Here are some lovely horses from a recent dressage show I went to. The chestnut mare belongs to a very dear friend of mine, and is a lovely girl. Riders are omitted for the sake of privacy, or there would be a few more shots in there.
Niagara Falls (Canadian Side!). So, just came back from spending a wee bit ‘o’ time in Niagara Falls with some family that I very rarely get to see. This included a 6 year old, so there wasn’t actually a whole lot of time to shoot, unfortunately, but I did play for a minute or two with long exposure shots of the falls. No tripod, unfortunately, so they are a wee bit blurry.
1. Do you have a horse? color, breed, etc… I currently have 1, he is a buckskin Quarter horse/Arabian cross.
2. How long have you been riding? About 18 years.
3. Synthetic or leather reins? Leather, always. And no god-damned Chicago screws either.
4. English or Western? why? Both, in fact. I love hunter, eventing, dressage, gaming, reining…the list goes on.
5. Favorite breed? Not sure I have a favorite. QHs are super versatile and awesome, but I also dearly loved a Hanoverian/Selle Francais.
6. Favorite color? Of horse? Chestnut with big white socks and a blaze. Or a blue roan. But I love my buckskin too.
7. Rubber or leather boots? Leather all the way.
8. Pony or Horse? Ponies are cute, but I’m too big. Horse.
9. Show, games or trail? Yes please!
10. Sunscreen or bug spray? Bug spray. Deer flies are bitches.
11. Nylon, rope or leather halter? Leather.
12. Saddle or bareback? Depends on the situation. Bareback is lovely though!
13. Mares or Geldings? … Stallions? Geldings typically.
14. What type of saddle do you use? I have a Tex Tan Barrel saddle, and a Luc Childeric close contact.
15. Something silly about your horses personality? There is nothing that ISN’T silly about my horse’s personality. Example? He loves beer and hot dogs.
16. Jumping or barrels? Ooh…both. Barrels with my current guy.
17. Favorite gait? Why? Flat out gallop. Nothing more exhilarating.
18. Favorite horse movie? Man from Snowy River.
19. Favorite horse websites? Greenhawk.net
18. What color saddle pad, halter, etc.? White saddle pad with my english tack, brown and blue plaid with my western tack. And a leather halter.
19. Do you like natural horseman ship? Yeah, it’s pretty impressive.
20. Biggest achievement with horses (so far!)? I think my biggest achievement is the relationship I have with my horse. We love each other.
21. Appaloosa, paint or both? Appy.
22. Weirdest thing you’ve ever done with a horse? Went through a coffee shop drive through on horseback. They gave him a donut hole.
23. Ever ridden on a beach? Heck yes!
24. Ever gone camping with your horse? MY horse? No. A horse? Yes.
25. How old were you when you fell off? 8?
26. Trail ride alone or with a buddy? Either. Alone is super relaxing, but with someone can be super fun if you have the right buddy!
27. Helmet or not? A helmet has saved my ass too many times for me to be stupid about helmet hair. ALWAYS a helmet.
The Roman tomb of the Scipioni, a family of war heroes and generals, the most famous being Scipio Africanus, who beat Hannibal, is set to open to the public again after twenty years of restoration.
The family’s sarcophagi are spread out along a series of underground tunnels dug out of a hill of volcanic tuff near the Baths of Caracalla on the outskirts of the eternal city, which criss-cross a site 11 metres across.
The tomb, which originally lay under a temple, was built at the beginning of the third century A.D [sic] by the consul Lucius Cornelius Scipio Barbato, whose elegant sarcophagus holds pride of place at the end of the central gallery.
The Scipio family held high political and military positions, but its most famous member, Scipio Africanus, is absent from the tomb.
The general, who was hailed for defeating Hannibal to end the second Punic War against Carthage, was later accused of stealing public money and he left Rome for Liternum, in the modern-day region of Naples.
The epitaph on his tomb outside Rome says: “Ungrateful fatherland, you will never have my bones.”