Tales of the Best Equestrian Highlights of the 2016 Rio Olympics

I never watch TV or any sports for that matter. This year was different. I watched literally four hours a day of the Equestrian games. I have complained sadly during past Olympics with the lack of equestrian event broadcasts. This year was superb, albeit they still didn’t broadcast through live national television. However, NBC did present an outstanding online, easy access live streaming as well as providing links to your local cable tv station for easy watching of all the events including full coverage of the equestrian games. It was thrilling to watch so many incredibly talented riders and their horses compete from countries we don’t ever get a chance to see. I am sure you agree that the 2016 Rio Olympic Equestrian Games was truly fantastic and thank you, NBC for outstanding coverage of all events.

Here’s the top highlights I’d like to share…..remember, to keep your horse in top shape to “Stay Competitive” with Grand Meadows products … investing in your horse’s long-term future health and performance. Continue reading

UK Travel Blog

For all of you loyal thousands, well at least ten, eagerly waiting for the next significant missive, I have decided to interrupt my dissertation on the various issues associated with the whole nutrition and supplement thingy to share with you some of the glamour and romance of the international business traveler. Continue reading

California Coastal Horse Rescue – A Non-Profit Horse Rescue Organization

Grand Meadows | Girl and a Horse

Article from guest author Nicole Chastain Price at CCHR.

At Grand Meadows we are passionate about horses- in every way! Especially helping support the wonderful efforts being made around the country to help those horses in need from the many worthwhile non-profit horse rescues organizations like California Coastal Horse Rescue – based out of Ojai, California.

Cindy Murphree founded CCHR in 2000 based on her observation of an increasing number of horses being abandoned, neglected and in need. Currently overseen by Adri Howe and run by 45 Volunteers with no paid staff. Their mission is to rescue abandoned, abused, neglected and slaughter-bound horses and provide them with a second chance at healthy and productive lives. Currently they are rehabilitating 18 horses and find them all loving homes. CCHR also provides a permanent sanctuary to several senior horses and horses that have severe disabilities. Continue reading

National Velvet and Pie

Little Girl Riding Horse

Every little girl and boy who fell in love with horses has seen National Velvet; but did you know that the role was initially pitched to a young Katherine Hepburn? When Elizabeth Taylor finally auditioned for the role she was only 11 years old and the producer thought she was too small. This wasn’t a problem for Taylor, who proceeded to gorge herself  for three months and grew three inches, which ultimately landed her the role. 

Pirates and Kings

Velvet’s horse was nicknamed “Pie,” short for “Pirate.” This epithet given to him by his owner because the horse jumped clear of his paddock and wound up wrecking things in the village.  Pie’s registered name was King Charles, and was the grandson of Man o’War. He definitely had strong genes and had been trained as a show jumper at the ritzy Rivera Country Club in L.A.

Stubborn Till the End

King Charles was reportedly a nightmare to work with, as he wouldn’t listen to commands and was regularly biting crew members. On one occasion he wound up seriously a crew member. He threw Taylor off badly, which ended up giving her a lifelong back injury. Nevertheless, she adored the horse and on her 13th birthday he was given to her and stayed with her until his death.

Revere Revisited: The Truth Behind the Legendary Ride

The romantic story about Paul Revere immortalized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 1861 poem turns out to have just a few flaws. 

Paul Revere Didn’t Act Alone

First of all, two other men – William Dawes and Samuel Prescott – rode alongside him. Overtaken by the British, the three riders split up and headed in different directions. Also, Revere was temporarily detained by the British at Lexington and Dawes lost his way after falling off his horse. This little known fact tends to diminish the impact of the story.

Brown Beauty was Borrowed

Secondly, Revere did not own a horse at the time and it is believed that the Charlestown merchant John Larkin loaned him a horse (named Brown Beauty), which was later confiscated by the British.

Top Secret Operations

Thirdly, Paul Revere never shouted the legendary phrase which was later attributed to him – “The British are coming!” – as he passed from town to town. The operation was meant to be conducted as discretely as possible since scores of British troops were hiding out in the Massachusetts countryside. Furthermore, colonial Americans at that time still considered themselves British; if anything, Revere may have told other rebels that the “Regulars”—a term used to designate British soldiers—were on the move.

Ultimately it was  Prescott—a young physician who was believed to have died in the war several years after the legendary ride—who alerted the residents of Concord.

It seems that Mr. Longfellow followed the oft used maxim of never letting the truth stand in the way of a good story.