I am so inspired by this early 90's image of Anne Kursinski and Top Seed from the Paris Grand Prix in the early 90's. It was posted on the Facebook group "Equestrians from Back in the Day."
There is a black-and-white striped oxer (triple bar?) in the background that caught my attention: it is inspired by Daniel Buren! Did the artist himself make this fence?
I have challenged myself to locate a clearer photo of the "Colonnes de Buren" or "Les Deux Plateaux" obstacle. Any assistance will be gratefully appreciated!
Concours de saut d'obstacles
les triple-barres (f)
les chandeliers (m) - jump standards
Update: another sighting! Greg Best and Gem Twist at the Grand Prix de Paris in 1991.
Photo credit: Kit Houghton
In the COTH forums, Ambitious Kate suggested that the course designer is probably the person to ask; so now the research question becomes, who designed the course for the Grand Prix de Paris in 1991? If only I still had that stack of old Horseplay magazines...
On July 30, 2011, this horse and rider team saved the day for an 8-year-old boy whose horse was being chased by a bear. Erin Bolster and her mount, Tonk, fearlessly charged the bear three times before it was frightened away. The boy had been part of a guided trail ride in Montana's Flathead National Forest when the bear attacked. Read more about Tonk and Erin's wild ride in the Spokesman-Review.
The annual horse show at Spruce Meadows is a favorite among competitors and spectators alike. The Calgary venue is known for the huge International Ring and for the thrilling Derby course.
The top stables are staring to ship their best horses and riders to Calgary. 21 horses from the John Madden Sales barn are on their way, and rider Beezie Madden has started a blog about the stable's progress at the show in Canada.
Lucinda Green, winner of the Badmiton Horse Trials a record six times on six different horses, is a friendly and hilarious clinician, peppering her students with gems like, "even if you ride really, really well, it can still go tits up."