Friday, May 25, 2012

High Hope Steeplechase

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After living in Kentucky for a year and half, I still don't get the whole thing with horse races. Last Sunday Jake and I went to the High Hope Steeplechase at Kentucky Horse Park. I explained to Jake that steeplechase is like hurdle for horses, close enough, right?

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In Wisconsin, people tailgate for Badger games, Packer games, Brewer games, and other sporting events. But not for horse races. We showed up without a cooler filled with food or drink and no picnic spread. I found a towel for Lola that I keep in my car truck, and we used it as our picnic blanket. Very classy compared to the families dressed in neatly ironed khakis with polo shirts and cute sundresses.

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Here we go!

Did you know that steeplechase horses are different than the racing thoroughbred?
I thought horses are just horses...
We randomly picked a horse that we think will win, and of course, our horse never won.

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There is nothing cutter than watching terrier dog races. They use a fake squirrel to lure the dogs to dash for the finish line. It gets them every time. Lola would have saw right through their trick.

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Even though I was probably the only one there holding a DSLR camera without a fancy zoom lens, I am happy to see how my pictures turned out.
We were unprepared for High Hope Steeplechase, I kept thinking what I would bring for a picnic at the race track. Knowing me, I think about food constantly.

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Speaking of picnics, what will you be making for Memorial weekend?
I will be making a Wisconsin "tradition", more on that later.

Happy Memorial Weekend!


  1. I've lived in Kentucky for almost 13 years and still have yet to understand the horseracing. I just know that Derby time means everything is hella crazy here in Louisville! Great pics =)

    1. Thanks, Peggy! Yes, the Derby is definitely on my Kentucky to-do list.

  2. Great pictures! We have really gotten into horses since moving here about 7 years ago, but not just racing. I actually prefer the equestrian events much more, cross country, stadium jumping, etc. I think I just get bored of the basketball, football focus, I enjoy the variety. :) Looks like a fun day at the Steeplechase. We haven't been in a while, but I'd love to go back. Great shot of the terrier races!

    1. Thanks, Lori! I heard the Rolex 3 Day Event is fun to attend too.


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