chestnut mare made it look easy every time out. She received a well-deserved, but earlier than planned retirement in 2012, which she celebrated by eating a donut. We’ll miss you, old girl.
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  • Zara Phillips, 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games eventing gold medalist and member of the royal family, is a real person, just like you and me. Normally I dislike these sort of paparazzi-driven pieces that are so popular in The Daily Mail, but I kind of love everything about these photos. Phillips is deftly juggling the duties of new motherhood with that of an equestrian, and she’s carb-loading on competition day in the best possible way. Also, I really like that faithful hound there on the left side of the frame. I look at these photos, and I think she and I could be friends. Call me, Zara!
  • British Eventing has implemented a rule that forbids its members from posting anything potentially objectionable to social media, or they face consequences. It’s not that much different from the kind of social media policy a lot of businesses have for their employees, but it’s pretty far-reaching for an equestrian organization to impose upon its members. Whatever BE’s intention with the rule, it certainly seems like they’re trying to stifle members’ criticisms. I think EventingNation.com’s Chinch the Chinchilla put it best.
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  • Speeding pony! A pony was caught by a speed camera on a German highway. You can’t make this stuff up.

That’s it for this week. Have a great weekend, and don’t forget to hug your horse.

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Leslie Potter
Leslie Potter is a graduate of William Woods University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Equestrian Science with a concentration in saddle seat riding and a minor in Journalism/Mass Communications. She is currently a writer and photographer in Lexington, KY.Potter worked as a barn manager and riding instructor and was a freelance reporter and photographer for the Horsemen's Yankee Pedlar and Saddle Horse Report before moving to Lexington to join Horse Illustrated as Web Editor from 2008 to 2019. Her current equestrian pursuits include being a grown-up lesson kid at an eventing barn and trail riding with her senior Morgan gelding, Snoopy.

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