Face it, Americans take their football seriously. But across the Atlantic, Europeans sure love their soccer. Here’s a look at some diehard fans who dressed up to cheer their national teams for Euro 2012.
Julio Mendoza has been riding horses since he was 3 years old, but his roots go back much further than that — he is the fourth generation in his family to train them.
Mendoza’s horses do something a little different than what you see at the Preakness Stakes. On his horse farm in Union Bridge, he teaches them dressage, or what is sometimes called “horse ballet.” In dressage, the rider and horse communicate to perform different moves and steps.
Mendoza also performs la Garrocha, which is a type of dressage that incorporates a 12-foot wooden garrocha pole. I visited he and his wife’s farm last week and took some photos and video.
The 2012 Preakness was billed as a rematch between Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another and runner-up Bodemeister. It was exactly that. In the end, I’ll Have Another went on to win the 137th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. His next stop is the Belmont Stakes in New York for a chance to win the Triple Crown in June. The last Triple Crown winner was Affirmed in 1978.
Take a look at I’ll Have Another from his Kentucky Derby win to training at Pimlico Race Course and his Preakness Stakes win.
Sunday Silence might have lacked pedigree, some would say, but in 1989 he had the Cinderella story, he was the winning underdog who went on to be one of America’s greatest racehorses, and he’d probably even be a card-carrying member of today’s 99%, if he were still alive.
Turf Valley in Ellicott City hosted its fifth annual Preakness Celebration Balloon Festival from May 10-12. Patuxent photographer Sarah Pastrana got an early look Thursday morning, while Brian Krista came out at night to see the balloons light up the sky for the evening glow. Videographer Jon Sham took video from the morning event as well.
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After the Orioles used all eight available relievers, designated hitter Chris Davis went to the mound and threw a scoreless 16th and 17th inning, helping the O’s to a 9-6 win over the Boston Red Sox. Center fielder Adam Jones, moments after playing a part in a game-saving defensive play in the 16th, hit a three-run homer off Darnell McDonald – the Red Sox’s DH – over the Green Monster in left field for his team-high eighth homer of the season. The O’s swept the Red Sox at Fenway Park for the first time since 1994.
More than 300 volunteers came to Winters Mill High School on Wednesday, April 25 for the annual Special Olympics Carroll County Spring Games. The event culminated a year of training for the athletes, who represented nearly every school in the county, and were warmly greeted by hundreds of spectators as they walked around the Winters Mill track during the opening ceremony.
Mike Brunner is a 40-year-old business owner, real estate agent and a freshman at CCBC-Catonsville. The 6-foot-7, 320-pound father of three is also the leading scorer on the school’s lacrosse team, the Cardinals.
When he and head coach Bill Zopp found out that he was eligible to play, he signed up for the team. Other teams weren’t ready for Brunner at first, because he didn’t play in the fall, but now they design their defenses around him.