Atlanta Steeplechase 2015: My Four Favorite Things

Considered the city’s largest lawn party, the Atlanta Steeplechase this past Saturday was quite an event! It was so fun taking time out to enjoy an adventure which we had never been on before.

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[pullquote]All equestrians, if they last long enough, learn that riding in whatever form is a lifelong sport and art, an endeavor that is both familiar and new every time you take the horse out of his stall or pasture.”
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The setting was beautiful, lush and green. The strong horses raced at about 30 mph. The rain held off until later that day. Did you know? The Atlanta Steeplechase celebrated 50 years this year.

My four favorite things about our very first Atlanta Steeplechase:

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Donna and I have known each other since 1989.
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Pam, from Ohio, and I met today and found out we had a lot in common, including graduating the same year from high school.
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Donna and Jack Cashin

(1) Saturday was a great chance to meet new friends and catch up with longtime friends.

It was especially cool meeting Jack Cashin, who along with his wife, Helen founded Chukkar Farm Polo Club in 1980. As we chatted throughout the afternoon, I considered how there are always new things to learn. ( I knew very little about polo, and I learned new things by talking with my new friend, Jack.)

(2) I always love participating in worthwhile fundraisers, and The Atlanta Steeplechase was no exception. This year proceeds go to help Bert’s Big Adventure, a nonprofit organization that provides a magical, all-expenses-paid, five-day journey to Walt Disney World for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families.

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Friends gather at the dk Gallery/Susan Easton Burns tent at the 2015 50th Atlanta Steeplechase.

(3) We celebrated with Artist, Susan Easton Burns. As both a rider and a painter Susan has been immersed in the horse community for more than 20 years. Chosen as the Official Artist of the 2014 Kentucky Derby, Ms. Burns created a dynamic portrait of the greatest horse race in America at historic Churchill Downs. Her knowledge of the equestrian world is intimate and her treatment of the horse on canvas reveals a powerful honesty of connection. 2014 represented the 140 Anniversary of the Run for the Roses. Susan’s art was also used as seen below for the Atlanta Steeplechase 50th Kingston Downs 2015 and can be found at dk Gallery in the heart of downtown Marietta.
IMG_2661(4) In no particular order, one more of my favorite things was being outside in nature, taking in the majesty, beauty, and strength seen in the horses and their jockeys. We have been getting a lot of rain in Georgia and having a dry day to be outside was so refreshing. It was a perfect day to enjoy a new adventure in this life.

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Artist, Susan and dk Gallerist, Donna stand with Susan’s painting.
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Donna enjoys a moment with her assistant, Ashley.
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Friends gather at the 2015 Atlanta Steeplechase

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Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”

Helen Keller

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Is there an adventure that you have never been on

that you’d like to make plans to go on in the weeks and months ahead?

4 thoughts on “Atlanta Steeplechase 2015: My Four Favorite Things”

  1. I found a hand painted portrait of The last Fence -Alanta Steeplechase Race with the 1st, 2nd an 3rd place riders. Trying to get with the right person to see if there is any interest in aquiring it.

  2. HI Emily,
    Thanks for stopping by. Perhaps you may want to contact this artist Susan Burns through dk Gallery. Their number is 770-427-5377. Hope this helps!

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