I'm jumping for joy about the 2012 Olympic Summer Games beginning on Friday, but what really gets my heart soaring is visions of some amazing equestrian athletes accomplishing great feats when the eventing competition kicks off on Saturday! Among them will be the horses of the US Equestrian Team who sends both four-legged and two-legged competitors to take part in the three Olympic equestrian events: eventing, dressage, and jumping. Check out the horses and riders when you read this slideshow!
With the breaking news this morning that Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner I'll Have Another has been pulled from tomorrow's Belmont Stakes due to an injury, horse lovers and horse-racing fans will wait at least one more year for a Triple Crown champion. If he had run tomorrow and won, the chestnut colt would have become only the 12th horse — and the first since Affirmed in 1978 — to win the coveted Triple Crown in the 137-year history of the three races. Of course, there have been plenty near-misses along the way: 50 horses have won two of the three races but were thwarted by a worthy adversary. We've rounded up 12 magnificent horses who fell short of the crowning glory by just one race.
At Saturday's Belmont Stakes, Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner I'll Have Another will give it the old college try in an effort to accomplish what only 11 other horses have done in 137 years: win horse racing's elusive Triple Crown. In fact, it has been 34 years since a horse has accomplished this feat.
If I'll Have Another partakes in another exciting win this Saturday, then he will join the ranks of the greatest horses in racing history, including Secretariat, whose record Belmont Stakes finish of 2:24 still stands to this day. Good luck to the chestnut colt and his 10 competitors, and here's to a safe and fair race! For some fun facts about the Triple Crown winners, just read on.
Saturday's Kentucky Derby is an occasion to celebrate one of Earth's most revered animals — the horse — and we're paying homage with 10 equestrian-inspired pieces that promise to add strength and whimsy to any room. The horse will never go out of style, and whether you choose a statement-making bust to display on your mantel, or an oversized print hung above a bed, these items will bring beauty and timelessness to your home style. Click through to start shopping.
Pull out your biggest hat and get ready to gamble, because this weekend is the 138th annual Kentucky Derby. And while most people associate the "Run For the Roses" with a day filled with mint juleps and Southern style, it's actually a great occasion to throw a party for adults and kids alike. Kids will love the idea of joining their parents to watch an old-fashioned horse race!
Deanna from Kentucky-based Mirabelle Creations created this beautiful Derby party celebrating the first leg of the Triple Crown. She designed red, pale blue, and chocolate brown printables (all downloadable for free!) featuring a modern rose graphic (a nod to the blanket of 554 red roses awarded to the winner of the race each year), horseshoes, and silhouettes of the state of Kentucky. Add in some big hats, a few Southern-style sweets, some hobby horses for the kids to play around with, and a big-screen TV for the actual race and you'll have yourself one great Derby afternoon! Check out all of the details!
Source: Mirabelle Creations
Whether or not you believe that horse racing is a dangerous sport, one thing most animal lovers can agree on is the beauty of these animal kingdom athletes! The Kentucky Derby is just days away, so we thought we'd take a moment to meet some of these lovely hoofers and wish them the best in Saturday's big race!
Despite the nail-biting finish, the end of this weekend's Grand National steeplechase horse race near Liverpool, England, brought sad news for horse lovers and horse-racing fans. While Neptune Collonges valiantly nosed out Sunnyhillboy at the wire, According to Pete and Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Synchronised were humanely destroyed after suffering devastating injuries during the race.
With a storied history dating back to the first race in 1839, the Grand National's popularity in the UK rivals Kentucky Derby fever in the US. But while the Derby involves a 1 1/4-mile flat, dirt track, the National asks jockeys to guide their mounts over four miles and 30 fences. Since 2000, 11 horses have died during the race despite racetrack efforts to make the jumps and turf more safe.
Horse racing has come under fire from animal rights advocates who allege that organizers of the sport regularly overlook safety considerations in the name of faster tracks, faster horses, new record times, and ultimately more money. Meanwhile, organizations like the Jockey Club and National Thoroughbred Racing Association claim to put pressure on racetracks, owners, and trainers to uphold higher safety standards that benefit the welfare of horses and riders alike. What do you think? Has horse racing exceeded the limits of thrilling entertainment? Or is this the natural evolution of a professional sport?
Spring is in the air, and this weekend saw horses galore soaring to new heights in celebration of the new season! At the Saut Hermès in Paris, Ukrainian horse Cathleen 28 won the Grand Prix Hermès, completing the five-star course in just under 33 seconds. Meanwhile in Hastings, New Zealand, 11-year-old mare Dunstan Daffodil took home top honors in the Olympic Cup Horse of the Year competition, proving that you don't have to be a Spring chicken to be a champion. And in England, four days of steeplechase racing culminated in Synchronised, a 9-year-old gelding, winning the coveted Cheltenham Gold Cup. (Fancy) hats off to these amazing equines, and may your Spring be as hoppy as theirs!
While it's not a huge country, we can thank Ireland for significant contributions to world culture: St. Patrick's Day, Guinness, U2, and Liam Neeson, just to name a few! But the Emerald Isle has also made an impact in the world of domesticated animals, boasting 20 native breeds of dogs, horses, cattle, sheep, and goats. Think you know your Irish critters? Click through to see them all!
As we while away the dark and wintry doldrums, it's hard to believe that Spring is just a few short months away. Lest you forget about the sensation of kicking up your heels with the warm sunshine on your back, we bring you one adorable baby miniature pony doing just that.