Last Saturday, Thoroughbred enthusiasts of all ages from the Three Diamond Club made their way to Sagamore Farm, a Thoroughbred training and breeding farm in Glyndon, Md. The morning was cold, but the fall colors decorating the farm and the early sunlight created something serene. With lovely light and warm jackets, the group set off.
Horseback riders of all ages can play polocrosse, a sport invented in Australia in the 1930s. Think of the sport as a cross between polo and lacrosse, with players on horseback carrying rackets that resemble lacrosse sticks, scooping up the ball and passing it to their teammates – all while riding a horse. Sun photographer Karl Merton Ferron has more details.
May 24 Photo Brief: Saddam’s torture masks, self-immolating monks, baby animals and Buddah’s birthday celebration continues
Baby animals continue to be adorable, torture devices from Saddam Hussein’s regime go on exhibit at the Martyrs Monument in Baghdad, Sri Lankan Buddhist monk Bowatte Indaratane self-immolates in protest of cattle slaughter, Buddhists continue the annual celebration of Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death and more in today’s daily brief.
ATTENTION: VISUAL COVERAGE OF INJURY SCENES
Nine people and eight horses make up the mounted police unit in Baltimore City, currently in its 125th year in existence. The unit has been larger and smaller over the years with 24 officer and horses in the 1980s (its heyday) to as few as only four horses four years ago. Several horses were donated by area businesses and local communities.
Photos taken by Baltimore Sun photographer Algerina Perna.
Orb, co-owned by Stuart Janney III, won Kentucky Derby glory Saturday — through the mud — in 2:02.89 to win by 261/27 lengths. Can Orb win the Triple Crown? He’ll have to prove himself again come May 18 at the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, Maryland in the second leg of the thoroughbred racing competition. Weigh in on our FB page or in the comments section.
View more photos from the 139th Kentucky Derby.
The 166th running of the Grand National Steeplechase was held on Saturday in Liverpool, England. The world’s most famous jumping race, the Grand National features 40 horses and riders jumping 30 fences over a distance of almost four and a half miles. For spectators, the race is an excuse for some outlandish race day fashions and a chance to earn some major quid. Essentially, think of the Grand National as Britain’s Preakness or Kentucky Derby – with whatever that entails.
The Lisbon Ole Fashion Christmas Horse Parade was held for the second year on Saturday. But with the number of people who showed up to see the holiday-dressed horses parade through town, you’d think it had been going on for decades.
The parade moved west across Frederick Road in Lisbon, in Howard County, and featured horses and people of all sizes, wearing any number of holiday and Christmas costumes. Watch the video below the gallery to see some action from the parade.
Middle East protests, New York fashion, and not so charming snake charming and more in today’s daily brief.
Patuxent photographer Sarah Pastrana spent some time at the Howard County Fair last week, looking for its more interesting characters. With the help of photographer Jen Rynda on the editing side, they produced six video vignettes in which the photos literally come to life. Click here to see them all.