After years of competing in
Dressage in the UK, I've had the
pleasure of seeing my own and
name in print in
Horse & Hound,
yes, the magazine for which
character quickly claims to be a reporter in the 1999 British movie
Our successful scores have been listed in the "Results" section of H&H
several times.   On a few occasions, after wins, I was interviewed by a
reporter!   Seeing our names in articles a couple weeks later has always
been a big thrill!
Two years ago, one article was acccompanied by a closeup photo of Jeddien
with her head sticking out the window of the posh
horsebox I owned at the time.   The article explained how I
had made a very last minute entry into the competition, and that my
boss, who is based in California, did not yet know that I had taken
the day off as vacation.   "Playing Hookey" was the tagline used
in the article.   My boss enjoyed the article and has that issue of
Horse & Hound hanging up on the team bulletin board in the Sun Menlo
But for years, I've waited for a photo of me and Jeddien together.
Out of all of the successful horse & rider combinations in the
UK, would we ever be one of the selected 3 or 4 to get a photo
published in an issue of H&H?   Odds were against us....
Today, AMAZINGLY!!! and much to my surprise, my photo finally appeared
in Horse & Hound.   Not once, not twice, but three times!
First, there's a photo of Jeddien and I which accompanies the article
about our recent double win at Merrist Wood and qualification for the
regional championships.   The photo itself, taken by professional
photographer Kevin Sparrow,
is over a year old, but looks nice.   H&H must have had it on file!
I'm sure Kevin is pleased to see it get used, but not nearly as
pleased and surprised as myself!
Next, and this is the one I was expecting to see today, is a photo in
the adverts section showing me riding a Grand Prix horse who is for sale.
But, comically enough and only due to a processing mistake, another
photo of me on the GP horse is attached to an advert for a showjumping pony!
In England, there's an expression "it's like busses"...
You can wait ages for 1 bus, and then suddenly 3 arrive!
Getting our photo in Horse & Hound...     it's like busses.