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This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge theme is dance. I’m fascinated with rhythms in life, and find myself drawn to experiences that provide a sense of cohesion and coordination, especially amidst outward chaos. Life is full of these sort of impromptu dances. That’s part of the thrill of attending the Maryland Hunt Cup each April. Steeplechasing, and horseback riding in general, is an exercise in creating a coordinated effort between horse and rider. In addition, behind-the-scenes efforts of owners, trainers, and countless other people contribute to the establishment of rhythm between horse and rider pairs. A steeplechase then puts this coordinated effort on display before a pulsing, fluid crowd of spectators who disperse around the course to watch the events unfold. Individual rhythms combine to produce a vibrant dance.

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