The Near Side: This Week in Horses — September 11, 2015


Hello and happy Friday, everyone. Here’s what’s been happening in the horse world this week.

  • The American Miniature Horse Registry National Championship is taking place in Tulsa this week, and there is a livestream! Watch it on
  • I assume that the person who stole 30 AQHA World Show trophies doesn’t intend to display them on their mantle and tell people that they had a really good 2015 show season. But what are they going to do with them?
  • Congrats are in order for Zari, the 7-year-old Grevy’s zebra who gave birth to a healthy filly this week. Grevy’s zebras are endangered, so this is an extra happy bit of news.
  • Hat’s off to these hockey players in Maine who are helping out with barn chores at a local equine rescue.
  • Hat’s off to Gothamist for compiling this fantastic set of videos of police horses having positive interactions with civilian dogs.
  • And for today’s frivolous celeb news, everyone’s favorite actress/equestrian Kaley Cuoco is featured in Shape magazine this month. She tells the magazine that she stays centered thanks to her six horses. You know, I’m feeling a little off-center, whatever that means. Maybe I should get some more horses.

That’s it for this week. Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

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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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