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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

My Mischievous Little Swedish Pony: Yes, ponies are still cute & funny, esp. when adults are running after them; Patrik Kittel; Eva Skemm


2011 Falsterbo Horse Show, ponnygaloppen! (Pony race!) July 2011

My Mischievous Little Swedish Pony: Yes, ponies are still cute & funny, esp. when adults are running after them.
You say "canter," I say "Run, pony, run!"

Though it happened a few weeks ago at the 2011 Falsterbo Horse Show, south of Malmö,
the first time I saw this very funny video recorded by presitstommy was earlier today on Ilini-Elin Lindgren's blog at http://ilini.wordpress.com/2011/07/27/ponnyer-alltsa/

And very funny it is, as Elin explains what to look for in this unexpected turn of events with two uncooperative little ponies:
I've slightly edited this to make more sense.
Worth noting:
- Check out the gray/beige pony without a rider -threw him at first turn- that catches up to leader and tries to ram another horse and rider so that they can't continue, riding them into the wall on the third turn.
- A shettis came in with the rider on. All other tumbled to the ground. Good statistics or?
- Have heard rumors that it took about ten minutes and a bunch of officials to finally catch the little black pony that would not allow himself to be captured...

In an earlier post, back on Bastille Day, Världsranking och medaljhopp, i.e World rankings and medal hopes, in advance of next summer's Olympics in London, she pleads for the Swedish media to actually give some well-deserved pub to rider Patrik Kittel, their big hope for a medal in London, who is now ranked fourth in the world.

She includes a video of Patrik riding Watermill Scandica and above it has the most succinct sentence:
Just look at this ride when Patrik wins freestyle in Falsterbo, how perfect is his music?
She's 100% correct, and I could name just about every synth-pop song.
Check it out!


WDM Falsterbo 2011 - Patrik Kittel's winning ride in WDM Exquis Grand Prix Freestyle

The homepage for the Falsterbo Horse Show, which has a ton of other videos of the non-pony chasing variety, is at http://falsterbohorseshow.se/se/valkommen/hem/

And to end things on a happy note, I'll share with you one of my favorite videos of the year, one I often watch when I'm feeling frustrated and dejected and, for a few minutes at least, want to get Far from the Madding Crowds of South Florida's asphalt & gridlock, ugly condo towers, unfriendly people and the chronic social/political problems.

(After all, unlike when I lived in the Washington, D.C. area, I can't just up and fly to Iceland or Sweden or somewhere for a bit whenever I want.
I have responsibilities to others here.)

But far from the sweltering heat and oppressive humidity and nonsense of what passes for normal here, in a small village in The Faroe Islands, it's very simple: Eva♥Sólja.
And for a few short minutes, at least, those problems outside my front door cease to exist.
Thanks to Eva Skemm and her horse, Sólja.

The right horse for me! (Nickelback sings "Far Away")

There's simply nothing like a great horse...

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#HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy

Thumbs up! What a night we had! #HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with a very elated Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy at his Victory Party, held at Leo Anato's Atelier3/AT3 on Harrison Street & S. 19th Avenue, Hollywood. AT3's great environment and the amazing variety of food prepared by chef Kevin Dreifuss, former owner/chef of ENDS MEAT restaurant, was SUPERB! November 8, 2016

Esther Chuang, Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2015

Above, perhaps my most-favorite photo ever of Esther, which is really saying something considering the THOUSANDS that I've actually seen of her, from all over the world. But despite the fact that you can't actually see it here, trust me, her amazing smile and inner and external beauty are there. This photo is an even more amazing achievement when you know the backstory of what it took for Esther to get to the top of the mountain, since it's NOT for the faint of heart. Next time you see her, ask her about that! Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on her birthday, July 10, 2015. That's the Christ The Redeemer statue way out in the horizon on the top of another mountain, to the left of her head. �� In case you forgot what the Christ the Redeemer statue looks like, up close, here's another Brazilian beauty to connect-the-dots for you: Gisele Bündchen, aka @Gisele.

Abençoado por Deus e bonito por natureza!✨ ������

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