The Grand National Steeplechase

The Grand National, the most valuable jump race in Europe, will be run this coming weekend in Liverpool, England. The race was first run in 1839 and is 4 miles 3½ furlongs in distance. Except for the period from 1941 to 1945, during the Second World War, the race has taken place every year. Horse Talk –…

The Year’s Top Pacers & Trotters

The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Poll is taken each year to select the top pacers and trotters of the year in the United States. Horse Talk – pacers and trotters: Pacers move both legs on the same side forward in unison. Trotters move right front and left rear legs forward almost simultaneously, then follow suit with left…

Above and Beyond Vaulting team

First Time National C-Team Vaulting Champs!

Above and Beyond is a vaulting team based in Washington State. In 2013, for the first time in the team’s history, they competed in Trot Team and C-Team events at the National Championships held in Denver, Colorado. The championships ran from August 8 – 11th. The team’s trainer and coach, Saacha DeAmborossio, drove the horses…

Children’s Jumper Championship

One of the exciting events at the Washington International Horse Show is the Children’s Jumping Championship, offering $10,000 in prize money. The picture above shows the course for this year’s Children’s Championship. As you will see, there is plenty of math in show jumping. Learning to read the course design and understand the written information is…

Have You Tried Ring Jousting?

Have you heard about the sport of ring jousting? It has been played in North American for quite some time and in fact became the official sport of Maryland in 1962! 1. How many decades have passed since jousting became the official sport of Maryland? Jousting tournaments have been held in Maryland since early colonial times…

Arabian Horse Racing

Did you know that people race Arabian horses just like they do Thoroughbreds? The world’s richest and most important race for purebred Arabians takes place in France, The Qatar Arabian World Cup. The very first Qatar Arabian World Cup race took place 6 years ago, and the race has been run every October since then. 1.…