Monday Minstrel: Horses Ancient and Modern in India

One of the things I enjoy about blogging is the opportunity to learn from other bloggers about parts of the world that I have never visited.  A couple of days ago I visited the blog website of S. Jayaraman and found some very interesting  photos of horse sculptures. Here is the first one that captured…

Happiness is….

If horses are the medicine then happiness is being able to ride…

Monday Minstrel:Showing off!

I photographed these two horse figures in the home of former British Prime Mnister, the late Edward Heath. He had collected these pieces in China. The one in the foreground is a replica of a very famous bronze statue dating from the Eastern Han Dynasty ( AD 25-220) that was found in 1969 in the…

The Brilliance of Carl Hester

When I saw the ragtag daily prompt, ‘Brilliance‘ I immediately thought of Carl Hester and the day I saw him competing at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon NC last September.   Why did this make me think of Carl Hester? Because he is the acknowledged master of dressage, not only in his native Britain and…

Monday Minstrel: Forget St.George. The horse did it!

St. George gets all the credit for slaying that dragon but let’s face it. The horse did it. The horse did all the trampling and St. George just administered the coup de grace. I have always associated St. George with Britain but it seems he also had large following  in the Russian Orthodox church and…

Two Steps Forward and…..

Two steps forward and one step back. That’s how it’s supposed to go. But what about those times when you  feel that you’ve taken two steps forward and two steps back and have made no progress at all. .  That is the circle I found myself in last week. My coach, Belinda Trussell, took a…

Monday Minstrel: Uber or Hansom Cab?

When Sherlock Holmes said to Dr. Watson:”the game is afoot!” that meant they were off to solve a mysterious case. A murder? A robbery? And when the ‘game was afoot’ how did they get to the crime scene? This was long before Uber taxis. In Holmes day the way to get across London was in…