Nothing can make you realize how much you love your little baby jumps than going to watch upper-level eventers do their thing. My job took me to New York for the Millbrook Horse Trials this year, and while it wasn’t my first time attending an event where some of the best were competing, I still got a bit fangirly when I had to casually walk past Phillip Dutton in the stabling area.
One of the perks of my job is getting to cover amazing events that I usually only get to watch from my computer screen. I recently attended the show jumping and dressage portions of the North American Junior Young Rider Championships and had a blast watching the talent of riders younger than me jumping fences taller than they are.
Polo has become one of my favorite summer events. It’s a day of dressing nice, drinking fancy cider, and ponies with a dash of sea salt in the air. My work gets tickets to Newport Polo and after a busy month where none of us could use them, Saturday turned out to be a beautiful day to head to Rhode Island with a few friends.
I’ll never get tired of seeing rare, exotic animals up close. Opinions on zoos vary greatly, but as an animal-lover, I am all for a facility that supports animal conservation. I don’t mind seeing an endangered animal in a safe location alongside efforts of restoration. Thankfully, all of the zoos we choose to visit participate in some sort of conservation effort and hold threatened, endangered, and near extinct animals in large enclosures. I know the downfalls, but I see the upsides.