Saturday, August 7, 2021

Saturday Musings - It's All About Horses

I started the day, after barn chores, watching the US Showjumping Team take the silver medal in a thrilling jump-off for gold against Sweden (they have not won team gold since 1924).  It was incredible, all teams went clear in the jump-off round and less than two seconds separated the gold and silver medal (when the faults are tied, time is the deciding factor).  McLain Ward, Laura Kraut and Jessica Springsteen were on it in Tokyo.  Congratulations!  Job well done!

Belgium took the bronze. Congratulations!!!!

If that's not enough horses for you today, then plan to watch the Whitney from Saratoga late this afternoon.  Swiss Skydiver will again face the boys in another real test.  Remember her?  She won the Preakness in 2020.  She's back in action against KnicksGo who is blazing fast and will be the horse to beat.  But how many upsets over the years have taken place at the Spa?  Too many to list here.  It should be on NBC Sports or Fox Sports. Post time is 5:48 pm EDT.  Here is a great story about the hurdles Swiss Skydiver has faced this year.  She's had a lot of ups and downs.  Pulling for the little chestnut mare.

On another horse note, I am happy to report that Apollo's training is progressing nicely this hot dry summer in Virginia.  He wore tack this week for the first time.  Going for a visit tomorrow to see my gray colt (he is gelded but I still refer to him as my colt).  Cannot wait to see him.  Can't tell if he is traumatized or not in this photo.  Maybe he's just totally chilled.  

And the needlepoint finishing fairy arrived this week with a box full of goodies.  I have so many boxes out at various places right now - all that stitching in 2020 is still waiting to be finished. But love my new needlepoint.....

Remember the Thelwell books that we used to read?  Have you forgotten? The pillows above are so "Thelwell" and it reminded me.....Etsy is full of this stuff. If you need a refresher, read this great article.

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