All Posts from September, 2010

September 30th, 2010

Buck Davidson and Ballynoecastle perform at WEGs Dressage Day One

The crowd erupted as Buck Davidson entered the main arena today on dressage day one at the World Equestrian Games.  So enthusiastically, in fact, that the announcer begged everyone to hold their enthusiasm for after his test. I caught a few quiet moments before Buck began his test as well as the test itself from our usual front row seats.  I expect you may find yourself cheering by the end with the rest of the audience for the test that put Buck into 7th after this first day of dressage.

September 30th, 2010

Germans Out in Droves at WEGs

I have to admit that I expected the Americans to be the ones, given our hometown advantage, to be blowing the team spirit out of the water.  But with flags, country colors on everything possible from polo shorts to golf carts, and an entire seating section that erupts in cheers for each team rider, the Germans are, so far, outpacing everyone else.  Maybe it’s part of their secret to international success?

September 30th, 2010

Team Fashion from the World Equestrian Games

by Shannon Crocker and Courtney Young

Fashion comes in teams at the World Equestrian Games.  Or any other world competition, for that matter, since the riders jog as teammates and wear matching outfits.  For the 2010 jogs we saw a lot of ties and scarves in country colors but a few countries managed to stand out of the crowd.


The Swedes looked polished, well-tailored, and in synch (flashy brow-bands should be used with caution but the Swedes pull it off with grace and style). The coordinated scarves and ties were a nice added touch for a pop of color and team spirit.

(photo courtesy of Josh Walker)

(photo courtesy of Josh Walker)


In case of a water landing be sure to note your nearest exit.

(photo courtesy of Josh Walker)


Whoever picks the Americans outfits should have taken better notes from Rolex. We loved Buck’s suits from Rolex so much more than this wild west look. At Rolex we said that Boyd would look good in anything, including a burlap sack.  Bring back the burlap sack! Out of the Americans Karen pulled off the look the best.  But even Mandiba (note the ear akimbo) wasn’t sure about the cowboy hat.  We’d be happy to provide our fashion consulting services for the US Team so we can show off our team’s natural assets!

(photo courtesy of Josh Walker)


We love the coordinated brow bands that pulled the team’s already professional presentation together.  The German color palette lends itself to a colored browbands  (as well as polo shirts and jackets, lucky them!).  Similar to the Newmarket rugs, those colors just work.

(photo courtesy of Josh Walker)

(photo courtesy of Josh Walker)


As one might expect from Italians this team looked well-tailored, stylish, and confident.  It’s hard to beat and Italian at their own game. They can, after all, claim some of the finest fashion houses in the world and this rubs off on everyone, including their event riders.

(photo courtesy of Josh Walker)

(photo courtesy of Josh Walker)

(photo courtesy of Josh Walker)


It was the Canadians, however, who really blew the competition out of the water.  They had a classic look that they each wore well but still were coordinated as a team. They could be on the cover of JCrew with this look, out to dinner with friends, or, as was the case, a jog up. Even their vets were in on the team look for team spirit from start to finish.

(photo courtesy of Josh Walker)

September 30th, 2010

Dressage Day One Video: Boyd Martin and Mark Todd

Take front row seats to catch a few moments from the dressage tests of Boyd Martin and Mark Todd.

September 30th, 2010

Three Days Three Ways featured on WEG 2010 Radio Show

Glenn the Geek and Samantha Clark are endless fun, incredibly insightful, and always ahead of the curve.  We caught up yesterday to debrief the fashion at the jogs including who takes our fashion gold, the Americans in cowboy hats, and matching browbands.  Listen in!

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September 30th, 2010

Spotlight: Fashionista Shannon Crocker

We always have the best contributors on Three Days Three Ways and since we’re at the World Equestrian Games I thought it would be a good time to get to know them better.  Shannon Crocker is always there when we need a debrief on who’s wearing what and how well.  We’ll get the run-down on fashion, what works (and what doesn’t) at the WEGs thanks to her!

Shannon grew up in Virginia Pony Clubbing with Difficult Run before moving on to being a top Young Rider.  She competed at the upper levels with her beloved big grey Jamison, placing 3rd at Radnor ** and completing Fair Hill *** when both were long format.  These days Shannon focuses on bringing up the young ones and finding them the right home by the time they’ve moved up to Training or Preliminary.  She’s currently working with a special gent named Waylon.  I can speak from personal experience in saying he’s super sweet, eager to do the job, and has knees-like-a-hunter.

photo courtesy of Shannon Crocker

He’s also brave…

photo courtesy of Shannon Crocker

And scopey!

photo courtesy of Shannon Crocker

A graduate of the University of Virginia, Shannon’s day job is with Microsoft Services. Speaking of which, have you noticed the Microsoft Internet Cafe on the grounds of the WEGs?  Make sure to thank her for being able to stay connected even while you’re soaking up everything horse here at the Kentucky Horse Park!

