Sun Valley Powder Festival – The Ultimate Snow Dance Weekend

Sun Valley Powder Festival – The Ultimate Snow Dance Weekend

Meet Sun Valley’s Summer Olympic Stars

This picture of Mr. & Mrs. Parry Thomas with Brentina, America's first World Champion and 2004 Olympic Bronze medal winner, graces the Sun Valley Lodge's Hallway of Stars. Brentina lives with the Thomas' at their River Grove Farm in Hailey.

There’s a little event going on right now in my hometown of London, England. In fact it’s about to kick off in a big way. Today, at 2 p.m. MT, the Games of the XXX Olympiad begins with what I am sure will be a spectacular opening ceremony (for us sequestered in the U.S. you can catch it tonight on channel 7 at 6:30 p.m.).

For obvious reasons, the winter Olympics is Sun Valley’s natural territory. However there is one local athlete whose claim to summer Olympic fame has landed her a prime spot in Sun Valley Lodge’s Hallway of Stars, where she stands shoulder to shoulder with Jackie Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Brentina, a Hanoverian dressage horse, is only the second animal ever to be bestowed with such an honor, the first were the Budweiser Clydesdales.

Brentina is the Wood River Valley’s hometown hero. Ridden by local athlete Debbie MacDonald to two Olympics (Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008) and one bronze medal, she is one of the most succesful  U.S. horses in history. Following surgery in early 2009, Brentina bowed out gracefully at the Las Vegas 2009 World Cup, and now lives a peaceful retirement at River Grove Farm in Hailey with owners Parry and Peggy Thomas. However, her stablemate Wizard may give Sun Valley residents the chance to cheer again this summer as he and his rider Adrienne Lyle prepare to take London by storm in the individual dressage competition. The competition begins Thursday and Friday (August 2 and 3) and concludes Tuesday and Thursday (August 7 and 9). Be sure to follow Adrienne and Wizard’s adventures in London here at her new blog.

For a sneak peek at the action you’ll see in the coming two weeks check out this video of Lyle and Wizard’s performance at the Grand Prix Freestyle in Devon, England last year:

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I know I’ll be cheering our hometown duo on as they prance and dance their way into international hearts, and who knows, after a stop on the podium, maybe a spot on the Hallway of Stars will be in their futures too.

Happy Trails!

Mrs. Sun

Dog Days of Summer Benefit for the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley

Dog Days of Summer Benefit for the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley

Friday, July 27

5:30pm – 10:00pm

Trail Creek Pavilion

Join us in our mission to care for the lost and unwanted animals in our community!  The Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley is a private non-profit no-kill animal shelter that depends on donations from the community to fund our services.  We invite you to join us in making our event a success by making a contribution of goods or professional services for our silent and live auction and/or attending our Dog Days Summer Benefit held at Trail Creek Pavilion in Sun Valley.    This sell-out event will feature silent, live and online auctions and dinner.  Tickets are $175 a person.  We hope to see you there!

Sun Valley Summer Symphony

Sun Valley Summer Symphony

Sunday, July 22 – Tuesday, August 14


The largest privately funded free-admission symphony in America, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony celebrated its 27th season in the glorious Idaho mountains last summer. Founded in 1985 as the Elkhorn Music Festival by Dr. Carl Eberl, professor emeritus at the College of the City University of New York, and his wife Julianne, the orchestra grew from 22 musicians to 55 at the time of his retirement. Under the leadership of Maestro Alasdair Neale since 1995, the orchestra has grown to more than 100 players and presents free concerts to over 50,000 people annually.

Sun Valley Summer Symphony Edgar M. Bronfman In Focus Series

Sun Valley Summer Symphony Edgar M. Bronfman In Focus Series

Sunday, July 22 – Friday, July 27

5:30m – 7:30pm

Up close and personal, the In Focus series invites audiences to go inside the music and explore a specific musical theme which encompasses each of four chamber music concerts.

Each evening begins at 5:30 pm with a talk led by Alasdair Neale to feature musical demonstrations, history and a discussion that will bring the following concert at 6:30 pm “In Focus.” Join us!

Sun Valley Summer Symphony

Sun Valley Summer Symphony

2012 Season Dates


In Focus
 Series: Week of July 22

Orchestra Season: July 29 – August 14

Schedule and Repertoire TBA

 

The largest privately funded free-admission symphony in America, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony celebrated its 27th season in the glorious Idaho mountains last summer. Founded in 1985 as the Elkhorn Music Festival by Dr. Carl Eberl, professor emeritus at the College of the City University of New York, and his wife Julianne, the orchestra grew from 22 musicians to 55 at the time of his retirement. Under the leadership of Maestro Alasdair Neale since 1995, the orchestra has grown to more than 100 players and presents free concerts to over 50,000 people annually.

Visit www.svsummersymphony.org for more information