June 9, 2016

Not just along for the ride

No particular reason. Just a damn good story.

Rein Man: When Turcotte Stood Tall in the Saddle

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:12 PM | Comments (2)
But jk thinks:

Great story, thanks.

Posted by: jk at June 9, 2016 6:22 PM
But dagny thinks:

Anyone that thinks the horse does all the work has never tried it. :-)

Posted by: dagny at June 9, 2016 6:53 PM

July 10, 2015

Horsin' Around

Our humble little vaulting club has grown in size and skill level, to the point where the Mile High Vaulters are the second largest club competing at the AVA National Championship this year. And the best part - Northern Coloradoans have a chance to come and watch them compete for top honors at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland!

Come on, y'all! (There's not much talk like that in the equestrian vaulting community. That's all me.)

Posted by JohnGalt at 12:10 AM | Comments (3)
But dagny thinks:

Please if anyone has time to stop by, hunt down some Mile High Vaulters who will be able to find me to say, "HI!"

Posted by: dagny at July 10, 2015 2:08 PM
But nanobrewer thinks:

Where's the website, Dagny? I'd like to bring a horse-crazy friend...

Posted by: nanobrewer at July 11, 2015 12:22 AM
But dagny thinks:

The event itself does not have its own website. But there is more info available here: http://www.americanvaulting.org/Nationals2015/index.php

on the American Vaulting Association website. Then there is info about us specifically at www.milehighvaulters.org . and on our Facebook page.

Posted by: dagny at July 13, 2015 12:53 PM

May 19, 2014

My Favorite Color is Chrome

Bred for around ten thousand dollars in a sport dominated by millionaires, California Chrome is favored to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978 and I, for one, couldn't be more excited by the prospect.

The result of the laughably modest breeding in the sport of kings was California Chrome. Coburn and Martin are average guys in the big-money sport of horseracing.

Coburn is a press operator in a Nevada factory that makes magnetic strips for credit cards and hotel keys.

"He loves people," Coburn said of his colt. "He loves what he does, and that's why he's America's horse. In my opinion, this horse, what he's doing for two guys that work their butts off every day just to put beans and bacon on the table.

"This horse has given everybody else out there the incentive to say, 'You know what? We can do it too.

There are other good stories in this colt's history too, like the little known jockey who has a singular talent to motivate this horse. His first mount, as a youth, was the family donkey, hence the donkey on his back (and the 'donkey rescue' category tag). And when the plucky self-made men began their journey with the blue-collar colt they were called "dumb asses." So they named their enterprise DAP, meaning "Dumb Ass Partners."

And it's not just the circumstances that impress. The horse is a joy to watch. Reuters' Steve Ginsberg called his Preakness effort "a dazzling 1 1/2-length victory over Ride On Curlin" and I agree. With a lead at the final turn two other horses made a run but while I worried Chrome might fade, it was the other two who labored and, fell short.

For a time there was suspense about his appearance in the Belmont Stakes - something about the horse being permitted to wear an equine version of a Breathe Right strip [endorsement deal?] in the race. Some dubbed it Nasalgate but it was resolved quickly today by an announcement of the track steward.

So on Saturday, June 7, ride on Chrome, claim your crown. I'll be watching. And cheering. And streaming down tears, win or lose.

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:40 PM | Comments (3)
But jk thinks:

Thanks for posting! Not following equestrian sports, I knew none of this. Great story.

Posted by: jk at May 19, 2014 6:02 PM
But johngalt thinks:

In case you also didn't get the title reference:


"Her favorite color is chrome..."

Posted by: johngalt at May 20, 2014 3:11 PM
But jk thinks:

Thanks for the cultural training wheels -- they were required.

Great timing as Mister Adkins is sky-high on my list for both his superb performance and classy behavior in the Gregg Allman tribute concert: All My Friends.

Posted by: jk at May 20, 2014 5:29 PM

April 9, 2014

Gladius! (Limited Engagement)

I want to share with all ThreeSourcers, friends and family, and anyone in the Denver area a great opportunity to see a Vegas quality live performance of acrobats, equestrians and clowns complete with lights, music and even a fire act. It is called "Gladius the Show" and one of the co-creators is a friend of ours, Erik Martonovich, a long-time fellow vaulter who grew up in Golden.

We opted for the "VIP" tickets, which gave us access to meet and talk with the performers after the show. My favorite parts were the gymnast who wound himself up and down on nylon straps with amazing grace, strength and flexibility, the combination of Roman riding and hanging from the ceiling, the high-speed CHARIOT RACE, and the four-horse Roman riding/vaulting finale.

