A Brief Introduction to Patagonia

Accomplished graduate student Saree Kayne is currently working toward a PhD in cultural anthropology at Stanford University. Outside of her academic pursuits, Saree Kayne enjoys activities such as skiing, horseback riding, swimming, and traveling. Over the course of her travels, she has visited a number of places around the globe, including Europe, Japan, Botswana, and Patagonia.

Located on South America’s southern tip, Patagonia is an immense area that encompasses portions of both Argentina and Chile. Patagonia’s diverse landscape features mountains, valleys, beaches, lakes, and rivers that are home to wolves, penguins, and many other animals.

While in the area, tourists can take part in a number of outdoor activities, including camping, trekking, skiing, kayaking, and horseback riding. Visitors can also go whale watching, examine fossil remains, and see prehistoric cave paintings in one of Patagonia’s many natural reserves and world heritage sites. The weather in Patagonia varies from mild to cold, and visitors should base the timing of their visit to the area on the activities they plan to enjoy during their stay.


Saree Kayne- Stanford University’s Graduate Anthropology Program

A champion horseback rider, Saree Kayne is currently earning her PhD in cultural anthropology from Stanford University. The recipient of a bachelor’s degree in the humanities and the history and philosophy of science from the University of Chicago, Saree Kayne is focusing her studies on the International Olympic Committee and how the culture of its members affects the games.

Stanford University features an anthropology PhD program for students with unique research projects. Under the guidance of a specifically chosen faculty member, the candidate may finish a doctorate in approximately five years. Furthermore, Stanford divides this program into three tracks: archeology, culture and society, and ecology and environment.

1. Archeology – Those who join this program get to explore older civilizations throughout the world. Its researchers operate across five continents and investigate areas ranging from gender and sexuality to materiality and colonialism.

2. Culture and Society – This track investigates all elements of human civilization. Faculty and students embark on socially responsible research into religion, city structures, arts, and other components of a society, to examine how they have affected our past and present.

3. Ecology and Environment – Participants consider how humans impact their natural and social environments. Stanford adopts a cross-disciplinary approach that involves in-depth examination of areas such as political ecology and zooarchaeology while producing a better understanding of biological and cultural evolution.

The Belgian Sport Horse

Saree Kayne, a PhD candidate studying cultural anthropology at Stanford University, has competed in show jumping for approximately 10 years. Over that period, she and has won numerous awards. Recently, Saree Kayne began riding a Belgian Sport Horse named Rexar Du Houssoit.

The Belgian Sport Horse, otherwise known as the Belgian Half-Blood, began with the efforts of the Society for Encouraging the Breeding of Horses for the Army to produce mounts for Belgian army. Some breeders directed their attention towards the production of saddle horses that would be lighter and more elegant. In 1930, this shift in the breeders’ focus prompted the change of the society’s name to the Belgian Half-Blood. However, breeders did not begin focusing on breeding for athletic capabilities until after the Second World War, when interest in equestrian sporting events began to rise.

The society originally crossbred the English Thoroughbred, Belgian Draft, and Selle Français. Several factors left the resultant breed’s population tremendously low after the Second World War. As a consequence, the breeders concentrated their efforts on producing an adaptable horse with athletic capabilities in the post-war period. They crossed their bloodlines with breeds such as the Selle Français, Dutch Warmblood, Hanoverian, and Thoroughbred. These efforts gave rise to the Belgian Sport Horse. In 1967, the society changed its name to the Royal Belgian Sport Horse Society.

The modern Belgian Sport Horse is registered with the Royal Belgian Sport Horse Society, which is also known as the Stud-Book sBs. Present-day Belgian Sport Horses stand 16 hands high on average, and their coats feature solid colors. They are highly energetic with willing temperaments.

Winter Olympics – Balancing Costs and Development Positives

Saree Kayne is passionate about outdoor activities such as skiing and horseback riding and has been show jumping competitively since age 16. Currently a Stanford University doctoral student, Saree Kayne focuses her research on the International Olympic Committee’s structural and cultural attributes, and how they affect the games’ production. In early 2014, she had the opportunity to take a research trip to the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

As reported by CBS in May, some critics speculate that the costs associated with the Sochi games are likely to act as a damper to current bidding for the winter games in 2022. The price tag of $51 billion for an event that is approximately one-third the size of the summer games is seen as exorbitantly high, given that a large percentage of the newly constructed facilities return to high vacancy rates directly following the games. Some critics have noted that current Winter Olympic development costs are more likely to cause bankruptcy, rather than sustained economic gain.

Horses in the Sun Hosts the First Triple Crown of Show Jumping

Currently training at Meadow Grove Farm in the Lake View Terrace suburb of Los Angeles, Saree Kayne has been riding in equestrian jumping shows for nearly 10 years. Among the shows that Saree Kayne has competed in across the United States and Canada are events on the Horse Shows in the Sun (HITS) Thermal Desert Circuit. The seven-week series of hunter-jumper shows is held from January to March at the HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal, California.

Along with the Thermal Desert Circuit, HITS operates winter horse show circuits in Ocala, Florida, and Tucson, Arizona, as well as summer circuits in Saugerties, New York, and Culpeper, Virginia. The Ocala and Thermal circuits both culminate with $1 million grand prix horse jumping competitions, leading up to a third $1 million dollar prix at the HITS Championship, which constitutes the final week of the Saugerties circuit. Together, these three grand prix comprise the first established Triple Crown of Show Jumping. Additionally, the HITS Championship hosts two hunter prix finals, with awards totaling $250,000 and $500,000, as well as a $250,000 junior/adult-owner division jumper prix.

Before it became a national horse show managing company offering some of the largest award purses in the world, HITS began with a single horse show circuit held in Gainesville, Florida, in 1982. Since establishing the organization with this initial circuit, HITS has been led through its subsequent development by president and CEO Thomas G. Struzzieri, and the enterprise now has 35 employees at its headquarters in Saugerties, New York. Moreover, HITS continues to seek new ways of expanding its operations within the event management field. In 2011, HITS added a HITS Triathlon Series and HITS Running Festivals to its roster of competitions.

HITS has also garnered the support of a number of corporate sponsors across a broad range of industries. Zoetis, AIG, and Great American Insurance Group each sponsors one of HITS’ $1 million grand prix. Other major sponsors include Purina, Bayer, Antarès, CardFlex, and Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern. Likewise, HITS has developed a large network of media partnerships to facilitate coverage of its events.

Training a Horse to Jump

Saree Kayne, a doctoral candidate at Stanford University, splits her time between academics and competitive horseback riding. Although she started jumping horses at the age of 16, which is older than most, Saree Kayne has competed for several years with her barn, Woodacres Stables LLC, and has many wins to her name.

The first step of training a horse to jump is getting the horse used to going over poles. Laying around four poles on the ground and walking the horse over them begins the learning process of going over the jumping poles. Incorporate the poles into regular training sessions and, once the horse is comfortable with them, practice trotting and cantering the horse over the poles. For horses that are too intimidated by multiple poles, starting with just one and gradually increasing the amount helps.

As the horse gets used to the ground poles, add a cross-rail jump at the end. Cross-rail jumps are relatively short and, thus, more inviting to horses learning to jump. The design of the jumps guides the horse toward the middle and makes stepping over the jump easier if the horse is apprehensive about jumping fully.

Once the horse is comfortable with single jumps, develop a gymnastic grid, which brings together multiple cross-rail jumps and teaches the horse how to maintain a controlled pace throughout multiple sets. Typically, setting the jumps around 10 feet apart is enough, but some horses require a larger space depending on their size and stride. Increasing the height of the final jump adds a bit of difficulty and starts the process of training a horse for higher fences.

Bill Callahan Album Dream River Earns Critical Acclaim

A PhD candidate in cultural anthropology at Stanford University, Saree Kayne studies the organizational structure of the International Olympic Committee and its effect on the Olympic Games. During her free time, Saree Kayne enjoys reading Henry James novels and listening to the music of Bill Callahan.

Hailing from Silver Spring, Maryland, Bill Callahan has spent more than two decades making music and recording albums under both his name and the band name Smog. Considered one of the most influential bands among the indie folk movement of the 1990s, Smog produced classic albums such as Sewn to the Sky, The Doctor Came at Dawn, and Burning Kingdom, which feature stripped-down, understated instrumentation to accompany his trademark baritone vocals.

In 2013, Callahan released Dream River, the fourth album he recorded since dropping the Smog moniker in 2005. Hailed by music review outlets such as Pitchfork.com, which named the album one of the best of the year, Dream River features Callahan’s trademark subdued style while marking a departure from his previously melancholy themes.