A quick note from the Bluegrass ~
As we begin to wrap up the summer, I realized I hadn't shared photos from one of my favorite equestrian events, the High Hope Steeplechase!
To clarify, a Steeplechase is a distance race for Thoroughbred horses across ditches & over fences. Originating in Ireland in the 18th century, its roots were in the fox-hunting field, and occasionally horsemen would match up their horses for races over long distances to landmarks such as church steeples.
At High Hope, the official with the flag signals the start of each race & spectators tailgate along the gorgeous cross country course at the Kentucky Horse Park.
American steeplechasing is unique because its races support the local community. The competition is fierce yet friendly & one that my husband's company, Flair Nasal Strips is proud to sponsor. High Hope Steeplechase charitable efforts support the Kentucky Horse Park Charitable Foundation and CKRH Riding for Hope.
High Hope is a full day of family fun for equestrian & dog lovers alike.
After the thoroughbreds race, it's time for the stick pony races.
Again, the competition is fierce yet friendly.
We placed our bet on the boy on the right!
And the winner is….
Where there are horses, there are hounds.
Lot's of them! In fact there was a parade!
At the end, Huntsman Glen Westmoreland and I had a good laugh & his hounds were slobbering all over me!
I was in heaven!
Just another beautiful day in the Bluegrass!