Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Lawn Jockey, Again

The blog posts I've written about the lawn jockey are some of the most read, most popular and likely most controversial.  I understand why people today get upset about this icon but two things immediately come to mind.  First, none of us can alter the past and our nation's history and tolerance or intolerance of civil rights. It is what it is, we cannot change the past, period.   Second, I look at the icon of the lawn jockey as a piece of social history and how this unlikely figure became such an integral part of the cultural history in the South during it's time period. So please don't read into any of these posts from any other angle. 

Every now and then I go out and peruse the internet and see what I can find.  I'd love to know if anyone has ever seen a book on this topic. If you have one I'd love to borrow it.  If you see one please buy it and I can reimburse you. I have looked high and low, far and wide to no avail.  But I get intrigued when I find pieces out there like this one and I wonder how and why......

This is a small dish for sale on Etsy.

See it here

This fabric is also on Etsy from the 1950's.

See it here.

You see old advertisements with the lawn jockey prominently displayed, maybe as if to denote wealth or status?  I wonder....

And you still see the Jocko's for sale, the real ones.  This one appears to be the real thing.

The controversy still reigns but if you read the history, you may come to understand that these icons have an historic past that is worth preserving and it has nothing to do IMHO with supporting slavery or advocating or not advocating civil rights for all of our citizens.  Embrace the past and learn from it.

Here is some recent controversy.

If you would like to learn about the history of the lawn jockey read this posts.  Part two is here.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Historic Bath Alum Springs Estate to be Sold at Auction

The historic Bath Alum Springs estate near Warm Springs, Virginia will be sold at auction in mid-April.

The manor house was built in the 1930's and is situated on a site that once was the spot of an elaborate hotel that housed the hundreds of visitors who came to take the water at the springs.  Bricks from the hotel were used in the house and the barn.  

The "springs" business was huge up until the Civil War and revived for a bit there after.  The springs here date to 1740 and were visited by Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and many other famous people of the day.  By 1849 the complex held ten brick buildings, 98 large rooms each with a fireplace.  The buildings were torn down when the current manor house was built.  Even today the estate boasts over 800 acres.

If you want a piece of it, you can have it now that the entire estate is up for auction in numerous tracts.  There are many houses on the property. The main house comes with airplane hangers and an air strip that goes right through the property.  See more about it here.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Meet Charlotte Moss

If you happen to be in Central Virginia in late April then you won't want to miss this opportunity....

She came to the Caspari store for a book signing when her last book was published and I did not go then but now......I'm in.

Friday, March 27, 2015

All About April

I haven't blogged about April in ages mostly because there hasn't been much to report.  She's been turned out now for over two years, not sound on her left front foot with no real chance for a life as a performance horse, sadly, due to her size and the soundness issues which are mostly genetic.

So we have been contemplating nerving her as a last resort so we can ride her and give her a job, which she seems to want badly. The vets have looked at her and I tried this winter to make the plunge but the winter weather was always an issue.  She has to be in a stall for a month and then slowly brought back into work after surgery.

But all of a sudden she is sound.  We pulled her shoes, gave her a new farrier and now she seems to be sound.  The vet is coming to see her in about ten days and then we'll see if we can just put her back in slow work (with a trainer, with a round pen) so that by early summer Ron will have a horse!  Stay tuned.

NYT Article About the Winter Equestrian Festival

This article is quite entertaining, found in the New York Times about competing in Wellington. 

Interestingly, it interviews some of the most wealthy members of the sport, all hailing from Manhattan no less.  Trust me, this is not reality, no where close.  This article should be titled, "How the One Percent Who Ride Spend Their Winters in Wellington."  Oh, well, entertaining to say the least.  Enjoy!  It would be nice to be in Florida this weekend as our temps hit the 20's, again here in Virginia.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spring into Equestrian Fashion

I am loving the new fashions coming out for those of us who ride.  The options now for clothing are endless as long as you have endless pockets.  Here are some of the fun items out there for those who ride (or for those who want to look like they ride):

Love these vintage-inspired riding breeches from Tailored Sportsman. The Tack Room in Camden, SC had these in stock but am told they have sold out. Will find out for sure.  These are lovely!

Love this Coolblast shirt from Dover, for much less than the EIS version. Love the aqua one and the orange.  If you live outdoors in the spring and summer these shirts are great for anyone who gardens, rides, mows the lawn, anything.  Look good, stay cool and keep your skin in tact.

The pastel colored breeches are my favorites.Tailored Sportsman makes some great colors, loving the aqua ones.  Can you tell that is a favorite color?  The shirt is from EIS, which I also love. These are from The Tack Room in Camden, SC.

I love these helmets from Samshield with the bright colored trim but these are not hats to wear in the show ring. So this would be an extravagant purchase to say the least but are they not cool? They come in four colors off the shelf or you can order one as well.

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Equestrian Finds - One Kings Lane

There's some great stuff today if you like equestrian decor.

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