Birthday with horses…

Yesterday was my birthday…….

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Birthday cake glazed with luscious chocolate, and layers filled with dulce de leche !!

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I spent the day watching show jumping at the Club Aleman de Equitacion (the German Riding Club) in Buenos Aires. Sunny, and not so cold for a June day—that’s if you’re in the southern hemisphere!


Various classes all day—jumps set 1.30 m, culminating at 1.50 m. at the end of the day.

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Relaxing in the shade under the trees here they have different trees than way up north where I come from !


Beautifyul horses, beautiful sunshine, and the freah air and barbecues were making me very hungry.

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For lunch ate some delicious bratwurst on a hard roll with salsa criolla and chimichurri.



Steve Guerdat und sein Pferd Nino des Buissonnets gewinnen GOLD!

Herzliche Gratulation Steve Guerdat und Nino des Buissonnets zum grossen Gewinn!

Congratulations! … Spectacular ride  by the Swiss show jumping rider Steve Guerdat on his horse Nino des Buissonnets–this special horse and rider partnership won the GOLD medal in individual Show Jumping at the London Olympics.  Wonderful!  Guerdat is the first Swiss show jumping rider to win a gold medal since 1924!  Yes, it’s been a very long time.  I applaud this horse and rider team!  Steve Guerdat is from Bassecourt in the Canton of Jura, which is located in the French speaking region in Switzerland.

Here are some news articles /Nachrichten Links…

“Switzerland’s Guerdat wins jumping gold”

“Olympia-Gold für Steve Guerdat”

“Steve Guerdat sacreé champion olympique”


“Der die Pferde liebt”

Quoting Steve Guerdat from the Neue Zürcher  Zeitung «Die Pferde sind mein Leben, ich liebe grosse Turniere, ich liebe es aber auch, mit jungen Pferden zu arbeiten», sagt Guerdat auf die Frage, was ihm die Goldmedaille bedeute. Und erst dann fügt er an: «Das Gold ist Ausdruck dieser Liebe.»

As Steve Guerdat says:  “The horses are my life, I love large tournaments, but I also love to work with young horses” …. “The Gold is an expression of this love”

One can truly see this as Guerdat was riding–this rider and his horse were a superb combination.

And  HERE   is a video showing the celebration in Steve Guerdat’s hometown in Bassecourt, Jura, Switzerland


Translations, and news and links consolidated by Karin Susan Fester

Team GOLD for Great Britain in Show Jumping

CONGRATULATIONS  Great Britain!!    Spectacular!!

It’s Britain’s first Olympic Show Jumping Team Gold in 60 years!  The last time they won was at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, Finland.

1. Great Britain  2. Netherlands  3. Saudi Arabia

All riders rode excellent!   All horses in my opinion were excellent–tremendous energy and devoting their total hearts and souls !!  It was tremendous competition and so close.  I am so happy that Britain finally won a GOLD in the Show Jumping.

Here is a  news article about this afternoon’s event in Greenwich Park, London…

Huaso …a spectacular legend

The spectacular legend of Huaso, a thoroughbred born in Chile who jumped 2,47 meters in 1949 . ….that is 8 feet, 11/4 inches.  His original name was “Faithful”. At the time he was 16 years old. A very good age, I think. Now some people think that 16 is old, no, not at all. The best jumping horses come into their prime in the later years, and not in the younger years as many tend to think.  It takes many years of training and conditioning to result in a successful athlete and one that will be healthy during the entire course of their athletic career.

Huaso had much going for him. Obviously a great pedigree, and in his later years was trained and conditioned properly by his military-trained rider.  And during his early years when he was a racehorse, he probably was strong and healthy–this is obvious to me otherwise he never could have been the high jumper he was.  As a youngster, Huaso might have been an unsuccessful racehore, but as a jumper he was fantastic and that was his true calling. Albeit his Chilean rider, Captain Alberto Larraguibel, had first acquired him with the idea that he would make a dressage horse out of him.

Huaso’s sire is Henry Lee (1923).  The Thoroughbred lineage is interesting.  The grandsire of Henry Lee is Persimmon (1893), and his great-grandsire is St. Simon (1881).  Huaso’s dam is Trémula (1933), also a thoroughbred, however I could not find any more data about her lineage; and I am not certain her birth date is accurate either.  It is my opninion that the dam line is just as significant as the sire’s.  Obviously excellent talent was in the gene line on both sides–I am convinced of this.  Huaso was a fantastic athlete, and I would really like to know the complete lineage on each side of his pedigree.

Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia:

Huaso (1933 – August 24, 1961) was the horse that, ridden by Chilean Captain Alberto Larraguibel, set the high-jump world record on February 5, 1949, by jumping 2.47 meters (8 ft. 2 in.), in Viña del Mar, Chile, one of the longest-running unbroken sport records in history (62 years as of 2011.)

My opinion is that this horse is truly a legend. The Wikipedia article is very interesting to read. Huaso’s unprecedented record has stood now for 62 years!!! And no other horse has achieved such a feat until only recently.

Thoroughbreds have always been one of my favorite breeds.  I owned a few of them myself, and rode many. They are extremely intelligent, hard-working, devoted, elegant and versatile. Now, some people might disagree with me on that latter point, because they are a bit temperamental.  Yes, they are, but it is their temperament that makes them so genuinely interesting and enjoyable to ride and train. I also think thoroughbreds are the most elegant dressage horses!

Huaso lived to be 29 years old.  Huaso / Faithful  [1933-1961].

Here is the link to the video on YouTube:

Huaso el Caballo Campeon

Concorso Nazionale Tipo A**** — Cittadella di Alessandria — Giugno 23, 24, 25 & 26

Big show jumping weekend at the Cittadella di Alessandria in the city of Alessandria in Piedmont province, Italy.

This time around it is the  Concorso Nazionale Tipo A ****   Featuring some of the best show jumping horses in Italy as well as their committed riders. This is also a venue for the Olympic show jumping team selection.

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I think it is just grand that we have such a spectacular equestrian  event here in Piedmont.  So, if you are bored this weekend and want to see some high flying horses negotiating the courses, then head on over to Alessandria.  And while you are there, you can tour around the magnificent fortress.  See my earlier post about this massive structure.

Don’t miss it!   This coming weekend June 23, 24, 25 and 26.