While horses have always been the main focus of the Chronicle's editorial pages, sometimes world events are too big to ignore.
How different the world looks today than a year ago. Do you remember that almost giddy time? We were talking about the “peace dividend” as the Cold War ended following the destruction of the Berlin Wall and the democratization of Eastern Europe. Peace seemed to have really arrived at last.
A California appellate judge ruled on Jan. 10 that the case brought by the parents of event rider Mia Eriksson against her former trainer can go to trial. Justice Jeffrey King ruled against trainer Kristi Nunnink’s request for summary judgment in the parents’ claim of negligence.
Last weekend, as I was dragging our riding ring, I decided to make a list of the things you have to do`if you keep your horses at home or in a cooperative barn`so you can ride those animals who seem intent on costing just as much aggravation and money as they pay back in fun and accomplishment. The trick, as you may know, is not to let these "jobs" keep you from actually riding the horses you`re working so hard to keep.
You could actually feel America`s collective heart sink last Saturday when Birdstone ran down Smarty Jones in the last 16th of a mile of the Belmont Stakes, foiling a Triple Crown bid for the eighth time in the 26 years since Affirmed`s heart-stopping victory. "Why? How could this happen?" we moaned. In just five weeks the little chestnut colt had become our cultural favorite, and he`d looked like a mortal lock.
Whenever we interview an applicant for our internship position here at the Chronicle, I ask them to orally identify the names of 10 horses or horsepeople. It's a way to try to judge how familiar applicants are with the participants in the horse sports we cover, a way to determine if they really have that passion for horse sports that our readers have.
The names I ask them always vary, but two names are always on my list: Bill Steinkraus (just honored by the FEI [p. 92]) and Rodney Jenkins.
The federal government's Joint Commission on Taxation is recommending to Congress that they drastically revise the federal laws that allow landowners to donate perpetual conservation easements to qualified organizations or to government agencies, as we reported in last week's magazine (Feb. 25, p. 42).