Lexington & KHP


Sorry I haven’t been posting here consistently this week. I’ve been working on the January issue of The Carriage Journal, which is due to the printer soon. And now we’re in the midst of a (minor, we hope!) ice storm, so we left the office early today. If any of you are in the path of this storm, be safe!

It’s a good deal colder here now than November (or even nearly December) in Lexington ought to be, and we even have a bit of — gasp! — snow. A tiny bit, to be sure, but snow nonetheless.

The cold makes me want to bundle up and hibernate. Which I think I’ll do for the next few days, as it’s a long holiday weekend and all. And I’m also, therefore, declaring a brief holiday from blogging. I’ll see you back here on Monday. And to all my readers here in the U.S.: Happy Thanksgiving!

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The annual holiday lights show here at the Kentucky Horse Park (known as “Southern Lights”) officially opens tomorrow. But here’s a sneak peek …

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When I went out to get that photo, I was also able to say hello to this handsome fellow, who’s in a paddock behind my office …

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This is way off topic, but I just had to share some of the gorgeous fall color we’ve been enjoying here in Lexington recently …

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First, here are a few more photos from last Saturday’s Kentucky Classic CDE marathon. Then, tomorrow, for a different sort of cross-country, I think we’ll check back in with Mr. Johnson and see how he’s doing on his cross-continent trek.

Shown, in alphabetical order: Jennifer Harber, Debbie Lawrence, Max Montoya, Carrie Ostrowski, Colten Parker, and Casey Zubeck.

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First, I apologize for not posting anything here yesterday. Jill and Mindy and I were “on location” for much of the late afternoon, doing a photo shoot for the CAA’s upcoming holiday gift catalog. We had amateur models, wardrobe changes, horses and carriages as props … the works. We also had a lot of laughs, and I’ll probably be posting a few of the sillier photos (not destined for the catalog) here.

But, for now, let’s go back to the recent Kentucky Classic CDE. Toward the end of the marathon on Saturday, the skies opened up, as you can probably see here …

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And then — thankfully, after the marathon had finished — it rained even more. By Sunday, the cones arena was a muddy mess and more rain was falling. The event organizers decided to move the cones classes for the advanced-level single horses and four-in-hand teams (the National Championship classes) to first thing in the morning. By the time A.J. and I arrived (after those championship classes had already gone), we were just in time to hear the announcement that the remainder of the event would be canceled. Soooo, I don’t have a single cones-competition photo to share with you this year.

But stay tuned, as I’ll continue to share more of the exciting marathon photos from Saturday.

As a start, here are a few of my favorite “unusual” photos from Chester Weber’s trip through the marathon course. These are from three separate obstacles, and I like them all for different reasons: the odd angle in the first (and, wow, can a four-in-hand team make a tight turn!), the generally out-of-focus image with one horse’s face in focus in the second one, and the horses’ reflections in the water in the third.

Enjoy! And stay tuned for more images from the Kentucky Classic CDE marathon.

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