It was truly impressive and well worth the modest ticket price (although I think I can post a 10% discount ordering code here later, to make it even more affordable.)

Shows continue daily at Jefferson County Fairgrounds Westernaires Arena, but only through April 20th. The time and money they have invested to create this impressive show have really paid off and I'm happy to endorse and promote them as much as I possibly can. Tell your friends!

Press clippings:

Denver Post


Posted by JohnGalt at 7:23 PM | Comments (2)
But jk thinks:

Saw your tweet on this; it sounded cool. Thanks for posting pictures (although, if you had the Lumina 1020...)

Posted by: jk at April 10, 2014 9:58 AM
But johngalt thinks:

Yeah yeah.

Dagny asked me to make it more prominent than the tweet. So I did, of course.

Posted by: johngalt at April 10, 2014 2:23 PM

November 21, 2011

Black Friday come Early

Don't wait out in the cold all night! Give the gift of attractive T-Shirts and happily fed donkeys!

Sponsor a bale of hay for $25, get a T-Shirt!

UPDATE: Mea Maxima Culpa! My bucolic blog brother & sister are correct. It seems a bale of alfalfa hay can be $25 and is not ideal for donkeys. Plus, a bale feeds three donkeys for three days. Charles asked me to rework the ad copy -- his friends are all wondering why his donkeys eat so much!

City folk...

Posted by John Kranz at 5:45 PM | Comments (5)
But dagny thinks:

Are they really paying $25 a small square bale down there????? Here in Colorado prices are more like $6 a bale if you know someone and $10 if you have to go to the feed store and buy the expensive stuff!

Posted by: dagny at November 21, 2011 7:11 PM
But jk thinks:

Drought & Wildfires -- that's why so many are abandoned.

Now if they had some good anti-gouging price controls...

Posted by: jk at November 21, 2011 7:38 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Those t-shirts aren't free either.

Posted by: johngalt at November 21, 2011 9:56 PM
But jk thinks:

My blog brother is on to me. The premium-style pricing structure was my idea. I printed the shirts and bought shipping materials. Now I pay postage and pack them up. If we only were to net $300 for selling a hundred, I'd rather write a check.

Posted by: jk at November 22, 2011 10:14 AM
But johngalt thinks:

A perfect Christmas gift, however. Certain to be unique - great for that person on your list who "has everything." Buy one for everyone on your list! (Just don't post a comment here saying you did so lest you spoil the holiday surprise. :)

Posted by: johngalt at November 22, 2011 12:32 PM

July 29, 2010

Standing on Horses

Starting tomorrow in sunny (and chilly) Santa Barbara, California is the American Vaulting Association 2010 National Championships. The event is also recognized by the United States Equestrian Federation. Clubs from all over the USA and Canada send vaulters to compete in individual and team classes, including from... Fort Lupton, Colorado!

Yours truly will be competing this year in individual, team and a pairs class with my 5 year-old. Said pairs event is scheduled for tomorrow at 1:55 Pacific Time (actual time can vary, early or late from the schedule, and the schedule can also change.)

And, believe it or not, events will be webcast live. We're in "Red Arena" which I believe will be "Arena 2" on the broadcast site. There's also a schedule page that might be updated to have us listed by name sometime tomorrow. (Eric & Zoe). Our class is called "Trot Pas de Deux" or "Trot Pairs." Wish us luck!

Posted by JohnGalt at 1:11 AM | Comments (11)
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Good for her! I'll be that little 5-year old is excited. Good stuff.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at July 30, 2010 10:56 AM
But johngalt thinks:

It's all over but the crying...

Our trot team finished 3rd, which we are happy with but expected better. Some judging "peculiarities" as they say. Oh well.

Personally I came in fourth of four trot men ... sniff ... but one of the two judges had me third in freestyle!! (Little bits of hope keep me goin'. Honestly, those other three guys were pretty good, and under 18 yrs., but I can still do better next time.)

And two members of our team won prestigious "Zone Award" jackets for having the highest average score from three or more regional competitions in the Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma region. Woo Hoo!

Now the 18 hour odyssey begins to get back home. See you in a couple days. -JG

Posted by: johngalt at August 2, 2010 10:21 AM
But jk thinks:

Congrats and safe travels, bro!

Posted by: jk at August 2, 2010 12:16 PM
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Way to go! The vagueries of subjective scoring systems always add an interesting and unpredictable dimension to the competition.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at August 2, 2010 6:19 PM
But jk thinks:

Was it the Russian judges again? If it was Russians, say Russians!

