High Hopes!

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!

High Hope Steeplechase 2015 | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

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.  

High Hope Steeplechase 2015 | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

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.

High Hope Steeplechase 2015 | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

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 Steeplechase 2014 | Photo | FLAIR Nasal Strips

High Hope is a full day of family fun for equestrian & dog lovers alike.

High Hope Steeplechase 2015 | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

After the thoroughbreds race, it's time for the stick pony races.

High Hope Steeplechase 2015 | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

Again, the competition is fierce yet friendly.

High Hope Steeplechase 2015 | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

We placed our bet on the boy on the right!

Ready-Set-Go!

High Hope Steeplechase 2015 | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

And the winner is….

High Hope Steeplechase 2015 | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

breathing easy!

High Hope Steeplechase 2015 | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

Where there are horses, there are hounds.

Parade of the Woodford Hounds | High Hope Steeplechase 2015 | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

 Lot's of them! In fact there was a parade!

Parade of the Woodford Hounds | High Hope Steeplechase 2015 | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection The annual Parade of the Woodford Hounds.

Parade of the Woodford Hounds | High Hope Steeplechase 2015 | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

At the end, Huntsman Glen Westmoreland and I had a good laugh & his hounds were slobbering all over me!

I was in heaven!

Parade of the Woodford Hounds | High Hope Steeplechase 2015 | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

Just another beautiful day in the Bluegrass!

High Hope Steeplechase 2015 | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

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