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My Most Favorite Month Of The Year Is…

By at February 5, 2016 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

My Most Favorite Month Of The Year Is…

THE SONIC BOOMER February is my favorite month of the year. Not only is it my birthday month, but, come Valentine’s Day, we finally have the perfect excuse to renege on our hastily made and ill-thought-out resolution to avoid candy. Who would be so mean as to turn up their nose at a red heart-shaped box of candy? You just can’t! Of course, December is my real more...

Deborah Welky

‘Finest Hours’ A Good Movie With Distractions

By at February 5, 2016 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

‘Finest Hours’ A Good Movie With Distractions

'I' ON CULTURE The Finest Hours, describing one of the great Coast Guard rescues, maybe its best, is set in 1952, and this is a very good 1950s movie. It has the feel of the time. Except for the computer-generated effects, it could have been done at that time, which improves the film. It could have been done as a kind of mockery: many in the media love to mock the more...

Leonard Wechsler

Robert Dover Horsemastership Clinic A Success

By at February 5, 2016 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Robert Dover Horsemastership Clinic A Success

TALES FROM THE TRAILS The fifth annual Robert Dover Horsemastership Clinic was conducted at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival facility Jan. 5-9. Eighteen talented riders and six auditors from across the United States were invited, chosen based on competitive success and attendance at Emerging Dressage Athlete clinics and programs. It offered these top up-and-coming more...

Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian

Beware! 2015 Was The Hottest Year On Record

By at February 5, 2016 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Beware! 2015 Was The Hottest Year On Record

FOOTLOOSE AND... If you have, like me, friends who continue to insist that global warming is a myth, there is now new evidence to refer to in your next “discussion” of the subject. According to both the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, plus the Goddard Institute for Space Studies at NASA, the year 2015 was the hottest year ever recorded. To more...

Jules Rabin

Lunch & Learn Series Returns To Show Grounds

By at January 29, 2016 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Lunch & Learn Series Returns To Show Grounds

TALES FROM THE TRAILS If you haven’t started attending the weekly Lunch & Learn series, you’re missing out on one of the most enjoyable parts of the winter show season. Every Thursday, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., friends and colleagues gather in the Wellington Club at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center show grounds. The tables are set, and more...

Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian

Leonardo DiCaprio Shines In ‘The Revenant’

By at January 29, 2016 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Leonardo DiCaprio Shines In ‘The Revenant’

'I' ON CULTURE The new film The Revenant is beautiful, with a powerful grace that almost makes up for its being overly long and too overtly poetic. The cinematography is incredible; you may never have seen the American wilderness quite in this way. Director Alejandro Iñárritu has strong notions about America in its original state: untouched and beautiful until more...

Leonard Wechsler

Want The ‘Oz’ Lion Suit? You’ll Need Big Bucks!

By at January 29, 2016 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Want The ‘Oz’ Lion Suit? You’ll Need Big Bucks!

THE SONIC BOOMER This is kind of old news, but it was new news to me: I just read that in 2014, the lion costume that Bert Lahr wore in The Wizard of Oz sold at a Bonhams auction for $3 million. You know what it cost to make that film back in 1939? That’s right, $3 million. Ironic, huh? They didn’t even break even on the movie. I mean, movie tickets were more...

Deborah Welky

Krysia Nelson Presenting ‘Equine Law 101’

By at January 22, 2016 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Krysia Nelson Presenting ‘Equine Law 101’

TALES FROM THE TRAILS Many of us know a fair amount about keeping and riding horses, but many of us are also woefully ignorant when it comes to knowledge of horses and the law. Krysia Nelson is eager to help erase that deficit. As she did back in 2012, she’s offering an eight-week course called “Equine Law 101: Business Essentials for Horsemen” this winter in more...

Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian

Green Bay’s Loss Was A Devastating Blow

By at January 22, 2016 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Green Bay’s Loss Was A Devastating Blow

THE SONIC BOOMER OK, the Green Bay Packers have finally let me down. Worse, they have let my mother down — a woman who hangs up on you when the game comes on and who has been known to hurl her knitting at the television when the referee makes a bad call. There were a few bad calls last Saturday, but even fair calls wouldn’t have helped them. The Packers were not more...

Deborah Welky

New ‘Bengazi’ Film Is A Fairly Good War Movie

By at January 22, 2016 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

New ‘Bengazi’ Film Is A Fairly Good War Movie

'I' ON CULTURE 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is a pretty good action movie. Its politics are a bit more suspect. If it was presented solely as a war film, it would get far better reviews from many of my politically correct brethren. But after a relatively slow setup for about the first half hour, the action keeps coming and does not stop until the more...

Leonard Wechsler