This is the worst – THE WORST – matchup in the entire contest so far. Brace yourselves.
Round 3, Match 2
The Black v Beauty
These two have an awful lot in common. They are both beloved literary horses who became really wonderful movies. They’re both black. They both have hard times. They’re both beloved of one boy.
They’re also different. The Black’s entire storyline is about being tamed only by that one boy; Beauty is constantly trying to please everyone.
Their origin stories are about a hundred years apart, and the messages of their stories are dramatically different. The Black is about adventure, passion, and exclusivity; Beauty is about the ways the world chews you up, and what that reveals about the people who go in and out of his life.
(You might also argue that the relative literary quality of their source material differs as well…)
Sorry for the hiatus; I have not been coping terribly well with life the last two weeks. I’ve been riding and reading and working hard on the house but my interfacing with the world has been suboptimal.
Back on the horse now, as it were, and we’ll finish out March Madness on the first week of April, which, whatever. It’s madness, right there in the title.
The giveaway will last through the next two rounds, and it will be for a custom quarter sheet: if you win, I’ll work with you on sizing, design, and colors. (If you live somewhere warm where you don’t need a quarter sheet, please know that a) I hate you and b) we’ll figure something else out like a saddle cover or garment bag or something.)
Round 3, Match 1
Hidalgo v The Pie
Well, both are racehorses, of a sort. They both have underdog stories. They both have big awesome movies, but that’s really where the similarities stop.
Will it be Hidalgo, the painted mustang pony who proved himself before the whole world and incidentally made Viggo Mortensen look smoking hot while galloping through a desert? I have to say, Hidalgo has been my sleeper surprise of this entire tournament. I never thought he’d make it this far.
OR will it be the Pie, who in the book version at least is also painted but somehow ended up chestnut for the movie even though his whole name is based around the idea that he’s piebald? Who carried Velvet Brown to her moment of glory, and was every girl’s dream of defying the odds with the horse she loved? Not incidentally, also my favorite Elizabeth Taylor role, and I do love me some Elizabeth Taylor. (Giant, you guys, if you haven’t seen it: god damn.)
Today’s match pits two Western icons against each other, one movie star v one literary star. Who will keep going, and who will go home? (If it’s Hidalgo, someone make sure his shoes get pulled before he’s let loose on the range this time, ok?)
Round 1 was really difficult. Let’s reflect for a moment on the horses who were left behind.
The Colt from Old Regret Artax from The Neverending Story Joey from War Horse Sleipnir from Norse mythology Pegasus from Greek mythology Merrylegs from Black Beauty Angus from Brave The Flame from The Island Stallion
In the meantime, we have our first match of our second round.
Round 2, Match 1
The Pie v Flicka
Round 2 is going to be really hard, folks.
This first match pits two beloved literary horses against each other, and one of them has to go home.
Who will it be? When you’ve voted, make sure you enter the Rafflecopter for this round.
Today, the last match of Round 1, and it’s a doozy. I honestly don’t know which one I’ll choose, personally.
Round 1, Match 8
Flame v Ashleigh’s Wonder
Two literary chestnuts…that’s about all they’ve got in common.
Flame is the Island Stallion, a counterpart and rival to the Black Stallion, has a completely incoherent backstory but is completely badass nonetheless. (Also, it continued incoherent – aliens? vampire bats? wtf?)
Ashleigh’s Wonder is the original star of the Thoroughbred series: raised by Ashleigh Griffin, she becomes a superlative racehorse and the foundation mare for the book series’ racing stars.
Flame in his secret island valley
Ashleigh and the foal Wonder
My heart can’t even take this, but one of these two redheads will stay home, and one will advance.
ALSO: it’s your very last chance to vote, share, and enter the Rafflecopter for the Round 1 prize, a $10 Riding Warehouse gift certificate + saddle pad.