She’s married to Sean Crocker and they are having a wonderful time with their adorable son Brodie.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the coverage Shannon brings all of us on the fashion front.  And I’m glad you could get to know her better!  If you want more information on Waylon send an email to and I’ll make sure you get it.  Enjoy the World Equestrian Games and Shannon’s coverage here!

September 30th, 2010

3 Girls and an Ax Vs. an ecogold cross-country boot (plus magic)

The best event horses and event riders will be charging around the World Equestrian Games cross-country course in part of their quest for gold.  Each of them will be protecting their horse’s legs with boots.  But which boots?

I wonder a lot about cross-country boots and what makes a good one.  Certainly I wonder about strength and ability to withstand impact.  Ecogold took an ax to their cross-country boots to test their strength.  So I thought I’d enlist some friends to find out just how strong they were. Plus, my sweet Ellie makes a cameo appearance.  Can you forgive me for her, uh, dusty turnout?  Wendy Lewis and Shannon Crocker will never let me live it down! But I hope you will.

Note: if you want to skip right to the part with the magic, girls, and the ax forward to 2:52!

Did you notice the great music at the beginning and end of the video?  That would be Templeton Thompson, singer songwriter extraordinaire, horse lover, and one of the kindest, warmest people I know.  Make sure to check out more of her music to really indulge.

September 29th, 2010

World Equestrian Games Friends (In Bronze)

The Kentucky Horse Park celebrates horses in every way including in art.  In our walks around the park (up and down hills, from one side to the other and back again) there are horses in pastures, prepping in warm-up rings, and hacking across fields.  There are also horses frozen in time in sculpture that capture moments we all know well.

This is perhaps the most iconic to eventers: Bruce Davidson on Eagle Lion.

But this playful and slightly naughty little one might remind you of foals you know.  I love the rooster taking up the rear.

It’s hard to tire of mares and foals.  These two welcome World Equestrian Games fans to the VIP Maker’s Mark tent. Now that’s a warm welcome!

Also iconic, Secretariet, whether in a photo or cast in a sculpture, seems to make everything around me go quiet.  He feels like a hero and a friend all at once.  I wish I could have known him though somehow this sculpture makes me feel like I’ve at least been in his presence.

Not a horse, no.  But he makes me smile.  Maybe tomorrow we’ll sit down and have lunch with him?  He seems like he’d be good company!

The Kentucky Horse Park has opened her arms to welcome the international guests and riders to the 2010 World Equestrian Games.  It truly feels like a celebration of our favorite sports as well as the horses themselves.

September 29th, 2010

Team Spirit at the World Equestrian Games

The World Equestrian Games are as diverse and international as I’d hoped they’d be with different languages and flags around every corner.  Being a lover of travel and language I’m just as happy as can be.  I ran into this festive group before the eventing jogs.  They were bright and cheery and such fun.  You know I’m always game for new friends so I couldn’t miss the opportunity to chat with, from left to right, Anglela, Clarissa, Clemency, Tina, and Mike.  Can you pick the Aussie out of the group?

Right!  I loved her scarf with matching shades. She has team spirit down pat.

Mike had the warmest smile and paired with his British button he had a winning look.

The team spirit extended far past just fans and made its way to the teams as well including this Danish dressage rider with Chef D’Equipe, Rudolf Zellinger

this crew of Swiss teammembers,

and this Spanish rider.

Even the golf carts had team spirit.

I’m looking forward to soaking up more of the international feel of the World Equestrian Games, over hearing a myriad of languages, and reveling in the fact that it’s all taking place on our home-town stomping grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park.

September 29th, 2010

Welcome to the World Equestrian Games

Welcome to the World Equestrian Games at the Kentucky Horse Park!  There’s so much to come but let’s start with a walk around the park with me.

The grounds are awash with people, horses, golf carts, and tents.  Even if you’ve been to the Kentucky Horse Park before it’s possible to get turned around with all the new rings and tents. Luckily there are maps at every turn.

One thing I’ve been excited about in coming to the World Equestrian Games is learning about the different disciplines and watching demonstrations.  I caught Raegan Knotts and Bill Rogers for their Arabian horse demo.  The Park Action Arabians are stunning as is Bill’s champion ‘Aequus’ who, at 23, still has the sparkle and showmanship of an eight-year-old.  He also ate up the attention from his adoring fans.

You can imagine how excited I was to catch the renowned side-saddle rider Raegan Knotts on ‘The Big Oh!’. Because of her incredible outfit of course! It turns out her habit is custom-made and modeled after a habit worn by an Empress of Austria.  That’s just my cup of tea.  I love the Wedgewood blue.

It won’t come as any surprise to you either that I made friends with everyone I met including Ron who got me my cheeseburger and fries for lunch. In moments we were discussing his kids and beaches along the southeastern coast.  The whole feel of the Games is like that: open and friendly.

The Kentucky Horse Park looks beautiful and the weather, sunny and breezy, is in full cooperation.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our quick tour that helps give the lay of the land. I’ll see you soon for more!

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