Although I have come to be known as The Centaurian online, the original idea behind this blog's title was that horse-people formed a community, a breed apart, the Centaurian. This community exists whether I document it or not, and any number of equestrian publications cover the "hoof beat" far better than I!
I have decided to repurpose this blog, formerly dedicated to sparkly unicorns, for some of my academic ideas concerning American History and Visual Culture. Apologies to those who may come here expecting horses, and instead encounter my idea machine.
Monday, March 19, 2018
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
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...
Friday, August 10, 2012
Thursday, September 29, 2011
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.