Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Ancient sculpture of a boy jockey and horse

My husband, James Stratford's, photo of the amazing hellenistic sculture often referred to as Boy Jockey and Horse. It was discovered in a shipwreck. He posted it as an image embodying power in his post:  http://beyondthecall.wordpress.com/2011/05/31/stop-giving-your-power-away/
I remember being very jealous of him when he sent back this photo (he was conducting research for his thesis in Athens at the time). It's a sculpture I've always been in awe of. Classical and Hellenistic Greek sculptors really were amazing! 
My other favourite (yes, I've posted it before) is the very dramatic Horse of Selene from the Parthenon. Selene was the moon goddess - this fragment remains of one of the horses that pulled her chariot. Now there are some sculptors who clearly spent ALOT of time looking at horses.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Bill Roycroft dies aged 96

Legendary Australian equestrian Bill Roycroft has passed away. 
Bill competed in five consecutive Olympic Games, his first at age 45 and the final one at age 61. His 1960s ride became famous after he suffered a bad fall in the cross country (his horse fell on him) yet still completed the course. He signed himself out of hospital the next day, against doctor's advice, to complete the show jumping course. This successful round secured the gold medal for Australia. 
The Roycrofts have had a huge impact on the Australian equestrian scene, and Bill will long be remembered for his courageous ride. 

Learn more about Bill Roycroft: http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/news/2011/05/235.shtml

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

thank you!

just a quick thank you for the big response to my blog on overcoming anxiety at  http://www.beyondthecallcoaching.com/ - and thank you to Beyond the Call for posting it. It's a wonderful feeling to have so many people read it, and to contact us personally to tell us how useful it was. We really appreciate it!