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The highlight of the annual two-day Nemiah Valley Rodeo held the first weekend in August is the Mountain Race. Lasting less than two minutes, the event puts both rider and steed at tremendous risk as they hurdle down a local mountainside to the finish line. The fastest and strongest horses in the race are those culled from the wild  impressive specimens that have survived predatory wolf packs and the ravages of bone numbing winters.

The highlight of the annual two-day Nemiah Valley Rodeo held the first weekend in August is the Mountain Race. Lasting less than two minutes, the event puts both rider and steed at tremendous risk as they hurdle down a local mountainside to the finish line. The fastest and strongest horses in the race are those culled from the wild impressive specimens that have survived predatory wolf packs and the ravages of bone numbing winters.

Is this some form of punishment?

From the Mid-Week Pictorial, Feb. Frank York — cousin of Alvin C. York, the famous former doughboy — in a “hazardous human hurdle” to demonstrate his confidence in his mount, Apple Jack. Photo: The New York Times

Eadweard Muybridge pioneered work in photographic studies of motion.

Eadweard Muybridge - Man and horse jumping a fence, plate 640 from 'Animal Locomotion', 1887 - Fine Art Reproduction, individual art card

Jumping Exercise No. 2 - YouTube

A jump exercise for horses that have a tendency to rush the hurdles. Good all-round jump training.

A very muddy Sam Twiston-Davies riding Pigeon Island return after pulling up at Cheltenham racecourse in Cheltenham, England

Pictures of the day: 2 January 2014

A very muddy Sam Twiston-Davies riding Pigeon Island return after pulling up at Cheltenham racecourse in Cheltenham, England

Five-Foot Hurdle Bareback - Frederic Remington - www.frederic-remington.org

Five-Foot Hurdle Bareback by Frederic Remington.

The highlight of the annual two-day Nemiah Valley Rodeo held the first weekend in August is the Mountain Race. Lasting less than two minutes, the event puts both rider and steed at tremendous risk as they hurdle down a local mountainside to the finish line. The fastest and strongest horses in the race are those culled from the wild  impressive specimens that have survived predatory wolf packs and the ravages of bone numbing winters.

The highlight of the annual two-day Nemiah Valley Rodeo held the first weekend in August is the Mountain Race. Lasting less than two minutes, the event puts both rider and steed at tremendous risk as they hurdle down a local mountainside to the finish line. The fastest and strongest horses in the race are those culled from the wild impressive specimens that have survived predatory wolf packs and the ravages of bone numbing winters.

Synchronised Winning The Cheltenham Gold Cup In 2012

Synchronised Winning The Cheltenham Gold Cup In 2012

Desert Orchid was an equine superstar and caught the public's imagination like no other racehorse

Desert Orchid to Red Rum: The ten greatest national hunt racehorses

Desert Orchid an equine superstar. He was trained by David Elsworth and had three jockeys throughout his career. Colin Brown, Simon Sherwood and Richard Dunwoody.

Desert Orchid - extremely rare thoroughbred racehorse. Gorgeous!

Desert Orchid - extremely rare thoroughbred racehorse. Gorgeous!

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