Saturday, April 18, 2015

Equestrian Topiaries

I am loving these adorable (and quite reasonable) equestrian topiaries from (which went public this week by the way).  Before the next "horsey girls' night out" at my place, I will order one for the table.  Love, love, love these.  See them here.  Anyone having a World Cup party this week?  Way to go Rich Sellers and Flexible, by the way, in second place.  Not bad for a 19-year old stallion.

 Kentucky Derby party?

Atlanta Plane Crash of 1962

I am reading a really good novel that starts out with a real life plane crash in Orly, France in June 1962.  The crash was famous in its day as it was the most horrific plane disaster up to that time.  One person survived.  The plane, an Air France flight, was headed to Atlanta, the culmination of a month-long arts expedition for the art patrons of Atlanta. Even one entire family was wiped out.  Read about it here.

Some now refer to it as Atlanta's 9/11 and there is a good PBS documentary about the flight. A few members of the trip decided to stay in France or took separate planes home for various reasons and they are chronicled in the documentary.  Some very well known civic leaders perished.  See the documentary here.  The documentary is called The Day Atlanta Stood Still. Another very good article is here

Atlanta somehow rose from the ashes a second time (the first time being when Sherman burned it during the Civil War) and made the city into a arts capital for the South, which was what this group had intended to do. Few people today realize that lovely Rodin statue that sits in Atlanta was a gift from France in memory of the citizens who died that day on French soil.

It's funny how time enables us to forget big moments or tragedy. Over thirty children were orphaned that day in June.  How many lives were changed forever?  Many. 

The book is called The Swan House and if you love a good girly type novel set in the Deep South in 1962 you will enjoy it.

History is our only link to the past. We need to remember it and embrace it and learn from it.  Enjoy this beautiful Saturday!

Friday, April 17, 2015


Need a gift idea for the equestrian in your life who also loves to entertain?  Love these. See them here.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Essentials - Seven That I Can't Live Without

Are there things in your life that you'd be lost without?  Your day wouldn't be complete without them?  I'm not referring to Truman or to Sega but instead to the little items that you need everyday?

Here's mine......

1) Christian Dior Mascara
I don't wear much make-up but I always put on mascara before I go out.  The only brand I use (after many years of trial and error) is Dior.  
2) Arc Teryx Vest
My coat fetish is well-documented but I have grown to love this vest that I bought at the end of the season one year for less than $100.  I wear this almost every day at home on the farm as a layer or a light cover.

3) Uggs Slippers
I have foot problems so having a comfortable shoe to wear around the house is key.  These are worn until it gets warm and then the sandals come out.

4) iPod
As a very long-time runner, I have always had music, recalling the days of the Sony Walkman for those of you old enough to know what that is.  I have had three iPods, now on number three and they keep getting smaller, lighter and more colorful.  My current one is an aqua blue.
5) My Saddle
In 2013 my then trainer convinced me to trade in one of my Butet saddles for a new one. I reluctantly agreed and now I have a Bruno DelGrange saddle that I adore.  I still have an old Butet for the rainy days but I must admit the trainer was spot on.  

6) Anything for the Bath
I soak in my tub many nights after a long day outside or running, riding or just to warm up. I love to add something now and then to soak the muscles, put an aroma in the air or just to enjoy. This is one of my favorites.

7) Dubarry Boots
I bought my first pair five years ago. A very wise investment indeed.  Love them!

What's on your list?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

FEI World Cup Vegas Style

Vegas is the place to be this week but not for the gambling.  The horses descended on the desert this week, literally, from all over the world for the World Cup Finals.  This event happens once a year but it's the best of the very best. If you happen to live close by or can get to Vegas easily it is well worth the trip. I was fortunate enough to be there for a work meeting when the event was held there and got to see Sapphire and Shutterfly battle it out for the show jumping title.  It was truly amazing.

I love this article from the Chronicle of the Horse about transporting the horses to Vegas from Europe.

As the event unfolds, the Americans are in great standing this year to win the title, from several angles. You can follow the events on Facebook here. Stay tuned!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Young Guns

It's great to see young new talent, think Jordan Speith's impressive performance the past two days at Augusta in The Masters.  But the up-and-comers are making their mark in the horse world too.  Reed Kessler has set the world on fire, making the Olympic Show Jumping team at the ripe old age of 18 (a record) and continues to shine in the uber competitive world of show jumping, spending most of her time now in Europe.  Read more about Reed Kessler here.

 Lucy Davis is making her mark in the show jumping world, also competing in Europe.  She'll make her debut in the World Cup Finals to be held this year in Las Vegas (GO, if you can, it is fantastic). Read more about Lucy here.

Lillie Keenan, from New York City, is another one to watch. She also attends Harvard University.  Here is a link to an interview with her last summer.

(Lillie Keenan)
And if you follow the horse show world then you know all about young protegy Tori Colvin, whom I expect to see one day in the Olympics.  She has literally won everything there is to win in the hunters and she hasn't hit 18 yet so she's starting to shine in the Grand Prix ranks thanks to some very loyal supporters who have purchased horses for her to ride. Here's a link to an interview with her as well.

Expecting young Jordan Speith to be wearing green by late Sunday afternoon.  And hoping that the young guns of show jumping will make an imprint on the international stage in a few weeks in Las Vegas.  Enjoy this wonderful spring weekend!  Stay safe, ride well, but live better.

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Wonderful World of Weatherend Furniture

In the early 1900s, Norwegian-born landscape architect Hans Heistad created outdoor furnishings to complement the rock-walled gardens at a Maine coast estate called Weatherend. Heistad's creations were distinguished by restraint and grace of style and are still in service at the estate almost 90 years later.  Now you can purchase this exquisite furniture for your own house and garden. It is more than lovely!

You order custom colors too.  The furniture is made in Maine.

Love, love, love!

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