Monday, March 19, 2018

...and now for something completely different

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.

Best Regards,

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Crossrail, anyone?

Ringling College of Art + Design Library
Sarasota, FL 


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Colonnes de Buren (or) Les Deux Plateaux

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
un saut
un obstacle
un oxer
un vertical
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

Greg Best

Riders on the West Coast know all about Olympian, dreamboat, genius Greg Best. For the rest of us... Let him teach you how to jump with your horse: Over huge fences: And on turf:

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Bravery in the Face of a Bear

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.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Spruce Meadows

Live Coverage from Spruce Meadows

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.

More video is available from the Spruce Meadows channel on YouTube. Enjoy the show!