“Name the foal” contest

17 08 2007

Playing with the standardbred foals, originally uploaded by The DeBruler Family.

If you’re going to the California State Fair, stop by the Budweiser Grandstand from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (PDT) on race days to admire a Standardbred foal and get a chance to win $15,000.

Fairgoers are invited to meet the baby racer and participate in the naming contest along with “play to win” games and activities about horses and harness racing.

Contest entry forms will be available at the harness racing exhibit and online at www.sacharness.com and www.chhaonline.com. More details

AddThis Social Bookmark Button





The Palio di Siena

17 08 2007

The Palio

This year’s running of the Palio horse race in Siena, Italy left viewers stirred but not shaken (sorry, I had to) as film crews captured the event for the next Bond movie:

[T]o the relief of the Siena authorities, the huge crowd and – presumably – the film producers, all horses and jockeys survived the dangerous bareback race.

Several jockeys were unseated as horses crashed into the wall at the notoriously tight San Martino bend, falling beneath the pounding hooves of their rivals. Miraculously none was hurt.

Instead, with Daniel Craig watching from a window high above the Campo, the square where the Palio is run on packed sand, Siena put on a classic show of colourful pageantry and excitement to a background of medieval drums and flags. Link

From Wikipedia: “The Palio di Siena (known locally simply as the Palio), the most famous palio in Italy, is a horse race held twice each year on July 2 and August 16 in Siena, in which the horse and rider represent one of the seventeen Contrade, or city wards. A magnificent pageant precedes the race, which attracts visitors and spectators from around the world.” Is this the world’s longest-running horse race?

AddThis Social Bookmark Button





Asia Secunda Pars Terrae in Forma Pegasir

17 08 2007

Asia in the shape of Pegasus

I found this 16th-century map of Asia reimagined in the shape of Pegasus over at strangemaps, one of the world’s truly fantastic blogs. Click here for the whole story.

AddThis Social Bookmark Button








%d bloggers like this: