A horse of a different color

In what I hope becomes a regular feature of WHYY News, Shai Ben-Yaacov presents a profile of a local Olympic athlete who will be competing in this summer’s Olympic Games in China.

The piece is everything that good audio should be: descriptive, great use of natural sound, insightful interviewing. You can hear the horse snort his disapproval as Shai approaches, a reaction that Olympic rider Phillip Dutton describes as “not being used to reporters.” Apparently, even horses get spooked by the media attention that comes with their prominence as Olympic animals.

Lest you get the idea that the athlete being profiled is the horse, Wood Burn, the real subject of the piece is Dutton who has qualified and medaled twice in the equestrian events for the Australian Olympic team. Having just become a U.S. citizen in 2006, he’ll be competing for the red, white and blue this time around.

Set aside about five minutes and give Shai’s piece a listen.


Wikipedia: Phillip Dutton

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One Comment on “A horse of a different color”

  1. John S. Kabli Says:

    From: Mr John S Kabli, Founder
    American Colonial and Revolutionary War
    Preservation, Ltd
    610-524-6099
    jkabli@comcast.net

    Excerpt from a previous essay by me on Valley Forge and The
    American Revolution War Center

    Using Williamsburg, Virginia as a benchmark premiere historical site, additional
    commercial support of ARC would financially enhance an enterprise of this nature-
    the museum itself would never be able to sustain itself over an extended period of
    time . Museums, by their very nature, are not viable, fianancially sustainable,
    enterprises and would constantly require cash infusion from whatever source to
    maintain its mission.

    Williamsburg’s mission is accomplished through donor cash infusion, a lasting
    legacy created by John D. Rrockefeller and his foundation, and a commercial/
    educational infrastructure that supportsand enhances it’s historical functions.
    Without this infrastructure in close proxmity in the historic triangle of Williamsburg,
    Jamestown, and Yorktown, the financial legacy, Williamsburg would never sustain
    its mission.

    Having said this, ARC does not have the luxury of a generous legacy nor an
    inplace commercial/educational infrasture(architecturyally, constructed to
    blend in historically with the mission of ARC-that is, a historical look)
    to support a “museum” and without one or both parts of the equation in place,
    it will never survive.

    Now the question begs, can ARC please be allowed to proceed with its projects!
    The public has a notoriously short attention span, as well as patience, and it
    would enhance the mission of this enterprise if it could be allowed to proceed
    with its plans before we are all too old and have lost total interest in the
    The American Revolution Center, which certainly woudl be attractive to the
    region, particularly, given its close proxminity to other northern campaign
    sites including historical Philadelphia, Chester County, New Jersey, and
    New York.

    Thank you for your time. Please edit for brevity and quote as much or as
    little as you desire-it is intended for the public good-which is my mission.

    John S Kabli
    June 9, 2008


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