Posted by: jk at August 2, 2010 6:31 PM
But johngalt thinks:

We're Back! (to Atlantis Farm.)

Of course, if the judging is subjective then so is the reaction to said judging. In the judges' favor, there were two of them and both apparently had similar scores.

But more importantly, in my rush to click "post" and get out of the motel lobby and on the road I forgot to also include what a great joy it was to meet Brother KA and his lovely bride in person on Saturday! They took the time to come and see what vaulting is all about and to chat for a while with yours truly. [It took us a while to find each other. I was advised that we may have had a KA sighting since someone came to our paddocks and asked for "John Galt, the blogger" only to be met with bewilderment by the solitary parent who was holding down the fort. KA later recognized me by my club T-shirt.] It was more than a bit chaotic, with horses and schedules and children swirling about us, but we did get a chance to talk about a few things that might make it onto these pages soon. One of them was a 3Sources meet-up some time, some where. Only an idea at this point. Nonetheless, I was very pleased to have finally met (and learned about their budding small-business venture.)

Posted by: johngalt at August 4, 2010 2:58 PM

August 21, 2009

Big River

In case any of you were wondering why I wasn't stirring up trouble around here last weekend it was because I was stirring up trouble in the Williams Fork river area north of Silverthorne, CO instead. (I'm the one with only two legs.)


We camped next to a molybdenum mine. Funny thing, there was still plenty of wildlife.

Posted by JohnGalt at 5:07 PM | Comments (1)
But jk thinks:

Great picture.

Posted by: jk at August 21, 2009 7:08 PM

August 6, 2009

2009 KVC 2-Star Team Champion Horse: Mile High Vaulters' Sampson

Oh no, not another vaulting post!

This should be the last for a while folks. And why not? It carries final results from the 2009 Kentucky Vaulting Cup international equestrian event I introduced here last week. As the event began Sampson was featured on the front page of the Lexington newspaper, perhaps because of the novelty of his size (he was the tallest horse at the show.) But now that the show is over his photo was featured, albeit in a blog post, because of another attribute: Sampson was the horse that carried the championship vaulting team in the highest level of competition.

Mt. Eden Sun Team’s solid performance earned them a victory over the Woodside Vaulters, reversing the standing’s from Saturday’s one-star team competition. In the two-star team division, Mt. Eden scored 6.512 to Woodside’s 6.154.

The Mt. Eden Sun Team members are: Kenny Geisler, Tasha Thorner, Alicien Thrasher, Kalyn Noan, Lizzie Ioannou, Heidi Rothweiler and Makayia Clyne. Jessica Ballenger is the coach, and Jodi Rinhard [sic] longed Sampson. They were also the American Vaulting Association 2009 A team national champions.

One of the reasons this post is so many days after the fact (other than the hay harvest I just finished) is I was waiting for a video of the team freestyle to be posted somewhere. Do you think standing on the back of a cantering horse is impressive? How about standing on the shoulders of someone else who is standing on the horse! It's called a "stand on stand." Check it out.

Also, TIVO ALERT - Sampson and several Mile High Vaulters will be featured on Denver's KUSA, Channel 9 'Colorado & Company' program tomorrow, Friday, August 7 from 10-11 am Mountain Time.

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:58 PM | Comments (2)
But jk thinks:

I have loved the vaulting posts! (okay, I may have cursed the player once or twice, but I enjoyed watching.)

Well done Sampson and well done team. Hope the hay came in well.

Posted by: jk at August 6, 2009 4:46 PM
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Congratulations! I'm willing to bet that 30+ man-years of effort went into that four-minute performance. Well done!

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at August 7, 2009 11:13 AM

January 31, 2007

Grace, Beauty and Intelligence

The folks over at NeverYetMelted Blog made me aware of some good horse riding video. The video is of:

Andreas Helgstrand of Denmark riding the Danish Warmblood mare Blue Hors Matiné [turning] in a spectacular performance in Freestyle Dressage at the 2006 World Equestrian Games (WEG) at Aachen.
Posted by Cyrano at 11:15 PM | Comments (2)
But Terri thinks:

Beautiful! I loved the hug at the end!

Posted by: Terri at February 1, 2007 10:55 AM
But jk thinks:

Wow. When it started, I wasn't sure I'd enjoy it (the guy's hat frightened me) but that is truly beautiful. Also a great long-tail (I'm trying to avoid puns) example: this is perfect for YouTube. It deserves to be seen, but it's hard to think of another medium that would package or carry it.

Posted by: jk at February 1, 2007 11:26 AM