Category archives for: Arts

Marten: Memorable Man, Unforgettable Pics

Photographer Michael J. Marten staring down a massive telephoto lens.

As a man, he was as unforgettable as the images he created with his camera. Passionate, imaginative, highly technical and unfailingly original — all apply to the picture as well as to photographer Michael J. Marten, who this year died at age 54. A two-time Eclipse Award-winner for his work in Thoroughbred racing, Marten was […]

Tops-Alexander Pens Book

Edwina Tops-Alexander signs a copy of her book, "The Winner of Oz."

Australian rider Edwina Tops-Alexander ― a style icon and superstar on the global show jumping circuit ― has penned a book, Edwina Tops – Alexander, The winner of Oz, available from publisher Editions Lavauzelle for € 19,90 ($32) plus shipping, by clicking here. Tops-Alexander takes readers along for the ride as she leaves her native […]

Hush Money: A Novel

Detail from the cover of the novel "Hush Money"

At first read, the subject was a bit too close to home ―literally! Hush Money by Chuck Greaves is set in the equestrian world of Pasadena and my beloved Flintridge Riding Club, a few blocks away from where I live. But after all, this is fiction. I couldn’t wait to crack it open! I’m glad […]

War Horse Charges the Ahmanson

Puppeteers assist their equine charges in a rearing battle in the stage production of "War Horse."

After winning hearts in London and New York (where it also won five 2011 Tony Awards, including Best Play), “War Horse” is coming to Southern California. The play begins performances at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles on June 14 and has its official opening on June 29, running through July 29, at which point […]

The Horse: From Arabia to Ascot

Middle Eastern painting of a white horse being led by a groom.

Important loans from the British Library, the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Royal Armouries, as well as rare material from Saudi Arabia, will be seen alongside objects from the British Museum’s collection for the exhibit “The Horse: From Arabia to Royal Ascot.” The collection will be on view at the British Museum from May 24 to […]

Whirled at War

Actor Jeremy Irvine feeds his horse Joey in a field.

They served on the front lines, the back lines and everything in between. The horse in war was an indispensible partner, and an estimated eight million of them died in WWI.   “The soldier came to regard his horse almost as an extension of his being,” wrote J.M. Brereton in his book The Horse in […]

Review: Cowboys & Aliens

Harrison Ford rides herd as Dolarhyde in Cowboys & Aliens. (Photo courtesy Dreamworks)

I must admit, I rushed to see Cowboys & Aliens on opening day because I wanted to see the horses and it was 105 degrees outside, so cool movie darkness coupled with salty, overpriced popcorn proved an irresistible lure. I love Westerns, and this one started out following the formula of a loner cowboy (whose […]

Charro ‘Life’


Charreada  gets a cameo in Chris Weitz’ film A Better Life, which opens today from Summit Entertainment. The plot centers on the relationship between a Mexican gardener and his teenage son, who hovers precipitously on the edge of gang life. Illegals living in Los Angeles, they move through a sort of shadow world, struggling to […]

‘Buck’ to Screen at Autry


On June 13 the Autry Museum in Los Angeles will host a special preview screening of the documentary Buck, about the charismatic horseman Buck Brannaman, who inspired the novel and film of The Horse Whisperer. Winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s 2011 Audience Award for Documentary, Buck will be followed by a Q&A with the […]

Review: Buck


Dressage horses working cattle. Blindfolded trick riders not old enough for kindergarten. A man attacked, face ripped open by a predator horse. Horses are a reflection of our human selves. A mirror. A tool in life coaching whether we want it or not. I had previously felt little empathy for Buck Brannaman as he humbly […]

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